This blog post is inspired by the fact that I’m sitting in the South Terminal of the Austin Texas airport awaiting my flight home…. without a breakout.
It’s a huge, huge, huge milestone, because travel has ALWAYS wrecked havoc on my skin.
So maybe, just maybe – what I’ve been doing lately for my skin has been working? So much so, that I could enjoy a weekend full of eating-out & drinking & plane travel & sleeping on strange sheets w/o suffering the consequences of bumpy skin.
I’ll share exactly how I got here, but I won’t say that “this is just what worked for me” because I really feel like these are all simple changes that anyone can implement and benefit from, no matter the true source of your problematic skin.
All good things start with a shift.
Like cracking an egg, you need to rupture the energy surrounding your problematic skin. A significant shift has to take place in order to start healing.
For me, it was finding the Medical Medium & making celery juice a habit. You can read all about my celery juice journey here, but it truly shifted the energy swarming my acne. I had to start committing 20ish minutes every morning to juicing, which shifted my entire morning routine and therefore my entire day. I had to start buying celery every week which made me more conscious about what else I was putting in my cart. And so on. It gave me a new sense of hope surrounding my acne. It gave me a new set of habits to adopt. Committing to drinking celery juice to heal my acne was a true energy shift.
- I started minimizing my skin care products. I was becoming a skin mask junkie. I was using all sorts of toners and creams and oils – all of which promised to heal my skin; Rinse, exfoliate, scrub, tone, moisturize & repeat.I nixed ALL of it and now only use a Dove Beauty Bar. It’s cheap. It’s basic. It’s simple. It’s sustainable (no plastic bottle or pump), it travels easily. And it works.
I don’t even use makeup remover, I just use this Dove Beauty Bar & maybe a few days a week I use a hot wash cloth to gently exfoliate my face (small circles). I follow this up with a basic oil-free moisturizer. I use the Trader Joes brand.
- I took a good, hard look at my pillow case. I spend more time on my pillow case than I do at work, so it should probably work for me – right? I switched my laundry detergent to Seventh Generation. A simple, clean brand that I feel like doesn’t leave soap residue on my sheets (that ends up on my skin). I also stopped using dryer sheets (residue build up) and started using wool dryer balls. Also more sustainable.
- In an attempt to heal my skin, I cut out dairy from my diet. It’s not that dairy itself causes acne, rather it acts as a food source for the things that do. Starving the bacteria that was causing my acne makes a lot of sense to me. I stopped eating cheese, milk, eggs and butter. Of course it occasionally slips into my diet (mostly by accident), but making a solid effort to cut it out has dramatically improved my skin.
- I also followed Medical Medium’s advice in not eating fats until lunch. This includes healthy fats. When you sleep, your liver sleeps with you. It wakes up somewhere between 3 or 4 am and starts DETOXING. When you’re eating fats for breakfast, it shifts the liver out of that detox mode & into it’s fat burning mode. This isn’t a bad thing, but it’s not ideal for ridding your body of acne. You want your liver in that detoxing mode for as long as possible – so that your body can reach an optimal detox level daily.
- This may go without saying, but up your water intake. Especially first thing in the morning. The morning is a crucial rehydration period (because you just went hours without water) but it’s also the most ideal time to flush your body of toxins.
- I stopped (or tried to stop) talking about my skin in a negative light. I became really conscious of the language that I was choosing to use surrounding my acne. “My skin is awful” isn’t going to get me clear skin. If I want to have clear skin, I have to believe (like really, believe) that I am worthy of it… And to be honest, for a long time I don’t know that I believed deep-down that I was worthy. Congested skin is all that I’ve known in my late teens/adult years and it’s very much so become something that I’ve identified with. I’ve lumped myself into the acne bucket and after years of hopelessly trying to find a fix, I lost faith that this was something I could have.