Today I’m talking ACNE MEDS & TREATMENTS 411 because it’s summer, and with the heat and humidity I tend to break out even with the lovely vitamin D my skin gets from the sun. I’ve also tried enough of everything to get rid of those obnoxious red bumps that I feel compelled to share it with you!
I used to take all sorts of meds for my skin but it got seriously exhausting! You can read a little bit about them below and then read what really started changing my skin for the better below that!
Acanya – This acts as an antibacterial and dries out pimples. Some side effects may include peeling, difficulty breathing, diarrhea, etc.
Tazorac – A Retinol (Vitamin A converted to retinoic acid) that reduces inflammation. Side effects can include burning, dryness, peeling, itching.
Epiduo – Acts as an antibacterial and drys skin. Side effects also include dryness, peeling, sunburn, itch, color of the treated skin, rash, etc.
Birth Control – Taken to balance out hormones that cause acne. Androgens stimulate your skin to produce sebum which clogs the pores when it happens excessively and birth control lowers your androgen count. Side effects are extensive: weight gain, seizures, strokes, blood clotting, a screwed up cycle, nausea, etc.
Spironolactone – A diuretic that is normally taken to lower blood pressure but has been found to help clear acne as well. Side effects include dizziness, diarrhea, nausea, fatigue, bruising, abdominal pain, irregular heartbeat, high levels of potassium that lead the death, etc.
Clyndamyacin – An antibiotic that fights bacterial infections. Side effects include: dizziness, heartburn, back pain, abdominal pain, heart stops, no breathing, sores, weakness, etc.
Tetracycline – Also an antibiotic used to fight bacterial infections. Side effects include: harm to baby if nursing or pregnant, nausea, blurred vision, liver failure, cramps, diarrhea, etc.
At one point I was taking two prescription meds and using two topicals every day, twice a day and it was the WORST. Not to mention how out of wack birth control made my body! Granted my face would clear up, but I felt like my whole system was being messed with, not just my skin. And if I missed any of my pills for a couple of days my face would break out into chaos again which showed me that taking pills was only touching the surface of my skin problems and maintaining that kind of treatment over a long period of time wasn’t feasible on my body or wallet!
Then about a year and a half ago I was introduced to the “whole food lifestyle” from a friend who also happens to be a fitness-nutritionist for Juice Plus, a program that offers you protein, veggie vitamin tablets and a meal plan for a month at a time. So I quit all of my medicines and gave it a go for one month! The hard part was cutting out coffee, alcohol and sweets….which you are supposed to do for a WHOLE MONTH?!?
I tried the ‘no coffee’ thing for about a week and figured it was better for Sam and I both that I drank coffee instead of dealing with the headaches and grouchy withdrawals. Okay, and I wasn’t perfect about no sweets or wine either… but what I did see was a dramatic improvement in my skin! I was given an extensive meal plan but stuck to mainly turkey burgers, lettuce wrap fajitas, all things kale and veggies, and green smoothies and I was really shocked to see how much the kind of food I had been putting in my body affected my skin. Realization: YOU TRULY ARE WHAT YOU EAT.
Well, I’m all for eating good nutritionally but I like things like Whataburger’s Honey BBQ Chicken Strip Sandwich and DQ’s Chocolate Extreme Blizzard, and I figured I’d have to find some sort of balance. Which leads me to juicing!
I started juicing around 4 or so months ago and ever since then I’ve been drinking my fruits and vegetables as a supplement to my meals. We’ve all heard that Americans aren’t eating enough veggies on a daily basis…well I was one of them! Before I started juicing regularly (besides the whole foods month) I rarely, if ever, went out of my way to really eat fruits and veggies unless someone happened to be serving them or we wanted some potatoes as a side for dinner…or canned salty beans. Which totally doesn’t count!
Anyway long story short, juicing almost immediately changed/changes my skin and now when I don’t have it I feel like I am depriving my body of SOOO many nutrients that it truly NEEDS to function the way it should. Which is why I love it and talk about it so much and snapchat pictures of my juice so much…I’ve truly come to love that potent grassy crazy weird goodness! Juicing is what works best for my skin and my diet and changing my body from the inside out! I still have good and bad skin days, but overall my body seems more consistent! And trust me prescription meds are way more expensive than adding veggies to the grocery bill over the long haul.
I’ve also heard that oils are good for your skin and acne treatment and I’ve tried a couple but haven’t had any major wow moments. Any suggestions on a certain oil to try for oily acne prone skin?