Inflammation is one of the leading causes of skin-related issues. From subtle puffiness to rosacea to acne, inflammation wreaks all kinds of havoc with your complexion. For most of us, this leads to a vicious cycle: apply more makeup to hide the skin blemishes, which clogs your pores and may cause more inflammation, which inevitably increases those skin blemishes, and so on.
What is a person to do? How do you pull yourself from this cycle?
Try integrating all-natural anti-inflammatory skin agents!
While severe inflammation-caused skin ailments generally require medical intervention — such as dermatitis, psoriasis, or skin infections — moderate inflammation can be tackled with powerful, plant-based anti-inflammatory agents. What should you look for?
To begin, try the inflammation-fighting champion turmeric. This traditional Indian spice is sourced from turmeric root and is widely known for its ability to decrease inflammation due to a naturally occurring agent called curcumin. Plant extracts are also incredibly helpful when it comes to fighting inflammation. Extracts — such as calendula, senna seed, chamomile, and witch hazel — are concentrated and powerful substances that use the plant’s natural inflammation-fighting and antibacterial agents to help decrease inflammation, fight acne and soothe the skin. Oils are also a great concentrated source of anti-inflammatory plant power! Try out prickly pear seed oil, tamanu oil, or maracuja oil. Other plant-based inflammation fighters for the skin include aloe, green tea, blue tansy, licorice, and white willow bark.
Once you’ve decided on the type of inflammation-fighting agent that fits your specific skin condition, it’s important to find a beauty product that is both cruelty-free and vegan. Cruelty-free products help support the fight to protect against animal testing and animal cruelty in the beauty world (and beyond!). By purchasing a vegan product, you are also supporting companies that choose not to source animal-based products.
Want to find your forever cruelty-free and vegan brand for fighting skin inflammation? Here are are a few cruelty-free, vegan, anti-inflammatory skincare products to choose from!
1. S.W. Basics Natural Rosewater and Tea Tree Oil Face Wash
S.W. Basics Natural Rosewater and Tea Tree Oil Face Wash/Amazon.com
If you haven’t heard about S.W. Basics, now is the time to get on board with this trusted vegan brand! This S.W. Basics Natural Rosewater and Tea Tree Oil Face Wash is specifically designed for sensitive, acne-prone skin with only three gentle ingredients: USDA certified natural rosewater, organic tea tree oil, and organic vegetable glycerin. This product is verified vegan, cruelty-free, and organic, plus it’s free of soap, alcohol, and sulfate! S.W. Basics promises ingredients are sourced from family farms and are certified fair trade. A 4-fluid ounce bottle costs $6.52.
James says “I have very sensitive skin and for that reason, I’ve had trouble finding a cleanser that won’t irritate or dry out my face. I switched to this almost a month back and I’ve noticed clear skin without the dryness. It’s my go-to product In the morning and at night. I recommend it to anyone with sensitivities to other products.”
2. 100% Pure Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Acne Clear Cleanser
100% Pure Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Acne Clear Cleanser/Amazon.com
This 100% Pure Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Acne Clear Cleanser uses a unique blend of vegan-friendly, cruelty-free botanicals that not only clears excess oil but also washes makeup and unwanted bacteria from your skin. This product promises to be great for acne-prone and sensitive skin types! Along with cleansing, this wash unclogs pores, hydrates, and heals with lightweight algae and glycerin, while also reducing acne scars. 100% Pure promises this face wash to be irritation-free and provide a natural radiance from natural ingredients such as lemon and turmeric! A 3.4-fluid ounce bottle costs $32.30.
Noelle says “I love this face wash and I’ve been using it for a while. I used to buy it directly from 100% Pure, but they are often sold out so I was so happy to see this was available on Amazon. This is a great all-natural product for acne-prone skin (which is very hard to find). However, it is a very watery consistency, so you have to be careful when pouring it out otherwise too much comes out. I usually pour this onto a cleansing brush and use that to wash my face which works better with the consistency than just using your hands.”
3. Naturopathica Aloe Cleansing Gel, 5 oz.
Naturopathica Aloe Cleansing Gel/Amazon.com
This Naturopathica Aloe Cleansing Gel will give you all the feels of cleanliness with its foaming powers! This cleansing gel promises to clarify, cleanse, and protect your skin with natural agents. Plus, this cleanser includes 50 percent aloe vera lending to a super-powerful moisturizer, wonderful soother, and healer for sensitive skin. This product is ecocert-certified, gluten-free, vegan-friendly, and cruelty-free with a Leaping Bunny certification. A 5-ounce bottle costs $34.20.
