As I get older, I have noticed that certain bumps and pores have started to appear on my face.
Although my complexion stays fairly clear and healthy not only due to those sweet Filipino genetics my mama gave me, and keeping it clean with oil free facial soap, there are still affected areas where I just can’t get rid of some of these bumps. I have learned over time that these tiny white bumps are called milia.
Milia is caused by oils and dead skin clogged into the pores and skin ends up growing over it over time. Yuck! I had always assumed these bumps were pimples and to my dismay, if you you tried to pop them, they would just get worse. (Insert hysterical crying emoji here)
So of course I went to the World Wide Web, to help me figure out a way to get rid of these awful little buggers, and found a few resolutions. I am huge DIY gal, and if I can make it in the comfort of my own home, I am willing to try it. Anything to avoid having to pay lots of money on expensive products or a trip to the dermatologist.
So far the remedy I have found to be the best is tea tree oil mixed with aloe Vera gel, and/or apple cider vinegar.
Nightly, removing my makeup with Neutrogena’s Deep Clean purifying Micellar Cleansing Water. I take a cotton swab and poor a few drops of Vermont Village’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and just rub gently on the affected areas. This tends to close the pores and push the dirt from any dirt stuck deep into larger pores. Mine happen to be around my nose and chin. The apple cider vinegar will help minimize the chance of anymore bumps sprouting at any time.
As for the existing milia, the Naturalis Tea Tree Oil and Aloe Vera has really helped reduce the amount of bumps that have tried to settle down on my face. I use this home made remedy once a week. Sometimes opting out for the Aloe Gel, and just using straight tea tree on my bumps.
First I steam my face. Just take a towel and run it under hot water in the sink. Hot enough where it just doesn’t burn your hands and/or face. Ring it out so that it is not dripping water from the ends. If you can’t get the heat that you need just from the sink, pop the damp towel into the microwave for 15 seconds, longer if still not hot enough.
Once finished, lay back, relax, and put the towel over your face. I sometimes have to do this twice to three times, the towel can get cold and I love a good steam. I do it for about 10-15 minutes.
After face is fully steamed, pores are open and ready to be cleaned, I put my tea tree oil and aloe Vera gel mask on.
All you need is 3-4 drops of organic tea tree essential oil and two tablespoons of aloe Vera gel. Mix these ingredients into a bowl, and Wala! You have a simple but effective face mask. Use your finger tips to massage the mask onto your face and let sit for 15 minutes. After, wash off with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel.
Once your face is feeling so fresh and so clean-clean, put my new favorite product Elemis Pro Collagen Night Cream on. And I am ready to be rejuvenated throughout my beauty rest.
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