I am at the mercy of all things beauty related, especially when it comes to skincare. More specifically, I’m at the beck-and-call of every bit of acne that showed up 20 years too late. I’m a hot mess of hormonal imbalance and my poor, poor face has taken the brunt of it all.
I didn’t have bad skin in high school, or even in college for that matter; my skin practically glowed through all the angsty years of my youth. But I guess the hormone riddled, teenage acne of my past has been lying in wait for some payback, because ALL the combined acne of my life knocked on my door right after kid #2 showed up a few years ago, ready to party.
Yay! Party at my house. Bring your favorite Trapper Keeper, Cabbage Patch Kid and all your colored Swatch watches. We’ll watch Full House and a little bit of Truth or Dare, if we’re lucky, and trade jelly bracelets. Maybe crimp each others’ hair if we stay up late enough, so be sure to bring a couple cans of Aqua Net.
Seriously though, there are so many recipes you can whip up at home to ferret out the bad skin, and usually the ingredients you need are in your bathroom cabinet.
Here’s how to make your own acne cream:
- 1 pea sized amount of hydrocortisone cream 1% (over the counter)
- 1 pea sized amount of an acne product containing sulfur
Mix these two ingredients together on the back of your hand, and use either your clean finger or a Q-tip to apply to problem spots.
Here’s how it really works. Hydrocortisone (which you should use sparingly) is an anti-inflammatory that will calm the red, irritable, puffy skin. The acne product with sulfur will help create new cell turnover, so if you combine the two you’re in good hands.
Hydrocortisone + Sulfur product = Awesome
There are a handful of different acne products with sulfur as an ingredient, so just do a little research to find your favorite. I like Murad, Proactiv mask, and would love to try this sulfur ointment I just found.
That’s it! Look at you, you tricky minx, you just made your own acne cream!