Body Wellness

Skincare Update – Acne-Healing Remedies

March 23, 2018

Lately I’ve been getting a ton of questions about what I’ve been using for my skin. As many of you know, I’ve struggled with hormonal acne for the last few years and have been very open about this journey. My last update was a little over 6 months ago and was probably the most optimistic of them yet. I’ve really been able to tune into my body and understand my triggers…ahem I’m looking at you stress!

I’ve also been learning how sensitive my skin really is and that it’s pretty much the first indication that something is off with my body. Especially when it comes to my facial skin. Besides acne, I’ve developed eczema on my eyelids in the last year and well…shingles. It’s meant expanding beyond just my usual acne-healing remedies.

An acne update and my best acne-healing remedies

My skin without any foundation or cover-up.

The quality of our skin is a direct correlation to the quality of our gut. That’s not to say I eat perfectly “clean” all the time. My goal in life is not having perfect skin at the expense of living my life, but I do think that making gut health a priority can have awesome benefits. But it also goes beyond what we eat. How we manage our lifestyle outside the kitchen is super important. This of course means the products you’re using on your skin, but also ensuring you make time for self-care, stress-management and just simply having fun! I find the less stressed I am and the more I’m enjoying my life the better my skin is. And the opposite is also true. When shingles first appeared I also had a major breakout leading up to it and throughout the healing process. All’s to say is that what you eat and put on your skin is important, but this isn’t the whole story.

Besides my shingles breakout, my skin has actually been pretty great lately. That’s not to say it’s perfect. I stopped striving for perfection a long time ago, but I have found certain things to be more effective than others, some of which are new additions to my acne-healing remedies collection. I thought I’d share some of those with you today.


Probiotics – I had to eliminate probiotics and fermented foods when I was diagnosed with SIBO in the fall of last year, but since then have slowly added it back in and now am happily drinking kombucha and taking my daily probiotic from my Care/of pack. Like I mentioned above gut health = skin health and I definitely feel like this is helping!

Laundry Detergent – we swapped out our laundry detergent for a baby version because of my eczema and I’ve noticed it has helped a ton. It’s hard to say how much it’s helped my acne but definitely has helped with the eczema.

Caffeine – this is a big one and as I’m sure you guys know I loooooove my coffee. I’m not eliminating coffee by any means but have been trying to decrease my consumption. I’ve noticed I don’t need it every single day and have been trying to only have it when I know I can sit down and enjoy it rather than drink it out of necessity.

Lymphatic Drainage – for the last few months I’ve been using a facial roller to help encourage lymphatic drainage. Making sure I have some kind of movement every single day also helps with lymph drainage. I am prone to clogged pores and know that this is because my lymphatic system can be slow at times.

Jade roller for lymphatic draining - an acne-healing remedy for acne-prone skin


I am always experimenting and playing around with products (something that I love!) but also keep in anything that I know works for me. I’ve made a few changes over the last few months so here’s my current skincare routine.

Cleanser – Replenishing Oil Cleanser from Marie Veronique

Toner – Botnia Toner

Serum – Twilight Be Calm Serum from Siam Seas (this stuff is incredible!)

Morning Oil – either Kahina Giving Beauty Argan Oil or Annmarie Herbal Facial Oil

Night Oil – Mahalo Balm

SPF daytime moisturizer – Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream

For a step-by-step look at my skincare routine, here’s my latest skincare video


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Not everything has changed around here. A lot of the products I’m using in my skincare routine have remained the same and I still love the usual face mask culprits. I’m also continuing to take the same supplements, mainly zinc and l-lysine from my Care/of pack. I also love my facials at Ritual Skincare and find that going every month or every other month can really help with blackheads and clogged pores. HYDRATION is probably my biggest struggle but I’m still committed to making sure I get in enough water each day to feed hydrated.

And not surprisingly, keeping my stress levels down is still a big part of the game…forever my greatest challenge!

So that’s where things are at! Some changes and some things exactly the same. Still on this journey and to be honest I’ve let go of there being a final destination. Like my hair, I’m learning to be confident wearing it naturally no matter what state it’s in while also doing my best to care for it holistically.

