Hello - I'm just getting started on the vegan lifestyle. I've been a vegatarian off/on for the past few years. My problem is, my face is starting to break out, and my skin is become dry. It just looks & feels different. Is this normal? Do you think my change is diet is causing this?
I'm having the same problem Trish. My skin has become very very dry and is breaking out because of the increased amount of lotion I have to use. I really don't have a solution right now, but I think it could be due to the change in diet.
Don't worry ladies, it will get better! Your body is getting rid of all the nasty you are no longer consuming and adapting to what you are. Using non-comedogenic moisturisers and face wash helps a lot because they don't clog your pores. Oil of Olay and Neutrogena make some as well as department store brands and some from Ulta (but not every product a line carries necessarily is non-comedogenic, so you have to read the label). Also "oil free" does not mean it won't clog your pores, so be careful! It took my skin a few months to straighten out, but all is good now. It's a bit dry due to the weather but I just switch to a moisture cream instead of lotion during dryer months.
Thanks for your respones. My skin has gotten better. I just started using Mary Kay & I love it! I had been using Clinique for years. But, since I found out that they test on animals, I have given all that stuff away!
I like to use Aveeno for washing my face and moisturzing, I have very dry skin and it seems to be the only thing that keeps me hydrated! That and more water. I also stopped consuming alcohol a week ago and have noticed AMAZING improvements in the appearance of my skin.
Yes, we need to remember, as we are doing, that going vegan also means using skin care products that are vegan and have not been animal-tested.
@Trish, Clinique used to be animal-friendly, but now I do agree with Trish, everything I'm reading is pointing to possible non-bunnie-friendly. But there are many alternatives, you can check them out at my website Makeup Without Cruelty - I list over 350 companies that are either vegan and/or don't test on animals.
@Shaina, I'm pretty sure Aveeno is not animal-friendly. Their advertising hints at how "natural" they are, but my research doesn't back that up.
Also, a lot of people confuse Aveeno with Aveda - Aveda is indeed a vegan skincare line. They even have vegan makeup brushes!
I love the Desert Essence skin care line!!! They are 100% natural, non-animal, and either vegetarian or vegan! If you're having problems with breaking out try their tea tree oil cleansing pads, and their throughly clean tea tree oil facial cleanser! You can find these products at Fred Meyers or Top Foods!! :)
My personal experience with Pratima Skin Care has been excellent. It is an entire line of skincare products based on ayurveda. Everything is vegan, and so pure that you could eat it.
Pratima's advice, procedures, and products have changed my skin completely - it's better than ever before.
When I lived in NYC, I would go into her clinic once every six weeks or so for facials - they are excellent. If you live in the area and need help with your skin, I strongly recommend that you make an appointment to see Pratima for a consultation, or have a treatment with one of her aestheticians. It's not cheap - but compared with all of the money I used to spend trying and discarding products, or at the dermatologist, it is such a relief to feel 100% confident in my skincare line.