My journey to clear skin was a long and misguided one. If there's a YouTube video about how so-and-so cleared their skin with such-and-such skincare brand or medication, chances are I've watched it. I struggled with cystic pimples, which if you aren't familiar with them, are the devils way of saying he's chosen you as the breeder of his spawn.
Macka B. once asked something along the lines of "would you eat Vaseline? No? Then don't use it on your skin", so the first thing I decided to do when I knew I was committed to clearing my skin was to ditch Neutrogena and Garnier, and turn to my fridge and kitchen cabinet. The only products I used on my skin were all-natural and whose ingredients I knew and could pronounce.
NB: I am not a dermatologist. Contact a healthcare professional before taking my advice.
I can't tell you the amount of times I'd have a guest over and they thought I had a portion control problem because I kept a bottle of honey in the shower, but it's great for your skin! Honey is an anti-bacterial, which can help fight against and prevent acne, and an antioxidant, which helps fight against free radicals.
Just replace your everyday cleanser with honey, and soon enough you'll start to see your skin glow.
I was skeptical about moisturising with coconut oil at first; I have oily to combination skin, and I wasn't about to step out of the house looking like I'd just dipped my head in a tub of glycerin, but that's a common misconception.
Coconut oil is an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal that just happens to taste like a tropical island. It unclogged my pores, moisturised my skin, and I'd even go as far as to say it controlled the amount of oil my skin was producing, so I was oil-free all day.
BONUS: It doubles up as an eye cream and sunscreen!
If you choose to forgo using honey as a cleanser or coconut oil as a moisturiser, then at least use turmeric as a face mask.
WARNING! It can leave your skin slightly yellow for a couple of hours, so I'd recommend using it when you don't have anywhere to be or anyone to see, unless you're going to be wearing a full coverage foundation. I'm not kidding. You think Donald Trump looks like a Cheeto? You should've seen me on a Saturday night.
(Also, don't dry your face with a light-coloured towel for aforementioned Cheeto-ness.)
It scares me how quickly turmeric cleared up my skin. I would take a tablespoon of turmeric, a tablespoon of Greek yogurt, mix it all together and slather it all over my face. I'd wait until it hardened and then wash it off with warm water. Within a month of doing this every Friday and Saturday night, my skin looked as good as it did the day I was born.
Now remember, the hardest part about clearing your skin is committing to clearing your skin. It's a process that, sadly, doesn't happen overnight, so be patient. If you start to become demotivated, remember why you started in the first place.
Also remember that stress plays a big role in whether or not your skin is clear. If you're in school, have recently gone through a breakup, or you've just re-watched Season 11 of Grey's Anatomy, it's understandable that you'd get pimples and/or have acne. Your body reacts to everything, so don't be so hard on yourself if you feel you've tried everything and nothing has worked.
You're beautiful with or without pimples, with or without acne and with or without scarring. Don't let anybody tell you differently, especially not yourself.