I had acne, cystic acne, for most of my life. It started when I was 10 and pretty much took over my face for the next 13 years. I am not talking about a little pimple here or there like my friends would whine about (I used to think I'd kill to just have a white head on my nose every couple of weeks). I am talking about large, swollen, painful lumps all over my face. The kind that make your jaw go from heart shaped to volleyball as soon as they appear.
|This was a really good day in Claire's acne history and I have on a lot of makeup...|
|Thank you, Daddio.|
My acne was bad but fortunately, I had the realization that I was much more aware of it than anyone else. That helped me to see that it did not make or break me. It just was. That's all. I could still be Claire, as mom would always remind me, the clear, bright light (even if my face didn't reflect that clarity).
It wasn't until my adulthood that I realized 4 men in my life were speaking truth to me about this issue for years.
|Lookin good but where is the water?|
Years later in college, I was visiting my best guy friend at his university and stood in his bathroom putting on my nightly regime of tonics, slims, and goos. Over my shoulder he shook his head and muttered, "Girls, put a lot of shit on their faces." I whipped around, all offended, and reminded him that my skin was in bad shape and this is the only thing I could do to keep it a little bit clear. He walked away still muttering, "my skin is clear and I don't do anything to it."
|Thank you, Joel.|
Finally, during the first two years that I dated Joel my skin was a wreck and I just covered it up with makeup like I always had. One day I commented on his beautiful complexion and he challenged me, "Why don't you stop washing your face and stop wearing makeup and see what happens. I bet your skin will clear up. Mine only breaks out after I wash it."
For this guy, I'd do anything.
When we completed the Daniel Fast, I also decided for that month I would not touch my face with any products at all. I accepted his challenge. We ate nothing but pure foods (no processed foods and only drank water and green tea). It only took a week before my skin started clearing up. By the end of the month my face was totally clear. It had never, ever looked like this! I was thrilled. After that I was a believer. What you put in your body directly correlates with your acne problems and leaving your face alone DOES make it better.
I know some of you out there have gotten great results from topical solutions and that is possibly because you do not have cystic acne, but I still think this is worth reading.
|Thank you, Jeremy.|
After doing some research, I stumbled across this video on Youtube and it changed my life forever.
All those years, my Dad was onto something. My friend was onto something. My grandpa was onto something and so was my husband. Those dermatologists and advertisements were telling me the same mistruths which results in my now clear skin baring scars where picked and tormented cysts once lived.
God has given us everything we need. The video says it all. Your liver is the number one organ for cleaning out your body and blood. It removes toxins from your body. When you eat processed foods, high fat foods, too much sugar, alcohol, anything hard for the liver to clean (you can google foods that are tough on the liver and you can guess what they are: meats, processed everything, white breads, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, anything from the ABC, etc) then your face will probably break out. The more you eat like that the harder it is on your liver and the worse your skin will look. If your liver cannot get ride of all those toxins then your second most important organ for releasing toxins takes over- your skin. Your skin is the largest organ on your body. Your blood flows all through your veins and releases the toxins that weren't captured by the liver into your skin and they are sweated and pushed out of your pores through your natural oils. These toxins build up and if they are already coming out in large quantities then they will clog and back up your pores. Therefore, you get ACNE! woohoo!
|Thank you, Pawpaw.|
Over the years I have gotten less regimented with this diet and drinking to cleanse routine. I have found an organic lotion from Lush that works for my skin just right (My sister works there and gives me a discount). I use it two or three times a week. I don't wash my face often and I don't pick at it because there is very little to pick. All of that helps.
|Pounding those blueberries!|
It was so empowering to know that I hold the key to my own beauty and health. It is so humbling to realize that God has been telling me this for years and years and still I gave that control over to fools. The truth is, if we really invest in being intentional with our bodies and our health then we will look better. You ARE what you eat. You will feel the difference just as much as you will see it.
Happy clarity of mind, spirit and skin!