Health,  Lifestyle

My Acne Journey & Things I Do To Help

Hello beautiful girls. My hormonal acne journey is a topic that is near and dear to my heart and soul. The underlying reason I do what I do today. When I was a pre-teen I started to get really bad acne that lasted me throughout my high school years. I still struggle with it today, but it’s absolutely NOTHING like it use to be. Some days I still get so down about my skin, and then other days I look at myself and realise JUST how far I have come! I wanted to share with you a few things I have done to help my skin get to where it is today.

BUT FIRST, A BACK STORY

I ate relatively healthy as a child. My mum is honestly the best, and would provide us with healthy home cooked meals all the time. However I was definitely a fussy eater and a ‘phase’ eater, meaning for a few months ALL I wanted to eat was hot chips, then it was instant noodles, and so on. I can’t say I have had a great relationship with food in my life, but it hasn’t been terrible either. From about 14/15 I started to look into living a more healthier lifestyle but never anything too crazy. 

It hasn’t been until the last year or so that my skin has actually been GOOD. Now when I say good I mean, it ain’t COVERED in spots all day every day. I actually found some photos from when I was about 15 and nearly cried at the site. My entire face was basically covered in cystic acne. I did see a specialist and was prescribed some kind of pill (not contraception) but I actually had an allergic reaction and knew that medication was just not the way to go. The last few years I have been eating intuitively, cutting out things that inflame my body or I am intolerant to and I feel like I am on a home run with my skin. I’m so close I can feel it I my bones!

My acne in my mind defined me. It controlled me. I remember in year 7 I got in trouble for wearing a tinted moisturiser just because I wanted to try and even out the colour of my skin. In high school I would pile on the makeup and try to cover it up. I remember waking up at 6am most days to do my makeup and curl/straighten my hair. If my hair looked nice they might not look at my face as much. NEVER would I wear my hair up in fear people would judge my forehead and all my pimples would literally be on show for everyone to see.

In school I was bullied tremendously and as a result I lacked confidence & self-worth, I was anxious and it was not a fun time. I remember this one boy, ugh, told me it looked like I had JUPITER and craters on my forehead. Children can be fricken nasty hey. I hated school because of it. I never liked drawing attention to myself and always told myself stories that I wasn’t good enough or smart enough or pretty enough to be noticed and tried to hide away in this little bubble. Ughhh I’m getting emotional just writing this.

But here I am, sharing the most haunting photos of my childhood… Awkwardly cropped to save the others in the photos. So you can see what I was dealing with here.

Anyway so I have dealt with this crap for over 10 years now. I think it would have started when I was about 11 or 12 years old and I’m 24 this year. So basically I just wanted to put together some little things that I do now that help me manage my acne. It’s not perfect and I have a LOT of scarring. I’m hoping that when I get home from this trip around Australia I will be able to see a skin therapist to help me out with that part. So this is just what I do, I’m not saying you should do it to but these things have DEFINITELY played a role in minimising my acne, and I pretty much know the reason behind any new pimples that pop up.

CUT OUT ANIMAL PRODUCTS //
DAIRY AT LEAST

Well, I absolutely hate DAIRY. It’s the worst. It causes inflammation and an inflamed body means I had bigger, worse pimples. When I first went vegan, all I really had to give up was chicken, cheese & eggs which I only ate in cake haha. But once I did, my acne got worse before it got better. It was good 3 or so months before my body had purged all the crap out and I was looking at clearer skin. So many girlfriends I know who have gone vegan or at least cut out dairy have seen a significant decrease in the pimples they get.

EAT MORE WHOLE FOODS //
FRUITS & VEGETABLES

Flooding your body with lots of vitamins and minerals from fresh fruits and veggies is so so SO important in my books! When I focus on putting more vegetables in each of my meals I can see a difference in my skin. Fruits and veggies is where our bodies get the fuel they need and you should be MINIMUM trying to get your 2&5 in. More where possible. I also like to focus on anti-inflammatory foods and good gut health which is why I have also incorporated Kombucha into my daily diet. I think it’s also important to mention I also reduced the amount of refined sugar I eat and don’t drink any alcohol. I know if I eat sugar that I will be expecting some pimples to pop up over the next day or so.