Rusty Johnston says “I first experienced this Face Cleansing Gel during a high-end SPA treatment in Goleta, CA. I purchased my own tube after the treatment, which lasted many months. Once it was empty, I was so disappointed to find the SPA no longer carried the item. I decided to search for it on Amazon and was more than delighted to find it was available. My skin remains vibrant, and young and healthy-looking, and most people think I am much younger than my age. I use this Gel every day in the shower and before bedtime. I buy 2 at a time, so I always have a backup. It is a wonderful and quality product.”
4. Ursa Major Fantastic Face Wash, 8 ounce
Ursa Major Fantastic Face Wash/Amazon.com
This Ursa Major Fantastic Face Wash is vegan-friendly and cruelty-free, while also being free of harsh chemicals such as sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrance and color, glycols, silicones, and PEGS. With a blend of AHA exfoliating complex, soothing aloe, brightening sugarcane, moisturizing rice seed, cleansing coconut-derived surfactants, and a natural aromatic formula including spearmint, rosemary, lemon, and lavender, this face wash has everything for sensitive and acne-prone skin. An 8-ounce bottle costs $28.00.
Gar Codling says “How many of you have written a review on a website for a product? I never have, NOT ONCE I tell you, but I’m going to do it now. This stuff is quite simply da freakin’ bomb. I’ve been ordering Fantastic Face Wash for almost a year now, it first showed up innocuously in a subscription box I get every month in a tiny little 2 oz container. From the moment I popped the lid and smelled it, I knew the product was something special. The combination of cedar, spearmint, and lime is absolutely invigorating in the morning! But then, the real surprise was how well it worked with my skin! I have oily, easily clogged skin, and I’ve struggled with finding a facial cleanser that wouldn’t strip my skin to the dry, flaky bones or do absolutely NOTHING in an effort to keep my natural ph balance intact. I promise y’all, if you struggle with either of these problems, GET THIS PRODUCT. My skin looks splendid, it’s clear of breakouts, and I never feel that “road rash” feeling of rough exfoliants. These guys at Ursa Major really know what’s up. Get this stuff people! And the container lasts me like 3 months. Forgot that part. Seriously, this product is amazing! Thanks, Ursa Major team!”
5. Acure Seriously Soothing Cleansing Cream 4 Oz.
Acure Seriously Soothing Cleansing Cream/Amazon.com
It’s all in the name with this Acure Seriously Soothing Cleansing Cream! A combination of natural, cruelty-free, and vegan-friendly ingredients — such as chamomile and peony — make this cream a wonderful combination to your sensitive skin facial routine. Plus, this cream is free of harsh chemicals including parabens, sulfates, petroleums, mineral oils, and silicone. Along with cleansing impurities, this product also helps balance your skin. A 4-ounce bottle costs $7.26.
Cheri L. Streby says “I read an article about the many chemical ingredients in Cetaphil, which I had used forever. In that same article, they recommended chemical-free substitutes for those who loved Cetaphil, and Acure Sensitive Facial Cleanser was one of them – and it was priced reasonably. I gave it a try and will never go back. It only takes a small amount to get a nice foamy lather and Acure doesn’t dry my skin. Try it, you’ll love it too.”
6. Nourish Organic Refreshing & Balancing Face Toner
Nourish Organic Refreshing & Balancing Face Toner/Amazon.com
This Nourish Organic Refreshing & Balancing Face Toner is vegan-friendly, USDA certified organic and cruelty-free! Plus, Nourish Organic promises this product to be free of GMOs, gluten, and fragrances. This toner soothes, refreshes, and balances with natural ingredients such as aloe and witch hazel that work to refine pores and naturally tone skin. Plus, this toner won’t dry your skin out like most as it also has moisturizing agents to provide an all-day radiance! A 3-ounce bottle costs $9.03.
Beatriz Reyna says “Just WOW! I don’t know how have I lived all this time without this cleanser! I have never done proper skincare aside from applying organic coconut oil on my skin, so to start, I was looking for a product made of organic ingredients. I found this one while searching for it without having to break the bank. I have nothing else to compare it with, but this one is creamy and liquid at the same time with no fragrance and it feels so good to the skin! It gets soapy when rubbing it on wet face and I couldn’t be happier with the results: with just one use, I got rid of the texture I had due to buildup. Yes, just one use! My skin hasn’t feel cleaner in a long time. This is definitely now a must for me.”
