Since my last blog, loads of exciting developments have been happening in my ‘Journey to Kick Acne Before I’m 30.’
I’m currently trialling a product that I’m feeling pretty hopeful about. I say ‘hopeful’, but when you’ve experienced as many failed acne treatments as I have, probably ‘sceptical’ is a better word. But this product is different to anything else I’ve tried: it treats you from the inside and the out and is natural. It’s called Qsilica Naturally Clear Blemish Control Kit (pictured below).
It contains 30 Skin Support tablets, taken twice daily, which are full of all kinds of goodies to help balance hormone levels, purify blood, increase antioxidants and support skin repair. It’s got Vitamin A, Zinc, Green Tea, Burdock and Barberry Root and Silica, to name just a few.
The topical treatments are a Cleanser and Spot Gel, used morning and night, to help get rid of bacteria, dirt and oil – all the nasty stuff – and to clear clogged pores and calm irritation. These lotions have winning ingredients (that people who’ve cleared their acne naturally keep recommending to me) like Avocado, Cucumber and Olive leaf and Willow Bark extract.
I’m also using a natural daily moisturiser (see below) and a weekly scrub. Both products are from Zk’in. I’m SO obsessed with this brand I’m going to write a separate review for their products – so stay tuned.
Finding the cause of my acne
I’ve been looking into face mapping and how certain areas of your face reflect different organs in the body. And when these organs are toxic or not working properly, side effects like acne, dark spots and redness can appear on the skin. Most of my spots occur around my chin, smile lines, jaw and forehead. If you believe face mapping, these areas are linked to the reproductive system, the colon, liver and intestines.
So to help remove internal toxins and improve the health of my organs, I’ve made the following diet and lifestyle changes:
Reducing caffeine intake. Every morning for as long as I can remember, the first thing to hit my gut would be a mug of coffee with an overweight teaspoon of sugar. Now, I’ve replaced my morning cuppa (yep, it hurt) with a fruit/veg smoothie, giving my body the nutrients it needs after a night of fasting. I still enjoy the occasional caffeine hit (life wouldn’t be worth living otherwise) but I’ve replaced sugar with Stevia and try to go for organic brands (eightthirty is my fav) and avoid the instant stuff. NB: Apparently there’s dishwashing detergent in instant coffee to make it foam – no thanks.
Eating a more plant-based diet. I’m not a huge carnivore anyway, but I’ve been trying to up the ante on my raw fruit and veg intake, because these foods have SO MANY awesome healing and cleansing properties. As mentioned, every morning I throw whatever fruit and veg I can find into my blender to make a smoothie. If you want to learn more about the benefits of this, Google the shit out of ‘Joe the Juicer’. He’s the man.
H20. Hell no, hell yes! I’m over hearing people constantly bang on about drinking more water, but it does make sense to flush your body and keep hydrated if you want clear skin. I’m aiming for at least two litres a day. To help the detox process, I’ve been drinking more green tea and adding lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to water.
Increasing movement. In both the exercise and the bowel sense of the word…stay with me. As much as I loath it sometimes, I’m trying to get at least 20mins of heat-hammering activity every day. This is great for increasing circulation and flushing out toxins through sweat, but it also works wonders for people like me with a slow moving digestive system – aka I don’t poop as regularly as I should (sorry if this grosses you out, but I could talk about this until the cows come home!). And if the body doesn’t get rid of waste regularly it can lead to all kinds of problems, acne at the very least, so get pooping people! I’m currently financially challenged and can’t afford a gym membership, so instead I do yoga or cardio videos from YouTube, or take Dobby (dog, not house elf) for a run around the block.
Cutting the crap (don’t worry, I’m not back on pooping). I’m more aware about minimalizing the amount of processed foods, refined sugars, additives and preservatives I consume. You’d be surprised how many ordinary foods, even certain breads, have nasty chemical additives. There’s an App called Chemical Maze that’s awesome for helping decipher what all those numbers in the ingredients list mean. It’s not pretty…
In an ideal world I would remove alcohol from my diet too, as most contain loads of preservatives and sugars, but anyone who knows me knows I LOVE a vino! So I’ve just cut down, but not cut out.
If the body doesn’t get rid of waste regularly it can lead to all kinds of problems, acne at the very least, so get pooping people!
Finding the balance
It’s a tough one, because although I’m committed to improving my skin and understand that health is the most important thing in life (above love, friendship, money etc. because without good health you’re screwed and can’t enjoy any of the other things) I also believe that life is for living.
I don’t want to become one of those super hard-core health Nazis that never lets anything non-organic or unnatural pass their lips. I enjoy boozy nights with my girlfriends and ice cream dates with my man, so I don’t want to deny myself those things – not even for Miranda Kerr’s perfect skin!
So I figure it’s about sweeet balance. If I try my best to eat clean, use natural cosmetics and keep active 80% of the time, surely my skin won’t mind if I’m naughty the rest of the time?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this or any advice you have on curing acne naturally.