Hi, my name is Krista and I am a recovered acne sufferer after a 5 year battle.
I have tried for months to bring myself to writing this story. The emotional well is so deep when it comes to my health and skin. But I am getting out the bucket and doing it anyway in order to help all of you!
My skin issues resulted from systemic yeast (candida) overgrowth caused by antibiotics – internal and topical – which threw off my digestion, liver, and hormones.
(Note that candida overgrowth can be caused by birth control, steroids, and high sugar diet as well).
These organs were struggling to work properly, and in turn became symptomatic in my skin.
My face was covered with red, itchy, irritated whiteheads and cystic acne. My self-esteem took a major hit and I suffered emotionally as well as physically. On top of my skin, I had IBS, blurry vision, brain fog, sleep problems, bloating, etc.
I was so frustrated because I had a Masters degree in Public Health, but couldn’t even begin to guess what was causing severe acne at 26. I went to doctors but they just wanted to put me on Accutane and Xanax.
I wanted to know what was wrong with me! I wanted to know the CAUSE!
So I went online and I found the Love Vitamin.
It opened my eyes to the truth of skin problems and alternative and holistic health (sadly something my school did not teach 10 years ago and I hope they do now).
It isn’t just “dirty and oily skin”, it often stems from deeper physical and emotional issues.
Over the past half a decade, I learned about toxicity of hygiene products, hormonal imbalances, and the impact of stress and our diets through Tracy, naturopathic doctors, and chiropractors.
Yes, acne is not fun and we want it gone, but what is more important is getting rid of the health problems and in turn the acne will go away too!
I am going to share with you what worked for me!
My Top 5 Acne Game Changers
Diet and Exercise
I will not believe anyone anymore who says that acne doesn’t come from your diet. It might not be direct, but there IS an indirect cause at the very least.
Sugar feeds candida which overwhelms the liver forcing the skin to detox the body and it throws off hormones which impact stress, moods, depression, etc.
We need to have a clean diet in order to have clean skin. As someone who developed an allergy to sugar, there are definitely ways to still have “treats” through honey, almond flour, coconut milk, etc.
And being active! It is an amazing stress reliever which we all know impacts our skin.
This is HUGE. We are exposed to 300+ chemicals a DAY between hygiene products, cleaners, makeup, toothpaste, candles, and face creams promising perfect skin (but in the end only give chemical burn).
Not only do these contribute to acne but also cancer, ADHD, infertility, and much much more.
I began the Caveman Regimen and still don’t formally wash my face. I only use mixtures of aloe, oils, and witch hazel for makeup removing (clean makeup!), post-sweat session at the gym, and daily moisturizing.
I limited my exposure by switching to all clean products in my home.
All of this has made a huge difference in my skin, but I am comforted by the protection from other diseases that I may be giving to my family as well.
Chiropractic care has been an insane immune booster for me. I always thought of it as something for those with bone and joint pain only, but those things surround your very precious nervous system! If it is “kinked” out (and it can happen without pain), things don’t flow well including messages from the immune system. I go once a month to stay in check because posture, stress, and exercise can cause misalignments.
If you have root canals, get it changed NOW!
I had one for 10 years and a holistic doctor made me switch to a bridge. I had no pain, but when they took out the hidden dead tooth it was infected and had a cyst.
Once my immune system was freed from fighting the impending infection in my mouth, it had the chance to work on the rest of my body that was impacting my skin!
Plus flossing and drinking a lot of water is so pivotal as well. A lot of bacteria lives in the mouth and it is RIGHT there on the face ready to impact the skin surrounding it.
Essential Oils and Supplements (the BEST for last!)
I found Young Living almost 2 years ago and I wish I found it sooner! It got me from about 60% to 100% skin!!
I swapped out all my supplements from doctors and very importantly started using essential oils on the skin.
Some on my face to heal scars, redness, existing pimples. Some to boost my immunity and balance my hormones to prevent new skin issues from arising.
It has been my home stretch and I will be using these products the rest of my life to continue to keep my skin clear as well as my body safe.
I could go on and on about chemical toxicity and alternatives, but maybe that can be in a separate guest post if Tracy invites me back!
I have helped many in my personal life and now it’s time to help those of you who also found and fell in love with the Love Vitamin.
