Updated: Jul 19, 2019
31 Years Old... and My Skin Talked.
Growing up, even as a teenager, I NEVER struggled with acne. People would always ask me "What do you use on your skin?", and I would answer "Ummm... soap and water...?" I turned 26 and all of the sudden all these acnes started showing up around my cheekbone area. I had no idea what to do, what products to use, or anything. "Soap and Water" weren't cutting it anymore.
Then they came back when I was 31. This time it was much worse.
August 7, 2017
I am sharing pictures because I know a lot of us struggle with acne and struggle with trying to hide it. You can see how make-up just wasn't doing the trick anymore.
And it would get worse from one day to another...
August 8, 2017
For a couple of weeks I was really self-conscious.
I went to the gynecologist to see if there was something wrong. Nothing. I did Blood Test and nothing. The Gyno put me on birth control. I did another blood test, and more protein showed on my thyroid. Doctor said it was probably from the birth control. So I stopped the birth control because it was making the acne worse and my family has a history of thyroid problems, so I didn't want to mess with it.
Here are pictures on August 9, 2017, 2 months into struggling with this acne issue:
That's the day I went to the dermatologist for help.
She suggested a gentle face wash and scrub, along with two strong topical acne meds, two pills, AND suggested I go on birth control. To the birth control I said NO. But I was willing to try the meds.
The meds I was prescribed helped dry out the old acne, so that was fantastic! However, new ones were still coming in. I was happy with how the meds were drying out the acne, but I knew I could't go on like that much longer, since my skin started looking dull and old... not to mention still "acney".
I went back to my general doctor. I told him the new acne must have been a sign of what was going on inside. I was trying to fix the problem from the outside. I felt like I was just "cutting weed instead of pulling them out from the roots". I asked him to help me with my diet. I insisted it must have been something I was or was not eating that my body was rejecting or yearning for. His response was, “I’m sorry! I have no education in nutrition so I can’t advise you.”
I already knew doctors don’t have to have any kind of Nutrition Certification to get their doctorate... but to hear it out loud!!! That was a whole other ball game.
So that’s when I took matters into my own hands. I started studying nutrition and eventually got certified through Precision Nutrition. One thing I decided to do was to follow the blood type diet. Many people criticize it, claiming it’s not scientific, but I wanted to give it a try, anyway.
It 100% worked.
The blood type diet divides food into three categories:
Some foods act like medicine to your body; these foods help heal your body.
Other foods are purely fuel; they don’t heal you but they don’t harm you; they are energy.
And lastly, some foods cause a lot of inflammation.
Like I said, some criticize it, saying it’s not scientific. They said that The Blood Type Diet, like any diet, "works" simply because it makes you more conscious/aware of what you’re eating. What do I have to say about that? It is VERY TRUE, actually! That's the darn point! It makes you SO VERY aware of what you're eating! So much so that it motivated me to give up things I absolutely loved (like coffee, coconut and avocados!) and started adding foods to my diet that I wasn't accustomed to buying (like prunes and figs).
(I'm O-type, here's an interesting article on Blood Type Diet and O-type.)
It cleared my skin in months. It took time, so I had to practice patience. But practicing patience in this case was not as bad, especially since I was noticing an improvement month after month.
So here's my...
I think a lot of things helped me, but the main one was what I was putting into my body.
My advice to you or a loved one who's struggling with sin problems:
There's no one size fits all formula. Just because this product worked on you, does not mean it's going to work on me. Treat your skin as the UNIQUE SKIN that it is.
Seek medical help, knowing that it can at least help the problem at the surface level. I suggest getting blood work done every 6 months. Hormones (Thyroid Activity) has a lot to do with skin (and hair and nails) problems. Ovarian cysts for women are another potential sign of hormonal imbalance.
FOOD/NUTRITION is powerful! Food tells your body what to do, where things should go, how much of this hormone needs to be produced, and how much of that should be inhibited. Your body will do what it takes to keep you alive, but what you give to your body is what your body has to work with. Our bodies pay for our poor (or uneducated) choices.
Explore your diet: Meal logs are an option. Common food triggers are Meats, Dairy, Alcohol, and Coffee Beans. Do you notice any change when you drink alcohol vs. when you don’t? What about with meat? Dairy? Coffee? Write it down!
My most personal advice: Consider trying the Blood type diet. Give your body AT LEAST 28 days to tell you if it likes it or not. TWENTY EIGHT DAYS AT THE LEAST!
Keep a skin log. I noticed in 2018 and now in 2019 that my skin becomes more clogged around Summer time. Sometimes the moisturizer you use during Fall, Winter and Spring might be too thick for Summer time. We sweat more during the summer, so try changing it up to a moisturizer that's a bit “thinner”, yet still nourishing.
WATER, WATER, WATER. You want to keep your skin (and organs, and cells) hydrated. We always hear this advice, but do you really apply it to your day-to-day?
I hope this helps and gives you hope. I would love to hear from you! Please write me with any questions you might have. If you end trying these things and have an update a few weeks from now, please share them with me! I would love to hear about it!
If you want to work with me on your nutritional needs, I'm here to help as well.