What follows is an interview with reader Leah about her journey to cleanse her skin holistically.
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What was your experience with acne? How old were you and how did you feel?
My acne started in high school and continued through my 30 years.
Acne made me feel lonely and ugly. He envied all who seemed to have perfect skin.
I wanted to hide my face during my outbreaks and was willing to try anything and everything to get rid of acne.
What kind of things did you try before holistic healing that did not work?
As soon as I started having acne in high school, I begged my parents to let me go to the dermatologist.
They struggled with acne in their teens, so they were sensitive to my feelings about it.
The dermatologist gave me antibiotics and creams that wiped my face horribly.
I remember looking in the mirror at school and my hardened makeup could not cover my flaky, dry skin on top of acne, too!
When I turned 18 I started to check the birth rate because I heard that it could help control acne.
Birth control got my acne under control, so I stopped antibiotics and creams.
However, I finally started getting zits here and there and then more often, so I started using Proactiv.
After about 10 years of using Proactiv the acne began to return.
That’s when I decided to fight the fight more naturally.
At first, I only tried milder cleaners, but they still contained chemicals. I started doing some research and I came across The Love Vitamin.
How did you find out that acne could be treated holistically?
When I found Tracy’s blog I undertook to cure my acne completely naturally.
Now, this was no smooth sailing.
There were many occasions when I just wanted to go back to the chemicals, but I did not!
I was trapped in the hard spots of my skin, recovering and purging all the nasty chemicals I had covered with.
There was also a lot of trial and error, as I found exactly what works for me.
What were the specific things that made the biggest difference in your skin? What worked for you?
I would say the most important thing for me was the recipe for the moisturizing cream Tracy posted on the blog some time ago.
Switching from jojoba to argan oil was the key.
My skin needed a little more moisture and now I’m very happy with where my skin is.
I also do not wash my face with anything but water, I splash during my shower at night and I follow with the moisturizer.
In addition to the moisturizer, I try to maintain a healthy diet low in sugar.
I can definitely say when I’ve had too much sugar – I’m going to get a zit or two just above my upper lip, and that’s enough motivation to make me say goodbye!
Were there any obstacles? Things you found difficult about the whole process?
Picking has always been a struggle for me, but I’ve learned that 9 times out of 10 will only make the zit worse. Now, just some incense oil on it and try to forget.
Dieting can also be an obstacle, but I just have to remind myself that junk food is not worth leaving!
Finally, patience was a struggle.
It has taken me about 3 years to get to the point where I am now, and I am definitely not known for my patience.
There were so many times that I wanted to quit, but I did not and I’m so happy that I stayed with him!
How did you feel once your skin cleared up?
I feel free! I usually do not use makeup, just a little mascara.
If I go to a formal event, I go through some foundation, but that’s more for some persistent scars rather than any active acne.
Most days I’m clean-face!
Leah is an elementary school teacher entering her 12th year. She is an avid antiquer and proponent of using natural ingredients to clear acne!