After going to the derma for the last and final time to try to win the pimple war that was currently on the lower-half of my face, I decided to heal my cystic acne naturally once and for all.
No more antibiotics. No more medications messing with my body.
After doing extensive research on amazing websites such as Well and Good, I was ready to put an end to my painful, cystic acne.
Here are the top methods that have worked wonders for me:
1. Identify and limit trigger foods
Everyone's trigger foods are different. Trigger foods are foods that cause the balance in your body to go haywire and they increase inflammation in the body which shows up on the skin.
Try eliminating foods that have you feeling yuck, or foods that you notice cause you to get a pesky zit right after eating them.
For me my trigger foods are: 1. Coffee 2. Chocolate 3. Peanut butter/nut butters 4. Bananas and dates (high-sugar fruits) 5. Potatoes/simple carbs
Yeah, your trigger foods may even be your favorite foods. I struggled with this for a while. Once I got my skin looking nice by avoiding my triggers, I would splurge and eat them only to have zits pop up the next day.
Your resolve has to be bigger than your cravings, so you can pin-point your own causes of inflammation. In my case, I had to completely eliminate my trigger foods from my diet to see results.
2. Keep your skin care simple
Avoid heavily fragranced, rough and abrasive cleansers. Look for a cleanser that is gentle and for sensitive skin. I use La Roche-Posay Cleansing Milk. It's so milky and smooth that when I use it with a little bit of warm water, it's the perfect cleanser for my skin.
Go simple. Go natural. Don't break the bank.
When it comes to moisturizers or serums don't go overboard. I use Cerave because I have very dry skin that turns red. If I use a serum I use a little Josie Maran Argan Oil (2 drops at most) and massage that onto my face at night every once and a while.
The key to skincare is consistency. Don't change up products and don't stop using them if you don't see instant results. Try it out for a few weeks and you will see improvement if it's working for your skin.
3. Heal your gut
The relationship between a healthy gut and skin is often over-looked by modern medicine. When I went vegan, I developed leaky gut syndrome and had an over-growth of candida and yeast. I had to balance my diet with more fats and proteins and limit sugar intake.
Just recently I started drinking 1 tablespoon of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (with "mother") in a cup of hot tea or hot water. I drink this 2 times a day about 10-15 minutes before a meal.
This has transformed my skin in less than 2 weeks! I have not had one single cyst since starting this routine of ACV. Don't believe me? Try it out for yourself.
It's so much cheaper than taking antibiotics and it helps you detox your body, instead of harming it like many antibiotics do.
If you are like me, and are at your wits end with the cycle of painful acne please look within your body.
Acne is simply a sign that something is not working properly within. As within, so without.
I want to also mention how a positive attitude, self-love and acceptance can make all the difference.
Every time I get a pimple I send love to the pimple and tell my self how beautiful I am even with it. I try to take my mind off the pimple and focus on something positive instead. This helped my breakouts not last as long and not be as severe.
Just remember that once you heal your body, you heal your skin.