I am unbelievably disappointed in the beauty (and medical!) industries’ lack of education on healthy skin. In a nutshell, they are blatantly seizing on the opportunity to profit from acne, cysts and blackheads…knowing full well that most of us with the previous “issues” are willing to pay anything to “fix” our problems . We pay with our pocketbooks and, if using prescriptions, we pay with our future health.
Healthy skin (especially the pimple-free) type of skin comes from the inside/out.
Your skin is the biggest organ you have. If you slather it with toxins, they are absorbed. If you eat the wrong foods, your skin will often reflect this. If you take strong medications to cover the problem, you are risking your future health for a short-term gain. Pimples are a warning sign that your hormones are off, your liver is toxic, your gut needs to be re-balanced, you aren’t getting enough sleep, or you are emotionally stressed…among others.
Let’s take my journey thus far as an example. My skin was fairly oily as a child (definitely once I hit puberty), has large pores (thanks, mom), and throughout my teens had a normal amount of red dots. I ate a pretty good diet (again, thanks mom) as she cooked a lot of healthy meals and we ate from the garden, and, unlike most of my peers we had very little sugar.
Fast forward to college and shit-hit-the-fan with my skin. I was eating from the cafeteria (pasta, pasta, pasta), ordering pizza at night (after a late night of drinking Corona) and letting stress and lack of sleep rule my life. Let’s just say, my skin was a tell-tale sign. HUGE bursts of acne and at its worst (cysts) appeared and left me looking in the mirror in disgust. I knew my mom’s side of the family had individuals with cysts, and for a short time thought…well, I guess I need to live with this. Apathy set in.
For the first time in my life I felt: insecure, ugly, embarrassed and just wanted to hide. I purposely avoided high school friends and public places. A year later I met Kolya (my husband) and went to his chiropractor that used applied kinesiology. He put me on an elimination diet and my skin cleared up within a month, I had more energy…like a LOT, and my migraine headaches went away. My skin (and obviously other organs) were being poisoned by my diet and lifestyle.
Now, this isn’t something new to most of us, is it? Yet, time and time again, I see teenagers and young adults completely skipping this important step….taking care of yourself! As parents I see loving advice (and money) spent on sports improvement, college SAT prep, safe sex talks, and yet, do we REALLY teach our kids how to take care of their bodies? Do we teach them how their body responds to stress (and tools to lessen)? Do we teach them how to fuel their bodies with good foods? And, do we teach them the importance of a good night’s sleep? No judgement, it just might not be something on our radar.
Things you can do RIGHT away to help yourself:
- Begin an elimination diet avoiding: gluten, dairy, soy, MSG, corn, sugar, nightshades, alcohol and processed foods.
- Start the day with a quality DF probiotic, as everything stems from the digestive system.
- After taking the probiotic, drink a full glass of water with fresh lemon squeezed into it.
- Practice stress-relief exercises. See what works for you. Meditation, journaling, praying, yoga, running, art projects…whatever puts your mind in the PRESENT.
- Drink organic chamomile tea before bed.
- Throw away old makeup and try to let your skin “breathe” as much as possible.
- Use safer beauty products and avoid harsh chemicals that dry out your skin and produce even more oil.
- Practice visualization exercises where you see a calm, smiling, clear complexion of yourself.
- Eat more greens and try to alkalize your body. This will occur naturally as you eliminate the listed foods above.
- Most importantly, love yourself as you are right now. You are a beautiful person, regardless of how (or how you think) you look.