My 100% Natural Morning and Evening Skincare Routine – How To Get Rid of Acne

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This is Part 5 of How To Get Rid of Acne series. It talks about my story and thought processthe main causes of acnethe key mistakes I made, my tips for getting clear skin, and, finally, my complete morning and evening skincare routine.

Developing this 100% natural skincare routine took me a lot of years of trial and error. I’ve always instinctively known that natural is the way to go but I couldn’t find a way to make it work for my skin. I remember at one point I used to say that my skin is allergic to everything natural. Yeah, I know, that’s silly… I even used to say that I’m allergic to sweat – hmmm, but that’s a topic for another blog post of this month. For now let’s stick with my skincare routine.

This skincare routine is what worked (and works) for me – every skin type and circumstances are different, so play around until you find something that works for you. With this post I’d like to give you some ideas and provide building blocks for your own 100% natural skincare routine.

Is this 100% natural skincare routine going to help you get rid of acne? Absolutely!

But the difference between this gentle natural routine and those based on chemical store-bought products is this – not only will you get acne-free skin but you’ll also look healthy and glowing. It helped me get rid of all blackheads and whiteheads, eczema patches and even dark circles!

The 100% Natural Skincare Routine That Helped Me Get Rid of Acne

My 100% natural skincare for acne free skin

Evening Routine:

  • The Oil Cleansing Method (OCM) played a huge role in clearing my acne – for the first month or so I used it every single evening. Once I felt that there weren’t a lot of clogged pores coming out anymore, I also noticed a little bit of dryness creeping in – that’s how I understood it was time to scale down. From then on I used the OCM once a week just to maintain clear pores. I really think it’s the best blackhead remover in the world.
  • Read more about the OCM at theoilcleansingmethod.com – it helped me tremendously and I recommend it to anyone toying with the idea of starting to cleanse with oils. Make sure you use only organic, cold-pressed and unrefined oils.
  • If you are wondering what exactly I use to cleanse, this is my personal OCM mixture that worked for my sometimes oily, sometimes super dry skin: 3 parts avocado oil, 2 parts grapeseed oil and 1 part castor oil with a couple of drops of lavender oil. Experiment until you find the right combination for your skin.
  • Once a week, I used a home-made extra virgin olive oil and sugar scrub. I simply mixed a teaspoon of my OCM mixture and sprinkled a little bit of caster sugar on top. A lot of people like using sea salt as well but I find it a little too irritating and drying – sugar is much gentler. The fresher the olive oil, the better – its antioxidant value is highest for the first year after bottling.
  • Once I started using the OCM once a week, on remaining nights I simply used a soft flannel, dampened with warm water, to gently wipe my face .
  • If my skin felt dry after cleansing, I applied a bit of avocado or olive oil on damp skin to seal the moisture in. I definitely didn’t have to do it every night though – perhaps 3-4 times a week.

Morning Routine: 

Moroccan rosewater for acne free skin - part of my 100% natural skincare routine.

Rosewater is the best toner on Earth

  • I love my morning routine – it’s so quick and easy. All I do is pour a little bit of rose water on a cotton pad and gently wipe my face with it. That’s my complete skincare routine in the morning! I don’t need to moisturize my skin in any way either as there is still a little bit of oil residue from the previous night and rosewater is a little moisturizing too. Keep in mind that I live in a very sunny and hot climate all year long, so if you aren’t, you might need to nourish your skin with oils more often.
  • I use pure rose water distilled from rose petals and water. It’s different from the cheaper version, which is made by mixing water and rose essential oil – I don’t recommend the latter one. If you’re looking for a bottle of great completely natural rose water, I highly recommend these two: Elma and Sana 100% Pure Moroccan Rose Water and Shea Terra Organics Pure Moroccan Rose Water.

Makeup removal routine

  • Extra virgin olive oil is definitely the best makeup remover in the world. For both eyes and face. It will take off even waterproof makeup without much rubbing.
  • Just take a cotton pad, wet it, squeeze the water out and pour some olive oil on it. Then wipe all the makeup off your face – it will simply melt off.

My current skincare routine for maintaining clear skin

Since my pores are clean now, I need much less work to keep them that way. My skin is definitely happier with less rather than more. So I’ve scaled down my skincare routine even more lately.

I now simply rinse my face with cool water in the evenings. Afterwards, I use my trusted rosewater on a cotton pad as a toner. I don’t use a flannel anymore as I feel I don’t need that much exfoliation. I haven’t felt the need to use a scrub either.

