Posted 24 October 2012 - 10:06 PM
Anyway, I figured out that my skin cannot handle BP. No way, no sir. My skin reacted like it was on Accutane simply from the BP. No amount of moisturizer or jojoba oil would prevent my skin from cracking, peeling, and acting like the Sahara desert when I put BP on my skin. With that realization out of the way, I knew I had to approach things from a more natural perspective. Here are the changes I made:
I started consuming green smoothies for breakfast and lunch on weekdays. I eat whatever I want for dinners and on weekends. I cut out dairy. I found dairy definitely makes me break out and it clogs my sinuses. I feel so much better being off dairy.
I take a dairy-free Acidopholus (if you're off dairy, make sure your supplements are dairy-free), vitamin D3 (4,000 IU a day), and EPO.
I only use Faerie Organics now.
I dilute Dr. Bronner's tea tree oil liquid soap with equal parts water in a foaming pump dispenser and use that to wash away my makeup every evening. Since soap is high in pH, after cleansing I use ACV on a cotton pad all over my still wet face. I use Filsingers ACV and find it's great at preventing acne, bringing pimples to a head much quicker, and fading PIH marks. Some other ACVs are far harsher and I would ensure that those are only used on a wet face or diluted.
Honey Masks -
I go to bed at night with a thin layer of Manuka honey all over my face. I try to get the highest UMF that I can afford. Right now I'm using Api Health UMF 20. I simply rinse the honey off in the morning with lukewarm water and follow up with a swipe of ACV on a cotton pad all over my damp face.
I don't use it! I don't have to. My skin's natural oil has regulated itself now and I just don't need moisturizer. My skin went from being severely dry and irritated to ideally self-moisturized. This has been the biggest and best surprise about my regime. I'm really so thrilled because I think even the best moisturizer was feeding my acne.
I sleep only on my back now to prevent acne and wrinkles. I've switched to natural shampoo and toothpaste to prevent accidental irritation from these products. I love Dessert Essence. I use Dr. Bronner's soap for all over body cleansing in the shower.
I used the following sources of information to help me with my natural approach to acne: The Love Vitamin (Tracy is great!), The Beauty Detox Solution, and Victoria Boutenko's information on greens and smoothies.
If you're using really harsh products like BP and you're only seeing irritation, redness, dryness, and continual acne, it might be time to consider more natural measures. I cannot believe how in only six months, my skin now looks like actual skin rather than a mound of beaten up raw meat.
Posted 27 October 2012 - 02:47 PM
Posted 27 October 2012 - 05:26 PM
Honey is awesome! My dad is a beekeeper and I use his whenever my face is feeling extra crazy. I've been meaning to try the manuka!
Spironolactone 50mg, 2x/day
Doxycycline 100mg, 2xday
Retin-A Micro 0.04% nightly
Candex, two pills 2x a day
Vitamin Shoppe Probiotic, two pills 2x/day
Regimen morning & night:
Wash with Nubian African Black Soap
Moisturize with Cerave AM in morning, Cerave cream at night
Apply Bio-Oil to noise/cheeks/chin AM before CeraVe
Apply Retin-A Micro (nightly)
Posted 27 October 2012 - 10:57 PM
I think Manuka honey is so healing. It's a great natural antibacterial and it feels great on.
My skin could just not tolerate even the smallest amounts of BP. I thought I had really dry skin, but once I stopped using the BP I realized that I didn't even need moisturizer. BP was definitely throwing my skin off balance.
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