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Day 47

So it's been two weeks since I posted on here! Here's the update: So my first trigger food once I started reintroducing foods back into my diet was eggs. I added grains and my skin was fine. Then I added chicken - another breakout. Then red meat - another breakout. Then dairy - another breakout. (I did let my skin breathe in between adding foods for a few days so I knew it was the food and not a residual breakout from a previous food) I will say that the breakouts were not bad, just whiteh

Vanessa P

Vanessa P

04/04/18

 

Take two: Day 34

My skin is still so clear!! After chocolate I added whole wheat in the form of Ezekiel bread, whole wheat crackers and whole wheat eggless waffles. No breakouts at all!  Next on the list is refined flour. I figured that if whole wheat is fine for me, I've already introduced gluten. The only reason I want to get refined flour out of the way is not because I really want to eat much of it, but because I have a bridal shower coming up that's tea party themed and I really want to be able to eat sco

Vanessa P

Vanessa P

03/22/18

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03/25/18

 

Take two: Day 31

So the next food I introduced into my diet was chocolate (mostly because I've been craving it hardcore). I introduced it three days ago by making my own chocolate, since I wanted to avoid dairy and processed sugar. Basically I melted down unsweetened chocolate, added coconut oil and some maple syrup, flavored it with either cayenne, coconut or cinnamon (I made three batches), then layered the melted chocolate in mini muffin liners with slices of banana. Then I just cooled them in the freezer, ea

Vanessa P

Vanessa P

03/19/18

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03/22/18

 

Take two: Day 27

So yesterday I introduced eggs. I made shakshuka and then I also made a dairy free custard (both were absolutely delicious!). About halfway through yesterday I saw the beginnings of a cyst on my cheek. I was hoping that it would go away but today it got even bigger, plus I had some tiny bumps form too. So it looks like eggs are one of my trigger foods I'm pretty bummed, because I know how many foods have eggs in them, but I'm hoping that if they're present in trace amounts it won't bother me.

Vanessa P

Vanessa P

03/15/18

 

Take two: Day 24

So I have officially started reintroducing foods into my diet. I was going to wait until this Saturday, but I went to an event last night thinking I could just have salad, but the salad was already pre-dressed in Caesar and parmesan, so I chose to eat gluten free pasta, which seemed to be the lesser of two evils. I ended up having two plates of it, so at the same time this will be a test for gluten free pasta and high glycemic load.  So far so good. No cysts. I had a tiny whitehead pop up arou

Vanessa P

Vanessa P

03/12/18

 

Before Pic

I just realized I never really included a before pic since I started this blog on Day 5. So this pic I'm attaching was my skin the day before I started the no foundation / fasting / elimination diet routine. And so you can see how far my skin has come I'll also include a pic from today.  SO CRAZY.

Vanessa P

Vanessa P

03/08/18

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03/13/18

 

Take two: Day 20

How has it already been 20 days?? Since the mini breakout after eating pineapple, I have had no new breakouts! Yesterday I introduced coconut oil back into my diet, which I'm not worried about, and so far it has done nothing to my skin.  My hyperpigmentation is still fading. Can't wait till it's totally gone because that's really the only thing that's making my skin look blemished. I started wearing lipstick again since my skin has been so stable. The whole waiting 4 days to introduce a new fo

Vanessa P

Vanessa P

03/08/18

 

Take two: Day 17

So over the weekend I made a discovery - pineapple makes me break out!! I'm not really sure why, because I can handle other high sugar fruits like mango, maybe it's because of the enzymes? But whatever the case, I now know one of my trigger foods! So exciting!  This really just gives me hope that this is all going to work out in the end, that I'm going to know 100% what makes me break out and what doesn't. The reaction wasn't bad, just a couple tiny whiteheads, but obviously the goal is no wh

Vanessa P

Vanessa P

03/06/18

 

Take two: Day 13

So the red splotches and whiteheads that formed after the sugar scrub are now subsiding, so that's good. Still drinking only juice and water. This time was much easier to start juice fasting because my body has been totally detoxed from carbs so I don't crave them at all. Yes, I do miss the taste of them, but my body isn't like, "GIVE ME CARBS". I'm really happy I am reintroducing foods one at a time after this - it's going to give me so much clarity as to what causes my acne.  I'm also hoping

Vanessa P

Vanessa P

03/01/18

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03/01/18

 

Take two: Day 10

So on my Day 5 blog post, I said that I had been juice fasting for two weeks for spiritual reasons and then switched over to eating just fruits and vegetables. But for whatever reason, I can't do partial fasts. I mean I can DO them, but I get so spiritually distracted by eating that it feels like a waste. I end up constantly thinking about what I can and can't eat instead of thinking about connecting with God and my own spirit. So I've decided to go back to juice fasting until March 16th, and th

Vanessa P

Vanessa P

02/26/18

 

Take two: Day 7

This is the first time in a looooooooooong time that I've woken up every day for a week straight excited to look in the mirror! Every day I can see my active pimples getting smaller, my hyperpigmentation getting lighter, and no new pimples forming!!! *does a little dance* The saving grace of this diet has been avocados w/ Frank's hot sauce on top. I initially wasn't going to eat spices but I LOVE Frank's and had to try it - it hasn't caused me to break out so I'm keeping it in my diet. But ser

Vanessa P

Vanessa P

02/23/18

 

Take two: Day 6

I am feeling so good about the caveman regimen this time around.  Every time I look in the mirror, I feel like my skin is looking better and better! No new breakouts, and the two spots I have on the left side of my mouth are getting smaller (well, the one is coming to head so it's further along in its healing process). AND it looks like my scars are fading more quickly (but it's hard to tell). All in all, I am VERY optimistic.  My diet is still just fruits and veggies, nothing else. I real

