If you are coming to the blog for the first time, this post is a continued one on my (Emily)’s journey to clear skin from having severe chronic acne for over four years. To read the first part click here.
Step 5: Taking Magnesium, Vitamin D, And Zinc Tablets
As soon as I started taking a pretty high dose of Magnesium, Vitamin D, and Zinc tablets each morning I noticed a radical change in my acne. Magnesium helps with many things such as nutrient absorption, restoring gut health, stress and anxiety, sleep, and fighting against insulin resistance. Vitamin D helps with cooling inflammation and making your skin strong, glowy and smooth, (see our post on Vitamin D here) and Zinc with cell renewal, carrying vitamin A around your body and regular hormone balance as well as many other things. To end this point I must add that taking these vitamins should also be in addition to a healthy and balanced diet and that getting these things in your food should be your first and foremost priority. The vitamins are just a back up. Foods high in magnesium include pumpkin seeds, brazil nuts, and wild rice. Foods high in vitamin d include mushrooms, tofu, and plant based milks, and foods high in zinc include spinach, cashews, and chickpeas.
Step 6: Taking Agnus Castus (Vitex) Tablets To Manage Hormones
There was a period of time when I went on the pill to try and manage my hormones as I was suffering with really bad PMT, and I also suspected that my acne was partly caused by my hormones being imbalanced. But after spending a few months on it my acne went from being already really bad to being really angry looking, and it got to the point where even touching it hurt. So I decided to stop taking it and guess what… my acne got a lot better! Well, better meaning I was back to where I started. So I eventually decided to try something different and after a lot of research I came across the herb Agnus Castus which is traditionally used for helping women with PMT, menopause, and getting pregnant… but it can also be used for getting rid of acne too. Another thing to mention is that in 2016 I had been having an unusual amount of big epileptic fits and we had suspected that my hormones were playing a part in it, so after a lot of debating back and forth I decided to give the Agnus Castus a go, and after a week or so in not only did the hormonal acne around my jawline clear up, but the dreaded every two week fit pattern stopped too! So if you are currently on the pill and have bad acne, going off it could be something you might want to consider. (Just be sure to check this through with your doctor first!)
Step 7: Taking Aloe Vera Daily
As well as taking probiotics each evening, I also take aloe vera tablets and drink aloe vera juice. I also occasionally use aloe vera gel alongside Vitamin C Serum on my face to help prevent and heal acne scars. Vitamin C is also very important for healing your acne, so getting it wherever you can is a huge help! Aloe Vera is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and has anti-fungal and healing properties. It also is brilliant for your digestion, and as I talked about in one of my last points, gut health is key to having clear skin, so taking aloe vera is a great step towards finally being acne free.
Step 8: Choosing The Right Skincare Products
This step took me a while to finally get right but when I did get it right, it played a big part in my skin getting better and being on its way up. I am currently using Superdrug’s own range B. which is brilliant and simple, which for me, is best. Not not only is it vegan and cruelty free but is so inexpensive and isn’t heavily fraganced or heavy which for somebody like me with acne is a big no.
Step 9: Having A 20-30 Minute Walk At Least 5 Times A Week
This one isn’t always easy for me, especially if I’m not very well with my epilepsy and don’t have the energy, so I don’t always achieve it, but getting enough exercise in the fresh air is essential in your skin’s healing process. This is because when you move, it encourages healthy circulation and increases blood flow- carrying oxygen and nutrients to all the different cells around your body. It has also been shown to reduce stress, and stress can often be a big factor in the cause of acne in some people.
And thats it! These are our nine steps in the journey towards clearer skin. I hope you have enjoyed reading this little series and it has and will be able to help you somehow, and bring you one step closer to feeling happy and confident again. If you did enjoy reading it let us know in the comments below, and share with your family and friends. Also if there are any other similar posts that you’d like us to write or questions you have be sure to let us know, we’re always happy to help in any way we can. 🙂
All our love, Em & Lou x