How I Combat Sugar and Stress Induced Cystic Acne
A couple of months ago my skin was feeling better than it ever had before! The Renewing Flower Serum had worked its magic and my skin felt smooth and firm. I try to eat right and limit sugar/processed foods, but this time I started to slack. Although, I was confident that it wouldn’t affect my skin.
It started with a yummy baked dessert on a Friday night which led to cravings throughout the week. The more sugar I ate, the more I craved it. So frustrating! (Please tell me you struggle with this too).
Then, I got on a bread-making kick and I started eating it daily. I thought, “It’s homemade so it’s got to be good for you right?” Wrong!
Turns out our bodies turn carbohydrates into sugar. Sugar leads to a spike in insulin which promotes certain hormones that lead to clogged pores. (In simple terms)
Well, My skin seemed to be doing alright until I went through a period of stress and that’s when my skin completely changed…
I had pimple breakouts along my chin and cheeks. I also had inflamed cystic acne on my chin, and I felt kind of crappy overall.
The health of my skin is something so important and personal to me, so I took drastic measures. Here is what I did:
- I started an elimination diet, I removed gluten, dairy, and sugar completely.
- I also introduced some daily vitamin supplements.
- Then I minimized my skincare routine to a cleanser and facial oil so that I could track my skin’s progress.
It was and still is super hard for me, but there is such a difference in my body and in my skin. And once the cystic acne on my chin resolved, I added the other products back into my routine. My skin was ready for it! The scars and pimples are fading and my skin feels more bright and toned.
It is important to share these real-life skin experiences, because they are normal and can happen from time to time. Our skin’s appearance has a way of alerting us when something is wrong and our body needs repair. It’s a wonderful gift. Even though it may not feel like it at the time.
I want to know, have you ever had moments like this? And how did you recover from it, either physically or emotionally? Comment on this blog, below.
First pregnancies can be scary and the fear of birth paralyzing.
Instead of taking action, you’re overwhelmed. You can only hope that your healthcare provider will make the best decisions for you.
I wish I’d been better prepared but I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I felt like birth was just one of those miserable experiences women have to push through and endure.
Now that I’m in my third trimester expecting my second baby, I’m choosing to embrace birth with intention.
What I’m doing differently this time around:
Choosing a Natural Birth:
This felt scary at first, but I want a redemptive and peaceful birth. One where I have the autonomy to move my body into positions that support my baby’s efforts to enter the world.
Instead of letting fear take over, I’m absorbing as much information as possible. I’ve consulted with my midwife to craft my ideal birth plan. I’m also watching birth videos to get more comfortable with the experience.
I’m seeing a chiropractor to help me align my hips and back to help make the birth experience be more comfortable. I made sure to look for a chiropractor who is certified in the Webster technique to help ensure my baby is in optimal position for labor.
Pelvic Floor Specialist:
My pelvic floor specialist and I are preparing my body for birth. We’re doing exercises to learn how to relax certain muscles during delivery, strengthen my pelvic floor, and improve my postpartum recovery.
Postpartum Skin Care Products:
This time I’m not using the postpartum skin care products provided by the hospital. I didn’t know better the first time. I didn’t realize how many questionable ingredients were in those products that did nothing to support my healing process. Instead, I’ll be using my own products like the Boob Balm, Herbal Relief Body Mist, Lavender Soaking Salts, and Revitalize Postpartum Cream which I believe are the best postpartum skincare products. All of them can be found in my Postpartum Care Package.
I combine the stretching technique with the Baby Cheeks Barrier Oil to reduce my chances of tearing. The oils help the skin to become more elastic and the stretching helps the skin become more flexible. It also teaches you to release tension during intensity and allow your body to expand.
I’m incorporating strength workouts to reduce the aches and pains I felt during my first pregnancy. By working out at least twice a week I have almost completely eliminated back pain, sciatic pain, and abdominal pinching. I have been doing the Bodi Barre Prenatal workouts and absolutely love them!!
Pregnancy hormones like Relaxin cause the skin to be less firm and often lead to stretch marks and cellulite. I have been strengthening my skin’s elasticity throughout pregnancy with our postpartum belly cream: the Revitalize Postpartum Cream. It contains Lupin extract that produces type I Collagen and increases skin elasticity and firmness. I have no stretch marks. The cellulite on my legs that I had at the beginning of my pregnancy has all but disappeared.
Strengthening My Faith:
Even though I’m doing everything in my power to prepare my body and mind for birth, there is still a whisper of fear in me. I’m strengthening my connection with God to replace that fear with faith. Believing in the knowledge that I was built for birth and that I can trust in Him for strength.
Preparing and planning for birth has felt like an extra full-time job. But, I feel so excited.
I hope this empowers you to decide and take charge of your baby’s birth and motherhood journey.
I'd love to hear what you've been doing to prepare for your birth? Comment below!