Earlier this year, I was unfortunate enough to suffer my first bout with 2011’s acne attack solely on my nose. Even my mother was horrified seeing cystic pus-filled pimples eagerly taking turns to rent the tip of my nose. Then, finally, after all the nose pimples cleared off (which took about two months), tiny dark pimples started to form on my forehead and that’s where the rest of my sudden acne breakout story took off. For every pimple that healed, two to three more took its place. Until finally, in July 2011, I just found myself saying, “Enough is enough.”
Before we leave 2011 behind, let me share with you my most monumental beauty challenge of the year which was to cure my acne naturally. In summary, here are five steps I took to bring back my smooth skin:
1. I Sought Expert Holistic Opinion
In my desperation to cure my acne, I went ahead and consulted a Naturopath-Nutritionist to confirm my suspicion that my acne was definitely caused by internal issues. After asking me lots of questions and looking through my most recent blood test results, she told me my liver could be causing my problems. My liver might have weakened or gotten stressed out due to my naturally weak digestive system. She explained to me how a weak liver can cause hormonal imbalance because it’s not able to get rid of the extra hormones stuck in the body–this liver-hormone connection was something new and surprising to me but it definitely made more sense after I did further research on my own.
2. I Went on a 1-Month Detox
Since we were worried that any drastic detox might cause my weight to plummet to that of an 8-year old (I’m already underweight at 92lbs, 5’3), my nutritionist suggested for me to try the relatively easier Blood Type Diet for 3-4 weeks. Having an A+ blood type, my recommended diet was mostly vegetarian although chicken and certain types of fish like salmon were allowed. I painfully eliminated a lot of stuff from my diet like chocolates, dairies, white/brown sugar, honey, red meat and white rice. I survived on other types of grains like quinoa, millet and buckwheat. [Blood Type Diet review]
3. I Took Lots of Supplements
My nutritionist recommended lots of supplements to supercharge my digestion and my liver. I took digestive enzymes, probiotics and liver supplements among other supplements to aid my detox and digestion. I also had to take Vit C 3x a day, made sure I was taking multivitamins once a day and 2 capsules of Omega 3 supplements each for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is the part I hated the most ’cause not only did it cost me a lot of money, I had to remember taking everything at the right time. Hubby had to print a schedule table for me to post on the fridge and near my work station since my memory is just a tad better than a goldfish.
4. I Stabilized my Skincare Routine
Out of all the things I needed to do to cure my acne, surprisingly, this was the easiest because I didn’t have to change much. I just had to make sure I cleaned my face thoroughly and used skin detox products like GoW Anti-Aging Pomegranate Serum and GoW Some Kind of Wonderful Detox Serum. Whenever the oiliness of my face got out of hand, I switched back to Living Nature products for day time care as their toner and moisturizer gave me a more matte finish.
5. I Persevered and Never Lost Hope
LOL, I just have to include this. Imagine, I had to take LOTS of supplements and cook my own food just to make sure I was eating what was in my detox program. I was forced to buy a steamer to place in the office so I could prepare my raw food at home. I seasoned and marinated raw ingredients, packed them in no-spill lunch boxes and brought them to the office to cook while I was doing my work. I have to give special credits to my colleagues who had to withstand aromatherapy (onion/garlic style) every 11 AM – 1 PM during weekdays.
Currently, although I still get the lone zit once in a while especially when I fail to get my dirty hands off my face, my skin had recovered dramatically. It’s not so obvious on the pictures but I was left with some post acne pigmentations, too.
Out of all the tips above, I think #2 and #3 made the most difference although #1 gave me the much needed jump start. Before consulting a nutritionist, I was like a blindfolded gunslinger shooting aimlessly. However, the most important was #5 because it kept me right on track as the entire process was definitely not an overnight miracle. In fact, on the second week, I even suffered a bit of purging. It took about a month for me to see results but the sacrifices and lifestyle changes definitely gave me more than just pimple-free skin. It gave me better health.
I will cover each of the pointers above on separate posts from my experience in consulting a holistic expert for the first time to my review of and thoughts on the controversial Blood Type Diet. Any of the steps above you’re most interested to learn more about?
P.S. As for those of you e-mailing me about Pantothen, hold on tight! My sister is currently taking it and a review with before-and-after photos should be up in about a month.