A lot has changed since the last post I made about my journey with acne. As of April, I have began seeing a Naturopath, which is always something I have always wanted to do but never thought I could. I always tried to avoid dairy but let’s just say I wasn’t making it a priority and would always eat ice cream if I was offered. I’ve noticed huge differences since cutting out dairy with my digestion and overall feeling throughout the day but it hasn’t been the miracle that cleared my skin. Which now leads me to the next step I tried which was going off birth control pill; I had been on the pill for two years and in February I had made up my mind that come March I was going to go off the pill and try to fix these hormonal imbalances/acne naturally. I went off the pill while I was in the process of changing my diet and cutting out dairy so my skin kind of went in to a panic and I experienced some bad breakouts all around my mouth and chin again.
After about a month after going off the pill my skin was the worst it has ever been and I couldn’t think of anything else I can do myself to help clear it up which is when I decided that I should try a naturopath. I mean I had wanted to go for years and just always talked myself out of it, mostly for financial reasons but I knew I would be upset with myself if I never tried. So I scheduled an appointment for end of April and I had the absolute best experience with the doctor. She spent an hour and a half with me and we discussed everything from my skin to my energy levels and stresses. It was the most in depth meeting with a doctor I had before. She discussed a game plan to start balancing my hormones but she first decided that blood work would be helpful to better determine which herbs/supplements will help heal me from the inside out. I honestly have never felt so optimistic about anything before. I knew if I wanted to see results than I would have to try my best to stick to a clean diet filled with loads of healthy fats and healthy carbs like sweet potato and cut sugar out completely.
It’s only been a month and a half since starting the supplements/herbs so I can’t exactly say if it’s been the solution but I can say that I have never had so much energy in my life and I am slowly seeing some improvements. My skin is slowly clearing up but there are still days where I experience breakouts. I wish more than anything that it would clear instantly but I know that isn’t how things work. Results take time and hormones don’t change overnight.
I’ve always loved watching youtubers’ post their skin journey and seeing the before, during and afters and I always thought that if I ever cleared my skin I would do the same but I’m so uncomfortable about the idea of sitting in front of a camera and being vulnerable. It’s so much easier for me to be vulnerable in my writing. I’ve been taking progress photos and keeping a journal about my experience and what’s working and what isn’t in the hopes of one day sharing that. I don’t know if that journey will take me one year or two years or even six months but however long it takes I am willing to be patient and give it a solid try.
I know I have been so inconsistent with my blogs but I want to try to write on here weekly to update the progress/setbacks with this new journey.