It’s no secret that I’ve struggled with acne my entire adult life. Here’s my first post where I outed myself back in 2011 when I decided to journal my journey. It stinks to be a 33 year old woman who still deals with it. I had some high hopes I would be done with acne after the teen years! Here is an accumulative list of everything natural I’ve tried so far:
- Soaps (activated charcoal, Grandma’s acne bar)
- Oil cleansing method
- Switching make-up brands (Alima Pure)
- Vitamin D deficiency (Green Pasture’s Raw Fermented Cod Liver Oil)
- Zinc deficiency
- Filtered water (Berkey Filtration System)
- Seed & Oil hormone therapy recommended by my Naturopath- pumpkin & flax followed by Sesame and Evening Primrose oil
- Diet exclusions (dairy & sugar)
- Essential Oils
As the first part of a 3-part series, I will go into depths regarding each of these individually and how they have accounted for my overall health and healing. First things first though, let’s start with food because it is the basic building blocks for health. There will never be a pill, oil, or naturalistic therapy that is more influential than the food you put in your body. If you are having an overall systemic health crisis, start by looking at your diet. The vast vitamin and mineral deficiency in the standard American diet (SAD) is overwhelming.
There are a few foods that are acne “friendly” meaning, STAY AWAY from them. They are:
potatoes, bananas, sugar, food additives, soy, GMOs, grains, dairy, caffeine, and alcohol
There is also a list of whole foods to add into your diet if you do not already eat them to help fight blemishes from the inside out. They are:
Egg yolks, garlic, onions, broccoli, kale, cabbage, red bell peppers, cauliflower, wild salmon, extra-virgin olive oil, liver, turmeric, and cinnamon. Also try to focus on anti-oxidant rich foods like cod liver oil and add zinc and Vitamins A, D, B & C. Giving your skin a bit of natural sunlight can also be beneficial.
As I read this list, I feel exhausted but I also feel thankful. Thankful that with each change I’ve made, I’ve benefited myself and my family’s health in general. All of these changes were spurn on because of my relentless desire to “cure my face.” If I’ve learned one thing from all of this, it is: you heal your skin from the inside out. It is an outward sign of what’s happening inside of your body. A thermometer of sorts; something to be thankful for. Most minor skin irritations are – eczema, psoriasis, and perpetual dry skin. They are your body’s way of telling you to pay attention.
Either you are eating something you should not be, or you are missing vital nutrients.
So the first step, I believe, in eliminating acne naturally is to analyze your overall food intake. What do you eat on a consistent basis? Is it whole foods that Grandma and Grandpa would have eaten found in the perimeter isles of the store?
FIRST, add in the foods mentioned above into the meals that you already eat. It is easier to add in vitamins and minerals than edit out the junk because your body will respond right away to the nutrient dense foods. You will have more energy, and the body will crave the bad stuff less and less. THEN, you can start the process of editing the foods highlighted in red. As you shop, read the labels on the packages and choose wisely.
If you are a woman and have had a baby recently, it is a good idea to stock up on your vitamins and minerals, as pregnancy is a great drain on the body. Recommended by my Naturopath, it is wise to take one round of a multi-vitamin every year to maintain proper levels within the body. Young Living sells a complete multi-vitamin which I highly recommend. It contains no artificial flavors, preservatives, sugar, cornstarch, corn, wheat, or yeast products.
They are perfectly formulated for both women and men and are comparable in price to most other quality multi-vitamins. Another source for antioxidants is the NingXia Red juice from Young Living. NingXia Red® is a powerful antioxidant drink that contains whole Ningxia wolfberry puree—a super blend of blueberry, aronia, cherry, pomegranate, and plum juices, natural stevia extract, grape seed extract, pure vanilla extract, and orange, yuzu, lemon, and tangerine essential oils. Its health benefits include support from head to toe, via a whole body nutrient infusion. It’s also a great alternative to those popular energy drinks.
For some people who suffer from blemishes, adding these two components alone may be all that they need to clear the problem. Just remember that everyone is different, and each individual change that you make for health and wholeness is benefiting your body, even if the acne remains. And how does my face look today as I write this post? Better than when I started this journey three years ago.
Take heart, there is hope acne suffers.
Remember, we are trying to heal from the inside–> out.
Come back for the next post on my journey and if you are interested in the products above, contact me!