1. Last Month
  2. That's awesome!! I just want to say I literally have the same story - I tried everything from antibiotics to birth control to accutane. Then I finally cut out all the creams, stopped wearing foundation, and did an elimination diet. I fond out that dairy, meat and eggs all make me break out, so I'm basically vegan now. Elimination diets are awesome and they totally work!!
  3. Taking that first step in going to therapy is HUGE - so way to go!! Going vegan totally cleared my skin, and it sounds like that works for you too, you just have to balance your mind to be able to eat vegan in a way that is mentally healthy too. I'm sure therapy is going to be amazing for you, but what also helped me is remembering that every 'mistake' you make isn't a mistake, it's just gathering data! So what if you eat the wrong thing, it's just a new piece of data in this whole experiment of clearing your skin! It helped me take the guilt and shame off of 'messing up'. Is your family supporting your diet changes? Maybe if your family bought vegan food specifically for you, you'd be able to eat what's in your house without looking at labels all the time. Don't try to go through this alone! Also meditation is AMAZING!!! I hope you find peace in all this
  4. I agree with SweetLeather, it seems like you might be putting too much on your face. I used to use ALL the creams you mentioned. What worked for me was cutting out all the creams, just using micellar water to cleanse and cetaphil to moisturize. In addition I also stopped wearing foundation (which made a HUGE difference, even though I thought I was wearing a safe foundation - it was all natural and organic and STILL made me breakout). And then lastly I did a strict elimination diet where I cut out EVERYTHING but fruits and veggies, and then added the foods back in one at a time. I found out that eggs, meat and dairy all make me break out, so now I'm totally vegan, but everyone's different! Some people find out that oils make them break out, some people find out that gluten makes them break out, that's why elimination diets are so important and so effective. Finding the solution can take awhile but I just want to encourage you to not give up!! Also, don't look for quick fixes. I regret taking accutane, birth control and antibiotics because none of them worked long term. Going natural is the way to go!
  5. 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 whiteheads, not the cyst that popped up when I had eggs. So, I have decided to go vegan. It looks like animal products are the things keeping me from clear skin. It's been three days since my last breakout and for the past three days I've been eating vegan and my skin is looking goooooooood. I am honestly amazed that my skin is this good right now. I will say, I am not going to a very strict vegan. If someone offers me a non-vegan cookie, I'm gonna take it and deal with the whitehead the next day. But hopefully staying vegan for the majority of my meals will keep the serious acne away. I'm still only washing my face with micellar water. No harsh creams and no foundation. I'm thinking maybe once I'm really confident in my vegan diet, I might reintroduce foundation, but I haven't decided when or if I will do that. I've really loved being proud of my natural skin
  6. 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 scones and tea sandwiches without worrying about my skin. So white flour is up next! Let's see how it goes!
  7. More Than a Month
  8. 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, easy peasy, no refined sugar or dairy needed! And they're SOOOOOOO delicious! I can't wait until I can do this with peanut butter and pretzels. Anyways, today is day three of chocolate and no new acne!! I have one little bump between my eyebrows but that's just because I was plucking too vigorously. The cyst from the eggs is disappearing nicely. I really hope eggs is the only allergen but my prediction is that the casein in milk products is going to be another culprit. One step at a time...
  9. 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. I'm kind of pumped that this whole experiment is working, but it sucks because I love fried eggs. Oh well - clear skin is definitely worth it!
  10. @billygirl I know right?? And that change happened in only three weeks!
  11. 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 around my mouth but I think that's more because I've been wearing lipstick a lot lately. I've been getting some small red bumps but they're not cystic and they don't turn into whiteheads. It's almost as if they're not even acne, just little red bumps, so I'm not really concerned with them at all. As of right now it looks like gluten free pasta is safe for me!
  12. 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.
  13. 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 food is really going to test my patience, especially if my skin is doing well, but I can't disrupt the 'experiment'. (That's how I have to think of it or else I'll cheat!) Lord, give me patience!!
  14. 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 whiteheads at all, so that means pineapple has got to go! Skin is still looking good besides the 3 tiny little whiteheads that formed after drinking pineapple juice. In the pics, you can barely see them so I'm hopeful that they'll be gone soon. Still wearing no foundation but I added some retinol cream every once in awhile to help with the hyperpigmentation.
