let's clear things up

14 Sep


This morning…I juiced.

But before that I went on a 3.5 mile run.  It was a decent run – not the best I’ve ever had, but certainly not bad.  I love those moments when I hit a high in the middle of my run, whether caused by my current tune, something to do with the scenery or just a good strong and steady stride, it’s just so sweet.  We didn’t make great time – I think we finished in about 38 minutes, but I’ve just been less worried about time lately.  I would honestly rather just enjoy running than be super worried about how fast I’m going.

Anyway, so I came home and showered and then got to juicing.  I know I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had switched cleansers to Burt’s Bees because I wanted to start using all natural skin care.  I’ll be doing a full review on it later as I want to give it a little more time before I form a final opinion.  One thing I don’t think I mentioned before is that I felt like it was a good time for me to make the switch because I was having some serious breakouts on my face.  I haven’t had a problem with breakouts since high school, and I’m not really sure what’s going on.  But I figured since my face was already broken out, it would be a good time to change my skin care system, since switching can often trigger a breakout. Might as well get it all over with at once.

Not sure that was the best idea.  I’ve been using Burt’s Bees for about 2 weeks now, and my face has progressively gotten worse.  I honestly don’t think that BB is specifically the problem.  I think there was already a problem, and so far BB just hasn’t miraculously cleared up my skin.  It has gotten so bad, though, that I finally called the other day and set up an appointment with the dermatologist.  I’m seriously feeling desperate!

Anyway, I woke up this morning and was washing my face when it occurred to me that I should really try every natural remedy I can think of before I end up with a prescription cream of some sort that is full of chemicals and most likely expensive on top of that.  After just a little bit of researching I came up with a few ideas that I’m going to begin implementing.

  • Drink a lot more water – I drink water with most meals, but often forget to drink it in between
  • Eat more raw foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds (read: lots of juices, green smoothies and salads)
  • Eliminate (with a few exceptions) refined sugar and coffee
  • More yoga – yes, I think this matters.  It helps relieve stress and tension, which has a positive effect on my skin
  • Not wearing makeup whenever possible – this is kind of a catch 22 because I want to avoid makeup so my skin can breathe and begin to clear up, but I also have more of a desire to wear it because my face is so broke out.  Not sure exactly how to handle this other than I won’t be wearing makeup anytime I’m at home
  • Continue to wash morning and night with Burt’s Bees
  • Use tea tree oil on blemishes
  • Stop touching my face! I have a bad habit of doing this.

I just felt so compelled today to do whatever I can to take care of this problem.

Breakfastleafy greens + 1 beet + 1 carrot + 3 celery stalks + 1 apple + small piece of garlic = one amazing juice

After my juice, I did an hour yoga session.  I’m learning to turn my planning for classes into awesome classes for myself. I pulled out all the stops, even using my lavender scented cloth:)  A couple of hours later I had a snack plate.

Newman’s Own spelt pretzels

natural almond butter

homemade salsa

carrots and celery sticks

And for lunch I opted for a green smoothie.  This contained 2 handfuls of spinach, 1 container of soy yogurt (we’re out of almond milk), 2 heaping tablespoons Vega Shake and Go Smoothie, half a banana, 1 tbsp chia seeds and ice.

For an afternoon snack I veered from raw and ate up a cinnamon raisin Ezekiel english muffin with 1 tbsp almond butter.

Plus I drank lots and lots of water all day long!  Many trips to the bathroom ensued.

For dinner Jon and I grabbed salads from Chipotle on our way to buy groceries.  Mine included lettuce, black beans, grilled veggies, 3 kinds of salsa and guacamole of course!

Overall I already feel much better today.  Even though I can’t tell a difference on my face yet, it feels good to know that I’m going everything I can.  I would love to be able to cancel that dermatologist appointment in a week.

Well, now that I’ve laid out all my problems for the world to see, I must be headed to bed;)

Question: have you ever had problems with your skin, whether acne or something else?  Any ideas for natural treatments?


20 Responses to “let's clear things up”

  1. Amy B @ Second City Randomness September 15, 2010 at 6:13 am #

    I don’t break out constantly- instead I get majorly serious zits randomly throughout the month (I’m sure it has something to do with my cycle, I just haven’t actually tracked it). I’m not sure which is worse- constant or horrific ones? Ugh.

