Acne. Every teenagers worst nightmare. Unfortunately what they don’t tell you is that it can easily stay into adulthood! Guess who was lucky enough to have that happen? Me…
My acne has been diagnosed as a few different things like sores, allergic reactions, eczema, and more. I never got a clear diagnoses from anyone.
Also, it was BAD! Like, really bad! I would get these sores literally all over my face that would hurt like crazy, were huge, and wouldn’t heal very well.
I was embarrassed to leave the house with no makeup on, and never liked the way I did look with makeup on. It was not a fun time, and just kept getting worse.
This was all the way up until 6 months ago. I had tried a ton of different approaches from doctors, and really didn’t want to go on yet another medication. This was also around the time I started to get really serious with holistic medicine, so the obvious choice was to dive into this approach.
I really wanted to share this with you guys because I know I am not the only one who struggles with this, and hopefully this will help inspire your journey to clear skin as well.
So, the first thing I did was to get doTERRA’s HD Clear Skin Care Line. This is their line specifically for acne prone skin.
It comes with a face wash, a lotion/moisturizer, and a spot stick.
The first 2 weeks, I would use this system in the morning and at night. After that, I just switched to once per day.
I am also very diligent about washing my face before I go to bed. Consistency is key!
I also started using doTERRA’s Detoxifying Mud Mask. This helps to remove toxins from your skin which could cause impurities or inflammation.
I use this around once a week as a mask treatment, but while my skin was still really bad, I would also use this as a spot treatment! I would just put a tiny bit of it over the spot, leave it overnight, and wash it off in the morning.
I would also use different essential oils on my skin to promote healing and a clear complexion:
Melaleuca (Tea Tree)
After a month or two, I started seeing slow progress! It was promising!
Another step I took was to look into what I was putting on my skin that may harm it. I have always had super sensitive skin, so I was ready to get serious about it.
After a few weeks of researching, I found that makeup is actually one of the worst things for your skin! The industry is grossly unregulated, and they can pretty much put whatever they would like into it.
After realizing that, I started researching organic makeup companies, and made the switch to Crunchi. (Let me know if you want some education on this, I have an amazing rep!)
Crunchi’s makeup is super high quality, organic, vegan, gluten-free, toxin free, and really cares about what we put on our skin. I am super impressed with the company and the products!
This definitely helped with my skin a ton! This was when I started seeing major improvement.
It just made sense, too. I can wash my face with all the good stuff in the world, but if I just put bad stuff on again the next morning (and wear it for 8 hours), my skin will still be bad!
I also stopped using makeup removing wipes, and started using Fractionated Coconut Oil on a cotton pad to remove my makeup.
So this was a seriously important part to my skin’s health! A few years ago, I made the switch to the Gluten-Free diet for many reasons, but noticed a small improvement in my skin when I did.
Well, about 6 months ago, I took it even further and really started cleaning up my diet. I started with dairy. I am a big milk drinker with breakfast (I find it a whole lot easier to take medication with milk than water), so I switched to lactose free milk. I am really loving Upstate Farms new lactose free milk!
I also don’t eat any other cheeses than white cheese. I get really sick to my stomach when I eat orange/cheddar cheese, so it made sense anyways. I am good with white cheese though! I was told by a non-expert that orange cheeses are exactly the same only died. I am not sure if that is true, but it wouldn’t surprise me at all if it is.
I also started drinking water seriously. I know that’s annoying to hear, but it really did help! If you aren’t a fan of water, you can add fruit or even some doTERRA essential oils to help with flavor.
Lastly, I cut out almost all processed foods. It’s super difficult to cut them all out, so I try to go by the 90/10 theory. 90% of my food is unprocessed, 10% I let slide. I also started eating a lot more clean, fresh foods.
THIS is what made the biggest difference by far! After I did this, my face is now almost completely cleared!
I also feel a difference energy wise!
I am now not super self-conscious about my skin, and am even comfortable enough to leave the house without any makeup on!
It’s a big difference for me, and obviously super nice to not have spots that hurt all over your face anymore!
I am going to leave some before and after photos here now. Know that I am still super self-conscious about the before pictures. I feel very vulnerable sharing these, but am doing so out of the hope that this will inspire someone else’s skin health!
Obviously my skin is not perfect still, but I am learning to not need perfect, so this applies to my skin as well.
Progress, Not Perfection.
Thanks for stopping by and giving this a read! Let me know your favorite skin care tips in the comments!