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Vanessa P

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  1. 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!!
  2. 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
  3. 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 ou
  4. I FINALLY have clear skin!!

    So I already blogged my entire journey if you want to check out my profile, but long story short going vegan + stopping wearing foundation + stopping the harsh medications on my skin CURED my acne. And it had to be all three of those at the same time, because I tried isolating them and none of them worked alone. I used an elimination diet to figure out that eggs, dairy and meat were all making my skin break out. I HIGHLY recommend doing a strict elimination diet to figure out exactly what make Y
  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 whiteh
  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 sco
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. @billygirl I know right?? And that change happened in only three weeks!
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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 b
  18. 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
  19. @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!
  20. 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,
  21. @megan.faith10 Just wanted to see what your journey is now! I'm trying the Candida diet and I'm excited about the prospects. Also could you post a recipe for the almond bread and coconut cupcakes?
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. Love! But...it doesn't take off makeup.

    I'm in love with this cleanser. It's so creamy and nourishing! The only problem is it doesn't take your makeup off completely, so if you need your cleanser to do that, this is not the product for you. I use micellar water to take of makeup, then cleanse with this.
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