Hi Sam, I can really understand what you are going through with your skin. I have very allergic, sensitive, acne prone skin and it really gets to me sometimes. Don't forget, your skin is the largest organ of the human body and is often the first thing to show signs of stress or sickness. These are things I find helps when going through a bad skin cycle:
1. drink lots of water, eat lots of organic fruits & veg.
2. stay away from heavy oils and perfumes, try an oil free aloe moisturizer or any oil free moisturizer free from chemicals and additives.
3. try a facial mask for sensitive skin a couple of times a week to sooth skin
4. get lots of exercise and sweat a lot to clean your pores of toxins.
Keep in mind your skin takes time to turn over the cells so I would give it a lest 2 weeks to see if this helps.
Hi Bogette, thank you for some really good advice! It is all very practical things I can certainly do. I realize I need to make a point of treating myself well and just went and got a glass of water! It is easy to say, yes I need to do these things and then forget. Exercise I love but I definitely need to push myself nevertheless. You are right about sweating too, and I really also plan to visit a sauna. Thank you again, have a lovely New Year. =)
PS if you get a chance I would love to know of a nice plain oil free moisturizer you might recommend. Thanks.
Right now, I'm using Juice Beauty oil free moisturizer. It's very light and soothing. If you find you are really red and irritated I would try Jason Aloe Vera Gel, or Derma e Soothing Oil-Free Moisturizer with anti-aging Pycnogenol. Both Jason and Derma e have websites so you can check them out. One more thing...try eating a lot of dark greens like kale, spinach and other lettuces, try to find organic. I find the minerals in these gives you a nice clear, glowing complexion and will certainly give you a boost during stressful times.
I have quite a bit of skin issues lately, as well, particularly on my face. I've just discovered a really great product called Korres Sleeping Facial and is sold at Sephora. It was pricier than I'd like, but I was desperate and it's cruelty-free! It smells like roses and has made my face so so smooth. I literally noticed a difference after just one night. It's a small container, but it doesn't take much to spread on your face. I have so, so, So much dryness in my T-zone. Flaky, red, itchy - embarrassing! But so far, this is working wonders.
Also, you mentioned that you aren't drinking much water. I can't say enough about the difference that hydration makes. I find it very easy to sit at my desk and drink at least 64oz a day, but on the weekend when I'm up and about, I forget. I'll notice when I come into work on Monday that even my lips feel dry because I'm not hydrated. Get a BPA-free to go cup with a straw and just sip sip sip all day long! You'll pee a lot, but it's what your body needs.
I bought the Juice Beauty starter kit and I really like it! my lil sister was (emphasis on the was) selling Mary Kay and so i promised her I would try it and it instantly broke my face out. I switched to Juice Beauty and its pretty fantastic stuff! my mom even wanted to try it (she is the type who rolls her eyes when i even say organic) and that's what she got for Christmas :)
Thank you everyone for all the wonderful heartfelt advice! It has truly helped me with my skin and just the support is so so lovely. What I finally did was this. I stopped washing my face with cleanser, I just splash gently with cool water maybe once a day. I use a little organic grape seed oil, not much, and a tiny bit of organic vit e oil by Now brand. I looked at all the recommendations and plan to try some of them in a few weeks when things have settled even more. Also, I am trying hard not to touch my face- I realize I do this a lot from stress/worry. I am eating loads of organic fruit and veg as has been advised by a number of you, water-lots and the smoothies recommended. I have been trying to break a sweat exercising- still haven't managed to get to a sauna but I am in Florida so sometimes I can just go outside! I try meditation, journaling, anything to relax and clear my mind. I also bought organic pomegranite juice that I put in smoothies, green food powder, and still need to get more dark greens, but Im getting there. And I think it is working. I really do. My skin feels less sensitive, more moist, and overall better. Not quite to where I desire, but I really think doing all this, as well as stopping OVER doing things like exfoliating, harsh products and over washing. Cheers for all the fab advice! PS Yes to Brianna about water water water! (I will give all the other products a try soon!)
Hi Sam, I am so sorry you are going through this! My mom is dealing with something similar right now. We are all scratching our heads, trying to figure it out. My only advice would be to get exercise daily, use some of the gentle products everyone above recommend, pray and perhaps try and get 15 minutes of direct sunlight daily. Sounds like some good advice above with the juicing and all....I hope everything helps!
Hello all, I am a new veg (since Nov.) and have had skin issues for pretty much my whole life: acne, psoriasis, you name it. I just wanted to say that I found everyone's comments helpful here. I am probably going to try Juice Beauty when my current cleanser and moisturizer run out. I have noticed the acne getting better already simply because of a better diet. Looking forward to more positive changes... Good luck to all of us, and thanks again to all who posted the great advice!!
It sounds like it's time for "Dr. Bronner's"*. Go for their baby line, which is unscented. Unscented castile soaps are also very gentle on the skin. Also, do you drink coffee, black tea, caffeinated green tea, energy drinks or consume lots of caffeine? That can wreak havoc on your skin. Try herbal blends, instead and cut coffee out for a week. See if it makes a difference. And drink lots of water!
* "Dr. Bronner's Magical Soap" is a long established, genuinely ethical brand that is vegan, barring their lip balms and body balms. They state on their site that they only buy their beeswax from supplier in New Zealand, that has guaranteed they do not kill the queens after the harvesting season. They ensure that they keep on top of this and knowing this brand, I believe them.