Fighting Acne Naturally

Let me introduce you to Sunday Riley, the little skincare line that now has a serious cult following and tons of people shouting its praises from rooftops and Instagram comments alike.

Ahh acne, something nearly everyone on this planet — save for the truly #blessed — has dealt with at least once in their lives. [Likely more than once if you’re a human who 1) has hormones, 2) eats food, 3) lives in this world.] Which also means nearly every one of those acne-dealers has also spent hours in front of a mirror, examining their spots, picking when they know they’re not supposed to, squeezing when they know they’re definitely not supposed to, and slathering on any skincare product they can get their pimple-popping hands on in an attempt to magically erase whatever has sprouted on their faces.

Alas, there is not such thing as a miracle product that will erase your breakouts. There are, however, several things you can do for your skin to limit, tame, and maybe even prevent breakouts…the all-natural way.

You see, dealing with acne goes deeper than just what you see on the surface. It’s about what you put into your body, how you treat your body, and what you put on your body over time, which is why sticking with a solid, good-for-you skincare routine is paramount.

If you’re ready to seriously hunker down and get your skin right as far as breakouts are concerned, pick your products wisely. And while I usually advocate cherry picking things that work for your individual skin from however many lines you want, there is an argument to be made for a line that focuses on making sure all of its products are not only stellar, but also work together for the best outcome.

(Side note: If you don’t feel like you need to “fight” your skin’s natural state, you do you. Embracing what your body is doing on its own is a special thing and something you shouldn’t feel embarrassed to do because of society’s “standards.” You are beautiful, always.)  

So let me introduce you to Sunday Riley, the little skincare line that could, that now has a serious cult following and tons of people shouting its praises from rooftops and Instagram comments alike.

What makes this line of products so incredible and unique is threefold: it’s all-natural, every single product is designed to play nice with every other so you can mix and match to find your perfect combination, and it won’t crush your will to live with its price tag. By using fewer high-quality ingredients to craft expert formulas, Sunday Riley is a powerfully simple line of clean, effective and harmonious acne-fighting and skin-soothing products.

Step #1: Blue Moon Cleansing Balm

The first step to treating your skin at the end of the day is removing everything that’s sitting on top of it. so everything you’re about to apply can sink in deeply. The Blue Moon Cleansing Balm is a must-have for all double-cleansing fans: it fully removes makeup and grime while also moisturizing and soothing skin thanks to blue tansy, chamomile and cocoa butter. You’ll want to follow this up with an equally gentle cleanser of your choice to make sure your skin is truly clean and gunk-free.

Step #2: Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask

After thoroughly cleansing, you’ll want to treat yourself to a weekly mask and this baby is the queen of acne-fighting treatments. Packed with 10% sulfur, 4% niacinamide and other antibacterial, anti-inflammatory ingredients, the Saturn Mask works on all hormonal acne, congested pores, inflamed skin…you name it.

(Note: Do not use this mask every day — it will dry the crap out of your skin and likely lead to more acne as your skin’s pH and sebum get thrown out off whack. Use this weekly at first and see how you react. If you can’t stay away, consider using it as an overnight spot treatment on pimples that have come to a head — the white part has come to the top — as the final step to your nighttime skincare routine.)

Step #3: Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment

Regular exfoliation is important for clearing away dead skin cells that can clog pores and lead to inflammation, but a physical scrub is not the best way to do it when you’re dealing with angry, open blemishes. Instead, lean into the marvelous world of lactic acid to chemically do it for you, and safely. The aptly named Good Genes treatment is a multitasking wunderkind that will leave you with brighter, clearer, smoother, clarified skin overnight.

Step #4: Juno Essential Face Oil

When dealing with finicky skin, less is often more, which is why I’m advising you to call it a night after gently pressing this gorgeous face oil into your skin. Yup, that it’s: just a few super-effective products are all you need for now as you figure out what your skin likes and what it doesn’t. Luckily, Juno oil not only does a stellar job at locking everything into your skin, it’s also super hydrating and, thanks to its abundance of vitamins, cold-pressed seed oils and antioxidants, it will leave your skin clear and luminous.


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I don’t have any acne, but thanks for the recommendations! Might share this post with a friend!

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5 years ago
5 years ago

I like Good Genes by Sunday Riley but I haven’t fallen in love with any of their other products. I’ve tried the CEO, as well as their Luna Night oil. I was a little disappointed. I love their philosophy, packaging and ingredients but I think if you’ve been into eco-beauty for awhile, you may not be blown away by the results. There are other smaller/lesser known brands that do a better job for half the price tag.

5 years ago

Ok Holly J, what products are those. I need help and not a lot extra in our budget for the Mom. So I normally just end up using soap and my 2 year old moisturizer … It will sit in that bottle forever. Anyway, I’m to old to be fight acne every day & too broke to do much about it. Thank you

5 years ago

No disrespect to anyone else, I’m just desperate … I feel ugly and each day I’m more depressed. I haven’t been in a picture in almost 3 years, that’s how much I dislike who I see in the mirror, so please forgive my rudeness.

5 years ago

Acne can also be due to a health condition. Go for a health checkup if you have serious acne problem.

5 years ago

I am suffering few months for acne problem. Thanks for sharing this nice info. I think it will be helpful for me