Hello to anyone reading!
I'm starting this blog in hopes of generating discussion and support for one another.
And to hopefully help anyone who is dealing with the same conditions as I am.
I feel safe sharing my story on here, for all of us dealing with acne know what it's really like to suffer day to day.
This is my journey with acne.
I've had acne since probably my sophomore or junior year in high school. I am now 22 years old. And I am a female.
So that's give or take 6 to 7 years.
Around the middle of my senior year I was diagnosed with appendicitis and had to have my appendix removed, which up until recently I never really thought twice about cause the doctors told me it wasn't a very necessary function to the body anyway.
My acne remained consistent thereafter.
For years! Years and years! I ate poorly! In high school I would usually skip breakfast, and at snack time munch down on a huge bag of hot cheetos and other junk food. For lunch I liked to eat fried chicken strips and fries with a soda, and for dinner my mom usually made spaghetti.
I was basically depriving myself of any and all nutrition.
When i started working at jack in the box from 2008-2010 I would eat tacos, burgers, and ice cream nearly everytime I worked. And I was working full time.
Long story short, I was obviously doing a lot of damage to my body for a lot of years.
And not to mention all the sugar I was consuming, I believe, has definitely taken a toll on my body (I never passed up dessert).
Now to more personal stuff..
I can't say how long, for lack of a decent memory lol, but for years I have had certain symptoms that I never really understood.
I'll list em off
Hair loss (especiallyalong my hair line near on the sides of the forehead)
Dark hair growth on my chin and around my belly button
Uneven, and oddly shaped breasts
And other things ... I don't want to mention lol
I recently discover these are signs of PCOS
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Acne is another sign...
If you have any of these symptoms, and havent heard of PCOS, I suggest looking it up.
To try and treat this, I've been eating a clean diet. Taking supplements such as: Saw Palmetto, Cod Liver Oil, Zinc, Cinnamon, and Milk Thistle (cause I believed my liver was damaged as well).
For a few days I've been washing my face with African Black Soap, and moisturizing with Jojoba Oil.
Sometimes, when I'm going to wear makeup, I use Simple's Light Moisturizer.
Ive also recently started drinking water kefir (about 3-4 days), but I think i drank too much in the beginning when it wasn't finished brewing and it wreaked havoc on my skin. The next morning my skin looked irritated and red. So I've cut back to like a shot glass a day.
My skin was clear when I started this (about a month ago of clean diet, excluding christmas), but now it seems to be resorting back.
I'm hoping these new, natural additions will help me out.
I'd love to hear anyone else's journey with clearing holistically or struggling with PCOS.
Thanks for taking the time to read all this, if you did
I know it was long!
Edited by heyybrighteyes, 04 March 2013 - 09:47 PM.