I am going to be honest with you guys because what would this blog be if it wasn’t about honesty?
Well, if you have met me you know I got them adult acne scars and pimples.
When I was younger I had that just perfect smooth face- when puberty hit and so did the little pops flare up. At first it wasn’t that big of a deal (it still isn’t right now though, you’ll find out that shortly). Then in high school it became an issue.
I would enjoy bursting them or flaking off the old dry ones, sweet right? Well apparently I was causing colossal damage in the long run. Who knew that innocent bliss had its repercussions. Mama warned me, friends warned me but I couldn’t resist. Sweetest taboo if you may 😉
The scars stayed and so did the insecurities. My mom is a believer in healing from natural ways and so our first try was with the aloe vera plants that grew at home. And try did I. The yucky part of it all is that it tasted worse than it healed me. We tried all she knew to a fail. Thing is, these were excellent remedies but my headstrong self couldn’t let me be tamed to doing one thing days on end. I jumped from one remedy to another.
In high school almost every girl I know used a cream called “nice and lovely” I opted for the Ayurvedic one because of the ‘natural’ elements it had. Still it failed.
I tried all the treatments out there. Trust me when I tell you that because a friend once advised me to use my pee and surprisingly Google search has some success stories on the usage. Cringe!
Yes I even tried the famous chickpea flour, milk and turmeric combination to my chagrin.
Most of my pictures posted on social media are airbrushed to rid those ‘unsightly’ marks at least that’s what I have structured myself to believe.
Granted there are success stories but this chica here had to do much more than topical remedies. It was deeper than what these arguably impressive remedies had to offer.
One thing I forgot while in pursuit of better skin was what I was eating. I ate anything just because it was edible. I didn’t consider my skin in all of it and turns out the damage cut deeper as I grew older.
I used Google and trustworthy sites to learn as much as possible. I started eliminating certain foods and would go back to them as soon as the craving sparked. Sadly, I ended up making the proverbial one step forward, two steps backward.
Until recently when I was on a weeklong detox period did I fully commit to enough is enough! I now know my triggers and I have promised myself not to eat them.
A good friend of mine Josephine Mpore, owner of Maka & Yura Spa- who is a lifestyle coach, told me to stop eating certain foods and see how it goes. She went ahead and prescribed a cleanser, toner and moisturizer package that suits my skin type.
She also adviced on drinking unsweetened green tea to cleanse me from within.
So nowadays I go for non comedogenic products that help unlock my pores and drink plenty of water unlike previous times.
So there you have it, my acne journey. It hasn’t been rosy and I don’t think it will ever be but one thing is for certain, I am not pulling my hair trying to heal the skin but I’ll let nature take its course while I strive to eat well, and be well.
Peace, Love and Light to each of you my friends 🙂