Acne freedomThe following is an interview with Love Vitamin reader Maria. After a four year nightmare with acne, she finally can share what worked for her!

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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 had acne since I remember but it wasn’t always a bad case. It had ups and downs through my teen years but the nightmare began about 4 years ago.

My lifestyle was the worst during that period of my life… eating out all the time, partying every weekend and I always had pimples…

What kinds of things did you try prior to holistic healing that didn’t work?

After a visit to the dermatologist, she prescribed me Accutane and after 2 weeks I started purging like crazy.

For 4 months I had my face all covered in cystic acne and I felt so depressed that I didn’t want to leave home. I thought it wasn’t working but I kept taking it (worst mistake of my life).

After five months, the pimples were gone but my face was covered in scars! I tried peelings and laser but nothing worked, and some months after I stopped Accutane the pimples returned!

Now I not only had acne, but I had all kinds of scars and a super-sensitive skin! I lost all my self confidence…

How did you discover that acne could be treated holistically?

Internet was my best friend… I kept searching and searching and I came to realize that I had to change my life, my food, and my skincare routine if I ever really wanted to be free from acne.

What were the specific things that made the biggest difference to your skin? What worked for you?

Well I started eating better. Basically I tried to eat organic fruits and vegetables and I cut the sugar. I only eat out once a week but the rest of the days I stay away from sugar, dairy and junk food.

I always start my day with lemon water and then some fruit and oats and I try to add some greens to every meal.

The skincare was my big obstacle… it seemed that every product clogged my pores!!

And I tried everything… until I found argan oil! Oh…what a life saver! I love it. I only wash my face at night and then 2 drops of argan oil and that is all my skin needs.

Were there any obstacles? Things you found difficult about the whole process?

The biggest obstacle was discovering what was right for me, because I kept reading about products and oils that did wonders for someone and then I tried them and they just didn’t work for me!

Even today, sometime I try something new but everything seems to make me break out. I realize it is because of all the treatments I used in the past that made my skin super sensitive …

How did you feel once your skin cleared up?

Free. But I still have the scars… they are my battle today. I use the argan oil and dermaroller every 6 weeks but they are still here.

Maria owns her own organic baby products business, and she loves to read about nutrition and natural remedies. She also believes everything happens for a reason and the truth is that acne has made her a better person, more aware and more healthy!