If you've been following my blog since the beginning, you may know that I struggled with acne about a year ago. It wasn't a severe case, but my confidence levels were definitely still affected, and it was always on my mind. I was constantly upset and frustrated at my skin, as anyone with acne would be. During this period of my life, I was completely convinced that handling things the natural way would cure me. However, my idea of a natural cure involved products like witch hazel, tea tree oil, coconut oil, and paraben - free makeup.
Although these topical solutions are AWESOME (I still use some of them!), I was missing the whole point. I made no effort to change my diet, as I believed I ate a fairly healthy diet already. I considered myself a pescetarian, which meant that I did not eat meat but I did eat fish. So I continued to slather on coconut oil and feel sorry for myself.
Eventually, I was so fed up with the lack of improvement that I went to see my doctor. I was prescribed some antibiotics and a topical cream, which did work. For awhile.
You see, back then, stupid me didn't realize that you can't just stop taking your antibiotics whenever you start feeling better. But that's what I did.
Everything was fine for awhile; I was happy, my skin was mostly clear, and I was no longer constantly worried about my skin.
But then it came back. And WORSE.
This time around, painful cysts formed deep under the skin, and several at a time. They may not have been too noticeable to the people around me, but I could feel them, and they HURT. Once again I was back to scrubbing my face relentlessly, in hopes that one day I would wake up and see a clear face in the mirror.
At this point, I was constantly researching website posts and YouTube videos on the vegan diet. Eliminating dairy and eggs from my diet made sense to me; it would not only be better for me, but also for the planet and the animals. I was genuinely interested in the lifestyle for quite awhile (see my last post: http://littlemisshealthy.weebly.com/blog/im-vegan for more info), but I was still apprehensive to fully commit.
Until now. Nina and Randa, two vegan youtubers, have been my biggest inspirations to fully immerse myself in this lifestyle. They were raised vegans, but at age 20, they broke out in horrible acne. It was completely unexpected, since they had been eating a plant-based, mostly whole foods diet their whole lives. The problem, it turned out, was fat; even the good kind like avocados and nuts. The excess fats in combination with hormones were what was triggering their acne. I've included their video on it below for those of you who are interested in their story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Qdwn2itsgg
Suddenly I realized that the natural cure that I sought after didn't lie solely in creams, cleansers, and toners; it had to begin with what I was putting into my body. Everything they said made complete sense to me.
So is my acne cured yet? Currently, the answer is no. I have only been eating a high carb, low fat vegan diet for 11 days now, so I do not expect my skin to be perfect at this point! However, I have noticed changes in not only my skin, but how I feel since I began eating this way. I feel fantastic and I don't crave any junk food whatsoever. Carbs are your friend!
But that's besides the point. By cleaning up my diet and switching up my skincare routine (post coming soon), I am positive that I will achieve clear skin in the near future. In addition, I have booked an appointment with a naturopath to determine if fats are the exact cause of my acne. Whatever the case may be, I believe that it's completely possible to heal yourself from within with the food that you eat. And that is exactly what I intend to do.
Remember to eat your veggies and have a lovely day xx