For a better part of the second quarter the devil camped at my space in form of stubborn hormonal acne. The condition was so bad that I’d wake up to fresh painful breakouts each morning on my forehead. At first I thought that it was a signal that auntie flow was around the corner but when they couldn’t clear after a week, I started thinking otherwise.
I never really wanted to visit a dermatologist because I was positive they’d eventually clear on their own, and also because hospital visits depress me, literally. I ,therefore, resorted to styling my hair in bangs while going about my business without anyone noticing the visitors on my forehead as I waited for them to clear. This, however, came to an end one evening when my mom noticed how bad my face looked when I held my hair in a ponytail as I headed to the bathroom.
Thank heavens for this day because were it not for her I’d still be in bangs to date. Mommy introduced me to a DIY face mask that helped clear my acne in two weeks. I have never been happier.
And I’m gonna take you guys through a detailed step by step procedure of making the mask and I hope it makes you say goodbye to acne this festive season 😊.
My magical honey Turmeric Face mask
A teaspoonful of pure honey
A quarter teaspoonful turmeric powder
Three drops of coconut oil
A small bowl
Two teaspoons (for scooping the turmeric powder and measuring honey)
Put a quarter teaspoonful of turmeric in the bowl. I opted for Tropical Heat pure ground turmeric powder because when it comes to my skin and hair I always strive to use food grade products. (You can find this in any supermarket around the country)
Add a teaspoonful of honey to your turmeric powder. I used American Green pure honey but you could use any other brand provided it’s pure and natural.
Add three drops of coconut oil to the turmeric powder and honey already in the bowl and mix until all the products have blended really well.
Your turmeric face mask is ready for use.
Easy peasy, no?
How to use it
- Wash your face and dry it with a clean towel.
- Apply the mask you made in procedure (01) above on your face, carefully paying attention to the affected areas. Be really generous with mask and let it cover your whole face (leaving out your eyes and lips of course 😂).
- Let it sit for 20mins then rinse it off with warm water.
- Thereafter moisturise your face.
I used this mask thrice weekly for the period the acne was really bad and towards the end of the second week they began to clear.
I have, however, never worn makeup since the acne cleared because my facial skin is super sensitive and I haven’t quite figured out the right products for it. I have been using aloe vera gel as my moisturiser and this DIY toner instead and so far so good.
This experience with acne opened my eyes to stuff I always overlooked that I later found out contributed largely to the acne thriving on my face:
Unnecessary facial contact. I’ve learnt to keep my hands off my face to prevent transfer of germs to the face. I also try as much not to have that cheek to cheek contact while hugging people.
Cleaning hair extensions. This basically entails soaking hair extensions in ACV and sun drying them before installation. This really helped especially because my hair is mostly in braids that fall on my face everytime.
To always carry a clean pillowcase while sleeping out. This particular practice is very vital because sharing pillowcases with people can be damaging to one’s face in terms of breakouts.
That’s all I had for today, loves.
Thank you for dropping by.
Love and sunshine, till next post.