Acne

I strongly believe in resetting and maintaining the skin’s natural, biological processes to encourage your delicate skin to function on its own as it’s meant to. My minimalist, high-quality skin care products, combined with the power of Daily Self Massage, will make your skin the healthiest it’s ever been. I promise!

Scroll through the entire page (recommended) to learn how to support your skin and your body through the natural aging process, or click on one of the link below to jump down the page:
Start with My Skin ReSet Routine
Morning Routine
Evening Routine
Weekly Suggestions
Lymphatic Massage for Acne-Prone Skin
Inner Work and Lifestyle Recommendations for Healing Acne

To better understand acne on the biological level, please take a deep dive into my Blog Posts on Acne

Start with My Skin ReSet Routine

If you have been using conventional skin care, harsh products like exfoliants, salicylic acid, or benzoyl peroxide, there’s a really good chance that your very delicate acid mantle and protective barrier are both compromised. Because of this, I highly recommend starting off with my Skin ReSet Routine before you move onto my regular routine for acne-prone skin. Conventional products and harsh ingredients like the ones just mentioned force the skin to act in unnatural ways, damage your skin’s acid mantle and protective barrier, kill your skin’s microbiome and also cause pH imbalances in the skin. Because of this, it’s really important to reset the skin back to its natural state.

My Skin ReSet Routine resets your skin’s natural processes and rebuilds your skin’s acid mantle and protective barrier for optimal skin health and a radiant glow! Once you’ve reset your skin, you can move on to the morning and evening routine below. I recommend using the Skin ReSet routine for 2-3 months first!

By combining Sacred Calm Soothing Cleansing Oil + Moisturizer and Radiant Soul Brightening Mask in the Skin ReSet Routine, you will:

  • Nourish your skin
  • Support your skin’s natural pH level
  • Rebuild your skin’s protective barrier
  • Feed your skin’s microbiome (yep, just like the gut microbiome, but this one lives on the skin)

Learn How to Use the Skin ReSet Routine Here.

Morning Routine

Once you have used the Skin ReSet Routine for 2-3 months, you can now move onto my daily routine for acne-prone skin.

I do not recommend cleansing in the morning. I know this goes against what conventional beauty tells you. They tell you that your skin is dirty, and has bacteria and that you need to clean is regularly. This is so far from the truth. In fact, even acne bacteria is highly misunderstood, and something you want to support, not kill. If you skipped reading “Understanding Acne on the Biological Level”, please head back up to read that section in order to understand what I am talking about here!

I do not recommend cleansing in the morning.

The skin is a delicate organ that is fully capable of cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing itself. The more that we do to it, the more we risk aggravating it and disrupting these natural processes. The purpose of a skin care routine should be to provide support and encourage the skin’s natural functioning. When we cleanse our skin at night, we wake up in the morning with clean skin. There’s no need to cleanse it again. We have a very delicate protective barrier on the surface of the skin that is vital for our skin’s health. This barrier is made up of our natural oils, sweat and dead skin cells. While we’ve been conditioned to think these 3 components are bad and should be removed, our natural oil, sweat and dead skin cells are very necessary for healthy skin, so we want to allow them all to serve their purpose. Cleansing once a day is sufficient. I promise!

  • Splash some water on your face, or apply a damp cloth to your skin in order to moisten and soften your skin cells. This will allow your oils in the next steps to absorb into your skin more effectively.
  • Gently mist your face and neck with Garden Mist Rose Geranium Hydrosol.
  • Apply 2-3 pumps of Sacred Calm Soothing Cleansing Oil + Moisturizer and massage it into the skin. This is a really ideal time to perform the Lymph Massage for Acne-Prone Skin (video tutorial below).

Evening Routine

Your skin care routine in the evening will look different than your morning routine.

