As many of you know I have been struggling with acne since about November-December 2019 but didn’t get really bad until January. November and December were probably only 1-2 spots. It has been something that I could not get under control no matter how hard I tried. And even when I was told I was Candida free in March 2020, I still had acne. And you all know I have one of the healthiest diets! I’ve mentioned it before on here, but I was on Accutane in 2012. My acne back then wasn’t as bad as it was now. And that’s sad. I was so self conscious during this past year and a half. But I can finally say, my skin was finally clear at the end of July. I want to share with you everything I did. Sit down for awhile because it’s a lot. And just because this worked for me doesn’t mean it will work for you. It’s definitely a lot of playing around. And another issue was that I think I was so focused on getting rid of the scarring and hyperpigmentation before I got rid of my acne which is counterintuitive.
As you know, I track my BBT with my Tempdrop and Natural Cycles App as my form of birth control. I went off hormonal birth control about a month after I was diagnosed with Candida when I learned it could make it worse. In my Natural Cycles Facebook group, someone had asked a question on how to get rid of hormonal acne. About 95% of the comments mentioned seed cycling.
What is seed cycling? Seed cycling involves eating flax, pumpkin, sesame and sunflower seeds during different parts of your cycle to help with hormonal imbalances, menopause, boost fertility, etc.
During your Follicular Phase (the start of your period to the day before you ovulate), you eat 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds and 1 tablespoon of ground pumpkin seeds.
During the Luteal Phase (day of ovulation to the day before your period), you eat 1 tablespoon of ground sesame and 1 tablespoon of ground sunflower seeds.
I just through the seeds into my smoothies and got them that way. But on days that I didn’t have a smoothie, I would eat them in a salad.
I started seed cycling back in December but after I had my ear surgery in January, my cycle got all messed up for a bit which messed up me seed cycling. But I still did it to the best of my abilities. The seed cycling definitely helped with the hormonal acne but I was still getting acne on my cheeks, which is related to your gut.
Back in April I started taking some of the Medical Medium’s suggested supplements for acne. By the end of May, I was taking practically all of them. That means I’ve been drinking celery juice every single day, taking vitamin c, zinc, b12, cats claw, nettle just to name a few. I did thyme in hot water for a little bit but stopped and I never did GABA. I had someone muscle test me in June (I will talk more about that later in this post) and she said I didn’t need time. And when I mentioned I had looked up Gaba and it didn’t seem right for me, she said if I think I don’t need it, then my body probably doesn’t need it. I’m not going to lie, all of these supplements are expensive. Probably spent about $100 a month on them. But this is something I’m willing to spend money on.
New Supplements For Kidneys And Liver
As you know, I suffer from lymphatic inflammation, mainly in my legs. And you might remember I was dealing with some major inflammation from about April-June. My osteopath referred me to someone who muscle tested me. She got that it was my kidneys and I had low bile/acid in my stomach and liver. I had mentioned I was dealing with acne too and she thought that the supplements would help with that too. For my kidneys, I am taking Quantum Nutrition Kidney Support and for the low acid, Standard Process Betafood.
VI peels are the best chemical peel out there. Just look at their before and after pictures on their website or Instagram. Not only do they help with hyperpigmentation, they also help with acne. I have gotten a total of 3 times since May, and they have helped so much with the hyperpigmentation along with helping clear up my acne. I’ve also been doing IPL treatments since March and I haven’t noticed that much of a difference with them. It’s the peels that I’m seeing the difference. If you’re in the Metro Detroit area, you should check out Aneta at Complexion Spa!
I mentioned this light in my July Favourites. I got it at the end of June, but I couldn’t use it everyday right away because I had to be conscious of my IPL and VI Peel appointments. Didn’t want to use it too soon before or after. But this light helped kill bacteria from forming and killing the active spots. And it’s so cheap too!!
In another post in my Natural Cycles Facebook group, someone else asked about acne in general. A lot of people mentioned evening primrose oil. As soon as I saw that post, I immediately ordered some supplements. I started taking these about the beginning/mid July time frame. I actually noticed a difference within a few days, but I was also using the acne light consistently as well. And I had just had a VI Peel. Evening Primrose Oil has so many health benefits for women. It can help clear up acne, eczema, help with PMS, menopause, hot flashes, breast pain and so much more. I really wish I discovered it sooner.
The acne on my cheeks is associated with gut health. This is something I had trouble figuring out since I’ve been healing my gut since April 2019 and I no longer have candida. I was on Mary Ruth Organics site looking for some new digestive enzymes and I happened to see this probiotic spray for the skin. I use it both morning and night by spraying on my face and letting it dry completely before I do the rest of my skincare.
Up My Probiotics
Since the acne was associated with my gut, I decided to up my probiotic intake. Normally for probiotics, you take 2 a day, one at lunch and one at dinner. I decided to take 2 in the morning, 2 at lunch and 2 at dinner. I will probably continue taking this many proboscis for a few more months before I got back to 2 a day.
Up My Vitamin A
Accutane is derived from vitamin A. I’ve been taking vitamin A everyday since I went off Accutane in 2012. And when I would get a spot, I would take 2 instead of 1 to help it clear up faster. Taking 2 wasn’t really helping this time. But when I started adding liquid vitamin A to my smoothie and taking 2 capsules 2 times a day started to help. I do want to say, you need to be careful about your vitamin A intake if you are pregnant. It can cause birth defects and cause other issues if you’re taking to much. Do your research and consult a doctor if you need to. I am not a medical professional but I know my body enough to know how much I can handle. When I was taking more than I had mentioned, I noticed I was getting nauseous so I cut back and it went away.
As you can see, I did a lot to get rid of my acne. And just because this all worked for me doesn’t mean it will work for you. And it’t been said you should try something for at least 3 months to see results. It’s been about 3 months for the medical medium supplements, and everything else is about 2 months. My skin is glowing and I feel so much more confident! Now I can finally start to work on getting rid of the post acne marks/scars and hyperpigmentation!