I have been a vegan for about six weeks and two weeks ago I started to break out very bad. cystic type acne. giant pimples that last 7-10 days that will not be popped. is this secondary to some sort of tixin flush? I have no idea what to do. Please help.
Yes, going vegan was the only thing that made me stop having blackheads/breakouts in general.
Sarah, it sounds like detox to me. You might try Vegecol cleanser and toner from Aubrey organics, it is very gentle and might soothe your skin during this time. They also have a nice light moisturizer which will keep the toner from irritating your breakouts too much.
The exact same thing happened to me when i went vegan 6 months ago. It was so frustrating! I went superhero after 2 months of being vegan and it helped my skin a lot. I am still detoxing thru my skin but it is much much better. The more whole grains and veggies I eat, the better my skin looks. I wash my face with dessert essence thoroughly clean face wash. be careful with it tho cos it is very drying. I use it on my forhead nose and chin and it really helps. For a bad pimple I'll apply burts bees acne serum. I don't like too cos it seems a bit harsh on the skin but sometimes I really need it. Hang in there, it will get better. oh also, burdock root really has helped my skin. It is very detoxifying for the liver and i have noticed that when I consistantly add it into my diet I notice an improvement with my skin. Hope this helps...Goodluck!!!
Bentonite Clay helps to deep clean skin in general,
leaves your face toned, refreshed, skin tighter
it makes a good light mask-
not to heavy or drying,
Just add water to a small handfull and apply to skin after cleansing (while damp).
I often wash off with a little soap or cleanser, and/or put aloe vera.
Try 1-2x week,
I notice if I miss a week, my skin starts to break out, and then when using helps clear up right away.
I've not quite seen it target this exact issue, but used with a combination of things, diet, exfoliating, (the honey might help- natural anti bacterial- in India they use raw honey- and only raw honey- to dress wounds after surgery) I've used it on a cat scrath and seen it help heal quickly.
A whole food diet is also very beneficial, the fresher the better, and watch your hormones, as in try the mask during that time,
eat lots of greens! maybe cut out or limit gluten, processed starch
Yoga, pranayama and meditation can be helpful for over all health, including hormones, (skin), digestion (which also affectss skin).
Eating tumeric is also said to to be good for pregnant women, gives babies beautiful skin (says Dr. Vasant Lad I believe- Ayurveda) so I'm sure it can only help us too- I read eating it also prevents skin cancer
so with that in mind, also be careful what you put on your skin,
make up, sun screen (look for edible and non comedogenic)
Hugo Naturals Diaper Cream has spf 30 actually, met the owners at whole foods :)
I am very sensitive, and its been good,
look into for your self, I'm looking into products and ingredients now too.