I had acne as a teen. I can’t remember how bad it was, but I do remember that I did NOT like it. In fact, I hated it! I used to get so jealous when I would see other kids my age who had baby soft skin. And of course, I tried everything. I used RetinA, had peels that nearly fried my face off (I hope my mom got her money back for that one!), and eventually resorted to the now extremely popular ProActiv (before Jessica Simpson came on board). But after layers of skin were peeled off and countless towels were stained from ProActiv (anything that bleaches out fabrics HAS to be too harsh for your skin!), nothing seemed to work…that is, until I started on a much larger-scaled journey of ‘whole’ health; health that digs in to find out the root cause of dis-ease and discomfort. I switched from harsh chemicals to skin food…yes, the products I use today could LITERALLY be consumed. And why shouldn’t our skincare be food? The skin is the largest organ in our body, so it makes sense to ‘feed’ our body’s largest organ with the most organic, whole, and healthFUL products possible, right?! Well, discovering the essential nutrients in skin food, and more importantly, meeting an amazing skin healer along the way, has taught me that Unexpected Health exfoliates our lives…with acne.
Yes, you read that correctly; I am going to somehow manage to prove that there is health in acne. Acne is (literally!) a surface-level indicator. When our faces are blemish-laden, it is an indicator that something is awry, and receiving visual clues to unhealthiness in our lives is healthy.
Acne reveals our imbalances; a hormonal imbalance, a nutrition imbalance, even a life imbalance. We can easily get clogged with stressors in our life, which prevent us from paying attention. So, break outs are actually wake up calls (refer to Day 68 for a proper explanation of these) for areas we need to pay attention to. In a way, a break out is actually a break through. Imperfections ‘break through’ our skin, revealing to us that change in our current situation is necessary. We, in some way, need to ‘break out’ of whatever predicament we might be in.
I have always worn my stress on my face. When I have too much on my plate and do not listen to my inner voice, my skin will find its own version of a bullhorn to yell into…hello break out! So now, when my skin is less than optimal feeling, I skip the trip to the pharmacy for blemish-be-gone cream, and instead partake in the, “What’s going on in your world that you’re trying to ignore, Jaime?” conversation that I have needed to have for a while. So the next time you look in the mirror and wonder why in your 30s, 40s, or 50s (or 60s and 70s) you are still having break outs, consider your little imperfections a sign that something deeper–something below the epidermis–is going on. Look for the break through with your next break out. -Until tomorrow, Jaime
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