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How I’m Curing My Hormonal, Cystic Acne

This is a post that I am writing on a whim about my cystic, hormonal acne. It has been a long time coming and I’m excited to finally share. I’ve worked for years on how to get rid of my acne and have found success with Estroblock.

There’s nothing pretty, glamorous, or healthy feeling about having acne; it’s something we all ignore in conversations because to an extent, it’s embarrassing. It is also especially frustrating for me to struggle with mild acne at this point amidst all of my efforts to put good things onto and into my body. You’d think that exercising regularly, eating a mostly organic diet and using only organic skin products would be the fix, right? Well, I am here to tell you that for me, it has not quite done the trick.

Food & Acne

I came to this conclusion after doing several things dietarily, to no avail. You name it—I’ve done juice cleanses, segments of time without gluten/bread and dairy, limiting sugar, and drinking ALL KINDS of homemade elixir concoctions, omitted and added countless numbers of foods in hopes of seeing some progress in my acne healing. Though I have seen slight improvements, these changes have not cleared up my skin.

Not to mention, I’m NOT perfect and I enjoy eating out with my family on a somewhat regular basis as well as enjoying pizza, greasy foods, cheesy foods and sugary foods. There is something about being uptight about food that is off-putting to me. Coming from an organic fanatic, that might be surprising. Something that I can tell you about me is that I do not advocate having an unhealthy relationship with food. Eating organic 80% of the time does not mean you have to be a crazy, neurotic, obsessed individual who can’t live freely in regards to food. It’s truly about achieving balance.

Food Causing Stress

If you are SO stressed about what you are eating all of the time, then you might as well flush all of your efforts down the toilet. Seriously. No really, seriously. The trauma that your body endures when it is stressed causes all of your vital body functions to take a back seat and effects you negatively on the cellular level. This means that your body is not performing like it should be because of this undue stress; which is why stress is the cause of so many ailments and illnesses.

Worrying about food shouldn’t be a badge of honor. It doesn’t make you more responsible or accountable, it just makes you increasingly sicker.

Perhaps the KEY is to find balance. Achieve that balance. Live that balance. Remind yourself of that balance. Write “balance” on your refrigerator to keep your mind healthy about food, because it’s all the little reminders that add up to big change.

True Causes of Acne

What makes the most sense to me is that acne is the result of imbalances within our bodies. You are not SUPPOSED to have acne. It’s not something that you are supposed to live with and endure. It’s a sign that something is off. That’s not to say that it is always easy to figure out WHAT is off. However, it seems there are some common themes in regards to what is at the root of acne:

-Hormone Imbalances (sometimes caused by prior or current birth control use)

Taking a supplement called Estroblock helps. It targets “bad” estrogen, is non-gmo and I recommend the Triple-Strength for acne-sufferers. Also, Chaste Tree Berry (also called Vitex Berry) helps regulate progesterone. Having an imbalance of these two hormones in your body will often result in acne.

-Digestive issues that are causing bad bacteria to effect your skin

Ingesting Apple Cider Vinegar, a Probiotic supplement and Pau D’Arco bark. You can find all three of these at most health food stores like Whole Foods.

-Liver Malfunction

Taking these supplements: Burdock Root, Milk Thistle, or Liv-Tox (can be taken in place of the other two).

-Ingesting too much sugar and/or processed foods

Look to good fats & protein for fuel. Excess sugar causes an increase in internal acity (acne is one results of an acidic body.)

-Over-washing & over-moisturizing your face (this is one that many do wrong–I have been guilty of it)

Give your skin a break! Get past the need to wash your face several times a day and let your skin do what it knows how to. Your skin knows how to regulate itself. I even suggest using minimal products. 

Currently I only use baking soda, bentonite clay and pure oils (like hemp or jojoba) on my skin. I use a baking soda/bentonite clay mixture to gently exfoliate my skin and clean the makeup off my skin. I follow up the oil as a moisturizer.

It might sound crazy if you’re been religiously practicing your skin routine for years. If you are still reading this, though, chances are that routine has not cured your acne. Give this new routine a try and you will be surprised at how your skin improves.

-Too much stress!

Exercising (running, yoga, resistance training), and make some time for YOU helps. You + nature – cell phone is even better. Remind yourself to not focus and dwell on your current acne. Accept it as the beginning of a healing process.

Keep in mind

If you start to take these supplements, BE PATIENT. Your body will take time to recalibrate and rebalance itself. It is undoing several years of imbalance and damage that your body and skin have endured. I, myself, have been taking Estroblock, Vitex Berry, Burdock Root, Milk Thistle and Pau D’Arco root for almost a month now. I am about to start taking LivTox in place of the Burdock Root & Milk Thistle.

I’ll keep all of you posted on my progress after a few more months of using these supplements. Check out Tracy’s blog, TheLoveVitamin.com for a ton more in depth posts about acne and healing it. Here is one of my favorite posts and where I have learned about these awesome supplements.

Here are my recent before/after shots:

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Check out this link to shop for my favorite acne supplement, Estroblock:

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Blum Naturals Skin Care Review

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Blum Naturals

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

About Blum Naturals:

“Blum pronounced [bloom] is a condition of vigor, freshness and beauty.

