We have already established that you don’t really need to use soap on your skin, especially not the drug store stuff. However, if for whatever reason you feel the need to wash your face with soap - maybe it’s a particularly hot and sweaty day or you dig ditches for a living - there are a few products that are better than others. Try these for starters…
Ok, so you may feel like your skin is really oily and you don’t want to add to the problem by putting lotion on your face. The thing is, when you don’t moisturize, your skin goes into overdrive to moisturize itself, essentially just creating more oil.
What you need is a very light, non-comedogenic, fragrance-free, dye-free moisturizer. A couple of favorites…
Chicken, Fish, Rice & Beans, Tofu
Whether you are an omnivore, pescetarian, or vegetarian, protein is important in keeping your skin healthy. At mypyramid.gov by the United States Department of Agriculture, you can calculate how much from the “Meat & Beans” category you need to eat per day according to the updated Food Pyramid. At CSR, we don’t really recommend drinking cow’s milk, but of course that’s a personal choice (which may increase acne by blocking your intestines, preventing regular and efficient release of waste/toxins, etc…).
Limit your intake of sugar, caffeine, and alcohol. These foods deplete your immune system, and you need your immune system to prevent and quickly heal acne. Also, part of the role of your skin is to carry toxins out of the body. If you’re putting a lot of toxins in, this can manifest as acne. Remember, garbage in, garbage out. These foods can also throw your hormones out of balance, which causes…guess what? More acne.
Commercial soaps strip the natural oils from your skin. They are harsh and often do more harm than good. You really don’t need an expensive cleanser either, though some people have success with them. All you really need to clean your skin is warm water. It shouldn’t be too hot, as that will only dry and irritate your skin.