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
Good morning! :)
I've been sick these past few days (again!) but I'm starting to feel much better. I have one more dance to compete at a festival this weekend. I competed my lyrical trio on Thursday and my jazz group yesterday, which we received silver for in both. Silver's been the colour of the weekend; golds have been rare and platinums even rarer! It's the new gold ;). Today, we had acro group and we did really well although it was a bit crazy onstage. Good news is we received gold and an "Outstanding Performance" award, but bad news is the younger girls' acro beat us haha.. They really did look fabulous though, and they're such sweethearts! Their little number to "Sugar Sugar" was the cutest and I'm happy for them :) They rocked it and deserve the recognition. Now, I just have lyrical left tonight. The fact that I'm feeling significantly more alive makes me that much more excited!
Anyways, that wasn't the point of this post. If you've read my past posts, you might know that I've been using coconut oil on my skin to cleanse and moisturize. Although I still use it on my body, I've stopped putting it on my face.
I've never had too many issues with my skin, but starting this year it started to break out constantly. Mainly on one side of my forehead and then sometimes beside my mouth and on my chin. My mom noticed and asked me several times if I wanted something for it, but I just brushed her off, because I believed my natural ways would solve my issues. At the time I was using coconut oil, tea tree oil, and witch hazel. (The witch hazel rarely, though. I kept forgetting about it). I was on a no-parabens frenze, and I didn't let my acne bother me, because I was all "pro-natural."
However, last week I finally reached my breaking point, and I blew up after I got two gross under the skin pimples, because I finally realized my situation was only getting worse. I was definitely over-dramatic about it, but I was just so fed up with my skin freaking out at me and having to wear makeup to feel secure about myself. I just kept thinking, "Why me!? Why do I only have issues, Airlie doesn't!" I'm not giving my meltdown any justice so let's just say I was quite frustrated and unhappy last week. Picture that, then multiply it by 20 and that's how I was acting.
So on Wednesday, my mom took me to my doctor to see what he had to say, and it was pretty cool because I talked to him through video because he's in England right now. I pretty much skyped my doctor haha. The nurse that was in the room woth me zoomed right up to my face though so he could see my skin in HD, which I saw on the screen as well. Yuck :( but my doctor's fab so it wasn't that bad, I just felt disgusting and I didn't want to see my skin so up close!
He ended up prescribing me some antibiotics and a topical cream, and then I also picked up a new cleanser and moisturizer at Superstore while my prescription was being filled. Sadly, at this point I didn't care what ingredients were in the products as long as they cleared my skin. I ended up choosing Spectro, because it's dermatologist recommended and for sensitive skin. And the ingredients aren't all that bad :)! So far it's been good for my skin. As for the antibiotics, I won't know for awhile how effective they are because I only just started them. I'm a little scared of antibiotics..but if it's going to help my skin then it's worth a shot. I just don't want my skin to relapse once I'm off them if my body builds up a resistance.
So, in order to keep my skin clear once I'm finished, I've decided to experiment with my diet. Starting today, I'm cutting back on/cutting out dairy (I'm still eating eggs) for a month, and I'll see where that takes me. It's worked for other people, so maybe it will work for me. I really hope these new changes work! I need to listen to my body. Although I'm all for natural living, it's not necessarily always the best thing. Ahh the joys of being a teenager. Ha..
Hope you've been wonderful xx