Blum Naturals is built on the simple things in life and uses ingredients found only in nature. Our products are infused with natural plant extracts, fruit sugars and nourishing antioxidants that easily remove waterproof makeup and dirt buildup leaving your skin clean and smooth.

Our History:

Blum is a new line of natural skin care products developed by Jean Pierre Cosmetics. Blum was created to provide a natural and organic cleanser for women to reinvigorate their skin and keep it clean and smooth. At Blum, we believe that your skin deserves the pure goodness of all-natural ingredients from certified sources to keep you fresh at home or on the go.

Our Product:

Our products are developed and primarily produced in Israel and the United States. Our manufacturing processes are natural, energy efficient and environmentally conscious. We remain committed to the environment with recycled and recyclable packaging and use soy ink when possible for printing. We love animals and will never use them for any kind of product testing. Our products are made with certified natural ingredients, are hypoallergenic, alcohol free and PH balanced. By choosing Blum Naturals you are selecting products that are Paraben-free, SLS free, and free of any kind of synthetic preservatives. We know that you deserve the pure goodness of Blum naturals products and work hard to ensure that every item we produce is an effective and gentle cleanser for any skin type.

Our Daily Motto:

Cleanse. Balance. Restore. ®.”

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Daily Combination/Oily Towelettes: Organic Tea Tree Oil and Organic Cucumber & Aloe Vera

Blum Naturals’ Description:

“Our Combination/Oily Towelettes are infused with natural and organic botanicals that gently remove eye & face make-up. These soft towelettes will leave your skin feeling naturally clean and pure.

Featured Ingredient:

Tea Tree Oil, also known as Melaleuca Alternifolia, is derived from the leaf itself. It combats oily skin by dissolving oils deep down where the problem begins- leaving your face feeling fresh and supple.

Ingredients:

Aqua (Water), Decyl Glucoside**, Sage Extract*, Salicylic Acid*, Organic Tea Tree Oil*, Gluconolactone***, Sodium Benzoate***, Glycerin*.

*Plant Derived **Sugar Derived ***Naturally Derived.”

My Description & Thoughts:

My family and I like using these wipes a lot. My husband and I each have a pouch of them in our car for easy cleanups. They appear and feel much better than brands of wipes you’d find at a big box grocery store.

They do a great job of getting gunk and grime off of my hands, which is what I mainly use them for. The tea tree oil and aloe vera in each of these wipe types prevents skin from getting dried out, which seems common with cleanup wipes.

I would recommend these to a family or any individual looking for a more natural wipe to have on hand for virtually any body clean up purpose–and since they are pH balanced, they won’t irritate young skin.

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Face Serum

Description & Photo via Lucky Vitamin online (as product was not pictured on Blum website):

Ingredients:

Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Propanediol, Acacia Senegal Gum, Xanthan Gum, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil (Inca Inchi Oil), Cetearyl Alcohol, Olea Eurapaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Glyceryl Caprylate, Squalane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Bisabolol, Isoamyl Cocoate, Isoamyl Laurate, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzoic Acid, Citric Acid, p-Anisic Acid, Aqua, Parfum (fragrance). May Contain: Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Citronellol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.

  • No Synthetic Preservative or Fragrances
  • Paraben-Free
  • No SLS
  • Hypo-Allergenic
  • pH Balanced
  • Not Tested On Animals.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This serum on one that is right about average all the way around–mainly because of the complex ingredients. The scent reminds me of baby wipes, which isn’t too bad–just clean and fresh smelling.

To me, the best, organic ingredients make for the the most effective products. That thought was solidified after using this face serum. It doesn’t have a great lasting effect as far as leaving skin moisturized. Products with a more pure list of ingredients tend to do a great job of that. This one, unfortunately, seems to have a lot of  “filler” ingredients in the mix.

Can’t say that I’d recommend this because I could recommend so many other facial serums that are the real deal, organic and pure.

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Oil Absorbing Facial Tissues

Blum Naturals’ Description:

“Our Oil Absorbing Facial Tissues contains no harsh powders. They instantly soak up excess oil and removes shine from your face without smudging your make up.

Our convenient pack can be used anywhere, anytime, throughout the day.

Ingredients: None.

No Synthetic Preservatives or Fragrances, Paraben-free, No SLS, Alcohol free, Hypo-Allergenic, and PH Balanced. Not Tested on Animals.”

My Description & Thoughts:

This little tissues are an absolute savior and dream for someone with oily skin. I even used these on my wedding day! Especially when wearing foundation and powder, my skin gets increasingly gets more oily as time goes on.

Sometimes it takes two sheets, but the tissues do a great job of getting that greasy, oily look off of my skin without messing up or taking off my makeup. They have a simple ingredient list: none 🙂 and the tissue doesn’t irritate skin at all.

They are also a perfect size to keep in your travel makeup bag or purse. I would absolutely recommend these to anyone, male or female, makeup wearing or not. They are a great “weapon” to have on hand for an oily complexion.

*These complimentary products have been generously provided to me for the purpose of trying them in order to write a review on my experience.