"Long term antibiotic exposure can have serious consequences for your entire digestive system. It has also been linked to breast cancer in some studies. For this reason, it is strongly preferable that natural methods are used to attain clear, blemish free skin. The first and most important aspect of naturally healing and clearing acne is your diet. This is no shock, since the phrase "you are what you eat" applies to just about every facet of your life. The food you put in your mouth has a direct impact on the appearance of your skin."
If you think about it, why shouldn't we be more cautious when it comes to putting stuff on our skin and into our blood? It is the largest organ in our bodies. Anything we put on our skin eventually gets absorbed into our blood stream. Think about it the next time you're buying anything that goes on your skin. Lotion, washes, creams, gels, make-up, etc.. what is in that product? Whatever it is, is being put in your body, too. Do you want to "feed" your skin those chemicals? I say no. For me personally, it's not worth the potential harm on my body in the long run. Don't tune out to your body's natural way of communicating a problem from the inside. Our skin releases toxins that are fighting to rule us from the inside. Our acne IS telling us something, but more on that another time. Okay, so what does that mean? natural products? They won't always be what they tell you. The "natural" or "organic" label won't ALWAYS be the best option. Honestly, I've tried lots of "natural" creams and washes. Sometimes they don't work like the synthetic products do! So, we stray back to the fluff and bad stuff. Why? Because we live in a culture that demands immediate results. We demand to see fast change. It's so silly really. The classic "Rome wasn't built in a day" speaks a lot of truth. All great things more often than not take time, investment, some blood sweat & tears, faith, and the endurance to finish the race. Don't misunderstand me. I've been there! I gave up and went running into accutane's accepting arms. But one year later and I'm still fighting this disease, I have IBS as a curser from the dreaded drug, and suffered from short term depression all for the sake of self-confidence. So I'm begging you. Before you give up completely on going natural to fight your acne, consider that maybe fighting acne is your Pantheon SOME things ARE worth fighting for. Fight for your health. Take care of you and go from there.
P.S. How am I doing this? Stay tuned...
No more pretending. This is a skin disease. It is. It messes with your head in a way no one can understand unless they've had it. It hurts when people throw out the painfully obvious: wash your face. You can't wash genetics off with soap...
I am so much better than I was. I am so aware of it. I only feel sympathy for kids I see going through what I went through- especially during those dreaded high school years. But really I need to change. Not just because it will help me know my body better, but because I want to show young adults dealing with acne that it is not a burden too heavy to carry. Yes, it can feel hopeless. Yes, it sucks. Yes, you feel ugly. Yes, it hurts and burns and makes you ache thinking about it. But you don't have to play the victim and you don't have to let acne win. I'm sounding dramatic I know. But I went through that! And I have a feeling I'm not the only one. I am fortunately, for the most part, as peace with where my skin is at now. I have tried every topical gel/cream/wash under the sun. Mostly prescriptions. I did accutane. Guess what? Beauty comes from within. It's true and honest. Love yourself first and then work on healing your acne. This was the greatest thing I ever learned. I always had the mindset "once I have clear skin, then I will feel...or be... or do..." or whatever you fill the blank! You always think life will start after your acne stops! Life will just fly by and you know where you'll be? Sad, lonely, depressed, and even worse- self obsessed with your image. That is a sad road you don't want to go down.
ALL that being said (I'm a ranter in case you don't already know), let's break that. It starts from within. That I know. I know acne is only an AFFECT of what's going on internally. So what is going on internally? I want to know. I need to know.
love yourself everyday