When I turned holistic a few years ago, because lack of health care inspiring this blog, I forgot about the first health issue I dealt with for years. It hatched the idea of everything being connected physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
I know that feeling of desperation, in having skin issues and searching for a real cure only to be disappointed again and again…I’m not saying I tried it all, now use this and all your dreams will come true! I will say what I used, then give several ideas from my experience that may spark a connection with your skin needs.
LIST OF PRODUCTS I USED
- Clear skin
- Bare minerals
- Aloe vera
- Retin A from a doctor
Basically any new acne product, but I’ve lost track over that 7 years of nothing working. I also made sure to give each product a few weeks to work and keep to a routine.
The issue with curing skin issues is it’s more than the cleanser you use. We as humans are more complicated than that. One day during the worse break out time I went through, I was eating out with my parents. My skin was so sensitive that even water burned. I was not using any chemical creams. I was doing everything on my own, going to school full time, being a nanny for three children, and my skin looked like it was going through a battle with something.
During that meal with my parents, my skin started to itch badly, so much that it felt like poison ivy. My dad said something that I needed to hear years ago living at their house with my first acne issues. He said we want you to go to a dermatologist and we will pay for it…My skin immediately stopped itching.
I then realized the connection emotional health has with skin on a wider scale for some people. Have in mind I did not feel the best support from my parents in the past with my skin issues. Most issues were ignored since I was emotionally shut down growing up. Mainly from childhood experiences of emotions not being accepted by my parents. My body needed to feel security to calm down. In my mind I was alone in the world and had to fix everything myself. Anyone helping was a joke, a fantasy to me from my past experiences dealing with challenges.
Another connection I made was how much a negative person, or chaos affected my skin. when I removed myself from a negative person, my chronic acne cleared up over a week. My skin broke out again but that break showed another action for my skin’s reaction.
I also took out several foods to find out my skin reacted more to emotional dysfunction than over unhealthy foods. I tried everything to the fullest to get real results. I went four-six weeks without gluten, fast food, coffee, bread, and sugar. The only food that I saw a difference in was dairy. It only took a week to see a difference, and came to find out I was allergic since birth, but my mom only feed me non dairy formula until I was old enough to tolerate milk. People usually tolerate food allergies because they are unaware of them. Dairy though is something to consider taking out of your diet. It builds up mucus in your system making acne worse while also affecting joints and throat.
Other things I took out such as gluten resulting in making my skin worse. The stress of not eating connected to emotion of anger and depression. Please be kind to yourself. Practicing strict diets, buying every vitamin and cream promised to fix your skin is not worth the damage.
You have to learn to listen to your body more, and let it know you are going to put boundaries up against things in your life that are not adding value, joy, and security. Stress makes any issue grow stronger, deeper, and harder to over come. You do not need anyone or anything adding to the odds against you.
Once you have reached a good emotional place, then you can try other things without worrying about the disappointment that will come.
I know its hard being patient having chronic acne, you want to just have that one issue fixed so you can enjoy life more. It did not take long once I realized why my skin broke out due to dysfunctional emotions to have my skin clear and find alternative methods that keep it clear. Your body will let you know when you are in “danger”. It may not be life threatening danger, but just like we have flight or fight response to actual danger our bodies can show signs of temporary danger to let us know we need to change something.
Years after learning my skin issues were connected to deadly emotions, (Deadly emotions comes from stuffing your emotions, suppressing your feelings, and needs, maybe because they are not met or accepted by those you surround yourself with. ) I saw the actress from the show, “That’s So Raven” speak in an interview on how the stress of running her own show at such a young age caused the stress leading to her weight issues. She said for some it shows through their skin, through dandruff in their hair that won’t go away. She went down a couple of sizes, and everyone wonder what she did, but she just released the stress and deadly emotions from her childhood of running a T.V. show.
So my advice is to stop all the routines of skin care and start from scratch. I do go on water based retin A just to get my skin under control, but then switched to all natural products. I changed my life style of eating and studied emotional intelligence while giving my skin time to heal instead of putting it through anything else. If nothing is working for you then why not try an holistic life style? You do not have to change everything at once, just small steps will do.