    I found this stuff at a salon I went to that was an all natural vegetable cleanser for my face- it was a lot less harsh than others and I’m not sure if it made a huge difference with break outs, but kept my face from getting overly oily (it was explained to me that most cleansers strip your face of oil completely, which makes the body produce even more to overcompensate). I assume the BB is along the same lines? I’d keep going with it… sometimes it takes these things a while!

    • candice September 15, 2010 at 8:47 am #

      You’re probably right that I need to just be patient. I’m not sure about the BB regarding what you said about oiliness because my face has been noticeably more oily since I started using it. Definitely something to think about though. I’ve been considering switching to a different natural cleanser when my BB is gone, but maybe I should stick with it a little longer.

      Anyway, thanks for your input and advice. I’m sorry you deal with it every month as well! But it’s also comforting that I’m not alone:) I’m not sure which is worse either, but I definitely say that they both are pretty crappy and annoying!

  2. Rhea September 15, 2010 at 6:56 am #

    When I went off the pill this summer, my skin went NUTS. I started using a scrub with salicylic acid (Neutrogena) at night and it really helped. I feel your pain!
    I’ve never seen garlic in a juice! Can you taste it? I know that it’s so good for you and I’d love to eat more, but I can’t picture it with the fruity taste!

    • candice September 15, 2010 at 8:51 am #

      haha, first of all, that wasn’t garlic – it was ginger. oops! Not sure what garlic would be like in a juice, but I dare you to try it:)

      The BB does have salicylic acid in both the cleanser and the moisturizer. That’s one reason why I thought it would be really good. About a week ago I purchased a BB scrub that also has salicylic acid in it, but I hadn’t used it yet because I was worried about using it on open blemishes. Finally, yesterday I decided to go ahead and start using it, just very gently, so maybe that will help now.

      It’s good to know that it helped your skin. How long did it take before you started noticing results from the Neutrogena scrub?

      • Rhea (Greek Feaster) September 15, 2010 at 9:03 am #

        Well, my skin was softer and smoother almost immediately. The formula I got is for adult skin, so it isn’t crazy stinging, but my skin still felt very CLEAN. I’ve been using it religiously, every night, for the past 3 weeks, and my skin looks and feels a lot better.
        I love scrubs. I feel like my face gets a lot cleaner with them, but that may be psychological 🙂
        What BB scrub are you using? I tried the peach and willowbark one a while ago and it made my skin angry. I checked the ingredients and I think one of the major ingredients was glycerin or some other oil.

      • candice September 15, 2010 at 9:31 pm #

        Hmmm, might be the same one I have. eek. The BB one I’m using is called natural acne solutions salicylic acid acne treatment from willow bark…and glycerin is the fourth ingredient. I don’t think it has peach in it though.

        I think I may just stick with the changes I mentioned in this post for now and continue using the BB scrub as well, but if things don’t get better in the next week I’ll probably be asking you which specific Neutrogena scrub you use. I hate to beat a dead horse here, but are you using a cleanser and moisturizer other than the scub? If so, what kind?

        Thanks for answering all my questions:)

      • Rhea (Greek Feaster) September 16, 2010 at 8:35 am #

        Ha, no dead-horse-beating at all!
        I wash with egg white soap in the morning. This soap is amazing, it’s based on the idea of egg white facials, which are supposed to be great for tightening pores. You can leave the soap on your face for a few minutes and let it dry into a mask, which I do once a week or so. http://www.amazon.com/Lanolin-Tval-Eggwhite-Facial-Soap/dp/B000S13SUA
        I was wrong about the scrub… it’s Noxzema, not Neutrogena! I use this nightly. http://www.noxzema.com/product/clean-blemish-control/clean-blemish-control-daily-scrub
        I don’t usually use a moisturizer (bad, I know) because they make me feel oily. However, I heard great things about Wexler products, so I picked up this serum a couple of weeks ago. It’s working great so far and makes my skin really soft. I use it twice a day. I should also mention that it was half off at my store, since I don’t know if I could abide the full price!! http://www.bathandbodyworks.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3398396&cp=3161132.4280817&cm_re=june+sale+hp-_-banner2.1-_-wexler

  3. Mrs. H September 15, 2010 at 9:08 am #

    Hi, so sorry to hear you’re having trouble with your skin, that is always the pits! I was reading about your Yogo though and when you mentioned using the lavender cloth it made me wonder if the lavender oil could be irritating your face? I think you mentioned using them weekly in Piyo so maybe that is the culpret.

