Combination, Dry, Oily, Acne-prone skin
Treating this skin type can be difficult, and exhausting, so I'd like to share some dietary changes and products I have to found to work best for me. I'd also like to mention that my skin is definitely not perfect, and I still get breakouts sometimes, but it has improved a lot from changing a few things.
My skin issues really started when I decided to ditch birth control pills, in an effort to being the healthiest person I could be. Ever since then its been trial and error, and a hormonal mess. But here are some things I did that helped improve it greatly...
1. Cut out gluten and most grains- I found that I was having a hard time digesting these foods, which was irritating my gut, which showed up on my skin. I encourage you to experiment taking out certain foods that you might think are causing you issues. Start with the top foods that are problematic for most people.
2. Started taking digestive enzymes and probiotics daily - Everything pretty much reverts back to what we eat!! And how healthy our gut is. If you feel like you are always bloated, always getting, sick, tired, or have chronic pain, its time to take a look at your gut and determine what needs to change. Digestive enzymes help you break down foods that might be difficult for you to digest on your own. Probiotics can help feed your gut healthy bacteria needed to have a good immune system. Which you may have lost due to taking antibiotics or eating certain foods that comprise the balance of good and bad bacteria.
3. Starting eating way more greens!! - My skin is at its best when I am eating tons of fresh, organic, dark leafy greens. This is the good stuff, that has tons of vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants! Which we need to help flush out the toxins.
4. Cut down on sugar- Sugar can disrupt our hormones, which plays a huge part in our overall health like, immune function, thyroid function, and our reproductive system. Obviously natural sugar, like in a whole piece of fruit, is better than a piece of cake! But we still want to be careful on how much we eat, our DNA isn't built to have more than 6-9 tsp of sugar a day!
5. Adding in more anti-inflammatory foods- You will find that a lot of our health issues are linked to inflammation somewhere in the body. A blemish for example, is inflammation on our skin. So adding things like ginger, turmeric, berries, beets, and greens to our diet can help lot in reducing inflammation.
Here are some of the skin care products I currently use to help keep my skin balanced. (Products in the image above)
If you live in a place where the seasons change like I do, you are going to want to change the products according to the weather for best results. For example, my skin needs way less moisture in the summer due to the humidity. But in the winter I feel like I can't get enough! Pay attention to your skin and how it feels and try to give it what it needs.
1. Acure Facial Cleansing Gel- Great at removing makeup, good for sensitive skin.
2. Alba Botanica Acne Dot (moisturizer)- I like to use this in the summer because its oil-free and will not cause you to look shiny throughout the day. It also has 2% salicylic acid to help with breakouts.
3. Parfait Visage (moisturizer)- french for " perfect face" I love using this in the winter its very hydrating for the skin. With high quality ingredients it is on the pricer side but you get what you pay for this cream its pretty amazing.
5. O2-Zap- I use this more as a spot treatment but its the best oxygen product I can find close to what an esthetician would use.