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Introductions And My Current/past Regimen(S)

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two years or so ago I began experiencing more severe acne than I had in my teenage years. before that, I'd have the odd blemish or two but never had to think very hard about what products I used on my skin. my skin today is the worst I have ever seen it and I now find myself o.b.s.e.s.s.i.n.g. over every little thing I do, wondering if it contributes to my acne.

my health history: I have alopecia areata, which is an autoimmune disorder that causes mild hair loss; I am also lactose intolerant and possibly gluten intolerant.

my diet: I'm vegetarian and have been for years. Most of the time, I keep a strict vegan diet. No dairy, no eggs. if I'm out to eat, I might eat a salad with goat cheese on it. Recently (the past few weeks) I've also transitioned to a gluten free (gf) diet, which means I'm eating a lot less carbs- and when I do, it's corn, buckwheat, oat, millet, or quinoa-based.

exercise: I loves staying active, whether it's a long run, stretching, or chasing after toddlers. I'm a nanny, which keeps me in shape. ;)

"the regimen": currently, I'm using Dr. Bronner Liquid Soap in peppermint; Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture for Combination Skin, and a generic 10% benzoyl peroxide gel topical. it just isn't working for me. In the past, I've done ACV treatment (not really any noticeable results there), I've had prescriptions for tetracycline and clindaycin (kept my acne under decent control, but my insurance changed and I had difficulty refilling. plus, I prefer natural and organic solutions and don't want to be on prescriptions my whole life), honey/lemon masks, Avalon Organics Facial Cleansing Gel (I think this is what might have worked well for me. I'm thinking of trying it again), Avalon Organics Vitamin C Rejuvenating Oil-Free Moisture, and Desert Essences TTO Blemish Stick. I have also tried oil-cleansing.

I'm hoping to move back towards more natural products. I'm waiting on an gift card to arrive in the mail so I can buy vegan DHA supplements. (I currently take a vegan multivitamin, but want to see if upping my DHA will help balance my skin.) I then plan on using a combination of Avalon Organics Facial Cleansing Gel, honey masks, TTO as topical, and possibly the Avalon Organics Vit C moisturizer again. Looking through photos of when I was using AO products, I think my skin looks pretty good. I'm trying to avoid having to get more prescriptions if I can help it.

So, that's where I'm at. When I have the time this weekend, I really want to post about the repercussions of acne and how it has affected me professionally, socially, and psychologically. Acne's no joke! But for now, have a great Thursday! I hope someone out there's having some success in achieving clearer skin and a healthier, happier self :)

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