My face has had an interesting few weeks. I decided the best place to start my quest for clear skin was to look at my diet. They do say you are what you eat. I eat a lot of pizza and I've been called a pizza face a lot, so maybe there is some truth in that saying.
I'd read about some kind of apple diet, that's supposedly good for acne. I think there's a website where you can buy a book about it but I believe people who are claiming to have suffered from acne and have found the cure for acne but are only willing to share it for $39.95 are either jerks or liars. I don't do business with jerks or liars, so I didn't buy the book. But from what I gather you basically just eat nothing but apples for three days. I'm sure if you were to read the book, there's probably more to it, but like I say I didn't read the book. So what I did was, yep you guessed it, I just ate nothing but apples for three days.
Now, you may be thinking "What?! Kate, that's crazy. You can't do that. It's not good for you." While I appreciated your concern for my health, I have already done it and I'm still alive and well. I was proper shocked by the results. I'm not going to lie my skin wasn't perfect, I had a few little spots but for the first time in absolutely ages I didn't have any cysts. Not one. Even my Dad commented on how good my face was looking.
Unfortunately it's a week later and after eating normally again, my skin is now probably the worst it's been in ages. I look awful, my face could scare small children. No joke. I'm not sure wether it was the eating of so many apples, or the not eating of something else that caused my face to clear up but it has proved to me that diet does have an effect on my skin.
I was doing some googling and found this website that can test you for food intolerances. It's 45 quid and all you have to do is send them a hair sample and then they email you your results. At first I thought it's probably a scam, I mean it was one of the dodgiest looking websites I've ever seen in my life. But then I thought you know what, I'm saving so much money from not going to my dermo anymore, what the hell it's got to be worth a try.
I got the form in the post the other day, they just wanted to know what your symptoms are and if you have any known intolerances and stuff like that. I'm actually lactose intolerant but I decided not to tell them that, that way if the results come back and it says I'm lactose intolerant, I'll know it's because the test worked. Wait a minute, lactose intolerant? I thought you said you ate a lot of pizza. Pizza is covered in cheese! Ah, well done Sherlock, you got me. Pizza is my weakness, so much so that I would happily suffer the consequences of feeling nauseous. I'm going to stop though, for the sake of my face.
I sent the form off with some of my hair yesterday. I don't know if you've ever posted your hair, it's quite a strange experience. But now I just wait for the results. I'm quite excited actually, I'm hoping they'll say I'm intolerant to lettuce or something. And then I'll stop eating lettuce and my skin will clear up straight away and I'll live happily ever after. Hey, it could happen!
Well I'll let you know. In the meantime I wish you all good skin days : )
Ok, so where the heck do I begin? Well firstly I think if I'm going to cure my acne, it's vital that I find out what is actually causing my acne. Now I know you're probably thinking I know this one, it's because of hair follicles and sebaceous glands and some kind of sebum crap getting all up in your pores. While that is a lovely story, and is indeed what causes spots, I'm wanting to dig a little deeper and say okay so what's the deal with all this sebum? Why if everyone has it, is it going mental in my body? What is the cause of the cause of acne?
I've done a lot of research in my time and from what I gather most suggested causes of acne fall into one of the following five areas:
Diet - there has been some debate about whether diet has any effect on acne. I for one am not going to rule it out. We know that if we put certain things into our body it will cause a bad reaction, that's just fact. Bleach for example, if I were to down a pint of bleach I don't think that would be cool at all. Well what if I'm unknowingly putting something in me that my body doesn't like?
Hygiene - ah yes, I'm sure we've all heard it from those knobs that have never had a spot in their lives:
"why don't you just wash your face?"
Oh you're kidding, you mean I've been suffering all these years and all I needed to do was have a wash? Silly me! Thanks for that.
I personally think this one is less likely to be the cause of my acne, I'm quite a clean girl. But you never know, maybe I should wash more, maybe I should wash less, maybe I should keep my face constantly wet, who knows!
Stress - stress for me is a big deal. I'm pretty much always stressed, in fact I think my default state is stressed. Come to think of it I have noticed the correlation between stress and acne is pretty strong, because I'm always stressed and I always have acne. Although using that logic, I always have blue eyes and I always have acne so maybe that's it.
Hormones - as a girl, my hormones like to mix it up a bit just to keep me on my toes. I don't know an awful lot about hormones except they like to take over my body sometimes, kinda like I've been possessed by a demon. I will say this though, I defiantly get loads more spots at certain times of the month so hormones must play a part in my skin problems.
And last but not least:
Psychological issues - I find this very interesting. I really do think that the mind can effect the body, like there's been loads of studies that show placebos work. Perhaps my mind is causing my acne. Maybe deep down I want to have acne for some sick reason, now there's a scary thought. And there's also that "the secret" stuff, that says something along the lines of you get what you think about. I don't know about you guys but my acne is on my mind a hell of a lot, so if the secret does work then I really am bringing it on myself.
I'm going to try loads of stuff over the next 6 months that cover all of the above 5 areas. So I'll keep you posted and let you know if I stumble upon any miracle cures.
Do you want to hear a joke? Well here's one for you: my face.
Hi, I'm Kate and I have acne. Lots of acne. There I said it. As much fun as these past 9 years have been, I think I'm ready to have clear skin now.
You see, I had hopped it was just a teenage thing that I would grow out of but as I recently turned 22 I think we can safely assume that that's just not going to happen. So the time has come for me to take my face into my own hands and I'm not talking face palm.... I have set myself a goal.
The goal is to have clear skin by Christmas. That's roughly 6 months away. Oh and I plan on doing this naturally, by myself and for free. That's right, no dermatologists and no drugs.
Now, I'm no doctor. I'm not a scientist and I have no idea how the body works so the chances of me finding a cure for acne, some might argue are pretty slim. But I strongly believe nothing is impossible and I'm sure as hell as determined as they come. So I'm feeling pretty positive.
I'll be using this awesome blog to document how I'm getting on. Comments, suggestions, advice, insults and quotes are always welcome, by all means feel free to get envolved!
So yeah, should be good times.