The fact that I can actually write a post on this is mind-blowing. I tried it all. Proactive, birth control, clearasil, toothpaste, mud facials, chemical peels, oil-cleansing, tamanu oil, jojoba oil, almond seed oil, I cut out almonds from my diet, I cut out dairy, I put prescription meds all over my skin, I used special cleansers, soy cleansers, I artificially tanned (“tanning makes my acne better”), I tanned outside, I wore sun screen, I didn’t, I mediated, I ran, I compulsively washed my face, I exfoliated, okay you get the point. But I’m sure most of my readers can relate.
But listen, I have the answer. I found the answer.
Nutrition is interesting. It’s not like a prescribed medication that you take to fix that one issue (and experience 85 side effects) Good nutrition prevents cancer, auto-immune diseases, obesity, clears skin, gives you energy, etc. etc. With no wacky side effects, I promise.
So what I’m trying to say is, I ate a whole food, plant-based die and cleared my skin. It was simple. I’m going to give you a breakdown of exactly what I took out and incorporated in my diet. My skin has an amazing glow, and I do not have to wear face makeup. (WHAT?) I also have scarring all over my chin and I’m noticing it going away now. Bizarre and beautiful what 10 bananas a day can do.
1.) I started taking a shot of wheatgrass everyday. If you can’t get ahold of the juice, buy the powder at whole foods. Mix it with some water and throw it back! Put it in your juices and smoothies, just get this amazing superfood in your body. It’s equivalent to 1.5 pounds of vegetables!
2.) Green juice. Start your day with a raw, unpasteurized green juice. I make sure I always have my green juice on an empty stomach so it’s like an IV of nutrients. Yessss
3.) No no no no no no processed foods. I stopped eating anything that comes packaged pretty much. No weird ingredients. Just remember if you can’t recognize an ingredient your body won’t either! Which causes inflammation aka ACNE. I won’t even drink almond milk that is bought at the store, try making it at home! Be aware of what you put into your body.
4.) Know where your food comes from. How long has it been sitting on the shelf without going bad? What chemicals are they putting in the product to increase shelf life? Think about that!
5.) Think seasonal. And local. Choose seasonal produce over produce that has to be shipped long distances. Why would we eat a mango/pineapple in the dead of winter on the east coast? Mangos are used to help cool the body in tropical climates.
6.) THROW OUT makeup that is bought at CVS, riteaid, etc. I know buying organic/mineral makeup is expensive but your skin is worth it! And when your skin is clear you will save so much money on over the counter treatments, etc. I was riding on NJtransit heading back to Philadelphia from New York back in the summer and I had makeup on and I just felt disgusting and weighed down by it. I threw out every ounce of makeup that wasn’t bought at whole foods or origins. I think this had a huge impact on my skin. I get all my makeup from http://www.mineralfusion.com including the hydration spray! (My favorite)
7.) Biting nails. I stopped biting my nails. Maybe because I wasn’t as stressed out once I left Manhattan. But this stopped my hands from being around my face all the time. Which I think caused some of the acne. Gross.
8.) Reduced stress. HUGE one. I changed cities, left a job that I didn’t enjoy, and left a relationship that was no longer for me. After I took one step in the direction towards happiness I noticed my skin clearing, I promise you. Get rid of the things that don’t make you happy and bring you down as a person. If you are miserable in your job, relationship, I don’t care if you make 1 million dollars a year and live in a beautiful mansion – fucking walk away. What I have learned is that happiness has to be found. Listen to your body and pick and choose what you want in your life. How beautiful is it to have choices. Don’t be scared because you can’t decide, be thankful that you have choices.
9.) Don’t over wash. I wash my face to get my mineral makeup off and after I workout. That’s all. When I wake up in the morning I just rinse with warm water and a washcloth.
Think happiness. Think simplicity. Think fruits and vegetables.
Let me know if any of my tips worked for you!