Wondering how to treat acne naturally? Tune into this week’s Happier & Healthier Podcast episode.
Growing up, I thought the only way to treat acne was to buy a cream at the drugstore, or perhaps a 3-step cleansing regimen off of an infomercial. When that didn’t work, I tried going to multiple dermatologists for their prescription strength medications – both topical and oral. The topical made my skin “worse before it gets better,” however it never actually got better. I never stopped breaking out.
At one point, a doctor prescribed accutane.
This was the same time I would lock myself in the bathroom and bawl my eyes out having a nervous breakdown, trying to understand why I was cursed with acne so bad I was too embarrassed to leave the house.
I filled the prescription and happened to read the side effects, one of which included “severe depression that could lead to suicide.” Seeing as I was already depressed, I opted not to take it.
I didn’t let anyone take photos of me when my skin was really broken out, but here are scans of old photos on “good days.” The middle one is with makeup on, and you can still see blemishes popping out on my forehead, nose, and around my mouth. (Yes, baby Maria was overweight, too – and was clearly removing way too much eyebrow). You can also see how red my skin looks, particularly my cheeks – like I am sunburned. Nope. just good ol’ inflammation.
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