I struggled with temperamental skin for quite a long time. During my teens acne thrived upon my face. During my early twenties my chin and forehead were always problem areas. Around the age of twenty four I had a short respite for about six months – IT WAS AMAZING. But, alas it was not meant to be. The hormonal acne reared it’s ugly head once again and I have had a battle on my hands ever since.
I’ve tried everything from the pill to expensive creams. Cutting all kinds of sugar out of my diet, cutting peanuts and yeast products out of my diet. Cleansing with apple cider vinegar, drinking apple cider vinegar. Nothing worked. The spots got angrier and angrier, my cheeks inflamed red raw. It didn’t look nice at all, but that wasn’t my problem, I could deal with that. My problem was the constant soreness, the throbbing of my face and pain when I’d touch it without meaning to. Of course I also caked my skin in make up -I’m sure it didn’t help matters but it gave me something to hide behind I suppose.
I got serious about making a change almost three months ago. It’s taken that time for my face to heal. Yhe scars are disappearing little by litte. I have the odd spot every now and then but nothing like before. I thought I’d share what I’ve been doing in case anyone else finds themselves in the situation I was in. Frustrated, upset and feeling pretty bloody sorry for myself!
I had followed a predominantly plant based diet for close to three years, eating fish once a week. In December 2015 I decided to eat meat for a month to see how my body would take to it. The acne cleared up immediately, but the tumours in my body grew at a rapid pace again. (I follow a plant based diet for health reasons – one of the reasons being tumours.)
I went back to a plant based diet sharpish. Within two weeks the tumours had diminished in size again but the acne was back. JOY. Three months ago I made some adjustments to my strict diet. Plant based with no dairy or no refined sugar – both make me vomit.
I added fish five times a week, two hard boiled eggs every day as a snack and meat once – twice a week. I save meat days for when I’m going to my parent’s for dinner or over to a friends. Most of my loved ones love a beef hotpot or chicken curry! I try to source the fish, meat and eggs locally and of high quality.
I’ve also been eating more almonds and walnuts. Both full of amazing skin healing properties. I tend to have a naturally low gluten diet and don’t eat very much bread. Bread does give me the odd spot as does beer so I blame that on the yeast found in both.
I take two omega 3 tablets, one iron tablet and a magnesium and collagen supplement every day.
I drink SO much water. I usually drink two to three litres of water a day. Add to that, the hot water in herbal tea and lemon and ginger tea. I’m afraid the black tea doesn’t count towards water intake as it dehydrates – I drink quite a few cups of black tea!
I change my pillow case twice a week. This has helped a lot, it’s the place your face spends the most amount of time, so it needs to be clean and germ free.
For the past 6 weeks I’ve been using Simple products. I’m not sure if they sell them outside of the UK. I haven’t found them in Spain. I picked them up at the airport on my way back from the UK. I used to use them before but changed to coconut oil a while back. My skin feels softer, cleaner and clearer since using these products. I have used them religiously night and day. I’ve grown to look forward to this, taking my time and making sure the products are rubbed in properly.
The products I use:
I wash my face in the morning and the evening, then I cleanse with a cotton pad and then tone with another pad, I then pop on the cream depending on if it’s day or night. (The above links are affiliate links.)
I’ve been going foundation and concealer free for the past few weeks. Crazy right?! What I can’t believe is the amount of people who have complimented me on how I look. “There’s something different about you, something glowy… I’m not sure what…?” Maybe it’s the self confidence from having clearer skin. Maybe it’s because I don’t feel like I’m hiding so much anymore. I’m sure my skin is a lot happier without me clogging up my pores every single day. Will I never wear foundation and concealer ever again?! Hell no, but it’s good to cut down and take a breather. I’ll be keeping those bad boys for special occasions and nights out. Investing in higher end ones as I won’t be using them as often.
Don’t touch your face. Try to avoid leaning your chin or cheek on your hand when working. Don’t rub your face when you’re tired or confused. Please please please clean your phone with an anti-bacterial wipe on a regular basis!! That phone is full germs that are directly transferred onto your face as soon as you call someone.
I’ve gone from sleeping four to six hours a night to getting a eight hours a night every single night. Oh me oh my oh me oh my, man that must have made a difference.
Outbreaks can be caused by stress and worry, I know that mine were definitely related in some way or another. I make sure I have down time each day. I practice half an hour of yoga (usually in the morning) and do a workout three to five times a week.
I became obsessed with checking my skin. I’d stand in front of the mirror pulling my face one way and then another, my inner monologue tearing me apart. That will never do anyone any good, ever. Stop checking the mirror, be patient, think about how good your skin is going to look and be kind to yourself. Speak to yourself as if you’re talking to your best friend. You’re gorgeous, and wonderful and an amazing person. Having good skin or not will not change that.
My skin isn’t completely spot free, I get the odd one every now and then but it is no longer painful or full of acne. The scars will heal, but like most good things, it takes time and patience.
I hope this helps if you are struggling with skin problems.