How This Woman Cleared Her Acne (Naturally!)

 Image via Instagram user @briannagabrielaa

Image via Instagram user @briannagabrielaa

Most women (and guys) attack acne in pretty much the same way. Sprint to nearest drugstore, buy the harshest-looking spot treatment, bleach your pillowcase, repeat. But, what happens when the traditional route doesn't cut it—and instead you're left with dry, inflamed, red skin—and the very same zit you set out to extinguish? 

Some reach for medication, but others, like blogger and model Brianna Lopez, find success with a more natural route. According to Glamour, this Instagram user transformed her breakout-prone skin with a simple, clean skincare routine. In fact, you can probably find half the ingredients in your kitchen—or in your bathroom—right now. 

Lopez shared a dramatic before-and-after snap of her skin, explaining in the comment that she wanted to share a skin post, because she "struggled so much" with her own, adding: "I really feel like I need to stop pretending like I haven't. Especially in the industry I am trying to get into, it can be very deceiving about body image and skin."

On the left, Lopez says is her skin "at its worst" and on the right is how she looks currently. "This was a hard time and I was very bothered by it. Didn't want to leave my room or even have my own parents look at me." Sound familiar, acne-sufferers?

The (obviously very effective) natural routine Lopez switched to is simple. She begins by cleansing—sometimes twice—with pure jojoba oil. (Yep, just like this one!). Then, she wipes away any residue with a washcloth. 

Second, she uses a DIY face mask for one hour made from honey, half a teaspoon of turmeric, and a dash of cinnamon. Interestingly, honey has been shown to offer antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects, which can help calm angry, acne-prone skin. As does turmeric. Cinnamon is thought to help boost circulation, although it's not recommended for more sensitive skin types. Then, the model washes off her mask and moisturizes with the Shea Terra Organics Rose Hips & Carrot Perfecting Serum alongside Lavender Oil.

As a final step, she uses shea butter as a spot treatment—an unusual choice, as most folks with acne-prone skin point to shea butter as something that might trigger a breakout. 

As well as following this skincare routine, she takes supplements and vitamins believed to help with breakouts. (Obviously, speak to your health care pro before making any major changes!)

"There are worse things that can happen to you in life than acne," she added on Instagram. "But getting acne takes a really big toll on your life. I'm willing to answer any questions anyone might have. Just needed to get this out there because it is apart of who I am and my story." Preach 🙌 .