Today we have an interview with reader Elizabeth Resnick on how she finally came to clear her skin and remain happy and healthy ever since!
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What was your experience with acne? How many years did you have it and how did it make you feel?
I have struggled with cystic acne most of my life, starting around the age of 11 or 12 and off and on until my mid 40s.
It definitely made me feel self conscious. I was always worried about covering it up. To this day, I am always checking my makeup, even though my skin is clear. Old habits die hard.
What kinds of things did you try prior to holistic healing that didn’t work?
You name it, I tried it!
I started seeing a dermatologist early on. I was on oral antibiotics (back then it was minocycline and tetracycline… probably some others too.)
Also Retin-A and various topical prescription products. Tons of drying masks, face washes, toners, etc.
I used everything from high end department store products to drugstore brands. I also tried some more natural topical products.
In high school I went on Accutane, which cleared my skin up for several years, but the acne eventually came back with a vengeance.
Some birth control pills worked, but the ones that cleared my acne made me put on weight.
I was on Accutane a total of 3 times, the last time was in my late thirties. The side effects sucked, but hey… I wanted clear skin desperately.
How did you discover that acne could be treated holistically?
I have always been interested in health, and thought there was some link to nutrition and acne.
I tried various things over the years, like cutting out dairy, but was never consistent. Also, any time I asked a dermatologist about diet, they pretty much ignored me.
I was a vegetarian/pescatarian/sometimes vegan during the entire period that I had acne. I’m not saying those diets don’t work, but in my case I realize that I was definitely consuming too many grains, even if they were “healthy, whole grains” and too much sugar, even if it was in the form of dried fruit and honey.
It was an email from Dr. Joseph Mercola that gave me the inspiration to change my diet… he said that cutting out grains, milk and sugar could have a dramatic effect quickly.
I’m not saying this will work for everyone, but it worked wonders for me. I could literally feel the inflammation in my cysts going down in the first few days.
To make up for the lack of grains and dairy I first added lots of pastured eggs, and eventually ethically raised pastured meats as well.
I had no processed sugar, and no dried fruits or sugar. I even watched my consumption of fresh fruit.
My skin cleared over the next few months, and some anxiety and digestive issues went away as well.
What were the specific things that made the biggest difference to your skin? What worked for you?
Definitely cutting out grains, sugar and dairy. I’m now ok with some grass fed butter or ghee, but that is pretty much the only dairy I consume.
Gradually I changed up my skin care. I oil cleanse with coconut oil at night (I know coconut oil doesn’t work for Tracy but I do great with it), and putting oil on my skin has actually balanced my oil production.
I use an extremely pure and natural cleanser in the morning, and I do a raw honey mask from time to time.
Something else that really helps me is consuming plenty of vegetables, both cooked and raw. I start each day with a blended green drink. I make a huge batch, and store some in the fridge for later in the day.
It is usually just leafy greens (kale, arugula, spinach, etc) blended with a whole peeled lemon or lime and a chunk of fresh ginger. I add water so it has the consistency of a juice, but retains all the fiber.
Were there any obstacles? Things you found difficult about the whole process?
For me, not really. As soon as I felt this working (which was in days) I knew there was no reason to stop.
I definitely had an advantage as I have always been well read and educated on nutrition, and ate very few processed foods.
Dairy was the hardest since I like cream in my coffee. So now I blend my coffee with coconut oil and grass fed collagen in the am. I can’t say if that the collagen specifically helps with my acne, but it keeps my skin firm and glowing.
How did you feel once your skin cleared up?
Amazing! I was already in good shape… having my skin clear up gave me so much more confidence to try new things and better myself.
I ended up going back to school to earn a holistic health coaching certification, and started a blog called “Happy, Healthy and Hot” where I give easy tips on improving your health and skin so you can look and feel your best. It is written in a lighthearted, entertaining tone.
Elizabeth Resnick is a holistic health coach who believes that all women deserve to feel happy, healthy and hot. She loves showing busy women how simple, fun lifestyle changes can help them look and feel better than ever.
When she’s not working on her blog, you can probably find Elizabeth listening to music, driving with the top down, or enjoying the outdoors with her dog KO. You can find Elizabeth’s happy, healthy and hot blog at http://elizres.com and follow her on Instagram @resnickelizabeth