How I won my 7 year battle with acne & the 7 healing tools & products that got me there

Posted: February 26, 2019 by faithashwellness

Skincare is so important and so personal. As I sit down to share this, I am more than conscious of the fact that every body is different, and therefore everyone responds differently to topicals and nutrients. However, I have spent the past 7 years of my life trying to battle with my skin, learning mostly from trial and error, but also from following bloggers who have really help send me onto the right path when it comes to taking care of my skin. I am in a better place now than I have been for the past 7 years, but it is definitely a daily battle.

Where it all went wrong

In 2012 I went through radiation, and I believe that is where it all went wrong. Prior to the procedure, I had flawless skin- not a single pimple. After radiation, my skin was unrecognizable. I had cystic acne for about 6.5 years following this. It seemed that I went to dermatologist after dermatologist, trying everything from prescription topicals, to birth control, to even Accutane. Each one of the prescriptions had their own side effects, and none were able to help me completely overcome the acne.

Pictured- The topicals left my skin incredibly dry, peeling, and raw underneath my makeup

Breaking point

It was the Accutane that really sent me over the edge. It was desperation that led me to accept the recommendation, and desperation that led me to stop treatment. While at first it seemed to work for me, the side effects were nasty: extreme nausea, depression, and GI issues. It was to the point that I could no longer go to work, so I had to stop, which left me feeling like the very last tool that dermatologists had in their toolkit had already been used, and I was just stuck with cystic acne from here on out.

Accepting my fate

In the scheme of my health, acne ended up taking a backseat after the Accutane debacle. I decided to become my own makeup artist instead, more or less accepting my new reality. I spent my time and money watching video after video on youtube, learning about the best makeup on the market and how to strategically cover my face. I got pretty good at it, to the point where most people didn’t necessarily think of me as the person with acne. When I told my friends that my face was covered in scars- they wouldn’t believe me until I took the mask of full-coverage foundation, concealer, powder, and makeup sealing spray off.

Pictured- The acne scars left over after I stopped the Accutane and the cystic acne went down. Once I stopped, the acne came back.

Pivoting into healing

I never regained health after my radiation, something I will discuss further in other blogs. It wasn’t until recently, when I hit the point in that I learned there wasn't really a topical out there that I could add to my body to mask the symptoms I have been dealing with, that I decided to dig deeper and research what others have done to actually heal their problems- in this case, cystic acne. I couldn’t believe that I had spent so much money, and even worse- time, hopping from dermatologist to dermatologist for no one to tell me that the food I was putting into my body so clearly affects my skin.

The solution

There are few different factors that I believe have played a huge role in my healing, but without a doubt, the most influential factor is dairy.

What? You mean my FAVORITE food source in the entire world and the food I eat with every meal? Yes.

It was dairy all along. Of course I have made some other significant changes that really have helped- taking collagen twice daily, taking digestive plant enzymes before every meal, switching to clean beauty products, using healing and detoxifying face masks regularly, and wearing makeup as scarcely and infrequently as possible. There are so many theories as to why dairy causes acne, but I can tell you that I am not the first and won’t be the last to experience the extreme benefits of cutting out dairy.

You guys- it took ONE week for my face of cystic acne to go away after stopping dairy. It was that quick.

Next steps

Now I’m left with smooth, detoxed, and I believe healthy, yet scarred skin. Thankfully the scarring has gone down already with my collagen intake, and I believe my healing face mask has helped a lot too. I have a ways to go to continue to heal, but for now, the acne is gone. I can’t express the feeling of gratitude, accomplishment, and relief to know that acne is not my fate. I have spent so much time caring for my body, trying to show it the respect it deserves, and it finally is starting to pay off.

If you’re dealing with acne, you are definitely not alone. So many people struggle to find something that works for their face. I am going to list the products that I use below if any of you guys are interested in trying them out. Again, every body is different, and every face needs different methods of healing, but trial and error is a great place to start. These products are not just for people with acne- I would say they are more for healing in general and maintaining, so even if you don't have acne, I highly recommend!

 

My Product Cabinet

Modere Liquid Collagen

 

 

Collagen promotes healthy cartilage and connective tissues, decreases skin dryness, improves skin hydration, firmness, and elasticity, and reduces hyaluronidase, the enzyme that can make your skin age. I take this product twice a day- once in the morning and once at night with about half a cup of water. 

You can find the product here.

 

 

Enriching Gifts Plant Enzymes 

 

Naturally occurring enzymes that assist in the digestion of our food are destroyed when temperatures exceed 118 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition, the commercial growing process that includes radiation and cooking, partially destroys enzymes. Replenishing our enzyme supply is an essential part of all areas of health. Skin conditions, like acne, are mostly a reflection of internal problems, so helping your body absorb and breakdown food is really helpful. They play a vital role in ensuring that nutrients can reach your skin for repair. And if you take enzymes between meals, they also help with tissue repair and skin rejuvenation. I take 3 enzymes before every meal, and 3 at night before bed on an empty stomach. 

You can find the product here.

 

Naturopathica Aloe Cleansing Gel

 

 

This sulfate-free gel clarifies, cleanses, and protects. It's a really effective makeup remover and leaves my skin feeling so smooth. A little goes a long way with this one, so the bottle lasts a long time. I only recently started using this, but it's made a big difference.  I use this twice a day- once in the morning and once at night. 

You can find the product here.

 

 

 

Cocokind Rosewater Facial Toner

 

 

This single-ingredient toner helps clean, sooth, and hydrate skin. This toner helps the ph balance in the skin and helps prep it for the moisturizing step. I spray this on my face right after I wash it and before I put my moisturizer on. I use this twice a day, once in the morning after I was my face and once in the evening after I was my face. 

You can find the product here.

 

 

Naturopathica Calendula Essential Hydrating Cream

 

 

 

A nourishing, deeply moisturizing cream that contains anti-inflammatory Calendula Extract to soothe dry, sensitive skin and conditioning Borage Seed Oil to help soften the skin. I use this twice a day, once in the morning after my toner and once in the evening after my toner. 

You can find the product here.

 

 

Cocokind Chlorophyll Mask

 

 

This mask detoxes, boosts complexion, and reduces inflammation. It is densely packed with chlorophyll, organic spirulina, wheatgrass and chlorella provide an antioxidant punch that help clear, soothe, and brighten skin. Those are some of my favorite healing ingredients on the planet, so this mask is a no brainer for me. I use it 3 times a week, mixed with water.

You can find the product here.

2 Comments

  • mercedes February 27, 2019 at 8:28 am

    thanks for sharing! After leaving dairy and improving your skin, have you ever gone back to eating dairy and have you noticed that it was getting worse?

    Reply
    • faithashwellness March 21, 2019 at 4:46 pm

      Of course! Yes, I have tried eating dairy. Unfortunately, it does have quite an effect on my skin and my gut after not having it for a long time, but I will try it again as I continue to work on healing my gut and see what happens!

      Reply

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