  • Oil Cleansing: Apply 3-4 pumps of Sacred Calm Soothing Cleansing Oil + Moisturizer to dry skin. Wet your fingertips and gently massage into skin for a minimum of 60 seconds to lift away makeup, dirt and debris, and stimulate blood flow.
  • Using a warm, damp cloth, gently wipe your face to remove your cleansing oil.
  • If you wear heavy makeup, a double cleanse might be necessary. In this case, please repeat the steps above.
  • Gently mist your face and neck with Garden Mist Rose Geranium Hydrosol.
  • Apply 1-2 pumps (please note that this is less than your morning routine amount – see the evening tip section below for this explanation) of Sacred Calm Soothing Cleansing Oil + Moisturizer and massage it into your skin. If you did not perform your Lymphatic Massage for Acne-Prone Skin during your morning routine, perform it now. You can find the video tutorial for this massage below.

Evening Tip:
I do not recommend using a lot of face oil in the evening. While we sleep, our skin repairs, regenerates and exfoliates itself. If we have thicker amounts of oil or balms on the skin, they can disrupt this natural biological process. 1-2 pumps of Sacred Calm Soothing Cleansing Oil + Moisturizer is sufficient as your night time moisturizer. It quickly absorbs into the skin, so it will not disrupt your skin’s nightly repair process.

Weekly Suggestions

Body Products

Lymphatic Massage for Acne-Prone Skin

The products will reset your skin on the outside, and my Lymphatic Massage for Acne-Prone Skin will help support detoxification of cellular waste and toxins from inside-out.

The skin that we treat topically with skin care products is only 0.1 mm thick, and it’s underneath this layer of skin where all of the life occurs:

  • blood circulation that brings nutrients and fresh oxygen to the skin
  • lymphatic flow to help remove cellular waste and toxins from the skin cells
  • connective tissue, where collagen and elastin are produced and hydration is stored

These layers of skin can be encouraged and supported through gentle massage, which is why, at Her Soul Intention Skin Care, I am so adamant about adding self massage into your daily topical skin care routine.

To begin the massage, take some deep breaths into your belly, and enjoy some much needed self touch, while improving the appearance and the natural functioning of your skin.

Inner Work and Lifestyle Recommendations for Supporting Healthy Aging

The beauty industry has conditioned us to believe healing happens externally. This is not true.

Healing occurs within. The human body is intricately designed to heal itself. It has done this for thousands of years, quite successfully… and loooooong before the pharmaceutical and beauty industries came about ($$).

Your skin doesn’t need “fixing”. It needs your love and acceptance.

Avoid Exfoliation

When we exfoliate the skin with abrasive scrubs and harsh chemical peels, this is not natural. The skin is fully capable of exfoliating itself, and will release built up skin cells when it is ready. If you remove these skin cells prematurely with abrasive scrubs and acids, the skin will often fight back by proliferating additional skin cells in order to protect itself. It is this skin cell proliferation that leads to acne breakouts, hyperpigmentation and melanoma, so when you exfoliate your skin to help heal acne or to reduce hyperpigmentations, you’re not healing the skin at all, you’re actually perpetuating the problem, creating a vicious cycle.

Avoid Skin Picking

If you pick your skin, more pimples and clogged pores are going to form. By picking your skin and popping pimples, you’re actually creating a very vicious cycle that is going to perpetuate your acne, not heal it.

When your skin feels attacked, either through abrasive exfoliation or skin picking, it will begin proliferating extra cells, creating “thicker skin” in order to protect itself from further attacks. This is how acne forms. Once your skin has proliferated these cells, it’s the acne bacteria that eventually comes in to break those cells down when they’re no longer needed (acne bacteria is highly misunderstood in the conventional and holistic worlds – it’s an effect, not a cause). This is your body’s way of returning the skin to homeostasis. By popping pimples and releasing this bacteria, you destroy beneficial bacteria that is responsible for breaking down the initial cellular growth. If the bacteria is not there to break the cells down, there is a strong possibility that you may be left with permanent nodules and acne scars.

Set Boundaries with Others

Acne is much more common in people who tend to be bullied by people, and who have difficulty setting boundaries and saying no to people. They are typically people-pleasers, who fear disappointing people and being judged by others.

