I just had to join this forum to thank everyone for the posts and threads that helped me cure my 6 year battle against acne. I had sometimes mild sometimes moderate/severe acne. I haven't had a clear day since I was 15 and now I'm 21...
I wasn't actively trying to get to the root of my acne until 2 months ago. I guess all these years I just figured it was teenage hormones and things had to run their course. Golly, I wish I had done an internet search and found this website years ago!! Would have save me many hours of grief and worry about my face.
Well, onto my regimen that cleared me:
I searched the internet and tips and tricks to get clear naturally.... decided I definitely wanted to go that way (NO accutane for me). I tried honey masks, egg white masks, ACV, fruit cleansers, changing my pillow case every night, baking soda exfoliate.... nothing truly worked, although some of those made my face feel very smooth and soft.
A little bit of back story: I'm not a super healthy eater although I try, but there are times when I will go a week without veggies or fruits, and it's been like that since I was 15/16 year old. Lots of breads and candy junk. I have always eaten really fast (really fast!) and not chewed my food very well, which, of course, led to indigestion (belching, "bubbly" stomach, gas). I never really cared about it, until I read it might have something to do with my face. I started to chew my food and not gulp tons of cold water while I was eating. My stomach thanked me!
About two months ago I started taking vitamins regularly.
Vitamin E 400IU
Vitamin D3 1000IU - this helps my mood tremendously!
zinc - 50 mg
L-Lysine plus B6 1000mg
And after reading recently (three weeks ago) about leaky guts (which I think that I had) I started with 3 Aloe Vera pills a couple times a day on an empty stomach. Also a Digestive Enzyme supplement with lunch and dinner.
But, none of those really helped (though I think the Aloe vera did). I read about ph balance affecting your health, most of all your skin....so to start it off I started drinking a warm LEMON WATER cleanser in the morning to try to detox and balance my ph. Lemon is very acidic but once digested it alkalizes your body. I would squeeze the juice from a whole lemon, or sometimes I would use RealLemon in the plastic bottle, mixed with a full glass of water. Then I worked out on my treadmill for half an hour and drank my lemon juice. I did this early in the morning. I started to wake up at the same time each morning and go through the same routine to help possibly balance my hormones (if they were out of whack, I don't know).
After the lemon water and the workout then I waited 20 minutes before drinking a cup of warm green or peppermint tea, sweetened with Truvia, and ate dried apricots and organic yogurt with honey. I didn't watch my sugar intake, I just tried to eat alkalizing foods as much as possible. I definitely didn't stick to a strict diet, except for in the mornings. I did and ate the same thing each morning.
The lemon juice totally purged my body. I'm telling you, it was like I had a whole new "inside" me. I started "going" very regular. Once, sometimes twice everyday. After a few days I noticed that there wasn't anymore smell to my poop and it lightened in color. This is weird, but it now looks "clean"! lol
Meanwhile, my skin purged, too. I had a big breakout. Lots of tiny pimples across my forehead, and 4-6 big pimples around my mouth and jawline. It took about four days of drinking the lemon water to start breaking out. My whole face was itchy! It drove me nuts!
I got so fed up with the breakout! But I kept going with the lemon drink, hoping that is was just a purge. It was. I started the EPSOM SALTS about a week into my two week long breakout. I love epsom salts!! I take a warm bath with two cups of epsom salts every night. Every other day I scrub very, very gently with the salts and water. On the big, lingering pimples I clumped a bit of watery epsom salts and left it there to dry and draw out the yucky stuff. It WORKED. My pimples dried up and went away. That was two weeks ago. Now, all I have is a couple red marks and those are fading sooooooo fast because I still drink the lemon juice and bath/scrub with epsom salts. Sometimes I use a egg white/lemon juice mask on for 20 minutes at night and then rinse off....that fades the marks super fast, too.
My daily regimen:
Wake up and spritz with a 100% Pure Rose water toner or sometimes ACV
Jojoba or Grapeseed oil as moisturizer (I have always had very dry skin)
Wash face with fruit cleanser
Coconut oil to remove eye make-up
Soak in warm bath with two cups of epsom salt. I sleep so good now! Sometimes I skip a day with this, though.
Every other day scrub GENTLY with epsom salts mixed but not all the way dissolved with warm water.
More Grapeseed oil
If I'm trying to heal a red mark or dying pimple I will sleep with some Manuka honey dabbed on the spot.
I couldn't be happier! My complexion is bright, even and it glows! My face is 100% CLEAR (I NEVER thought I would see the day that I would type that!) and I have the people on this board to thank for giving me all the ideas in bits and pieces! Hope I can help someone else with my loooong post. lol
Edited by BogieJ, 03 December 2010 - 01:48 AM.