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.