We all have struggled with acne at one point in our life…and well many of us still are. Truth is, we are the ones who control that, it is up to us what we put in our bodies that contribute to acne.
In our teens, by then I think all of us have experienced that horrific eye staring at us in the mirror and no make up in this world can hide that thing. All we think about when we talk to someone, is “oh my god, are they even listening to me,” “I think their just staring at that third eye on my forehead,” or “my crush will never talk to me now.” I have had those thoughts at least! Maybe even trying to joke with whoever I am around because I feel like that is the only thing they can focus on, when they probably didn’t even notice it to begin with.
There’s those of us who have had that brief phase, but this post isn’t for those lucky people! This post is for those of us who still struggle with acne. It seems like those of us who struggle will have a hard time getting a date, dealing with scars, and extra wrinkles, and no product in this world seems to be helping! There is good news though! There is light at the end of the tunnel!
When I was 13, I had the worst case of acne and it never seemed to disappear. I could hardly look at anyone in school, let alone a boy I thought was cute. So, what does a parent do? They take their child to the doctor or dermatologist and they prescribe girls with birth control. Sorry guys, I am not sure what they do for you in this case, hopefully something as good as what birth control can do for acne. So began my 15 year prescription of taking birth control so that I could take the paper bag off of my head.
Birth control was great, don’t get me wrong, clear face, normal period, what more could I ask for! However, what happens when I am married and want to have kids? I will have to throw some mask on my face or make love with my husband in the dark? Those thoughts scared me enough to stay on it. A few years into my 20’s, detoxing was all the craze and I followed the trend by finding a whole food detox plan. AND I have this big ol booty and I could stand to try and lose it, so I found easy exercise program for beginners. So, slowly I started to change my diet, at least for 4 to 5 days out of the week, I mean I couldn’t just go cold turkey and cut pizza out of my life!
A couple of years after I made some diet changes with the help of quick and easy recipes, information about birth control started to surface….Things like, many women can no longer have children, it causes this problem, or that issue, and so on. I began to read about birth control and after being single, I decided to stop taking this dream maker pill. I was so entirely nervous I would have a severe breakout, or never get my period, or a regular for that matter, and most importantly never have another date!
To my surprise no major breakouts and hardly any acne!!! Oh woweee was I happy! Only one thing, my period had not returned for 6 months, and after that they were every 2 months apart. I have a regular period now, which I will discuss in another post, but I want to focus on acne right now.
Eventually I did get acne, not much, primarily due to changes in my eating habits. This is when I started to really pay attention to my body and what I was eating. This was a bit of trial and error, as well as some researching. It turns out dairy is what would activate my acne! I remember the doctor telling me I have too much testosterone in my body, but birth control would fix it all. So for all of these years I did not need to be on birth control and putting these chemicals into my body. All I needed to do was pay attention to my body and do some research! It’s our responsibilities as protectors of our own bodies to take care of us. Don’t just settle for what a doctor tells you and chalk it up to “well I guess I will be on this pill the rest of my life.”
Pay attention to your body, what your putting in it, and do your research!
1. Remove dairy from your diet
If I crave dairy, well because I do live in the dairy state of Wisconsin, I pick up some yogurt alternatives or make my own with this easy DIY recipe. Dairy causes acne because the hormones in cow’s milk can react with the testosterone in your own body, which increases the production of sebum (oil) on your skin, clogging your pores. This easily explains why, when I have no food in the house (due to traveling), I break out a lot, typically because I grab a yogurt from our vending machine at work each day for about a week. As soon as I back off from cow’s milk yogurt, I am back to acne free!
- Milk: Coconut milk, Almond milk, Soy milk
- Yogurt: Coconut yogurt or Almond yogurt (they come in many flavors)
- Ice cream: Coconut Ice Cream or Almond Milk Ice cream, etc.
2. Essential Oil
- Lavender oil has antimicrobial and antifungal properties and is good for your skin because it heals and nourishes the skin, especially dry skin. It is also great to reduce the appearance of dark spots and scars. To use, add 2-3 drops of Lavender oil to a cotton ball and apply to the area of infection.
- Tea Tree oil also has antimicrobial and antifungal properties. It is very affective for treatment of patients with mild to moderate acne. To use, add 2-3 drops of Tea Tree oil to a cotton ball and apply to the area of infection.
- Clary Sage oil contains a property called linalyl acetate which helps to reduce skin inflammation and irritation. This oil also helps to reduce the production of sebum (oil) on the skin that causes clogging and breakouts. To use, add 2-3 drops of Clary Sage oil to a cotton ball and apply to the area of infection.
All of these oils are a great addition to homemade face products
3. Reduce stress
Breakouts can be caused by a lot of stress and this is no surprise these days! I feel like I am always running around like a chicken with my head cut off all the time. Maybe this is because I am not a child anymore and am adulting or it’s because of the things life and technology has given us. Either way! Take at least an hour to yourself every day! Go do you! Maybe this is hiking, reading, or sitting down and eating a peaceful dinner alone. Just do it! Yoga and meditation are also another way to unwind each day. If you are able to, set up a diffuser at work or home while you are near it and diffuse some calming essential oils like Lime, Bergamont, Lavender, Grapefruit, Eucalyptus, or Spearmint.
4. Check your face products
And by check your face products, I mean everything, toner, make up, wash, masks, and anything else you put on your face. Read the ingredients on the labels of your products. Do you understand what half of them are? Me either, but I do know a majority of them are just a bunch of chemicals that can do more harm than good. Most of us don’t have time in our life to make all of our own products and that’s why we buy them. If you do plan to purchase your own products from a store, find organic or all natural face products, specifically ones with very few ingredients, that you actually know what they are. BUT if you want to try making your own, check out a couple of DIY recipes.
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