7. Sky Organics Organic Rose Water Toner
Sky Organics Organic Rose Water Toner/Amazon.com
Sky Organics is one of those well-loved and trusted brands offering a variety of vegan and organic products for conscious buyers. This Sky Organics Organic Rose Water Toner is not only vegan and organic, but they are also cruelty-free! This product sources the highest grade of 100 percent pure and organic Lebanese rose water that has been steam distilled with zero additives or chemicals. While this product is sold as a toner, rose water is known for its multifaceted uses including cleansing, moisturizing, and replenishing, meaning you will get a four-in-one product! Great for calming irritated and sensitive skin or simply as a refreshing spray after the gym or long plane ride. A 4-ounce bottle costs $14.20.
Neil says “I ordered this rosewater for my acne-prone skin. Recently I developed cystic acne on my face and I changed my regimen with other products as well as this rosewater as a toner, and within 3 weeks all of my acne started to diminish! My skin started to have more of defined tone and the pores also shrunk. I used other rose water too but I didn’t find them as satisfactory as this one. This fragrance is very nice and I am very pleased with this product! I will be ordering more soon. Oh, and the product came 1 day early!”
8. Christina Moss Naturals Face Moisturizing Cream
Christina Moss Naturals Face Moisturizing Cream/Amazon.com
This Christina Moss Naturals Face Moisturizing Cream uses certified organic, cruelty-free, and vegan-friendly ingredients along with being free of harmful chemicals such as preservatives, fillers, parabens, sulfates, dyes, synthetic fragrances, and propylene glycol. This moisturizing cream is perfect for sensitive and acne-prone skin types as it is non-comedogenic and naturally heals, smoothes, moisturizes, and boosts your kins health with nutrient-rich ingredients. A 1.7-fluid ounce bottle costs $25.99.
Krysmel says “I bought the product because it was organic and I am trying to eliminate harsh chemicals that I use. I also read that this was a decent product for oily skin, which I have. I have been using the product for a couple of weeks now, and have seen some positive results. I have noticed that the oiliness of my facial skin is not as severe, which was a major concern of mine. The other thing I noticed right away was the sent. I’m not a fan of licorice, And this has a similar smell. However, I was not put off by this and still wanted to try it. I can honestly say that since using this product, my blemishes have decreased and as stated before, I am not as oily. I will likely reach purchase this product, as it is organic and natural and I see positive results. Thank you for creating a solid product!”
9. Herbivore Botanicals All Natural Pink Clay Exfoliating Facial Mask
Herbivore Botanicals All Natural Pink Clay Exfoliating Facial Mask/Amazon.com
This Herbivore Botanicals All Natural Pink Clay Exfoliating Facial Mask is not only a beautiful beauty product but is also a wonderfully soothing product for sensitive and acne-prone skin. This facial mask works to soften skin through gentle exfoliating and nourishing ingredients including natural botanicals and clay. Along with being 100 percent vegan and cruelty-free, Herbivore Botanicals promises this product to be 100 percent natural, incredibly effective, and contains zero fillers. A 2-ounce jar costs $22.00.
Stacie says “I have sensitive combination skin that has a tendency to blackheads and breakouts so I am always looking for products that absorb oil and clean pores without stripping or drying my skin or causing irritation. This product is great for those goals. It is a mask but it also makes an effective and gently exfoliating cleanser used with warm water. I know someone commented on the size of the two-ounce jar but only a small amount is needed. Leaves my skin soft and clean and ready for a gentle toner and oil-free moisturizer. No stripping or irritation at all. Very happy with it.”
10. Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask
Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask/Amazon.com
This is one of the best splurges when it comes to incredibly effective and soothing face masks! This Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask is vegan and cruelty-free using organic and 100 percent natural ingredients with zero toxins, fillers, synthetic chemicals, GMOs, and artificial colors and fragrances. Tata Harper promises this face mask to instantly restore your skin’s health and radiance by unblocking pores, as well as soothes sensitive and irritated skin. This 30-milliliter bottle costs $65.00.
htess says “This is incredible stuff. It’s nice to have a beauty product that does what it says. I love the smell, the refreshing feel of the product and the natural ingredients. Most of all, it leaves my skin feeling SO SMOOTH and bright. I was surprised after one use. I accidentally bought two and was going to return due to the cost, but I’ve decided to keep because I know I’ll use it.”
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