Those of us who have had to deal with acne really understand how a breakout can destroy our confidence. This is especially true for Brianna Lopez. Her job puts her skin into the spotlight every day she works.
Brianna is a model from Los Angeles with a severe case of acne. In order to progress in her industry, a person has to be practically flawless, which is why Brianna has come up with a genius way to clear her skin and keep it that way. After trying a lot of products and medications, she soon found out that natural remedies and homemade masks work the best, admitting that a lot of the things she uses on her face are everyday household items you can buy at the grocery store.
After much success, Brianna decided to share before and after pictures of her skin on Instagram and the photos went viral. People were so impressed with her transformation that Brianna created a step-by-step instructional video, which has now been viewed over 16000 times! Her skincare routine involves six simple steps. First, Brianna cleanses her skin with 100% natural jojoba oil she likes to buy from Trader Joe’s. It might sound odd to clean your face with oil, but jojoba oil can actually prevent your skin from having breakouts. Jojoba oil acts similar to the natural oils on the skin called the sebum. Sometimes these oils can be overproduced and clog pores, so by using jojoba oil, it tricks the skin into not producing any. Jojoba oil is also fantastic for removing makeup, and Brianna will sometimes repeat this step if she made up her face that day. Step two involves a homemade face mask. Brianna will whip one up using ingredients from her kitchen pantry. her favorite mask consists of raw honey, turmeric, and cinnamon. Honey and turmeric both have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, while cinnamon increases circulation to boost skin’s healthy glow. All three ingredients fight acne and make one heck of a cheap and easy, but effective, mask.
Brianna says she also likes to use masks made from sulfur or bentonite clay, too, but that the honey one is her favorite. She’ll leave it on for an hour before washing it off. Step three involves the important act of moisturizing. She likes to use Shea Terra Organics Rose Hips & Carrot Perfecting Serum and Doterra Lavender Oil. These products have essential oils that help fade acne scars, are rich in vitamins, and help stimulate new cell growth. For step four, Brianna reveals that she will spot treat her skin at night. She likes to use raw shea butter to dab on any breakout areas.
If you’re interested in Brianna’s skincare routine and want to achieve her flawless look for yourself, check out her tutorial video below:
Step five is all about sun protection. In the morning, Brianna skips the shea butter and applies an SPF 30 instead. She recommends the Raw Elements Eco Formula 30+ Lotion. Step six doesn’t actually involve putting anything on your skin at all, but rather it’s about what you put in your mouth. “Acne is almost always internal, so you need to clean their insides, and their skin will follow,” Brianna told Allure Magazine.
She likes to take herbal supplements of turmeric, milk thistle, burdock root, and neem leaf. She also admits to being a pescatarian, which means the only meat Brianna eats is fish.
Brianna also admits that it’s a good idea to skip the makeup routine now and then and just leave your face alone. “If I don’t wear makeup for a few days in a row, I just re-apply the two oils and some sunblock in the morning. I think that’s pretty much it,” she says.
Brianna claims her skin still isn’t perfect but that it has come a long way. She says she began seeing results in just one week but only got comfortable with her appearance after two and a half months. That’s still an incredibly short amount of time for such impressive results!
“I still have scarring left which I am working with a doctor to fix because to be a model you basically need to be ‘perfect,’ which no one is and I am not claiming to be perfect at all,” Brianna says.
“There are worse things that can happen to you in life than acne. But getting acne takes a really big toll on your life.”