    This is my first comment, but I LOVE your blog.

    • candice September 15, 2010 at 9:36 pm #

      I’m so glad you commented!

      And thanks for the tip about the lavender scented cloth. I see your point about it potentially being the culprit. I use a mister and simply spray a mist on the cloth, and I feel like the cloth is pretty dry by the time I use it. But I think sometimes oil is harder to detect, so it may be transferring to my face more than I think.

      Actually, up until I started teaching a few weeks ago, I attended a yoga class that used the same type of cloth, and I would use it every class. Now that I’m teaching the class I actually don’t use the cloth anymore because I’m talking through the final relaxation part. So, I guess it’s good I’m not using it anymore – better safe than sorry!

      Thanks so much for reading:)

  4. Heather (Where's the Beach) September 15, 2010 at 12:55 pm #

    That salsa looks great – have you posted the recipe? I have been having problems with random bumps – not really acne so much, but sort of. I have never had any skin issues so I don’t know what’s up. Stress? I do rest my chin on my hand sometimes. I need to try to find something else but am worried about it getting worse and wasting lots of money.

    • candice September 15, 2010 at 9:38 pm #

      I actually don’t think I’ve posted the recipe – every time I make it, I just throw everything in until it tastes good, lol. I’ve been thinking I need to get a recipe written up, though. Now you’ve given me the inspiration to do it! Next time I make it, I’ll post it:)

      I totally know what you mean about being worried it will get worse. It’s a tough call for sure. I am usually one to hate switching my skin care..I don’t know what came over me lately! Hope yours gets better:)

  5. Amanda @ Vegacious September 15, 2010 at 2:17 pm #

    I’ve had the same issues (partly due to another condition I have). I notice that my face breaks out the week prior to getting my period. I have not found a solution, but look forward to hearing what you use! I used BB’s daily face wash and I love the way it makes my face feel – but still break out during that one week.

    • candice September 15, 2010 at 9:41 pm #

      I’ll definitely do a full post over it here in a couple of weeks. And hopefully I’ll have good news to report by then! The BB I use is the natural acne solutions kind…I think it’s different than the daily face wash. I agree that it makes my face feel really good, but I hope it starts doing a better job of clearing things up! I think only time will tell…my skin is probably just adjusting to the new regimen. Face breakouts are the worst!

  6. amber@SAHM's musings September 15, 2010 at 10:01 pm #

    Mmm salsa! A recipe would be good to share 😉 Good luck on your face woes. If you switch i highly recommend Mychelle. Get the creamy cleanser. One thing you want to be sure of is not to over cleanse your skin and strip it of essential natural oils etc or you could exacerbate the problem. I had an esthetician (however you spell it) tell my I was overcleansing making things worse. I go for creamy cleansers now and it’s made all the difference. They don’t of SLS in it (the stuff that makes it suds) and I think that’s made a huge diff. HTH

    • candice September 15, 2010 at 11:09 pm #

      I was just thinking about you this morning!

      Thanks for the tips. I already hopped over and checked out the Mychelle site, and I definitely think it looks like something I’d like to try if I decide BB isn’t going to work. My BB cleanser is definitely not creamy, and it very well could be drying my skin out too much. I’ve been careful to keep it moisturized…but I’m thinking I may need to go ahead and try something else.

      Again, thanks for the recommendation!

  7. Bonnie @garbanzoGreen September 16, 2010 at 3:57 pm #

    My comment is off-topic from the facial breakouts (sorry- no good advice there- sounds like you’re taking all the right steps). BUT, I do love that Chipotle salad you described. I probably get that salad at least 1x/wk! I love it when you can find ‘fast food’ that actually nourishes!

    • candice September 19, 2010 at 1:47 pm #

      Yay for Chipotle salads! It is one of the only fast food type restaurants that I’ll eat at – the others being Panera, Subway (occasionally) and Pita Pit. So delicious:)

  8. Halley September 17, 2010 at 7:46 pm #

    I wish the cure to breakouts was using facial masques. They are so much fun, the kind that peels off or the creamy kind with cukes on your eyeballs! Unfortunately, those products are the types that cause me to breakout in the first place. Know of any great natural face masque products?


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