Previous to my month-long experiment, I had been using a toner that contained salicylic acid. My new routine meant my skin was no longer getting that important daily dose, which had likely been keeping those pesky bumps at bay for years. As I learned, it wasn't the presence of organic ingredients that had started causing breakouts, it was the sudden absence of the salicylic acid. Thus, I started using my regular face wash again, and my pimples became a problem of the past.
While some natural ingredients can cause breakouts (see list above), Ceballos said there are those too that can alleviate inflammation: aloe vera, green tea extract, and sulfur. If you do want to stick with the natural path, stock up on products that contain some of those calming ingredients. "No matter what type of product you're using, be sure that it is labeled as noncomedogenic, meaning that it doesn't block your pores," Zeichner added.
Both experts stressed the importance of checking with your own dermatologist before launching into unknown "natural" territory.