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When it comes to skin that's breaking out, why not try a little tenderness?

For decades, dermatologists have treated acne with harsh chemicals and stripping, drying treatments. We have a different idea for your skin.

Your skin is part of a feedback loop, and can’t be separated from the rest of your body when it comes to treatment. By stripping the skin of its oils and drying blemishes, you might make a few of them go away, but you’re also causing your skin to create more sebum, which will likely result in an endless cycle of breakouts. Plus, treating the condition only at the surface won’t address the root causes, so you’ll have to dig deeper to find out what’s out of balance.

It could be your diet, your hormones, your stress level, or the products you’re using on your skin. It will take patience and a bit of detective work, but you will ultimately learn how to support your skin in a way that’s much more than skin deep.


Acne is an inflammatory condition complicated by bacteria and hormones, and each case is unique in the combination of factors that contribute to symptoms on the surface. Inflammation occurs both internally and externally, as a result of diet, stress, and concomitant illness.

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It may take a few months to see what feels like meaningful change, but if you go about it the right way, it will also be lasting change.

critical beginning steps

Harsh acids, peels, and scrubs
Until your skin heals, over exfoliation will only lead to more breakouts. Also, the more you strip your skin of its natural oils, the more it will panic and feel like it needs to increase its own oil production.

A daily oil cleanser
Oil cleansing pulls oil from the skin very effectively, but daily oil cleansing may deplete the skin’s natural sebum and kick it into rebound overdrive.

Drying masks or chemical blemish treatments
Again, soaking up the oil at the surface can be helpful from time to time, but mostly your skin is asking for support, not an attack.

A dirty washcloth or pillowcase
Make sure you’re laundering your linens regularly with an SLS and fragrance-free detergent to limit your skin’s exposure to microbes and chemicals.

Your fingers
Touching your face often or picking at blemishes can increase the chance of infection, irritation, and scarring. Use your hands lovingly to perform your skincare routine, and keep them away otherwise if possible.

Black Clay Facial Soap
Rich in minerals and nutrients for the skin, this bar is beloved among those managing acne. Essential oils of cedar, lemon, and bergamot fight bacteria, and coconut milk boosts lather and leaves the skin soft and nourished.

Balance Facial Serum
This herbal serum contains antiinflammatory black cumin seed oil and schisandra extract, and is the perfect blend of oils to help your skin understand that it can finally relax.

Spotless Blemish Oil
Rather than blowing up a blemish on your skin leaving a dry, crusty mess, this gentle but powerful blend simply convinces blemishes to sneak away silently.

super important next steps

Once things start to settle down, you can add a weekly dose of our Detox Exfoliating Mask to keep things clear. You can also use it as a spot treatment by applying a tiny amount to a blemish and leaving it there for about ten minutes, followed by Spotless Blemish Oil. You may add our Purely Gentle Mud Cleanser for a morning cleanse, and continue the Black Clay Facial Soap in the evenings.

Additionally, keeping a food journal and managing stress will be important in your healing process. By watching how your skin reacts to inflammatory foods like dairy and sugar, you’ll have more information to guide your food choices. And managing your stress in a proactive manner will decrease your circulating cortisol levels, reducing the effect of stress on your skin.

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