Vanessa P

Vanessa P

02/22/18

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02/23/18

 

Starting over...Day 5

Man. This acne journey is rough. *Can I get an amen?* If you've been following my blog, my last post basically said I was going to keep wearing natural makeup, restrict my diet and maintain a minimal face care routine.  Well...it didn't work.  I was still breaking out around my mouth, which based on face mapping means that it was hormonal (which I've known forever). I restricted my diet even more and went on the Candida diet for a month. Still no change. Now, I'm a very spiritual person,

Vanessa P

Vanessa P

02/21/18

 

Day 57

I have decided to change my routine once again. This should be the last time I change my mind! So I overestimated my ability to stop wearing makeup. After wearing makeup for two weeks and actually feeling pretty, going these past two days with no makeup was a serious stab at my confidence. I got pretty bummed out last night, drank a bunch of wine and binged on steak and chocolate. I know, weird.  So I decided makeup is going to have to stay in the routine. I found this website where you can

Vanessa P

Vanessa P

12/13/17

 

Day 55

Good news - I decided to go back to the caveman regimen!  My skin definitely needed some to time to normalize while I was moisturizing and introducing hydration back into my skincare. My skin texture is back to normal, nice and hydrated! But I'm still breaking out around my mouth. Boo.  Since the caveman regimen really was creating results for me, I've decided to go back to the caveman regimen but this time, moisturize twice a day and I will wash with a really nourishing, all natural cleanse

Vanessa P

Vanessa P

12/11/17

 

Day 42

So sad news. I think I'm giving up on the caveman regimen.  It was working really well! But then as soon as the weather started getting colder, the skin around my nose and mouth was getting way too dry, and the dryness was causing it to break out again. So I needed moisture and started using Bio-oil. On top of that I REALLY missed makeup. Like REALLY REALLY missed makeup.  So here's my current regimen: MORNING -moisturize w/ bio-oil -foundation on spots only, not all over skin NIGHT -

Vanessa P

Vanessa P

11/29/17

 

Day 33

I can't believe it's already been over a month!! That went by so freaking quickly. So I've definitely pegged dairy as the culprit of my cystic acne. Last weekend, I ate a pumpkin roll with cream cheese frosting in the center, then went to a Friendsgiving dinner in which EVERY DISH had dairy (except the turkey itself) and the next day - BAM. Cystic acne on my forehead. Since then I've been good about avoiding dairy and no more cysts - though today I ordered bubble tea not even thinking about da

Vanessa P

Vanessa P

11/20/17

 

Day 21

I cannot believe it is day 21!! I thought I was going to be way more diligent about posting here but life gets busy, what can I say? Anyways, I've been really good with my diet after I had an incident. It's actually pretty funny now that I think about it. My last blog post talked about how much I missed cheese. Well, the next day I split half a pizza with my husband and yes - I broke out! And I don't mean the whiteheads I had before, I mean big ugly cysts.  It took awhile for my breakout to me

Vanessa P

Vanessa P

11/07/17

 

Day 13

I didn't update over the weekend and I wish I would have. Because, like I said in my first post, I was trying not to binge on weekends and what did I do?? Exactly that. We'll see over the next couple days if anything pops up because of it.  So the zit on my lip got HUGE over the weekend and it's finally going down but it's still super red. The forehead bumps are finally going away too.  I haven't had any new cysts form yet since starting the caveman regimen (which is HUGE because I just got

Vanessa P

Vanessa P

10/30/17

 

Day 10

I feel extra gross about my skin today. The ones on my forehead got inflamed, but the same thing happened to the ones on my chin, so hopefully that just means they're healing. I also got some whiteheads around my lip lines, which I'm honestly not surprised about because I was wearing lipstick basically everyday to try and distract people from the fact that I wasn't wearing any foundation.  I really miss cheese today. That sounds like such a silly thing to say but I LOVE cheese. Grilled cheese

Vanessa P

Vanessa P

10/27/17

 

Day 9

Nine days in a row of no foundation. CRAZY. I've been getting more down about it lately. I just want to feel pretty and I don't at all. I feel self-conscious about the state of my skin and it sucks. BUT I'm committed and will 100% stick through this for at least three months. I'm committed.  So I've been good about the regimen, despite the impulse to put SOMETHING on my skin. It is nice to have such a short bedtime routine, so that's good. I've also been good about my diet, though when I went

Vanessa P

Vanessa P

10/26/17

 

Day 8

So the tiny white bumps from yesterday are still there. Three of them got inflamed and got bigger - I'm thinking this is from me washing my face yesterday. They just want to be left alone!  The cyst on my temple is pretty red and raised, which could mean any number of things.  I did pretty well with my diet yesterday! (Dairy/gluten/sugar/caffeine/hard-liquor free) The only place I slipped up a bit was a co-worker offered me a 100 calorie pack of pretzels. I figured since it was such a small

Vanessa P

Vanessa P

10/25/17

 

Day 7

Here we go... My story is similar to so many users on here, especially those who have tried the caveman regimen, because I have been on everything (antibiotics, topicals, retinoids, Accutane, birth control, BP, medicated cleansers, vitamins, you name it) and NOTHING has worked. Everything works for a little while and then the acne comes back at some point or another. So I guess everything worked but nothing lasted.  So here I am, trying to heal myself the au-natural way. Thanks to blogs like

Vanessa P

Vanessa P

10/24/17

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