I always told myself I would never give in to the world of blogs. I have failed. I suppose I never cared about something to write about or never needed to write about in order to find some sort of psychological release. But, as we all know, acne can change that. I've been dealing with acne since I was 11 years old. It was mild for the majority of the time. In the past two years it has gone from moderate to moderately severe to none at all to mild and now back at moderate. I know what I have to do to cure it, because I did it once. But it was hard and I fell back into my old patterns of eating and picking, and thus it has returned! I hope that writing about it will help to keep me motivated in doing all I need to do to stop this pain and finally be the person I know I am inside.
I cured my acne last year through eating no grains and drastically reducing my sugar intake. Within 3 months I had no new acne forming at all and I was left with an insane amount of hyperpigmentation and scarring. With a good diet, those also healed for the most part. I was left with some minor rolling scars, which were only noticeable in bad lighting. Then, I gave into my weakness of eating and began binging on sugar and cakes and cookies and bread for 6 months straight. I would go a week of eating well and a week of binging. I'd developed an eating disorder. Great. I struggled through it for months and finally prayed a novena to St. Jude (patron saint of lost causes). Guess what? No more eating disorder. Now that I have that under control, I will start my journey anew.
Currently skin is bad. One huge cyst on my chin that shows no signs of healing any time soon. Lots of scars and hyperpigmentation. Lots of active lesions. Pores are clogged like never before. But it will heal. It will heal.
I have always had problems with picking my skin and I have been doing a lot of that lately. I am hoping this will help. If I can write it down and know that people are supporting me and cheering me on in my attempts to cure myself, then I hope this will keep me focused on my goal and not on my bad skin. Nobody else understands. People take their clear skin for granted. They don't understand why I can't stop picking my zits. You all understand, and so I will rely on you to help me through this process.
Here is how I will do it:
Diet: No grains, no caffeine, low sugar, low dairy, organic
Supplements: B-complex, multivitamin, 5000 IU Vit D, Fish Oil, L-glutamine, Cinnamon
- Evening: Wash with Burt's Bees Carrot cleanser
Tone with apple cider vinegar
Honey mask (left on overnight - helps immensely with scarring and red marks!)
- Morning: Rinse off honey
Only wash skin with cold water
Spot treat with Tea Tree Oil
Twice a week: Exfoliate with Burt's Bees exfoliator; Wash with Burt's Bees salicylic acid cleanser
Once a week: Green clay mask
Make up: Color revolution (mineral makeup)
MUST STOP PICKING SKIN!!!!
Here we go.