Hope this post was helpful to anyone struggling with acne! Know that coming at it from a place of compassion is always most effective. Sending you all lots of love <3

An acne update and acne-healing remedies for breakout-prone skin.

Do you struggle with acne? What are some of your favorite acne-healing remedies?


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    dixya @food, pleasure, and health
    March 23, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    i used to struggle a lot with acne in my mid-20’s…but over the years, things have calmed down and i think it got better when i started to pay no attention to my skin. i used to try everything and probably was aggravating my skin. currently i use almond oil as a moisturizer and wash my face with water and do rose water tonic every now and then…also face masks every week. by no means my skin is perfect but its SO MUCH BETTER.

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    March 23, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    what happened to the Luminance skincare line that you were using? Why did you stop?

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      March 27, 2018 at 11:27 am

      I’m still using the face cleanser when I need to do a double wash (check out the video for more on that!) but had to give up the acne-serum because the tea tree in it was making my eczema worse 🙁 I still use the exfoliating mask though! Those were the only products I used so it was really only the acne serum that I needed to replace!

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    Kaitlyn @ Powered by Sass
    March 23, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    I need to try out a facial roller. I’ve had my eye on that trend for awhile! My routine is super simple. For starters, I don’t wear much makeup most days, usually only on weekends if I have plans to go out and about. I wash with water, exfoliate 1-2 times a week with homemade sugar scrub, mist a gentle toner on my skin, use rosehip seed oil 1-2 times a week before bed and moisturize my face with Alba and under eyes with Cocokind Matcha stick. Super simple! I use coconut oil to remove eye makeup and a gentle cleanser for the rest. As natural as possible is best for my acne-prone skin, and so is ensuring I’m exfoliating and opening my pores 1-2 times a week too! I’m also working on not resting my face in my hands, changing my pillowcases 1-2 times a week and sleeping with my hair up! – Kaitlyn |

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    March 28, 2018 at 11:02 am

    Hey there! Well, I’m quite a bit older than you Davida, but I went through the whole hormonal acne bit and still get some cystic acne once in a while (during stress!). I’ve tried quite a few things, but here’s my top two tips starting with exfoliation. I’m not too picky about what I use, but try to go with something natural and (non-sugar based) sugar in a scrub for my face is too harsh for me and makes me break out for some reason? Not sure the dealio on that:-) Next, well I don’t know how natural it is but my NUMBER ONE FAVE MIRACLE PRODUCT I’ve used day and night for nearly 10 years is IMAGE CLEAR CELL – Here’s the link. Seriously amazing – if I feel something starting, I put it on and it goes away, most of the time:-) I have not affiliation with them whatsoever but I should for how many people I’ve told and love it! ha ha So sorry you got shingles again and glad you are feeling better!

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    Erika Ann
    April 12, 2018 at 4:35 am

    I used to have problem with acne. Since I didn’t have enough money, I used home remedies like apple cider which was very strong. I have a sensitive skin and luckily my home remedies did the trick. When I started earning a little bit more, I started investing with better skin care products and tried using green tea and aloe vera and it worked! I guess we just have to find the correct routine and product.

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    June 12, 2018 at 1:45 am

    Thanks for sharing so many good tips to heal acne. Well, I have acne prone skin and always look for natural remedies to cure it. Recently, I have started using Himalayan salt and aloe Vera scrub for my acne. Believe me this mixture actually works. I can see visible results. Himalayan salt is overall very good for the skin as it is rich with many minerals.

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    August 31, 2018 at 5:54 am

    This is such a nice and useful post. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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    Jasmine Jones
    December 17, 2018 at 2:11 am

    I really love this article because it contains so much useful natural remedies that look amazing. I’ll definitely try out some of them in the coming days. Thanks and keep sharing such stuff here with us

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    January 11, 2019 at 10:01 am

    I started using a jade roller last month and I absolutely love it.

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    January 29, 2019 at 11:05 am

    Jade rolling does amazing things for your skin.

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    July 22, 2019 at 6:49 am

    Thanks for sharing Maven. I love that you have created such a well rounded article, outlining the holistic needs of skin, which is not just a special cream. Treatment of acne inflammation naturally is so important, and you do need to help to balance hormones and diet too. Thank you!

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