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DIY: Skin Clearing, Healing, and Exfoliating Mask (aloe, MSM, niacin) – Great for problem skin, uneven pigment, and aging&

Posted Feb 28 2012 9:45pm

If you haven’t previously noticed, I have a penchant for trying new natural skin care ideas. Over time, I’ve narrowed down some of the things that have caused my skin to be less than stellar, and it’s a great feeling to have (mostly) figured things out—not that I think it is a static issue. I previously posted about some of the things I do for my skin and an exfoliating facial that I use often (it involved bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar, and I still love it. But I might love this new one even more!).

I’m always on a quest to do certain things for my skin:

1. Keep it clear

2. Keep the pigment even (I had melasma–the doctor told me it was “permanent” uneven pigment on my face, that was caused by birth control pills. I spent two years “fixing” it without pharmaceuticals. But evening out pigment also applies to age spots, normal discoloration or unevenness, and some sun-induced freckles too)

3. Brighten and exfoliate


The facial I came up with is a great complement to what I’m already doing (chlorella supplements, clarisonic, aloe/witch hazel toner, cultured veggies, MSM in my water, apple cider vinegar, infrared sauna…and probably more…).

Take an aloe leaf (if you can get one, and filet it so you can remove a chunk of gel).


If you don’t have access to aloe leaves (if you’re in the Rochester area, sometimes they have them in Pittsford Wegmans, but not always), buy aloe gel (whole leaf).

Here are the brands I have been using lately (I bought the MSM online, but the other two at Lori’s Natural Foods in Rochester):

MSM, Niacin (flush), Aloe gel

Niacin is known for its skin clearing effects when taken internally and when used topically. (I use the contents of 3 capsules because I can’t find the powder locally, which added up to 1500mg. This is a lot–you’ll want to start with less and work up to around 1 tsp if you haven’t experienced the “flush” yet)

MSM powder is known for its skin building and repairing ability. It also is a detoxifier and improves elasticity of all connective tissue (it makes me more bendy in yoga–I swear!). It can be used for arthritis and other joint issues too. If you have MSM pills, you could probably chop them up in a coffee grinder!

Aloe is known for its healing properties, inside and outside of the body. It is a digestive system soother toner (but don’t drink too much, or you’ll run to the toilet!). It is also used (quite successfully by several of my clients) for acid reflux.



Do you ever do facials or skin treatments at home?

In the past, I had all kinds of skin treatments at spas, but I’ve honestly found that the ones I do at home work just as well and they don’t have any strange chemicals!

Please note, the niacin will make your skin red—start small with that! Make sure not to buy the no-flush niacin, as that kind won’t cause the capillary dilation!

And coming tomorrow….a recipe for the flourless cookies I made up today, plus, I want to add an accessory to them (I mean, besides coffee). But I ate quite a bit of dough and 3 cookies…so I need to wait till I’m hungry again.

Peanut butter cookies, flourless and low sugar option

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