Don’t reach for drying, irritation-causing acne products. Instead, learn how to get rid of acne the natural way: with minerals.
Vitamins have already gained a lot of praise for their topical benefits, but did you know minerals can be an amazing way to naturally combat blemishes and the marks they leave behind?
Traditional blemish-fighting products can be full of potent yet harmful ingredients, including derivatives of bleach and harsh alcohols. Yuck! While these ingredients will drastically clear up an uneven complexion, they can also result in flakey, irritated skin.
Enter minerals. Not only have they been used since ancient times for their antibacterial properties, minerals have also been shown to help regulate your sebaceous (oil) gland activity. Once you switch to a mineral-based approach to your acne-fighting skincare routine, you’ll never want to go back to harsh, drying ingredients. Check out three of the most commonly used minerals in skincare, as well as a DIY acne spot treatment recipe you can whip up at home.
Sulfur in skincare has become synonymous with acne treatment. Historically known as brimstone, sulfur was used in ancient times to treat a wide range of skin problems, from rosacea to dandruff. Today sulfur is found in a wide array of skin care products, including Peter Thomas Roth’s Therapeutic Sulfur Masque and Sunday Riley’s Saturn Mask. Sulfur is also a staple in acne treatments at many skin spas and salons.
This natural mineral plays a crucial role in the overall health of your hair, skin, and nails. When applied topically, it’s been known to disinfect skin, dry out existing blemishes, and promote exfoliation of pore-clogging debris and dead skin cells. This acne-fighting ingredient tends to be gentler on the skin than many other acne treatments, making it perfect for sensitive skin.
Like sulfur, silver has been known for its medicinal uses since ancient times. These days, the use of silver nanoparticles, also known as colloidal silver, has the exceptional ability to kill germs and is promoted as a treatment for certain skin conditions.
Natural beauty enthusiasts liken the ingredient to a wonder solution, as it aids in scar healing, anti-ageing, fungal infections, and even cuts and scrapes. It’s becoming greatly sought after for high-end green skincare products too. You can find products such as Cor’s The Silver Soap, May Lindstrom’s Honey Mud or Julisis’ Silver Elixir Night, in which colloidal silver is among the top ingredients. These products make the repairing properties of colloidal silver feel quite luxurious.
If you’re worried about sensitive skin, there’s no need. Suitable for all skin types, colloidal silver is only a concern if you have a silver allergy.
Zinc plays a wide array of different functions within the body. From a skincare perspective, it can aid in healing the skin, and has been known to combat acne-causing bacteria by regulating the skin’s oil production. Acting as an astringent, zinc purges excess oil and debris to prevent clogging, which can ultimately lead to reduced breakouts and tightened pores.
Zinc is most commonly used in mineral-based sunblocks, such as zinc oxide. It is also frequently found in serums and masks like Pai’s Copaiba & Zinc Perfect Balance Blemish Serum and Goldfaden MD’s Facial Detox Pore Clarifying Mask.
Just like the others minerals mentioned, zinc is suitable for all skin types, and is unlikely to cause flare-ups on even the most sensitive skin.
Julie Proszynski is a licensed Esthetician, health and beauty aficionado, and dog rescue advocate. She enjoys writing about skin and self-care, and has a background in various esthetic practices and business management.