Address the root cause and heal fully.
There was a time where I would look in the mirror and be disgusted by what I saw: huge, swollen red bumps all over that made me cry instantly at the sight of them. I would cry and think, "why me?! I don't deserve this!". No matter what I did, how many products or medications I tried, nothing seemed to help. I was on and off antibiotics, birth control and topical medications prescribed by my doctor. I was told over and over that these products were the absolute "end-all-be-all" to my angry, inflamed skin. I even did a round of Accutane which did help for about a year until my acne came back with a vengeance. I felt like I had ZERO control over my skin despite doing EVERYTHING "right".
I was so tired of others offering me their unwarranted miracle cures
I was tired of feeling judged by others because of my acne
I was tired of my extensive, time consuming makeup routine that was required to camouflage the redness and the bumps
I was fed up because I just didn't understand why this was happening to me, why it was STILL happening to me, after so many years and so many failed treatments
I was angry because I felt like no matter what I did, nothing worked
I spent so much time and money on doctors copays, medications, products and treatments that never amounted to the results I was hoping for
But most of all, I just felt defeated and embarrassed. No one around me seemed to understand the emotional turmoil that acne causes; I had lost my self confidence and hope that I'll ever have clear skin.
And what seemed like a miracle happened! FINALLY! I started seeing less and less acne breakouts within the first week of my treatment! My skin became softer, acne lesions were smaller and less red and my skin looked brighter.
Only us acne sufferers understand what a true blessing it is to go to the store to buy a tinted moisturizer because we don't need our "full coverage" or "color correcting" heavy foundation anymore! It wasn't too long after I started my regimen that I was able to do that.
And so I want all of you acne sufferers out there to know that there IS hope. I was certain that my acne was the worst case I'd ever seen- and to this day I still believe it was. However, I finally found what has worked for me and many of my clients.
It was while I was completing my Master's degree in Nutrition and reviewing new research on the gut-brain connection as well as nutrition and acne that I had a breakthrough. I realized that being an over-stressor, ignoring emotional triggers and not eating well was taking a toll on my body. Even though I had tried the typical diet eliminations for acne before and didn't see results, I realized there was much more to it than that. No wonder there's so much conflicting information out there about what works for acne and what doesn't! What works for one person may not work for someone else. It finally hit me that the most effective treatment for acne has to be a specific, holistic and individualized treatment.
So here's what I did:
I implemented a stress management action plan. Download a free copy of the one I made here.
I took a specialized food sensitivity test to identify inflammation-causing foods in MY body. (You can find out more about this blood test here.)
I crafted a customized, anti-inflammatory elimination diet based on the results of that food sensitivity test and followed it precisely for approximately 30 days. I also included some other restrictions based off of my knowledge of common acne-triggering foods (such as dairy, sugar and certain carbohydrates).
I took supplements that were appropriate for me based on the severity and type of acne I had with considerations for any medical conditions I had.
I stayed well hydrated.
Specializing in helping women struggling with acne to understand the causes of their acne and find beautiful, clear skin WITHOUT harmful and expensive medication
Looking for help with other conditions? I also work with clients for the following issues:
IBS/SIBO symptoms (diarrhea, bloating, constipation, pain, fatigue, brain fog, etc)
Skin issues (eczema, rashes)
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Weight management (gain, loss, maintenance)
With warmth & gratitude,