How to Help Heal Acne with Plant-Based Products

Posted by David Hunt on

We have recently been getting a lot of questions about acne, and which of our products are best for acne. Diversity is beauty, and here at Dérive Botanicals we know that there is a great diversity of skin types. Our driving philosophy is to capture simple plant-based ingredients in their purest form and to spread the word about the healing properties of these plants, and let you choose what your skin needs for yourself. We don’t put everything in one bottle because skin needs different things at different times.  We have several products that can help in the different stages of acne, and we want you to be empowered to choose what is best for where you are at.

P R E V E N T   A C N E

Purifying Skin: Acne is caused by a bacteria which feeds off of skin’s oil, so it is important to keep skin clean without overly drying it, as this might cause our pores to produce more oil to compensate. Our Tea Tree Purifying Toner is antibacterial and aids in keeping the bacteria on skin in check without drying out skin.

Balance ph & Close Pores: Our Witch Hazel & Ylang Ylang Soothing Toner is great at balancing your skin’s ph after cleansing, which can tend to dry out your skin and cause your skin’s ph to be too high. Balancing your skin’s ph with our toner helps to make sure your skin doesn’t produce too much of its acne causing oils to compensate from the drying nature of cleansing. Witch Hazel is also a great astringent, which means it will shrink your pores and help prevent impurities from entering your skin.

Balancing Oil Levels: Using a non-comedogenic oil after you cleanse to moisturize can be very helpful for balancing oil levels as well. Our Wildharvested Camellia Seed Cleansing Oil quickly sinks in, leaving skin clean and non-greasy. When your skin is hydrated it doesn’t feel the need to overproduce its own oils to compensate. Our Camellia Seed Oil penetrates pores deeply, and has a molecular structure similar to our skin’s own oil, so it is great at dissolving excess oil and other impurities found deep within our pores. It is especially great for those who have blackheads. Try using it in combination with our Witch Hazel & Ylang Ylang Soothing Toner or our Tea Tree Purifying Tonerby putting 1 drop of oil per every 1 to 2 sprays of hydrosol to create a nourishing moisturizer which helps support clear skin.

H E A L   A C N E

Sometimes skin has open acnes sores (which we should never create ourselves by picking at our skin).  Our Yarrow Healing Mist is cooling, healing and soothing, and it promotes new healthy cell growth, which helps to reduce scarring. It also helps to prevent infection, redness, and irritation and won’t clog pores.

A C N E   S C A R S

After acne has healed and skin repairs itself sometimes dark spots or scarring are left over. This can often be worsened by UV exposure, (which is another reason why it is so important to always use sunscreen) but our body will eventually replace the discolored skin cells. One way that we can speed up this turning over of skin cells is helping our body with its own natural process of exfoliation. Our Papaya Leaf Complexion Perfecting Spray is full of the enzyme papain, which eats dead skin. In combination with Papaya Leaf’s many nutrients (vitamins A, C and alpha hydroxy acids), papain helps to exfoliate away dead skin and lets our skin produce new, healthy cells.

Three things are important for helping to heal acne: keeping skin clean, keeping skin moisturized, and allowing skin to heal itself. We have several plant-based products which can help your skin heal itself and maintain a happy and healthy balance, no matter where you are at on your journey.

Wishing you healing and self-love! If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below or to write me an email at



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