A monthly session of the OCM is enough to maintain clear pores – I massage my face with oil for around 10-15 minutes, and then wipe the oil off with a warm wet flannel. I generally do the OCM around “That Time Of The Month”. That’s when my skin becomes noticeably more oily and clog-prone.

I’ve also fallen in love with olive oil for moisturising – I haven’t used anything else for a couple of months. I love the way it smooths and soothes my sun-parched skin. I use local extra virgin olive, and I would definitely recommend getting it as fresh as possible.

What’s the cost of 100% natural skincare routine? It must be expensive!

Not at all – you’ll find it so much cheaper than your acne washes, medicated creams, high-end brands, etc. It’s even cheaper than most drugstore skincare. Your wallet will be the happiest it’s ever been.

Let me break down the annual cost for you:

  1. Rose water – you’ll need around 5 bottles per year, which will cost you around $50. It’s probably the most expensive item but it’s not absolutely necessary. I find it’s a lovely treat that smells divine, and my skin loves it, so I think it’s worth investing money in this little ritual.
  2. Oils –  my oil mixture for OCM costs around $25 but honestly it’s such a huge quantity that it will be enough for one whole year of cleansing, plus for moisturizing my body, feet, hands, etc. That’s what I call a bargain!
  3. A couple of flannels and some cotton pads – just a few dollars.

So for approximately $80 dollars a year you can get a lovely natural skincare routine going. It’s only 22 cents per day! I love it when being frugal also smells so good and makes me look/feel great. I don’t have to feel bad about putting chemicals on my body, and my skin is comfortable, happy and smooth.

Where to find things if you’re in Europe

As I get a lot of questions from those of you living in Europe, I’ve decided to include links to all the things mentioned above. I know it’s often impossible to find things (especially when you live in the middle of nowhere like me), so getting them online is often the only choice. Luckily, it’s the cheapest choice as well!

My final advice is this – don’t give up if it doesn’t work from the first time. Keep trying until you get it right. And remember – your skin is very much about what you eat as well, so eat clean, and you’ll soon start seeing results.

Good luck finding your own way to natural skincare!

If you try my 100% natural skincare routine, come back and let me know how it went! How has your experience with natural oils and floral water been so far?

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Comments

  1. Elizabeth says:

    I really like your skin routine. It’s is natural and cheap.
    I like your website by the way! It has great ideas I can put in to practice.

    • I really appreciate your positive feedback. It’s just the beginning, and this website is like my baby, so comments like yours are amazing to read. Thank you! Keep me posted when you put any of the things into practice!

  2. I”M currently doing the OCM with hemp seed oil and I am getting great results but I still get some blackheads on my nose and around my chin. Jojoba and olive oil are oils that love but they didn’t agree with my skin in the past.
    I will keep you posted on how I do with the rosewater

    • Are you adding castor oil to the mix? Is it cold pressed and unrefined? Or maybe try to vary the ratio of castor oil – there might be too much of it or not enough. I’ve heard a lot of great things about hempseed oil. Jojoba oil didn’t work for me either – i found it left my skin really dry and it was clogging pores too. I’ll be waiting for your updates!

  3. I’m glad this worked for you, but it has only made my skin worse. More pimples and terrible drying out. I’ve tried different oils and different ratios and have been doing it for over a month. Just wanted people to know that it doesn’t always work.

    • Hi Julie, thanks for sharing your experience with the OCM. I’m sad to hear it didn’t workout for you. But if you read my story, you’ll see that I failed the first couple of times as well. It just needs a lot of tweaking for each individual skin. By the way, the first two times I tried it I had exactly the same problem as well – terrible drying out and more pimples because of that. Could it be that your skin is reacting to castor oil? Or perhaps the castor oil you used wasn’t organic, cold-pressed and unrefined? A lot of people have luck using just olive oil, avocado oil, etc.

  4. Besides your skin routine I would like to know if you use some kind of sun protection when you are outdoors in a sunny day.

    • Hi Elizabeth! I actually don’t. I’m completely primal in that sense. I gradually get my sun used to the sun, develop a light tan, and then I can pretty much be in the sun all day long without ever getting burned. My tan also stays exactly the same all summer long without getting any darker. The primal diet is the best sun protection because it makes it impossible to get burnt. It’s just my personal opinion, a lot of people might disagree, but I believe sun protection lotions create much more damage, including skin cancer and ageing, than the sun itself. I live off the African coast, so the sun couldn’t be any stronger. Every day I look at the locals, and think that their skin looks amazing. And guess what? Most of them don’t use any sun protection. I think it’s just one more scam by the skincare industry. What’s your opinion about it?

