How to heal acne scarred skin

 

Never did I ever think I would be the recipient of compliments regarding how nice my skin is.

Never did I ever think I would get to share about how to heal acne scarred skin.

Like…NEVER.

I’ve always had acne.   What’s different now is that I know my triggers.  I just figured I was doomed to be the woman who would be breaking out like a 15 year old at 55.

And, I tried everything.  Cetaphil, St. Ive’s apricot scrub (and scrub I did–what adolescent didn’t?), my moms Mary Kay scrubs and cleansers…if I remember correctly I think I even tried Pro-Activ once I had a credit card.  The kicker was when I gave an “all natural” try and purchased an entire Aveda skincare line which made my skin soooo much worse.  That was the real bummer-I love their products, and love how they smell, and looooved the idea of having great skin.

For whatever reason my skin got considerably worse (can you say S-T-R-E-S-S?) after I had Fannie, our second child.  The acne turned more cystic and left terrible scarring. I vividly recall applying concealer in the bathroom for the second or third time that day…and in my peripheral vision say my beautiful little girls curiously watching me.

They asked why I was covering the red spots on my face. In that moment I knew something needed to shift.  For the love…I didn’t even subscribe to magazines that would instill in my girls an any level of sexualization and here I am covering my face because I didn’t have any self confidence left.

What’s funny (now) is that I had just been to a One Day Nutrition Response Testing Training (for which I’m now teaching—register HERE) to do the work for my clients,  I felt scarcity and didn’t put myself on a program…until that day in the bathroom with my kids.

That was over 6 years ago and my skin now has a more youthful glow than ever, despite the fact that our now 3 year old didn’t sleep for over 2 1/2 years. I’ve done several things (see below) and fully believe they have all played a part in healing my acne scarred skin.

Nutrition Response Testing

This work showed me that while daily stomach aches and cystic acne were the reasons I ended up in my practitioners office; food and metal toxicity along with  bacterial and viral challenges were the underlaying causes for my ill health. I took my already-clean diet up a couple notches with guidance, and within days noticed a marked difference in that I woke up with no new cystic acne for the first time in years.

I followed the protocol he recommended 100%.  This included supplements (and over 6 years later I’m still on a program)  drinking filtered water, avoiding all grains, dairy, and fruit for 9 months, and continued chiropractic care and bodywork.

Manage emotional stress

What I found the most profound were the transformational tools of Landmark Education and other mindfulness and bodywork resources such as EFT (tapping), energy medicine, Acupuncture, yoga, and  Craniosacral Therapy/SomatoEmotional Release.

Essential Oil Support

I began consistent use of essential oils in my life.  I enjoy diffusing them and wearing them. One thing my skin loved was adding a drop of Frankincense Oil (Young Living) and Manuka Oil (Young Living) to my Witch Hazel in the morning as a toner in my pre-Beautycounter days.

Stem Cell Extracts

I noticed a significant different in the youngevity of my skin when I introduced these.  I was tested using Nutrition Response Testing for which product I needed, and for me it was kidney support. This is a line I test for in my office because bodies are sooo beat up these days, it’s amazing to see what people need for support to regenerate. I tell our practice members who test for them to allow 6 weeks for noticeable results to take effect.

What happened for me was longer eyelashes, younger skin, and more energy.

Beautycounter

I grew up using Mary Kay make up from my moms cosmetics bag.  I never owned much make up of my own, though did experiment in my 20’s and 30’s with Aveda and brands from our natural foods co-ops.  My luck was always poor.  My skin was so sensitive and scarred and beat up and it liked nothing.

I had my last baby at 38, so gifted myself two years later with becoming a Beautycounter consultant.  Beautycounter provides us with cleaner safer skincare and keeps, as a promise, over 1500 chemicals OUT of their product lines.  I have never seen a company with such integrity and intention around their cosmetics and skincare.

I started with the charcoal bar and mask, which was an awesome start for my  skin. The first skincare line I used was their Counter Match.  I loved it and still use the Adaptive Moisturizing Lotion daily, though this summer they released an acne-prone-specific-line called Counter Control, and that has worked well. A diamond in the rough here is the Overnight Resurfacing Peel.  I am able to use this several times per week which would NEVER have happened with my sensitive skin in the past.

My skin has healed from scarring, and so long as I keep stress in check, stick with my program, and follow the right foods for me at the moment, it’s all good over here.

There’s a photo below that looks more like a mug shot—it was taken the day my girls asked what I was putting on my skin.  You might be able to tell I was at one of the lowest points in my life at that time.

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You know those articles that keep scrolling on Facebook about taking pictures of your wife or the mama in your life?  Please do it.  I went into my photos to find a picture to post below….and I found one from JUNE.  If I’m in any photos it’s because I’m 3/4 cut off by the kids, so have none that are just of my current non-mug shot.

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