TAKE THE RIGHT SUPPLEMENTS FOR YOU 

Now talking about getting your 2&5, I know how hard it is which is why I take some certain supplements. I have some fruit, veg & berry capsules I take daily which bridge the gap in my diet.  Studies show these help improve skin hydration, skin thickness and circulation in capillaries. You can read more about them here. I then take a vegan omega supplement which I definitely think was a game changer in making my skin a lot clearer and GLOWY. I also (every 3 months or so) take a high quality magnesium blend which helps a lot too. Supplements are not something you should be looking into lightly and should do your research. Usually if you can get it on the shelf at a supermarket it’s going to be full of synthetics & preservatives. You can message me about the ones that I particularly use if you’re curious.

This is just a little transformation after I started incorporating my vegan Omega supplements.

STOP TOUCHING YOUR FACE

Oh my gosh when my friend Bridget from Skin Within posted on her Instagram a HANDS OFF quote logo I swear that has stuck with me since. So thanks girl! I use to ALLLLWAYS touch my face and when I thought about the things I touch during the day, it probably has a lot to do with my skin. I’m super grateful for all the handy tips Bridget puts up on her page about skin.

WASH YOUR PILLOWCASES

I’m sure some other insta girlfriend posted about pillowcases and I started ripping mine off every 3 or so days to wash, if not just swapping them out. I thought about how gross they could get, especially if I haven’t washed my hair but I’m also notorious for day lazing in bed which means I could have makeup on or be super sweaty or whatever other reason but girl, go wash your pillowcases.

HAVE A PROPER SKINCARE ROUTINE

I’ve tried the lot. I used Retin-A when I was a teen, only to worry about my FACE PEELING OFF when I’m at school. Jesus christ. I’ve used organic, chemical free & literally everything in between. It wasn’t until just over a year ago I discovered Andalou Naturals and bought a starter/trial kit of their acne line. Game. Changer. I’m someone who tries something, then tries something else, then goes back to it just to use myself as a lab rat to see if it actually works. This shit is legit guys, and I absolutely love it. It smells amazing and really works. 

DRINK MORE WATER

Yeah I’m that ‘mum friend’ who is always nagging you to drink more water. So girls, how much water do you drink? I recently bought a 1L metal, insulated reusable water bottle so that I know I need to drink AT LEAST 3 per day. Filtered water is best, and water definitely helps our skin become more plump.

WEAR LESS MAKEUP

I am so OVER feeling like I need to wear makeup to cover up my skin. I think that made my skin journey a lot longer, but what else was a 15 year old going to do? Put her acne on show for the world to see? I don’t think so. So now I know I am on a journey and I am more confident and focusing on loving myself just the way I am, I can go without makeup most days and be comfortable. Makeup, even natural mineral makeup can clog the pores and result in more pimples. And when you do wear makeup make sure you wash it off properly and as soon as possible.

STRESS LESS

I honestly think my skin has improved so much is because I have hardly had anything to stress about while on the road, other than what we’re going to do today and where we’re going to sleep tonight. Some little ways I like to reduce stress are exercise, yoga, guided meditations with the Calm app, practicing gratitude and focusing on the positive. I actively CHOOSE not to let the little things get to me these days and honestly it makes such a big difference.

Anyway, I hope this helps you in some way. Like I said this has been over a decade long journey, and I think it will always be a journey. There are some amazing people on social media these days sharing their journeys too and it gave me the confidence to get out there and share my message and my journey too. Don’t let your acne define you girl, there’s still hope.

This is my skin this morning after I washed it.
No filters, no makeup.
Raw. Real. Me.

I hope this helps you in some way, and I’d absolutely LOVE if you could share your story with me. Pop me a message on Instagram and lets connect.

Lots of love and light,

Alannah Jayde xoxo

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