Like mentioned above under “Avoid Skin Picking”, when the skin feels attacked, it will proliferate extra cells, creating thicker skin to protect itself. Your nervous system perceives figurative attacks as a potential threat, too, such as someone bullying you, yelling at your or criticizing you. In this case, your nervous system will send a message to the brain, which activates cellular proliferation to begin the dermis. This also creates thicker skin to protect you from further attacks on the physical, biological level.

This isn’t woo-woo, it’s biology!

In order to heal acne, it is really important to set strong, healthy boundaries with the more abrasive people in your life. Remember from above, that acne begins as cellular proliferation in order to protect you and create extra cushioning. By setting strong boundaries with the people in your life who talk negatively to you, are mean to you, attack you or criticize you, your nervous system can relax and move away from its protective adaptation.

Speak Kindly To Yourself

Every time you criticize yourself when you look in the mirror, your psyche is going to perceive this as an attack, and adapt accordingly by proliferating extra skin cells in the dermis layer of your skin to create thicker skin and protect you. It is this cell proliferation that leads to acne. Again, this isn’t woo-woo, it’s biology. The human body is hard-wired for survival and is always working hard to protect you and make you stronger on the physical level.

Your psyche and nervous system can’t tell the difference between:

  • a real physical attack (skin picking and exfoliants)
  • a verbal attack (being yelled at, an attack on one’s integrity, bullying), or
  • an attack on oneself through your own self criticism and hurtful words

Your nervous system simply just perceives an attack (danger – something is not right/safe), and alerts your brain and your skin to respond accordingly.

Speak only kind words to yourself, your skin and your body. Change the narrative!

When you see a breakout, your body is working to heal you. It’s not failing you, like you’ve been led to believe. It is striving for survival and homeostasis. When you scrub your skin, pick it and start criticizing yourself in the mirror, telling yourself you look bad or disfigured, you are creating a vicious cycle and are literally halting the healing phase that your body is aiming to complete.

Avoid the Mirror As Often As Possible

When I used to have acne, every morning, I’d get up and run straight to the mirror to check if my skin had magically healed overnight. And the moment I’d look and see that the breakouts were still there, my self-criticism and disappointment in myself and my body would instanteously begin, which takes us back up to the above recommendation, “speak kindly to yourself”.

While you are trying to heal your acne, try looking in the mirror as little as possible, so you don’t risk saying harmful and hurtful things to yourself.

Stress Less | Resolve What is Unresolved

There is no denying that acne-prone skin becomes much worse during times of stress. The body goes into adaptation mode to help you cope and resolve the stress as quickly and efficiently as possible. Remember, acne occurs to protect you – hard to believe, but your body is not failing you. It’s doing the exact opposite by trying to protect you.

When we are stressed, our sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) becomes activated, and the body begins to adapt in order to help you cope, resolve and survive the stress. When our sympathetic nervous system is overactive:

  • collagen and elastin breakdown and cannot work efficiently
  • heart beat and blood pressure increase
  • breath becomes shallow
  • digestion and digestive enzyme production drastically slow down
  • lack of ability to absorb sufficient nutrients
  • liver health and enzyme production decrease
  • the lymphatic system becomes compromised
  • adrenaline, cortisol and blood pressure rise
  • poor sleeping habits or insomnia

Reading through this list, I’m sure you can understand why the body cannot heal when we are in this state.

Become really conscious of what’s causing stress in your life, and resolve every aspect of your life that is unresolved in order to create more ease within your mind, and allow your body to move into a state of healing, instead of a state of breakdown.

Healthy Aging Routine

Sleep Well

At night time while you are sleeping, your body heals and regenerates, so getting plenty of sleep is vital for healthy aging. It is a nighttime that we move into the parasympathetic nervous system, so long as our body is in homeostasis. Your body is only capable of doing its healing work while you are in your parasympathetic nervous system, which is why the above suggestion, resolving what’s unresolved in your life, is so vital.

While you are in the parasympathetic nervous system:

  • collagen and elastin production is stimulated
  • heart beat and blood pressure decrease
  • breath becomes slower and deeper
  • digestion and digestive enzymes increase
  • liver health and enzyme production increase
  • adrenaline, cortisol and blood pressure decrease
  • better quality sleep

All of this happens while you sleep. Your lymphatic system also works to remove cellular waste and toxins from your skin cells and body.

