Hey lovelies 🙂
Today we’re beginning a series of short interviews with peeps who have cleared their skin naturally & holistically!
I always find it super interesting to hear about people’s highs and lows on this journey, and what ultimately worked for them to clear their skin! Hope you find it helpful too!
I’ll be posting one of these every other week, and if you have cleared your skin naturally and want to fill out your own interview to be featured on The Love Vitamin, then just click here!
This first one is from a Love Vitamin reader named Kearby.
Your name, age, and country:
Kearby, 26, USA.
What was your experience with acne? How many years did you have it; how did it make you feel?
I first got acne around age 12 and it persisted until 25. It was very embarrassing and I spent a lot of time staring into the mirror and picking at my skin.
My peers and even adults were quick to point out my acne. They would offer unsolicited advice about how to fix my face – even going as far as buying products for me, as if they assumed the reason I had acne was that my parents couldn’t afford to buy me any products.
This was not the case.
As I got older, my insecurity with my face got worse – sometimes I would avoid going out depending on how my face looked. I felt really helpless.
What kinds of things did you try prior to holistic healing that didn’t work?
I tried almost everything – I pressured my mom to order pills off the internet, buy all kinds of products, and even got prescriptions from a doctor.
Finally, at 16, I convinced my mom to put me on birth control. I was not interested in birth control for sex – I didn’t even have a boyfriend until age 18 – but I desperately wanted it to change my skin.
While it clear up some of the acne, it didn’t completely change my skin the way I had hoped.
How did you discover that acne could be treated holistically?
I started following Tracy on Youtube and reading The Love Vitamin. Her story and videos were very inspiring to me to change the way I thought about myself and my acne.
What were the specific things that made the biggest difference to your skin? What worked for you?
I stopped using the products I had been using for years.
I threw it all out and opted to only use natural oil (almond, jojoba) and some tea tree oil. I also stopped using shampoos and conditioners also – this seemed to help the acne on my back.
Among the things I threw out were: anti acne face wash, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, face scrub, toner, and anti-acne lotions.
Were there any obstacles? Things you found difficult about the whole process?
The biggest obstacle was fear. For example, I recently made the decision to go off of birth control for a number of health reasons, but my main concern was that my acne would come back.
Throwing away all of my face products was a hugely fearful process. I still have fear that my face will turn against me and break out again.
How did you feel once your skin cleared up?
Clear skin makes you feel liberated. When you don’t feel like someone is staring at the giant zit on your face or the series of zits on your chin or forehead, it gives you confidence.
I’ve always been a confident person but having healthy skin is such a huge relief in my day to day life. I love not having to think about acne anymore.
Bio: Kearby is a feminist, a skeptic, an outdoors woman, a hunter, a lover of nature, a runner, a painter, a writer, and a reader.
She’s ‘independently owned and operated;’ in fact, she lives by herself in a 400 square foot cabin on a very large lake in the Ozarks with her standard poodle, Gunther. She tries to live her day to day life in a healthy, Earth-responsible way.