Feel like you’re floating in a sea of acne, and not sure where to start?
You’re struggling with acne and breakouts, and you know there’s a million things you can try and do to get rid of it. You might already feel like you’ve tried everything, or the reverse, there’s so much you can try, but you don’t know where to get started, or what will be most effective.
Let me tell you a story…
When my acne was at it’s worst (about 10 years ago when I was 30 years old). I felt like I tried everything, but I was looking in all the wrong places. My lifestyle at that point was at it’s worst. I was a heavy smoker (smoking 2 packs of cigarttes a day), I drank at least 3 super large coffees a day (I was addicted to frappachinos which is even worse), I was a carb-a-holic vegetarian, and I was stressed out and depressed trying to make ends meet through my career as an artist. Looking back in retrospect, no wonder my skin was a mess, I was a mess! At the time, any improvement in my lifestyle, was certainly a step in the right direction.
How I cleared up my acne at the time was by making changes and improvements to my lifestyle, my diet, and how I took care of myself and my skin. I started with the things I was willing to do, that were easy for me.
In the beginning, I omitted all unnecessary and abrasive skin care products I was using, and started improving my diet. I was more than willing to replace the sugar and junk foods in my diet with more vegetables, fresh foods, green juices, and salads. Slowly (very slowly), I let go of the coffee, and found ways to decrease the stress in my life, and get a handle of my financial situation (I made a career change). Eventually I was able to let go of smoking as well.
I didn’t do all these things overnight, it was a very gradual progression. Every step I made improved my skin. Eventually, I was completely acne-free and breakout-free for many years.
Then, in my late 30s, I got pregnant. During my pregnancy, I had clear glowing skin, but as soon as I gave birth to my daughter Luna Ray, I got breakouts. Suddenly, I’m almost 40 and I’m getting similar breakouts as I did in my twenties! And my diet and lifetstyle are certainly a lot healthier than it was back then, so what’s going on?
A simple exercise to figure out what’s causing your breakouts and acne:
I asked myself one simple question: What need to be improved right now?
You might be thinking, “well, that’s simple!” And yes, it is, but very few of us ever really stop to ask ourselves:
What needs to be changed or improved right now?
What is off balance?
What am I not tending to?
What do I know I need to do, but I’m not doing?
As soon as I reflected on these questions, I had my answers loud and clear! For me, after giving birth to my daughter I was sleep deprived, stressed out being a new mom and juggling a career, my postpartum hormones were all over the place, I was chronically dehydrated from nursing my daughter 24/7, and indulging in ice cream as comfort food wasn’t doing me any favours (hello cystic acne!).
I only uncovered this list of clues to what was causing my breakouts when I started digging deeper into what I was really doing, as opposed to what I thought I was doing.
Here’s how to get started:
So if you’re at your wits end trying to figure out what’s causing the breakouts, or you’re unsure what you should start improving in your diet or lifestyle first that will get you the most results; stop and ask yourself: What needs to be improved right now?
Sometimes it’s obvious, sometimes it’s really not. Sometimes it’s has to do with your health, what you’re eating, your skin care routine, and other times it has to do with stress, your level of contentment, your personal relationships, or how you’re handling your day to day responsibilities and commitments.
Your health is the sum of many parts. The state of your skin is a reflection of what’s going on in the inside, and the outside (it’s not always just about what you’re putting on your skin or eating, but also what’s going on in your mind and spirit as well).
If anything I am saying reads true to you, please let me know! I would love to hear what improvements or changes you plan on making (please post it below!).