  5. I really like the idea of not wearing sunblock at all but since I turn 30 I can see the difference in my skin from when I was in my 20’s. I feel that any change in the weather affects my skin.

    • I know what you mean. I’ve turned 30 this year as well, and I wish I hadn’t spent 15 years applying chemicals to my skin. But I find that each day my skin is less and less reactive to the weather because it’s getting more and more balanced and resilient. Just give your skin a bit of time with the natural oils, and you’ll see how it will start improving a lot.

  6. Hi Vita,

    Great post! I recently started OCM and it was great for the first few weeks but like a lot of people by the third week I started to get some painful red pimples around my jawline and chin and then some random places on my cheek. This is probably the worst my skin has ever been but I wanted to go natural completely so I also started to clean up my diet as well as my skincare routine. I’ve been using hemp seed oil, jojoba oil and castor oil (all organic and cold pressed) although now I’ve taken out jojoba oil completely as I noticed my skin didn’t like it. Now I’m just using hemp seed oil, castor oil and some tea tree oil. Some days it feels good, other days it’s not good and I’ve varied the amount of castor and tea tree oil. I’m experimenting with the oil percentages as well. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong but I hope that I’ll find something that works. I’m trying to decide if I should completely switch up the oils – I’ve just ordered some sunflower oil, borage oil and safflower oil…hoping that this will work. Wish me luck!

    • Hi Lisa! Perhaps your skin really didn’t like jojoba oil (my skin is the same, it gives me white clogs). If that’s the case, it will take a couple of weeks at least for your skin to calm down. What ratio of hempseed and castor oil are you using right now? Also how much teatree oil? What do you use to moisturize? Don’t mix too many oils together at the same time when you receive the oils you ordered. Try them one by one, and test each one for at least 2-3 weeks (unless you see an obvious worsening). Unfortunately, natural methods are a bit of a hit and miss until you find the right oils and ratios for your own skin, but it’s totally worth it if you persevere. In the last couple of weeks I got a harsh reminder from my skin as well that skincare isn’t everything. Even though I was using the same skincare routine as always, I had a massive breakout all over my face for a couple of weeks. It was so painful and so ugly! Do you know why? Because I started doubting the Paleo diet and started eating some grains, beans, lentils and honey. My theory is that it was probably perfect food for my candida, which got awakened. The Paleo diet was keeping it in check. This experience definitely gave me lots of food for thought, and I’ll definitely be writing more about it. Good news: today my skin is finally back to normal after I cut out grains, beans and honey again. What a relief! Wish you lots of luck! xx

  7. I just started the OCM about a week ago. I use 10% castor oil and 90% grapeseed oil. I also use rosewater routinely, not the same brand as you though. I haven’t seen any results yet, so I don’t know if I’m doing it right, or how fast you first saw results. I did the OCM every night except for 2 nights where I wasn’t wearing makeup, I just cleansed with rosewater. My biggest problem is scarring, I have so many red dots on my face. What can help?? I’m desperate. Thank you!

    • Hi Annie, healing your skin is a very gradual process, you must be patient. All the red dots will disappear when your skin regains health, moisture and natural balance. No need to use anything specific for the scars. I’d say it might take up to a month to start noticing lots of improvement. As long as your skin feels better and more nourished, that’s already a step in the right direction. Remember that it needs to get used to the new routine, too. Please keep me posted and good luck! xx

      • So I messaged you back in July, and I’ve been doing the OCM ever since.. I do 10% castor oil and 90% grape seed oil, I maybe rub it in for a minute and then proceed with the towel method. I do every couple of days because I’m not sure if it will dry out my skin. I have seen little results and still have scarring. Should I add different oils or change anything I’m doing? I also have taken pictures of my skin if you want to see what it looks like. I don’t want to give up on this method if it really works!

        • I also bought the same brand of rose water you have and have been using it for about a month now. Every morning and night.

        • Hi Annie, you could try to massage it in for a bit longer. Not necessarily every time, but once a week or so. You only start feeling clogs coming out after around the five-minute mark (at least in my case), so maybe you simply never even reach that point. I don’t think you need to change the oils. You could also try to increase castor oil a little (maybe up to 20%) for a bit more healing and cleansing action. Of course I’d like to see the pictures. xx

  8. Hi Vita, great post! I’m going to try just use rose water in the morning now 🙂 how long did it take for your PIH to disappear? After you clear your acne?

