I really, really despise taking pictures of my skin. But I am doing this for all of you to see my progress. This is what it looks like now (see below). It looks a hell of a lot worse in these pictures because of the really bad lighting picking up redness, my skin is detoxifying (Epsom Salt baths) and it's right after I had a shower which we all know causes things to look redder.
As you can see, my face isn't so bad thanks to BP. It's just red around a few blackheads as it's "purging" from the magnesium baths I've been throwing in for my back acne.
My back acne looks really, really bad in this photo. It's because of all the redness that is happening from the Epsom Salt baths that are purging it. But actually, and the strange thing is, it's A LOT smoother than when I started. There are only a few actives that are tiny and the rest are scabbing over and healing. The healing/dying ones are a deep, deep red. I have NEVER seen that sort of color on back my back before. So this is all new to me.
I genuinely feel as though I was Magnesium deficient. Zinc helps my skin A LOT. Apparently Zinc cannot function super well without magnesium. Magnesium is also the second most abundant mineral in your skin and helps with a lot of its functions. Magnesium is BEST absorbed through your skin (which is a neat way of thinking of your skin as actually something that absorbs things).
I just feel like I inherited skin that regulates toxins in my body through acne and I don't nourish it properly to do its job.
I've somewhat taken a homeopathic approach to my back acne. Don't get me wrong, Salicylic Acid has helped SO MUCH. If you think those pictures of my back are bad, you should've seen it 2 years ago. It was creeping all throughout the middle, so many actives and encroaching on the front part of my shoulders.
It's just frustrating because I eat so well and workout. So why are there toxins in my body?
Once I went to Cuba and got diarrhea and my body coped with it by being constipated for an entire week. Yes, for an entire week I did not go number two. Scary.
That was when I had the worst breakout of my life. I'll never, ever forget it. It was whiteheads covering every single inch of my face and it was so red.
I also never got such bad cystic acne until I quit smoking. I smoked for about 3 years through University. I quit about a year and a half ago. During my cessation phase I broke out in extremely deep and painful zits. I remember within the first week of quitting I got this HUGE one that lasted a month and was so painful cause I can feel the infection trying to push its way from deep down inside to the surface. When it finally came up it had like two white heads. One had a really hard pellet in it and the other one was literally THROWING UP so much infection. It had like about half an ounce of just white pus in it.
I've also been on proactive when I started getting acne. It worked for about 2 months than just stopped completely. I switched to gentle cleansers and led a vegetarian lifestyle. My skin was amazing in high school. Things got really bad in University.
So maybe it is something I am eating, as the above evidence does suggest that what's going on in my body toxin wise has a big impact on my skin. So I'm starting to do some more research on this area.
I found some really convincing evidence that Milk is a HUGE factor in breakouts. When I think about it makes sense; we are the only species to consume milk after our infant stage; it is pumped full of hormones; etc.
And I also somewhat came to the conclusion that when I went vegetarian for awhile I stopped drinking it often. This was in High School when I had beautiful skin.
Recently I've been drinking milk like crazy.
I think that's something in my diet I can definitely change. Other than that I am really healthy. I don't fry my food, everything is baked. I rarely eat red meat. I have a lot of salads and dark greens. I generally eat meals that have higher protein in them and lower carb. You won't ever catch me eating white bread. I supplement with Zinc. I workout at least three times a week (I have a 6 pack).
It just feels like this one aspect of my life is such a pain in the ass and other people just take it for granted. Like my boyfriend who doesn't do a dam thing to his skin and it's AMAZING. I've gotten over being jealous of other people though and started accepting my own responsibility for my skin.
-Epsom salt purging my skin, making it red
-Discovered I am Magnesium deficient
-Dan's regime doing its job and I am back on to following it like it's the Bible and I'm a devout, fundamentalist Catholic
-Cut out milk completely
Edited by 5ive, 29 November 2011 - 09:36 PM.