  15. 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 that I can stick to this no foundation thing forever. I love not having to worry about putting it on before I go out or taking it off at night. Part of me is hoping that makeup was the issue the whole time and I'll be able to eat whatever the heck I want! But let's be realistic. That's probably not the case. *sigh* Another benefit of juice fasting is I have SO MUCH free time now! I am amazed at how much time we spend preparing and eating food. It's kind of crazy...
  16. 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 then reintroduce a new food every 4 days. My skin was healing very effectively on the first two week juice fast, so I'm expecting the same results. On Friday I tried a sugar scrub to get some dead skin off. The day I did it my skin looked great! But then the next day the skin around my nose was irritated, creating tiny little whiteheads, and I'm assuming it's from the scrub since I don't know what else it could be. Since they're not cystic, I'm not worried - I'll just remember to be more gentle.
  17. 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 seriously, if you haven't tried straight avocado w/ Frank's on top, do it. It is HEAVEN. This morning I tried out a gentle sugar scrub on my skin and it really brightened up the texture. I was SUPER gentle and my skin didn't get aggravated at all. Yay! Besides that, I'm still only using burt's bees moisturizer for sensitive skin, garnier micellar water and acne.org's AHA+ lotion once every 5 days. Since this is going to so well, and I haven't been tempted to break my diet or my routine at ALL, I'm only going to update this maybe once a week, unless I see something drastic happen or if I start breaking out again.
  18. Thank you!! I eat both raw and cooked, but I only steam or roast them so I don't use any cooking oils. It has not been easy, believe me! But I made sure I had a large variety of fruits and veggies and I'm eating A LOT of them, so that helps. Also, I cut out carbs and sugar about a month and a half ago, so my body has already had time to get over the detox/withdrawal symptoms. I definitely wouldn't have been able to cut everything out all at once! Here's a list of the raw and cooked foods I've been eating: Raw: apples, oranges, grapefruit, pears, avocado, kiwi, cucumbers, peppers, snap peas, celery, figs, strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes Cooked: eggplant, peas, spinach, squash, asparagus, carrots
  19. 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 really thought the sugar in all the fruit I'm eating would've been a problem but it isn't at all. And I still haven't put any makeup on my skin, I've only been wearing eye makeup. WOO!
  20. @RareCyclist Your story is seriously inspiring! I know this is almost a year later, but I wanted to know how your skin is doing now. How did introducing foods back in slowly go? Did you find any sensitivities or can you eat anything now? I'm asking because I recently did a two week juice fast and am now eating only fruits and vegetables (no oils or spices) for another 3 weeks. It's definitely not as strict as a 21-day water fast, but I think the effects might be similar. Let me know!
  21. 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, and a little over two weeks ago I felt that God was telling me to fast for 40 days, drinking only juice and water. For two weeks, I drank only fruit juice and water (which at first I was worried about because, well, sugar!) and realized that my skin was actually getting better! After two weeks, I drank some juice that was pureed fruit and had fiber which kickstarted my stomach acid, causing me excruciating pain, and decided to finish the fast by only eating fruits and veggies (no oils or spices). Since my skin was looking better (and God was teaching me about inner beauty), I also decided to finish the fast without wearing foundation. When I had done the caveman regimen previously, I noticed great improvement in my skin, it was just way too dry, so this time I'm still cleansing and moisturizing, just not wearing makeup. Right now I only have two active pimples around my mouth which is the best it's been since I was on the strict caveman regimen before. After seeing this improvement, I'm realizing how awesome our bodies are! While we fast, the body eats away what is unhealthy and balances itself out. It really is quite amazing. Since I now know I can literally go two weeks without food and still feel amazing, I'm definitely going to be incorporating fasting days regularly, I'm thinking full water only fasts every Monday and Thursday. So anyways, here's to seeing what the future holds! Current regimen: -micellar water for cleansing -burt's bees daily moisturizer for sensitive skin -acne.org aha+ lotion once every 4 or 5 days -eating fruits and veggies only for the rest of my 40 day fast -light exercise (yoga and walking) (Attached pic is mostly scarring, I swear only two of those pimples are active)

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