    • Hi Ami, let me know how it goes! I’m not sure what PIH means. Did you mean scarring? If that’s what you meant, my scars seemed to disappear really quickly, within 2 or 3 weeks. I think good nutrition and nourishment from oils really help the skin rebuild itself. xx

  9. Hi Vita, i am soo depressed right now..my skin broke out real bad after using some skin care products. At first, i thought it was purging (like the SA claimed), buf after 4 months, my skin never gets better, only worse. Now i have acnes all over my forehead and don’t know what to do. Will u recommend OCM for me? I wanted to try using jojoba oil and castor oil but worried that the purging or the massage might worsen the acnes. My trusted natural mask is honey and cinnamon, can i use this mask every day to clear up the acnes? And what’s the most gentle make up remover as i have to wear make up everyday? Can i use the jojoba oil only? Thank you so much for answering, really appreciate your help.

    • Hi Deisy! Sorry to hear about your struggles. You can’t imagine how many times I went through the same thing in my years with acne. Honey and cinnamon mask is great for clearing acne. I used to use it every other day and it helped a lot. Wouldn’t recommend every day. For makeup removal, you can mix jojoba oil with an equal amount of floral water (rosewater or lavender or any other gentle one) and wipe your makeup off with it. Afterwards you can rinse with warm filteted or boiled water. Avoid plain tap water. If you want to try OCM, start from once or twice a week. Watch how your skin reacts to jojoba, it can be clogging for some people, others swear by it. Good luck! It’s just a phase and will soon be over. xx

      • Thanks for your reply, Vita..too bad i can’t find any good quality rose water here in my country, so at the moment i’m using green tea as my toner..can i use it in the mix with jojoba oil as makeup remover?

        • Only if you make a tiny amount and keep in the fridge. As it’s for the eyes as well and you don’t want to risk infections, don’t use it for more than 3-4 days. Can you get some distilled water? It would stay fresh for much longer. xx

  10. Hi! Glad I found your post. I have been doing the following routine since mid May 2015 (so almost 6 months now) and for the majority of that time it worked miracles but now my skin is back to misbehaving. It’s not nearly as bad as it was before I got off using any products but the redness and acne is back. The routine –> AM: rinse with luke warm water, tone (1 part apple cider vinegar 3 parts water) and moisturize with ‘Collective Wellbeing Weightless Daycream Unscented Sheer Hydration’ if needed. PM: remove makeup if I am wearing it (Koh Gen Doh Spa Cleansing Water) and if not rinse with luke warm water, tone (1 part apple cider vinegar 3 parts water) and moisturize with Vitamin E oil (for my scarring) and/or/usually jojoba oil.

    I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 20 years old. I’m 25 now, vegan and gluten free. I make almost every single thing I put in my mouth. This part will blow your mind because of how healthy I am but when I am really stressed with work (I am the co-founder, co-owner of a full service event production company. The event industry has been rated one of the most stressful industries) I smoke cigarettes and eat candy. Bad bad bad, I know. Just didn’t want to keep that out of the story.

    All in all, why was this routine working for me for 5/6 months but crapped out on me for the last month if nothing has changed?

    THAKN YOU!!

    • Hi Kim, unfortunately what we do to our skin topically is a very small part in the health of our skin. What we put in our mouth and the health of our digestive tract plays a much bigger role. Just a few ideas to look into: low stomach acid (especially because you’re vegan and eating less protein, so the body produces much less of the acid – it might prevent you from digesting and absorbing food properly), your diet might be causing you deficiencies (especially zinc, it’s so important for the skin and pretty much impossible to get enough on the vegan diet), stress can really throw your body off balance by disrupting sex hormones and also by increasing cortisol, so perhaps try to minimize it somehow. Processed sugar in candies could also be playing a role. It’s so much better to make homemade desserts with unprocessed forms of sugar. You still treat yourself but it doesn’t ruin your body. I don’t think it’s the routine of products you’re using because if they worked fine for 6 months, there is no way they can suddenly stop working. It’s probably something deeper than that. Hope you’ll find te cause soon! xx

  11. Awesome post thanks. I love how we can use natural products for inside and out.

  12. Hi Vita,
    I am glad to know that all of your skin cleansing routine are natural and cheaper than any of other products or treatments, creams. I also believe in natural products because if they will not give results then they will not effects your skin. Mostly happen when we use other creams or other products they will side effects on our skin like skin irritation, rashes and pimples. And another one thing is that any age group can use these products any age group. By the way Thanks for this excellent and helpful post.

  13. Awesome post, sounds like I have the same type of skin profile as you! I do have eczema skin though, so it can difficult at times (especially during flare-ups) to maintain. I do have quite a lot of blackheads and whiteheads, so I have got to give OCM a try 🙂

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