If you want to heal your acne for good, be sure to get at least 7-9 hours of sleep each night. If you have trouble sleeping, practice breathwork (see below), exercise regularly to burn up energy and exhaust your body, and avoid drinking caffeine too close to bedtime.

Breathwork

When I started my own acne healing journey, my nervous system was working overtime. I was stressed, anxious, having trouble sleeping, had digestive and hormonal imbalances and a long list of other health symptoms. For several months, I went from doctor to doctor, getting referred to specialists, natural practitioners, and beyond, and no one could figure out what was “wrong” with me.

It wasn’t until I was introduced to the nervous system and its vital importance in our overall health, that I began to study everything there was to know about this system. And through this research and studying, I was introduced to breathwork.

Of all of the breathwork exercises and different kinds of breathwork that I practice, this exercise is the one that I use the most. It is super quick and simple to perform, yet it’s so powerful and can immediately shift the nervous system into a state of calm.

You can use it anytime you need to in order to bring your nervous system out of fight or flight and into a state of calm, or at night time before sleep. I bet this exercise will quickly become one of your go-to self care practices too.

Enjoy!

Simple Breathwork Exercise for Stress-Relief and Relaxation

Healthy Aging Routine

Stay Hydrated

In order to function optimally, your skin cells needs plenty of water and hydration. This helps your skin cells obtain the oxygen and nutrients they need, as well as get rid of cellular waste and toxins.

The best way to hydrate your skin is through “living water”, which is water that comes from plants, fruits and vegetables. This is unaltered water, combined with the appropriate minerals, that is needed for your body to effectively absorb the water.

Most of the water that we drink today is not whole because it is altered from heavy duty sterilization and cleaning. Because of this, our bodies do not absorb water as much as they should.

Here are some great ways to stay hydrated:

  • Drink filtered water
  • Avoid drinking distilled water – your body needs the minerals in order to hydrate
  • Add some lime and a pinch of sea salt to your water
  • Drink decaf herbal teas, coconut water and fresh squeezed fruit juices (the sugar that comes from fruit is not the same as refined sugar – natural fruit glucose is actually vital for brain health)
  • Eat high water content fruits and veggies, like watermelon, melon, cucumber, and apples
  • Limit caffeine and alcohol, which can dehydrate the body

Healthy Aging Routine

Eat Whole Foods

Eating whole foods means eating a diet full of foods that are in their original state and come straight from nature – fresh organic fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and fresh, organic, local meat. Your body needs plenty of vitamins, minerals and proteins in order to heal, regenerate, detoxify and function optimally.

Diets that are too full of processed foods and empty calories do not provide the body with the sufficient nutrients needed to function optimally and age gracefully.

Healthy Aging Routine

Daily Movement and Lymphatic Support

Daily movement, like walking, stretching, and other forms of exercise help to reduce stress, and set your body up for restful sleep.

Movement is also vital for a healthy lymphatic system. Your lymphatic system plays a really vital role in your overall health. The lymphatic system is the drainage system of the body. The lymphatic system and circulatory actually work together, but there’s one major difference between the two systems. Our circulatory system has the heart which pumps the blood around. Without the heart, the blood wouldn’t be able to move through the body in the way that it does. Unlike the circulatory system, the Lymphatic System has no pump, so lymph fluid does not get pumped around automatically. Considering the lymphatic system plays such a vital role in our health, it’s really important that that fluid be pumped around the body, so that means it’s up to us to get it pumping by stimulating it daily. That means that the choices that we make each day have a huge impact on the functioning of the lymphatic system and our overall body health and skin health. Did you know that? Most people don’t!

There are only two ways to stimulate the lymphatic system:

  • Movement, and
  • Diaphragmatic breathing, also known as deep belly breathing

This is one of many reasons why exercise is so vital for our overall health and skin health. In the video below, I show a really quick and super effective way to get your lymph moving each day. I recommend doing this exercise first thing in the morning, as often as you can:

If you have any questions about this routine or your skin, please feel free to contact me anytime.