What is your acne telling you?

I had perfect skin in high school, then came 19. I didn't know what to do! No one had ever warned me about adult acne before. I feel like I exhausted every option but nothing worked! Your friends suggest Proactive, does nothing but dry me out...still have acne. Your dermatologist wants you to try accutane, UM Im sorry, have you researched that?! NO THANK YOU! I would rather keep battling my face. You hear about all of these different miracle products. I mean just google 'ance treatments' and everyone has a cream or a pill that will work for you. None of them did. So today I want to share with you some of the things that worked for me. And trust me when I say, this took me years to battle. It was no easy feat. 

I started to research to cause of acne on certain areas on my face so that I had a starting point for my upcoming battle. 

This chart was my starting point. And here is the breakdown...

1 & 2 ~ Digestive System: Your body may be having trouble breaking down food which can lead to a build up of toxins. Try eating less processed foods and junk all around. Also increase your water intake to help flush it all out.

3 ~ Liver: This is the area where food allergies show up first. You also want to lower your intake of alcohol and foods that are high in fat. 

4 & 5 ~ Kidneys: Anything around the eyes, like dark circles, is a sign of dehydration...DRINK UP!

6 ~ Heart: Check your blood pressure and cholesterol. Lower your stress levels. 

7 & 8 ~ Kidneys: Drink up again! Cut down on the number of sodas and alcohol as those will dehydrate you also.

9 & 10 ~ Respiratory System: Do you have allergies or smoke? If neither of these is an issue then try getting more fresh air. Also, don't forget that a dirty cell phone or pillow cases are some of the main causes of acne in this area!

11 & 12 ~ Hormones: Sometimes this area can be unavoidable but get as much sleep as possible and drink lots of water! This area can also indicate when you are ovulating and which side!

13 ~ Stomach: Up your fiber intake and try to drink herbal teas that aid in digestion.

14 ~ Illness: Your body may be fighting off bacteria to avoid illness. Don;t stress, drink lots of water, breathe and take some immunity building vitamins.

Ok. Now that you have your general breakdown my suggestion for you is really learn your body and how it reacts to things. Once I started to really work on my diet (I became a pescetarian but honestly I eat mostly vegan) I really noticed a change. I also stopped wearing makeup all the time. You have to let your skin breathe! Yoga, another big change for me. Working on my breathe and getting regular exercise helps to keep your system balanced. 

Now a few products that helped me along my way...

You need a good cleanser that wont dry you out. I like Purity by Philosophy . It deep cleans and eliminates makeup buildup but is still gentle on your skin. Exfoliation is key also. You want to make sure you are getting rid of the dead skin cells that will clog your pores. I don't recommend physical exfoliants, like scrubs, as they can irritate your skin more. Chemical exfoliants are best for acne-prone skin but be careful as to not use them over an open wound. It will burn and might leave a scar. I have recently found these resurfacing pads from Kate Somerville. They have been a game changer in my skincare. Last but not least your moisturizer. You want something light but effective. My favorite is Vital Defense from Yon Ka. It is an amazing moisturizer and is the perfect environmental shield. If you are planning on being out in the sun I would add a sunscreen.

I hope this helps you in your everyday skincare routine!