I wrote about my battle with acne a few years ago, and it was one of the hardest things I’ve done. My acne is my thing…it’s the thing that makes the most anxious and the most insecure. (We all have that one thing, right?)
When I wrote that first post, I put it all out there. I did it so that I could give fellow acne sufferers hope. I did it so that I could hopefully help (at least) one other person battle an insecurity.
And now, I write again, because I’ve made a few changes this year to help my skin that much more. I write again to hopefully help (at least) one more person. And by making a few life changes, I hope to kick this acne for good. Because…what girl in their 30′s still wants to be breaking out?!
Ever since I was a kid, my Mom sang the benefits of Lysine to me. I used to get canker sores growing up, so my Mom would always give me Lysine to help heal them quicker.
After watching this (incredible) video, I decided that I need to revisit the wonder of Lysine. Based on Organic Olivia (and my own research), L-Lysine is a natural and essential amino acid.
Based on research, it appears (unfortunately not 100% scientifically proven) that L-Lysine can help control the amount of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) your body naturally produces. For some of us, extra HGH will be excreted through the skin, which means acne! (Here’s the kind I went with: L-Lysine 1000 mg Tablets.)
Down with dairy
Ugh, dairy. It’s my kryptonite.
If you know me, you know I always love a good cheese plate with my wine…or as my lunch (or dinner…). As a rule, I will order anything off a menu that has goat cheese in it. I prefer ice cream over literally any other dessert – and most other foods.
So you can see that dairy is a big part of my diet (read: life).
To my dismay, I’ve known for a long time that dairy can contribute to poor gut health in addition to poor skin health.
So as part of my healthy skin care regimen, I’ve significantly decreased the amount of dairy in my diet. I’ve been using almond milk, rather than cow’s milk, for years; I’ve switched out yogurt and ice cream for soy or nondairy versions; and I’ve been using a nondairy substitute for any cheese necessity I may have (e.g. omelets). While I still have some dairy here and there, it’s certainly not near the amount the I used to consume.
Skincare & Makeup
The last big change I’ve made is to my skincare routine.
Over 4 years ago, I made a big change by switching to oils and other forms of face cleansing. While I still use many of these products, I’ve also added on a few.
Face Cleansers & Scrubs
These products are all natural and/or organic and make your skin feel incredible!
- Toner/Cleanser: Balanced Guru Face It Lightly Facial Toner
- Cleanser: Eminence Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser
- Problem areas/Spot treatment: TreeActiv Cystic Acne Spot Treatment
- Facial scrub: ACURE Brightening Facial Scrub, 4 Ounce
These products are as natural as it gets!
- Foundation: Marcelle Hypoallergenic and Fragrance Free BB Cream Golden Glow, Universal Shade
- Conceal: RMS “Un” Cover-Up, shade 11
- Contour: W3LL PEOPLE – All Natural Bio Bronzer Stick (Natural Tan)
- Highlight: W3LL PEOPLE – Bio Brightener Stick (Moonstone)
The last big investment I made was for a Clarisonic Facial Cleansing Brush. This is a great way to get your face squeaky clean without rubbing with your fingers/hands. I ended up getting a great deal with a Mother’s Day offer that included an extra brush head and their foundation brush head so I can apply everything above finger-free, too!
So far, all of the changes I’ve made seem to be working. As long as I keep my hands off my face, I’m having significantly fewer breakouts than I have been. Fingers crossed it keeps working!