Hello everyone, I posted this on my Facebook page yesterday (www.facebook.com/HEARTShealingarts) and my friends suggested I put this out to everyone.
here's my personal story.. those who know me well know that I have been struggling with what is called 'adult acne' for years and years and years. except for during my modeling days when I was on a birth control pill called Diane35 - I do not recommend this pill (..or any pill for that matter), it is primarily prescribed for Acne
and can backfire on you with a vengeance! because I had been taking it since I was a teenager for more than 10 years I decided one day, back in 2004, to stop. having to take hormones my whole entire life on a daily basis to have clear skin just was not an option. deep down I knew there had to be another way. ..then I went through hell. during the first year after getting off the pill my skin exploded. it was so bad, I would not leave the house for months - only to go buy food and maybe hang out at close friend's houses. I was 27 and beyond depressed. and thank God I did not have to work.
from then on I tried everything to cure this. and I mean EVERYTHING. there was no way I would take the pill again. what if one day I wanted kids? I would have to get off the pill again and deal with its horrible aftermath AGAIN. no way! after that initial extreme Acne
flare up that lasted about 7 months, my skin got better but far from how it used to be while being on the pill. so I was determined to find a way to cure it. I quit smoking and drinking, I did the Master Cleanse, I did Dr. Schulze
's Cleanses, I did Dr. Hulda Clark
's Liver and Kidney Cleanses, I did the amazing Blessed Herbs Colon and Internal Cleanses, - all of them more than once. I took all kinds of herbs, roots, tinctures and supplements said to help with acne. I even put myself through numerous Colon Hydro Therapy sessions, but none of all this improved my skin. all this cleansing sure had a positive effect on my body's systems in many ways but this devastating skin condition did not go away. oh and don't even get me started on all the money I have spent on topical skin care products and treatments!! I was living a seemingly super healthy lifestyle and still my skin was really bad. what could it be?? it just wasn't fair.
In 2009 I graduated from BBSH. during healing school I always secretly hoped for my skin to get better as a result of healing deeper psychological and psycho-energetic issues that may be connected to it. there was great personal transformation on many levels, but my wish did not come true. so there I was. a certified healing practitioner with bad skin. great. this isn't exactly the most convincing embodyment of a healer. aren't we expected to radiate health? our physical appearance is a very important part of this.. well.. image.
then eventually I let my dermatologist persuade me into getting on Cur Acne
-aka Accutane or Isotretinoin-which is a very strong vitamin A acne medication (they don't even know exactly how it works in the body, they just know that it clears up the skin) I had not found an alternative solution and I couldn't take it anymore, this was my last resort. I very reluctantly took this medication in -for the most part- 'low doses' for what ended up being two years. in my opinion this time span was waaaay too long, but my doctor was convinced 5mg a day would not do any harm. yeah right. beside experiencing many 'manageable' side effects, this medication caused total depletion of iron in my body, which resulted in my hair falling out. not just a little. a lot! and believe me, losing this much of my beloved locks had an even worse psychological effect on me than living with pimples. my skin had gotten better, but this obviously wasn't the solution either. who wants perfect skin while paying the high price of going bald? not me! it felt like I had made a deal with the devil. so I terminated the intake of this medication against the will of my dermatologist - he would have kept me going! (and not only did my hair fall out, I also felt suicidal - another barely acknowledged side effect, most probably because apparently it does not go into full effect until after treatment! my experience exactly)
over the years I had also done many cosmetic fruit acid peelings and microdermabrasions which helped a little, but not enough. these treatments are very expensive here in Switzerland, 200+ bucks a session - of course my dermatologist was cool with that! he even tried to sell me super expensive hair loss shampoos. not once did he even consider testing my hair or blood for any deficiencies or making a connection to these meds. he swore by them. but after getting a second opinion I ended up having to get very high doses of iron transfusions, several times, which of course was not covered by my health insurance. this was a little over 2 years ago. my hair grew back.
after all that guess what, the acne came back as well. so a few months ago I agreed to go on a one-month- Antibiotics
treatment. did this work? I am not sure because around the same time I completely stopped eating dairy. don't ask me why, I just had a gut feeling - call it guidance (thank you guides!;)
I had been replacing cow milk with almond and rice milks for the past 8 years already and I had stopped eating yoghurt about 2 years ago. but the dairy products I thought I could not live without were cheese and butter. so when I started reducing and eventually completely cutting out cheese and butter as well, my skin cleared up within less than a month! maybe it is also worth mentioning that I have been eating a lot less bread than I used to for at least a year now.
my acne would usually worsen about two weeks before my period and right after my period -if I was lucky- my skin would be somewhat clear for maybe two or three days and then the nightmare would start all over again. being a 33 year old woman, this just is no way to live, feel good or feel even remotely attractive. but since my diet is 100 % dairy free, my skin has been totally clear. I am about to start my period any day now and I don't have a single pimple in my face!! it feels like a miracle.
so if you know of anyone suffering from acne -especially adults- suggest to stop eating dairy products before trying anything else. ..or rather before continuing with anything else.
today I decided to google this subject. and turns out I am not the only one who has figured out a connection between dairy and acne. there are clinical studies that have come to the surface lately proving this theory.
check this out:http://freshandagelessblog.com/2011/02/16/its-proven-sugar-and-diary-cause-acne/
(back in 2005 there was no such info on the internet. and I researched for hours, days, weeks and months!)
who would have thought that the solution is so simple. here we are, going through so much trouble, money, and worst of all: depression, despair and unnecessary side effects from acne treatments, only to find out that all we needed to do is cut dairy from our diet! I always knew they were keeping something from us. and this is it. it shall no longer be a secret - tell everyone you know!!
'adult acne' is not an incurable condition, it simply is a severe reaction to dairy. I am not saying dairy causes acne in everyone -it doesn't- or that it is the sole cause of acne in every case, but it for damn sure worsens it, especially in those like me who are already more prone to getting acne and it is affecting many many many people out there who are unaware of the fact. I have known for quite some time now that cow milk is not exactly healthy for human beings and that it is the cause of many diseases, but never did I ever suspect its connection to acne. but now that I think about it... it makes a lot of sense.
and I mean seriously, not even a grown cow drinks milk! how did the consumption of dairy products become so mainstream?? and how come drinking human milk is considered disgusting while drinking the milk of a COW is totally normal? it's beyond my comprehension.. well done collective brain washers! my guess is there is just too much money to be made in the health care industry: "convince them that milk is healthy and then make huge profit from treating their diseases." - this madness must end.
from my heart to yours,