HI. I have been struggling with skin issues for about 6 months. I am in my 40's and was doing well until.. well..lots and lots of stress due to really bad personal stuff including being told by my (now separated husband) "you don't look young anymore." Cheers mate. Nevermind him now, but I seriously freaked out about it and lots of other horrid stuff that came out, and I'm ashamed to say went and bought commercial potions filled with I don't know what and put them on my formally all natural face. Up till then I had healthy really glowing skin. I also stopped eating much, lost too much weight (slowly regaining) and just generally flipped out for about 6 months. Now the dust is settling but...
my skin is dry - tight- and ultra sensitive. It feels so different- I've had a lot of self image problems along with it. I tried using so many natural products that i used before (Dr. Haushaka) and I react with pink splotches (temporary).
I think I react to: chamomile, lavender, coconut based anything, avacado oil ...
so just about every natural product has theses things. I seem okay to well with cocoa butter, I melt the solid stuff and put it on.
Sometimes I just put yogurt on my face, though that is not vegan. Weirdly I dont seem to sweat like I used to, and wonder about using a sauna to get my skin/ body working, activated. Honestly, I have been in a kind of shock, all systems kind on terrified stand-by.
my hair is dry and thinning - I use John Masters oils and products and I do like those very much.
My body- well I've lost weight, but also muscle. I am doing some yoga, but need to get more serious. I've lost muscle tone and panic that it is permanant.
My diet- I try hard to eat healthy food- I ALWAYS did before, I eat blueberries, wild rice, beans sometimes, I'm still eating some fish (I know, sorry) and some greens. I like green powder mixed with water and juice. I take suppliments. Do you think a dramatic change in my diet and exercise can get me back to a healthier state?
Oh, and I now have depression and anxiety and very low self esteem, though I have been writing poetry and painting.
I'm a mess. Really sad for me as I have for at least 5 or 6 years eaten very healthy whole foods and looked and felt really well.Sorry for this long intro. I could use some kind advice if anyone has any. Thanks. Sam
Also, I do seem to be generally in good health. I used to be on thyroid suppliment but stopped taking it a year ago and now my thyroid reading is perfectly normal and functioning without the meds. SO that is a good thing and my body is generally strong. When I exercise hard I do feel much better all around.
I'm so sorry to hear about your personal issues. I can only imagine how you're feeling :( I have never had sensitive skin but began to develop sensitivities over the past few years and would get dry peeling skin or I would break out in hives on my face. I understand that our bodies change every 7 years or so and this could be partially to blame for my changing skin.However, since cutting out dairy I've begun to notice a change in my skin. It is clearer, calmer and the dark circles under my eyes appear to be lightening some. I'm newly vegan, but I can definitely tell dairy is a big culprit for skin issues and allergies. Also, stress is a big part of this too sadly.
Hi Tristin. Thanks so much for your response. I guess I was lucky not to have any skin issues till now. I'm certain stress plays havoc on our bodies. Funny thing is, previously I had not been touching dairy for a long time, and I did start having it when things got crazy because I was worried about getting enough calories and vit d, but I think now it has just made allergies and everything worse. It was organic, but i don't think that matters. And when I had run out I did seem to feel better, but I'm afraid I wasn't thinking very clearly or making the best decisions. I am going to try cutting it out completely and see how I feel in a week. I don't like the idea of it ethically anyway which shows how far I've gotten away from my own values. Interesting about the body changing too. Stress probably just put everything into overdrive. Think I have to go back to the drawing board and regroup- to mix metaphors. ;) Thanks again, I appreciate the support! Life just sucks sometimes. But I need to get back in control of my little world. Take care.
Oh wow!! I am so sorry to hear your story!!! (((Hugs))) I can relate to your skin story...my skin is sensitive to everything!!!' The only product I have found that does good with my skin is (get prepared...it's not vegan) meadowlake farms http://www.beehiveskintherapies.com/ it's not vegan ( it has honey in it) but its the onllllly thing that has ever worked n my skin and I have tried everything you could think of. I am on the search for a vegan alternative...but I haven't found anything yet. Look at their site and try it....it will help! I will be watching your post to see if anyone has ideas. I am sooooo sad for you! Know that you are absolutely beautiful know matter your ex says!!! ((((Hugs))))
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