Hello and welcome (lol, I'm clearly not the best writer) Anyways, allow me to introduce myself- or.. shall we say my acne.
you see my acne started back when I was a wee little one in 6th grade on pictured day... yep, picture day. I know some of you are cringing through your screens right now- I know! carrying on, from that point forward it began to get painful, cyst-like red bump EVERYWHERE! oh and blackheads.. pfft, you thought they weren't going to tag along... if only. and of course, I did the unpardonable sin of picking my pimples because... I saw hope at the end of that tunnel ok?
But you wanna know what was worse than the acne itself? The Julies... oh yes.. we've ALL met a Julie at some point. " have you tried washing your face?" " you know it could be because of all that makeup" " ugh I can relate to you so much now, I just got 1 single pimple on my forehead" ( as I have a casual colony of pimples on my forehead) you get the point.
Recently I decided I wanted clear skin SO BAD! Like you know how you can get a real bad craving for Mcdonalds at midnight? yeah, I wanted clear skin THAT bad!
So naturally, one goes to see the person who knows all about skin. a dermatologist. I was recommended an antibiotic topic gel that had 1% clindamycin and 5% benzoyl peroxide.
Now when I tell you I was ecstatic to get this cream! OH, WE WERE ECSTATIC! this was the answer to my prayers. Ms. clear skin here I come. Oh pimples, your gonna be a thing of the past... the passstttt!
But of course, after a week of using it- I broke out. And not just, oops I got 3 pimples on top of each other, more like OOPS I GOT 3 PIMPLES ON TOP OF ANOTHER 3 PIMPLES EVERYWHERE! *sigh* I think we can understand my frustration. My dermatologist had failed to tell me that this antibiotic gel-cream does not work on sensitive skin. Oh, by the way, I have EXTREMELY sensitive skin.
At that point, I was done. Not even the mask could keep the pimples out of the line of vision of the cute guy I'm stalking at the grocery store.
I began searching for anything! literally anything!
I found a bunch of youtube videos linking the health of your gut and the health of your skin. Dairy was a horrible acne culprit because of how much sugar was in it, gluten was known for inflaming the small intestines.
at this point, I was willing to give it a shot. I cut out dairy and gluten. each morning I juiced celery and carrots which are known to help with the skin and gut health. I would also drink vitamin D in water and chlorophyll. I would also take multivitamins. (all in the morning before eating) I would then proceed to have my breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and then right before bed I would take a probiotic. (almost every youtube video of people who cleared their skin, everyone was taking a probiotic) I drank tons and tons of water. But I knew diet alone wasn't enough. so 4 out of the 7 days I did intense workouts to sweat and clean the toxins out. I kept my skincare regime simple! I would use a Cetaphil gentle daily scrub once a day with maracuja oil as my moisturizer. I also bought the play clay to mousse cleanser that exfoliates ( I use once a week) I also have the Aveeno unscented skin relief moisturizer, in case I needed extra moisture.
Slowly but surely, my skin cleared! Oh and I had those annoying white bumps on my forehead that wouldn't pop, yea those are gone too! my skin isn't fully clear but its progress and I want to encourage all of you to look into the relations between your gut health to your skin health.
A lot of topical gels and creams just treat the symptoms and not the causes. I understand how upsetting acne can be. so if you've tried everything and it isn't working, give this a shot!
if you have any questions, feel free to ask!