Fighting Acne Natural Way
Total years in practice: 2
I am an Arts student. Ever since I grew up, I was known for a ‘pimply’ face. And, finally here’s my story of how I managed to get out of the label. I remember my first skin break out in my 8th class right on the centre of my forehead and almost everyone in my class noticed it. It disappeared after few days, but my story of acne kicked off then. It was so much depressing to me as a teen. I hid them behind hair bangs, put on so many face masks, tried to cover it up and even avoided going out with friends. I saw a dermatologist who prescribed me antibiotics and ointments which kinda made me feel better. I wasn’t totally happy as the effect lasted short while. All my hormonal tests for polycystic ovaries and insulin resistance were normal. It was then when I left hopes of having a flawless skin started living with it. My dermatologist insisted me to try a modification in my diet and lifestyle. I agreed, but didn’t actually believe it would work.
Never before I ever cut down on my cravings. It was my mother who always motivated me for not giving up. Moreover, I could myself see the change happening after 3 weeks of sticking to the plan.
I’m motivated to follow the diet plan more or less in a similar fashion. But, it’s difficult. All I didn’t like during the therapy was oatmeal in my breakfast. I devised a recipe to make it interesting. Here it is. Boil oats in water with a pinch of salt, powdered elaichi seeds, a teaspoon of honey, some oregano and chilly flakes added to it. Simmer it till you get that awakening aroma. Garnish it with the goodness of nuts rich in omega-3 fatty acids. This is a yummy breakfast I love and yet acne friendly!
Believe it or not, after 2 months of following the regimen, I don’t anymore have frightening acne on my face except for few scars for which my doctor suggests laser treatment. This wasn’t possible even with all the antibiotics and face masks I tried. It was like a dream coming true. The diet for acne worked wonders for me. Eliminating high glycemic foods like simple carbohydrates can be awesome for your skin. I had to give up on many of my favorite food but it was only for my skin, the most favorite! I also lost 12 pounds weight as a bonus.
I rarely walked or worked out before meeting my doctor. She recommended me for a brisk walk 15-20 minutes per day for 5 days in a week and meditation for few minutes several times in a day.
I’m a foodie. I love chocolates, cheese and chinese. My social life is very active, I hang out with friends almost every other day in a snack bar. My typical breakfast included a glass of milk, 2 slices of bread with some butter or fruit jam. I had some spicy vegetable curry and wheat rotis or rice for lunch. I ate biryani or chinese noodles or some pizza for dinner. In between meals I had coffee several times, sometimes with a pastry. The doctor advised me to eliminate milk and milk products, red meat, sugars and fries completely. In addition, I had to consume a minimum of 3 litres of water per day and a complete no to alcohol, caffeine and cola. My typical diet plan was like this. Breakfast – A cup of green tea, a bowl of boiled oats with walnuts and flaxseeds and a glass of fresh fruit juice Lunch – 2-3 wheat breads or rotis, a bowl of vegetable curry cooked with olive oil or coconut oil and 2 servings of sprouts. Dinner – A bowl of clear soup, 2 servings of vegetable salad and a serving of pasta, fish or lean meat.