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6 September, 2019
September 6, 2019
I’ve been so so silent lately on here – and especially so about skincare. I felt like I was going in that downward spiral of trying to find the “it” product that was going to change my skin overnight, rather than focusing on the long term solution. Or the slow beauty solution as I’ve started calling it. (All thanks to Lily from Nectar Skin Studio.)
Fast forward 3 or 4 months and I’m really estastic with where my skin is. So happy in fact I find myself eager to share my journey.
I think this goes without saying (but seems worthy of repeating) this is what worked for me. Skincare is such a case by case scenario that I really want to write this post for those who might be struggling or find themselves on yet another plateau with adult acne. And I’m happy to say none of these lifestyle changes are dramatic. Just a few adjustments that make a difference long term.
I had to put the healing adjective in there because clean skincare was certainly not my secret. I tried quite a few well known clean skincare lines only to end up with more breakouts and even more redness. Rather healing, clean skincare was the game changer.
Eminence Organics was the first clean skincare that honestly made me start believing in the power of clean. In fact, their Priobiotic lotion and Youth Greens serum showed me that clearing acne doesn’t require a harsh scrub or acid serum. Sometimes our skin simply needs skincare to heal not treat.
A few of my favorite healing skincare products:
It sounds a bit odd at first, but acupuncture approaches acne a bit differently. Rather than just treating the symptom it treats the whole body. You can read up on the holistic approach, but for me this made the most sense. Our skin is our biggest organ and to think that it acted alone, unaffected by everything else didn’t work for me.
If you are local to Bozeman, MT I highly suggest Kate at PRH Acupuncture. She’s incredibly knowledgable and easy to confide in. Again, this isn’t an overnight solution. Acupuncture can take a few months to work, so try to stick it out.
One of my biggest ‘ah-ha’s’ during my journey was discovering that my skin was typically sensitized by products formulated with essential oils. Which is truthfully such a bummer. A few of my favorite products are primarily essential oil formulated, but after ditching them for a whole month I was shocked to longer see the tiny (though persistent) bumps I had grown so accustomed to.
Turns out while essential oils are great for therapeutic reasons, but they have quite the history of making things worse for sensitive skin.
Bottom line: tread carefully with essential oils with skincare.
And lots of cruciferous veggies!
Cruciferous supplements turned out to be the closest thing I could find as a magical solution for my hormonal acne. But really it just comes down to science.
Cruciferous contains a compound called diinodolymlethane or DIM for short. DIM is widely known for it’s anti-cancer effects as it helps the liver with the estrogen breakdown process. But it can also be helpful for acne, due to it’s ability to aid hormonal imbalances.
Before you run out and buy a bottle make sure to consult your physician before adding any supplement to your diet.
Ok this is the biggest gotcha I have for getting my hormonal acne under control.
Once I started taking cruciferous supplements I knew I couldn’t just wash them down with burgers and fries. I wanted to incorporate the vegetables themselves more often in my diet and eventually stop taking the supplement all together. (After 4 months I was able to stop and not have my skin revert back to it’s original state.)
I started eating more vegetables in my meals (all thanks to Love and Lemons cookbooks) and cut back on my sugar intake. I mean way back. No more nightly chocolate habit and I even limited myself on inducing-sugar-craving kinda foods. That’s right I’m talk about my all time favorite thing – bread.
Though I never cut anything absolutely out! I just started focusing on making healthy daily habits.
Just daily goals that shape a healthier diet.
It’s rare for me to have a perfect day and get all of these goals checked off, but it’s allowed me to improve my eating habits and still enjoy a too large meal of pasta every once in awhile.
It’s been slow going over here, but it turns out there is something to slow beauty.