Products I have used off and on depending on the weather and the condition of my skin is a mix of cleansers. Now that my skin is clear, my only task is finding products that are safe for sensitive skin,. This means products that are paraben, fragrance, dye, chemical and toxin free. I’ve used Yes to Tomatoes gel cleanser during the winter, and Dr. Bronner’s baby Hemp seed oil during the summer. Both help clear up breakouts and are not harsh on your skin. I know some people say they have sensitive skin as they put every chemical product on, which shows they don’t. I’m second generation Irish and any product with those things mentioned above cause a reaction.
Later I found better alternatives in Korean skin care, and really their whole philosophy of moisturizing to heal skin is very effective. Western society teaches acne suffers to dry out their skin because oil is bad, but others that are wiser know oil is good for your skin. I had a stubborn break out from work stress and just using the products I already had in the Korean skin care routine, my face cleared up in two days. I then switch to all Korean skin care products, and even only doing about 6 out of the 10 steps recommended, it has improved my skin and kept acne at bay. I recently changed to Joyome serums from Plexus to replace the many steps of the routine because it has so many active ingredients, but the Korean routine is great too. So that it has keep my skin at its best the longest. I just know anything from Plexus is going to be worth a try being on the products for over a year for my health issues. I’ll post a skin update on using the serum after a few weeks.
This bring us to now talking about gut health, which Plexus is all about. I’ll have another post on my experience over the last year taking the supplements. If you research gut health, then tons of issues will pop up including acne, and if my stress level is low and I’m on my plexus products I barely have a break out. I tend to break out where my glasses are, even if I wash them, literally my skin does not like being touched so I try not to touch my face, but just saying if your acne prone I understand how hard it is to try to just live without your skin having a reaction constantly. Anyways after a few months on Plexus Triplex system I was on my way to a wedding and had no foundation left because of budget, and I noticed I didn’t need it and off to the wedding I went. I’m a person who loves wearing make up too, but my skin was so healthy looking for once my standards were set. If you are confused on gut health or want to know what steps to take then just ask. Yes I do sell Plexus but I’m not going to push it on anyone. I make sure to eat foods good for my gut as well. The microbiome is a wonderful thing!
Let’s see years of trying to heal acne, what else could I add…We went over emotional health, diet, allergies, gut health, topical treatments, and stress. Oh yeah hormones, I have a whole other post on this subject. I don’t think I have to tell you hormones affect your skin especially acne. I’ve had my hormones balanced to the best of my ability and do not have the issues I use to have before learning how to balance them. I recommend Maca, and DIM for hormonal acne. I also found eating a Mediterranean diet with high healthy fats with low carbs help my over health and skin. I’ve been eating manly fish with low carbs for weeks and had the least painful cycle ever. I’m grateful to have an open mind on constantly improving my health because you never know what a difference little changes make!
I really hate how younger kids have to suffer with bad health and have acne as a result all while having ads tell them to buy this special lotion and your acne will disappear. Lord if I had all the money back I used in searching for a cure then I’d probably have my student loan paid off! Turn off the tv and pick up a book on healing, emotional health, just something to help you learn about yourself and your body better. I hope this helps someone make a connection to start their path to clear skin. Also use CosDNA or google ingredient ratings before wasting any more money on products that claim to clear acne but actually keep you buying it because some of the ingredients cause acne. Which is basically anything advertised.
Here are some of the products I currently use or recommend from past experiences.
The face shop rice oil
Hemish balm oil
Neogen demonology- green tea foaming cleanser
Corsx ph balancing tea tree cleanser
Wishtrend’s mandelic acid
Tru naturals Vitamin C or Retin A serum
Rose water of any kind
Physician’s formula rose serum
Corsx honey and rice face masks
Here’s to Keeping it real!
Here are some pictures, not good or many because I stayed away from the camera for years. I had chronic acne for a few years and these don’t really show how bad it was because they are from when I was finally making changes. The first 3 are from before, and then the last two is my skin now:)