Not only did I clear up my acne and rosacea, but I also cleared up my eczema and psoriasis.
There is more personal information here than I’ve told many people, much less posted on a public blog.
A lot of these pictures are graphic and they are completely unedited.
I tried my best to include everything I could possibly think of that I believed contributed to my skin clearing up, but please feel free to reach out if you have any questions!
This is a blog post that I’ve been working on for a while because I wanted to be able to provide a ton of knowledge and information when I shared it and I wanted to test out every possible thing I could. So here’s to a year and a half of fighting my body, only to learn that what it was really asking for was some healing time.
In early 2015 I started on Le Loestrin Fe. For those of you who don’t know of it, it is the lowest dosage birth control pill on the market. I was going off to college that year and wanted the whole birth control/ weight gain/ hormone imbalance thing to be figured out way before I was (at the time going to be) 12 hours from home. Before starting on the pill, I had some experience with acne, but nothing abnormal for the average high schooler. By my junior year, I had completely learned how to get it under control – aka what products kept me clear:
So back to what I was saying – Spring of 2015 I began BC. Within just a few weeks my hormones had gone wild and I gained a ton of weight. That was more than enough for me to come off to it. My skin began breaking out with rosacea and acne like I had never known. I’d never even had rosacea before. Frantic for answers, I began researching the link between rosacea and the pill. I came upon tons of forums and blogs where women were experiencing similar reactions to coming off of the pill. I figured maybe my body just needed time to even out.
This isn’t a blog post about Birth Control or Lo Loestrin Fe, but I feel like all of the following are important, when looking at this as a whole.
My hormones were the first to balance out. I regained control of my emotions quickly (I mean, as much control as an 18 year old girl can have over her emotions). The weight loss was incredibly difficult, especially for someone who’s life revolves around fitness. I struggled with losing the 15 lbs I’d put on in 3 weeks, for about 5 months. My metabolism took a lot of time to come back to normal as well.
5 months later I was still dealing with acne that I’d never had before. Nothing that I had always done would cure it, makeup made it worse, and my inevitable stress and tears definitely didn’t help. It came up almost as a rash, full of fury, fire, and I swear it sought to destroy me. And for a long time, I let it.
I became incredibly depressed. I wouldn’t leave my room for days because I was so embarrassed by my skin. Some people found this ridiculous, but to me it was a huge deal. Not to mention that I was also in a lot of pain – It felt as if each individual pore was sore and honestly I’m wincing now just thinking about it.
Aczone makes a commercial where it shows all these people doing life, and how in the back of their head they’re only thinking about their acne, and I completely related to it. It consumed my every thought (video below just for reference).
I was angry. and sad. and desperate to figure out why my skin wouldn’t clear.
It became my mission to clear my skin up. I researched and read and forum’d my heart out, and out of everything I tried, this is everything that worked for me and what I believe got me to where I am.
Listed above are the most important changes that I have made in my life. There are days where I still have breakouts (after a late night out or indulge in Thanksgiving foods) and I most certainly have discoloration thats still fading. But I’m there. I’ve reached that goal that I so desperately wanted.
It is crazy to me to say that I feel blessed to have had this experience. Doesn’t that sound wacky? But really, I am. This experience forced me to change a lot of really bad habits and to embrace a ton of new ones.
Everything really does happen for a reason.
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.