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Going Au Naturale ?

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This is a very brave thing to do and in my lifetime I've only left the house a couple of times without make-up.

As counter intuitive as it might sound, for me, wearing make-up (at least foundation) is better for my skin. When I don't wear make-up I find my face gets extremely oily a couple of hours later and I am much more tempted to touch and pick at my acne when I have nothing on my face. I tried going make-up free around my house for a few weeks and it did nothing to improve my skin, and I just picked at it more. I use a small amount of mineral full coverage powder but I feel that when it's on I don't touch my face or worry about how I look as much.

I don't feel like you need to use a very heavy liquid/cream foundation to feel confident. Although my make-up is supposed to be full coverage it doesn't cover all my acne marks/spots completely and I don't mind, it evens out my skin tone and covers redness but still looks like skin. I spent years trying drug store foundations and wondering why it looked awful on my skin and looked good on all the other girls and have come to the conclusion that liquid foundations just don't work with my skin.

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People treat me differently when I wear makeup, like they accept me more, because my face doesn't only have acne, it is also red and flushed in the middle of the day, so makeup has been my best friend. I don't want to have to rely on it forever, though, I want to have a perfect face so that I don't have to be tied down trying to cover my face everyday.

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You're braver than me! I didn't go without until my skin cleared up. Now I feel fab without it, but still wear a little foundation just to look put together in the morning.


Suffered from acne as a young adult that went into remission when put on hormonal birth control. Went off the HBC around age 22 and the acne returned with a vengeance (along with a host of other hormonal complaints). 100% clear with a modified diet that excludes dairy, sugars, grains, citrus and cured meats and emphasizes whole food-based nutrition from both plant and animal sources, most notably organ meats like liver and juiced whole vegetables. I have included a recipe for the most helpful juice I have come up with for skin complaints. I drink it every day, and it is invaluable for acne due to the large amounts of vitamin A (carotenoids) from both the carrots and beets. It also helps improve your coloring if you are very fair, giving you a pinkish, more radiant look (not orange. Don't worry!).

Magic Juice

In a juicer, combine:

5-6 carrots

1 medium beet

2-3 stalks of celery

1 small apple (Green is preferred. Omit if you are very sugar-sensitive)

1 small (1inch) piece of ginger (optional, but good for digestion)

This makes a variable amount of juice depending on the size of the vegetables you use.

Drink this throughout the morning until it's gone. Store in the fridge not longer than one day.

Having perfectly clear skin on my wedding day was worth all the headache and effort of figuring out how diet affects acne!

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