Blemishes And Non Cystic Acne: My Journey
Why don’t you just wash your face?
Most people think that people with acne just have dirty skin. That’s more than likely not the case. In fact, most people that I know who suffer from blemishes over wash their face because we are still trying to clear it from the outside in. Remember, it’s an internal process. I’ve tried every cleansing program available in the drug store and none of them worked. In fact, most of them led to over-drying my skin. I started out with dry skin naturally, but these products made it worse. This is the number one mistake of people who have this problem! We dry out the skin which leads to the skin needing to produce more sebum, (oil) to balance the dry factor. Over production of sebum can lead to more blemishes.
Generally there are three causes for acne; bacteria on the skin, food intolerances and hormone imbalance. Bacteria can play a part in some acne which is why it’s important to cleanse the skin, but not with harsh cleansers. I’ve found that the bar soaps with MINIMAL ingredients, like 5 or less, usually work just as well as the over priced stuff. There’s a bar called Grandma’s acne bar that is gentle. I also have found soaps at my local health food store. If they have ingredients like coconut oil, Shea butter, jojoba oil, avocado oil, and essential oils you have found a winner! I personally like the bars from Young Living.
The other product that I have found extrememly hydrating for the skin is the lavender lotion. As I said before, I have very dry skin and this stuff is hydrating enough for daily wear without feeling like you have butter on your face. It has at least 5 essential oils in it, along with other high quality ingredients including Aloe Vera, kelp, wolfberry, vitamin E, p-Anisic Acid, and Hydrolyzed Silk. Trust me, you can feel the silk in there!
Lavender, Sandalwood, Myrrh, Lemon & Rosemary
The Berkey Water Filtration System
Water is one of the other foundational elements of good nutrition. Drinking dirty water can have catastrophic effects on your health and can even lead to death in some countries. We are fortunate in the USA to have generally clean tap water, but if you stop to read the official report that your water company is required to send you once per year, you will see what’s lurking beneath the surface. Chlorine, arsenic and other chemicals can all be found in “acceptable” amounts in your drinking water. This is why they send out that report to you every year- to prove that the level of arsenic is minimal. The Berkey water system filters out all of those chemicals while leaving behind all of the minerals using a charcoal filter.
Read more here: On the Importance of Water (H2O Pt. 2)
For those that are following along, this is the second post in a 3 part series.
In part one, I covered food, and how it is the essential building blocks to healing facial blemishes from the inside out. If you haven’t read it, and are trying to gain clear skin, please start there! In this post I will cover some of the things that I tried in the beginning of my journey. Everything from switching my make-up to finding a water filtration system; all in the hopes of clear skin. In part three, I talk about hormones and the products I use to gain clear skin.