I didn’t hate my skin until my freshman year in college. Yeah yeah, I know “hate” is a strong word – but really at the time, I meant it. Lets talk about how my hormones affected my skin
I went from having this low-maintenance skin that responded to typical over the counter acne products to the most complex, sensitive, acne-prone skin you’ve ever seen.
All because of my hormones.
You see, my skin was totally normal prior to hormonal birth control, but after I went on the pill and then quit cold turkey it was like someone had just zipped me up into a different meat suit – a MUCH more demanding one.
Along with a whole slew of other hormonal issues, my skin was painful, red, bloody, sensitive, and frustrating af.
No makeup would cover it, no acne product could treat it.
And I started hating my skin.
I spent YEARS at war with it. Fighting it, picking at it, just to watch it get even more inflamed and broken out.
Finally, one day I said fuck this shit. (I really have a way with words today)
I started reframing the way that I approached my body and my skin.
I ditched any and all chemicals.
I revamped my diet.
I dug into what my body actually needed, began learning more about hormone health, and COMMITTED to the process.
Now, I can say that I’ve truly never loved my skin or my body more.
Health issues will challenge every belief you have, but when you come out on the other side there’s nothing that will teach you to love yourself harder.
The womxn inside of HB have had these same realizations and you can too.
Calee Shea is a Holistic Health Practioner based in Atlanta, Georgia. She is your go-to gal for all things periods, vaginal health, and sex.