I am happy to talk to anyone who wants to reach out to my email and help you get on the same road to recovery! You are not alone. I see you and I am here for you.
How to get in touch with Krista:
Through her website (she’s a Young Living Health Mentor/Coach)
Oh wow that was a great article.Your article will help me.Thanks for sharing this amazing post.
Hi fiona! Thank you for the comment and compliment ? if you ever want to chat, happy to do so!
I’ve just found your blog and I’m so glad about it because it’s full of very useful and informative articles, thanks a lot for your work and a happy new year! 🙂
Thank you so much Jael! Happy new year to you too! 🙂
I am 44 years old and have been struggling with acne for more than 2 decades. Proactive helped for a.while together with on and off use of antibiotics. I also had IUD which I got taken out about 2 years ago after having it for 12 years. My skin went bonkers with huge cystic acne and pustules. Spent thousands at the spas which helped a bit. Stopped caffeine, alcohol and started really healthy diet. Acne gets worse around the month of the month and sadly can’t use much products either. Tried natural oils a couple of time but broke me out really bad. Please help!
you should try cold pressed sunflower oil, it’s non comedogenic and very hydrating!
chemicals do NOT cause ADHD, adhd is a behavioural disorder, it’s not a mental illness. It develops as a coping mechanism, I have it and I couldn’t concentrate in such serious environments from a young age so would disassociate into my imagination, this is what caused the brain fog. It’s deeper than just a chemical reaction.
So, I also recently started the “caveman regimen” and strictly only washing my face morning and night with nothing but lukewarm water. I am still kind of breaking out but they say it takes time. I am someone who would spend SO much money on spot treatments, cleansers, face masks, toners ANYTHING you can think of. If it had amazing reviews I’d go out and buy it. I use to wash my face twice a day NO MATTER WHAT. Barley wore makeup, only on occasions and also did a total of 3 VI peels. The first two were okay (nothing special) after my 3rd one I broke out so much… 🙁 I told myself I’d never get a peel again. I was also taking things orally like spironolactone along with minocycline (an anti-biotic) I’d also take any topical creams my derm. prescribed me with… Some were: Benzoyl Peroxide, Clindamycin Phosphate and Tertian. Those did absolutely nothing for me except for dry and irritate my skin. The clindamycin topical was okay but it was making my skin purge. I know that this is normal the “purging” process but I didn’t want it to heal and then have my skin have to depend on that chemical product. After doing so much research I told myself that I am done harming my body with these pills… I decided I officially wanted to go the natural route. I watched a video of someone who had way worse acne than mine and they cleared their skin by just leaving it alone. As I did more research I was seeing a lot of positive reviews. Even though I recently started I pray that this is the answer for my skin… I have tried everything and I am exhausted. I use to LOVE working out and I have stopped because I always think that if I sweat more (which I easily sweat) it’ll cause more breakouts. I guess my question is, after working out do you still just splash your face with water and call it a day? please let me know as I am so eage to started working out again..
hi krista, thanks so much for your amazing story, I really hope I can fight my acne like you did too.
im on my second round of accutane and I’m still breaking out towards the end of my medication (my skin is supposed to be clear by now). I’ve been washing my face twice a day and I think id like to start washing it just with water or oils.. what do you suggest? or what did you do ?
thanks so much
My daughter is 14 and has had breakouts for the past 2 years. We have tried everything for her from face wash washes, topical creams and antibiotics. Nothing seems to be helping and she is just getting more frustrated as so am I. We have tried Rodan and Fields Unblemish, Mary Kay acne line, Beauty Counter acne line, cerave products, salicylic acid face washes, about 5 topical creams and 2 antibiotics. Just don’t know what to do now. Definitely thinking of having her cut out sugar and changing her pillow cases daily. Makes me so sad to se her so saddened by this. Would love to get some guidance.
I also saw great improvement after eliminating cow dairy and sugar, having less tea and switching to herbal tea, and getting more exercise and meditation to relieve stress.
However, my skin was never perfect. The two things that REALLY brought me clear skin, after 20 years of acne was using clean beauty products (I use the website skincarisma to check) and switching to a non fluoride toothpaste after having read Melissa Gallico’s book “The hidden cause of acne”
This was life changing and I don’t even think of my skin anymore! I hope this can help you. There IS hope!