Not everyone has health insurance to go to the dermatologist and not everyone has the financial means to work with a complexion coach, but everyone deserves clear skin. At least that’s what we believe here at Acne Beautiful.
As part of our 2019 year of Acne Positivity campaign, we are GIVING AWAY one of our 6 month complexion coaching programs to someone in financial need.
WHY? Because, the years I spent clearing my skin took a village of caring, creative, “think outside the box” people to help me figure out and develop the best ways to promote health skin from within. There was trial and error and experimentation. Sometimes, I was only able to try something because someone else gave me a break.
I couldn’t have done it alone and I’m so grateful for all of the help along the way.
So, there I was…tired of acne. Tired of dermatologists. Tired of pills, creams and wasting money.
Trying to think back to all of the emotions I experienced during the years of acne breakouts is staggering to think about.
I can certainly remember tear filled days, but mostly what I remember is the FEAR. I was so afraid that I would be stuck with acne for the rest of my life.
This sounds extreme, I know, but when you hang on to a hope year after year that your skin will clear up once you reach a certain age and it doesn’t, it is more than demoralizing.
The whole damn thing became an obsession.
I had to do some extreme things to keep my acne under control back then, but the most extreme thing of all was the constant fearful obsessing about what I could eat, do, put on my skin, etc.
By controlling every little thing in my life, I felt some sense of control over my skin. The biggest thing that I controlled was the food that I ate and the ways I cared for my skin.
In an extreme effort to clear my skin, I cut out dairy, wheat/gluten, meat, cane sugar, and a slew of other ingredients I couldn’t pronounce and thus began a quest for the cleanest raw food diet I could come up with. I refused to drink unfiltered tap water. I despised walking near a laundry mat or a smoker. I turned my nose up at alcohol and scoffed at sugar. I ate vegetables, nuts, seeds, fruit, a variety of superfoods, and other odd sounding foods that were pricey, hard to find and not always easy to prepare. Luckily, I lived in NYC at the time and found much of what I needed in surplus. I found herbs and teas that I choked down in a regimented fashion. I research supplements like it was my job and I stuck to a strict meditation, yoga, detox, and exercise routine. I saw a variety of practitioners for alternative healing and something wonderful was gained from each one. I was willing to put myself and my skin out there and learn about my body, my self and my skin.
I was sure there was more to acne than what met the eye…
I felt fantastic. My skin improved greatly, but I still had acne and the fear was ever present that it would get worse at any moment. I was afraid to eat anything out of my comfort zone and could easily blame a flare up of acne on any number of things out of my control.
I was making progress, but I was still a prisoner of my own suffering.
I had finished studying at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and was about to embark on a career as a Certified Nutritional Health Coach when Acne Beautiful found me. I was nervous, terrified even. What did I have to offer other acne sufferers that they couldn’t get from the dermatologist. I knew the answer, but I did not believe that the world was willing to look at acne differently. Let’s face it, it had taken me years to convince myself that acne could be looked at in a different light. BUT, I knew that the world needed to approach acne differently in order to understand how to treat this stubborn and enormously common skin condition. I felt PASSION, PURPOSE and FREEDOM when I talked about acne with other people and Acne Beautiful Complexion Coaching was going to give me all of these things, if I just let it, so I jumped in and started doing the work. If I could commit to clearing my own skin, I could surely commit to helping others clear their skin too.
2019 marks many new commitments for me. I have committed to create a home and a life with another person whom I love tremendously. I have committed to helping other people achieve the clear skin they deserve and I have committed to helping 1 lucky person in need of this service by offering a complementary six month complexion coaching package, products not included, to a lucky winner. Acne is not easy, but we can help.