Are natural skin care products as beneficial as natural hair care products are?

Like many of you, I have this whole natural hair thing down. I don't use products with silicones (usually!), sulfates or parabens. I know more about hair care ingredients than I do the Table of Elements. I can honestly say that my hair does better on a CG method when I'm co-washing and using silicone-free products than it does temporarily when I give in to silicone-infested products. I KNOW hair care, especially my own hair care, but even that of other's. I find myself at random bars on a Saturday night immersed in a conversation with a coily or curly gal, explaining to her what she should do for HER hair type, and why it wouldn't work for mine.

All of that is great and cool, but over the past six months, I've seriously had to start diving into natural skin care which is a whole other ballgame. I've never had skin problems. Sure, a pimple here or there, but nothing drastic. Then, last December, after a lifetime of not being a makeup person, I decide that I want to invest in some nice makeup. So I buy SmashBox, and a week later, I'm more broken out than I have ever been — and to this day it hasn't gone away!

I've tried everything. Changing cleansers, toners, correctors, going to facialists, changing makeup, cleaning brushes, buying NEW brushes, and TODAY I'm going to spend some serious cash that I don't have on more products because someone somewhere online said that it works.

In my quest to do this, I've decided to come to you, natural hair community, and ask: what products do you use? Are they sulfate, paraben and oil-free? Will natural skin care products be as beneficial to me as natural hair care products were? Is the price worth it?

Mostly, I'm asking this: as a natural hair community, is everyone also gung-ho about natural skin care? And if so, help a sister out!