Healthy Habits for Healthy Skin

I’m 25, and I’ve had issues with acne for about 13 years or so. I was hoping that once I made it through my adolescent years this problem would go away.

It didn’t.

When I was younger, I tried Proactiv, all kinds of face washes, and went to a doctor to try a medication to kick this problem. Nothing helped.

My cheeks were filled with acne scars, and I had new breakouts pretty much every single day. I didn’t feel comfortable without makeup on even though I so badly wanted to go without it. I hated my face. And it didn’t stop there. It was all over my back and chest too. I couldn’t feel comfortable in my own skin.

My acne wasn’t me, so why did it have to be such a stressful part of my life?

In the past couple of years, I’ve made strides for healthier living and eating. Though my acne problem wasn’t solved, it was slowly getting better.

This January, I took a more extreme approach on the issue, and I think I finally kicked it.

I was told by a friend about something called the candida diet. Candida is a buildup of yeast and bacteria in your digestive system. It’s good for you until it becomes overgrown, and then it can cause complications – fatigue, indigestion, brain fog, skin issues, etc.

I tried this diet, and it wasn’t easy – no grains, sugar, caffeine, alcohol, or dairy. However, I did it for a month and a half and IMMEDIATELY my skin issues started slipping away. Plus, I felt more energy than I’ve had in years. It’s April now, and I haven’t had a breakout since I started this healthy eating kick in January, and my acne scars are fading.

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I will talk more on the candida diet and my eating habits in a future post, but for this post, I want to focus on some tips specific to kicking your acne struggle.

  1. Pay attention to what you put into your body.
    Before I did the candida diet, I spent a couple of months keeping a notebook with me and tracking everything I ate. Even though I thought I was already eating healthy, once I wrote it down I realized how many empty calories I was putting into my body. Since I knew I would have to write it down and feel the guilt afterwards – not to mention the indigestion I would inevitably have – I started eating less and eating healthier.
  2. Cut the crap.
    It’s not easy and it won’t happen all at once, but try to cut down on your gluten, dairy, and sugar intake. I let myself splurge a bit when I’m eating out, but at home, I don’t keep cheese, bread, or sugary products around anymore. I know my tendencies, and I can’t stop myself if they’re right in front of me. I keep a loaf of Udi’s gluten free bread in the freezer for the times where I just really want a sandwich, and I use rice or black beans for fillers in other meals which is a healthier and cheaper alternative. As much as I love cheese, I was surprised at how easy it was to keep out of my fridge. The only dairy I consume most days is greek yogurt, and I only drink almond milk which tastes delicious and keeps much longer than regular milk. I’ve also started using Stevia sweetener in my coffee to trick my taste buds into thinking I’ve had some sugar to start the day.

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    Some healthy staples in my diet
  3. Less is more.
    I used to scrub my face obsessively twice a day thinking that would get rid of all the bacteria, and how could I possibly wake up with another breakout if my face was clean?! But I did. Every day. Now I just lightly wash my face with cool water every night to remove makeup or dirt, use a CLEAN towel to pat dry, and I dab a little bit of tea tree oil in the spots where I feel a pimple coming on. It usually is zapped away by morning. Now and again, when I’m feeling luxurious, I’ll make a homemade, natural facial scrub or mask.

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    Tea tree oil is life ❤
  4. Destress.
    Easier said than done, right? My acne was at its worst when I was in college and super busy all the time and never getting enough sleep. My life has slowed down since then, so it is easier for me to say and do than for some people. But I’m going to join the crowd and stress how much a good night of sleep, a bubble bath, and writing in your journal for half an hour can REALLY HELP. Even if you only have ten free minutes in your day, just get outside and get some fresh air rather than sitting and scrolling on your phone. It helps.
  5. Hydrate.
    Drink enough water. I think that’s all that needs to be said.

I hope these tips help someone out there! I will share some links below about the candida diet and homemade facial scrubs. I plan to share more specifics on the diet next Thursday, so come back!

Thanks for reading. ❤

Article on candida and foods to eat/avoid on this diet:
https://draxe.com/candida-diet/

Homemade face washes:
http://thecrunchymoose.com/natural-exfoliants-facial-scrub-recipes/

Where I buy my essential oils:
https://www.walgreens.com/search/results.jsp?Ntt=essential+oils

 

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