Patience

 

Ugh, who would have thought that I would be suffering from so much acne in my 30s. I know… yuck. Honestly, some days I don’t want to leave the house. Other days, I avoid looking in the mirror and having my picture taken.

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After giving birth to my son, things seemed to get worse. I’ve gone to numerous dermatologists and they all say and do the same thing; push me to take medications that I don’t want to take. The acne is probably hormonal, and taking birth control pills might help me out, but I decided years ago that I wouldn’t take hormone altering birth control pills for personal and health reasons, so for now I gotta find other solutions.

So I decided to try and figure it out on my own; taking a more holistic and natural route. The first option I tried was an elimination diet, because honestly I am feeling that the acne is a result of something I’m eating that I’m allergic to that’s making me break out. So I’ve mostly cut out diary besides those nights when my husband teases me with delicious ice cream or chocolate (I can’t resist a bite).

The next option is to detoxify my body. After seeing a holistic doctor he suggested I do a kidney cleanse. I’m currently on my second tea detox routine for 12 days. The doctor makes nasty tasting teas made from herbs, roots, greens, etc… After the first 12 day routine I lost 7 lbs., felt super energetic, and my mind was less “foggy.” So, I decided to give the routine another go.

Next step is working out 2-3 days a week (that’s really all the time I have right now). I’ve been boxing for almost 3 years now, including throughout my entire pregnancy. I enjoy boxing and love how it makes me feel. Boxing really helped me avoid gaining too much weight during my pregnancy (I only gained 18 lbs).

Last step is water (I know some of you will say that this should be the first step). I’m working on drinking more water, which has always been a huge challenge for me. I just hate running to the bathroom every 5 minutes, especially when I’m out with my son. It can be quite challenging; I know you moms understand.

I know clearing up my skin will require a lot of patience and time. if you have any tips for clearing your skin please share; what’s your skincare routine?