This post is 1 of 7 that explains how I’ve used Facemapping for Acne Clearing.
The practice of “Facemapping” is the foundation of how I healed my cystic acne naturally; and I hope this information changes your life the way it changed mine years ago. <wink wink smooch smooch>
In case you’re new to these parts, here is a quick rundown of why I’m here, following by a much larger run down below.:)
Quick-version of my acne clearing journey:
- I struggled with terrible acne for over 15 years, starting at 9 years old. (Yep, that young:().
- I tried every topical, hormonal, and antibiotic treatment – stopping short at accutane because I just wasn’t comfortable with the side effects.
- Through a process of elimination, I was able to heal my acne naturally using a few key tools like nutrition, holistic medicine, and the practice called “facemapping”.
Have you tried everything for your acne and want to know how I finally cleared mine, in detail? Keep reading.
Long-version of my acne clearing journey:
My problems with my skin started when I was very, very young. I got my period when I was 9, and my hormonal acne came in right about the same time.
Since this was quite a while ago, as in, 15+ years, no one was really prescribing birth control pills the way they do now. I was a “little girl” (I was going into the 5th grade!),…. so I kinda had to “grin and bear it”.
Over the next 15 years, I struggled for with all types of acne. I tried everything I could possibly try for acne healing; all the common antibiotics, birth control pills, topical treatments…
Until one day in my early 20s, things changed dramatically.
I had been training to become a fitness instructor, so I was already learning about the body/mind/food connection in a brand new way.
AND, I had always, always, always been told that I what I was eating wasn’t impacting my skin. (I have very distinct memories of a mustachioed family doctor telling me in a very condescending voice “No, your sweet tooth has nothing to do with your acne, please stop asking me that…”)….
…but I was starting to understand that my body was an entire “ecosystem”, and that everything I did on a micro level, impacted my body on a macro level.
I had a lot more control over my body/skin than I had been brought up to think.
So there I was, in my early 20s, and I still had acne.
I was really, really, REALLY pissed about this. Not frustrated. Not like… a little annoyed.
So I decided I’d give the dermatologist one last chance. (This was my ~15th visit to the dermo at this point).
… So I scheduled an appointment with a young, female doctor. She was maybe around 35 years old – and I thought she was really gonna “get it” – if you know what I mean?
“She’ll understand my plight.” – I thought.
“She’s young and will totally understand how awful this makes me feel”. I thought.
“Finally, someone will understand how having acne makes me want to scream every single day all day because I’m so insecure about it” – I thought.
And instead, it was the exact opposite.
I remember I was sitting on her exam table, trying to give her a big medical history – and really, if I’m being honest – just yearning to be heard at this point – when she cut me off with:
“I don’t really know what to tell you – you’ve tried everything and nothing’s worked so….We have this $500 light treatment that may or may not work? If you wanna try that?”
She kinda cocked her head a bit to the side with a big sigh and stared at me; I could tell she was annoyed she was even having this conversation…
…And all I can remember is welling up with tears on her stupid examination table and storming out of the office, running to my car, and peeling out of her stupid pebbly driveway.
I could barely see through my tears as I drove.
However, this awful dermatologist appointment ended up being the best thing that ever happened to me, and my skin.
As I was driving home, I kept repeating her words over and over again in my head;
“You’ve tried everything, I don’t know what else to tell you”
I have tried everything. I’ve tried EVERYTHING. WHAT ELSE CAN I DO HERE? This ISN’T NORMAL. – I kept thinking.
And then I realized, in a flash, that I hadn’t tried everything. And in one millisecond, I realized:
“It’s. My. Food.”
It hit me like a bolt of Oprah-aha-moment-lightning – it was the key.
I hadn’t tried changing my food.
I had tried everything else topically – and even everything else hormonally – but I hadn’t tried my food. I knew, I knew it in my bones, that healing my acne naturally was going to start with what I was eating.
I remember I had all of my “remedies” on the counter at this house I was staying while I was on vacation (yes, I went to the dermatologist on vacation, that’s how stressed out I was). So when I got home I dragged my arm across the entire counter – the way they do in the movies – and shoved everything into the trash.
None of it had worked anyways, so, why not?
I decided that day that the only thing I hadn’t tried was healing from the inside out and I was going to do it.
I was a woman on a mission.
I devoured – and I mean, devoured – every single book on Amazon, the internet and the library – on the impact that food has on the body – and put together a plan.
And 30 days later, my skin had cleared dramatically – and it’s been that way ever since.
Heal Your Face With Food was born.
One of the most important things that I did when I started this journey was something I (surprisingly) hadn’t done before.
I started looking at where the zits WERE on my face, for clues about WHY they were there.
Let me explain a bit.
By the time I reached the end of my acne journey – if you had looked at me straight on, you wouldn’t know I had terribly bad skin. Sure, an odd zit here and there, but nothing crazy.
However, if you looked under my “face” so, beneath my jawline, it was covered in cystic acne.
They were painful, embarrassing and would take weeks to go away. And something that summer about those cysts combined with all of the other details, helped spark the ultimate change for me.
In the years prior I always had awful forehead acne, but in the form of tiny white bumps every where.
The summer I finally cleared my acne however, my forehead bumps were completely gone!
My forehead was completely smooth, yet, under my jawline was a mess with cysts.
Then, I started thinking back to the fact that I hadn’t had a zit on my nose in years, but in middle school, I ALWAYS had some type of volcanic eruption right smack dab on my nose going on.
All of this evidence sent off bells in my mind – and reaffirmed that my acne was being caused by something internally.
Where my acne was on my face changed over time because *I* had changed over time.
I realized my face/skin was reflecting back to me periods of my life and various imbalances during those periods.
I realized for the first time, that I could probably identify what periods and changes had happened to cause certain breakouts. And if I could do that, maybe I could heal them and prevent them in the future?
I realized I had a lot more control over my skin that I had ever known.
Facemapping for Acne:
The practice of facemapping has multiple uses and applications. But for our purposes, we’re gonna use it to assess our acne problems and put some action steps in place.
Facemapping for acne teaches us that whatever we’re eating is impacting our organs. Depending on whether that impact is negative or positive, our organs show us what is going on through our skin.
When I was growing up, doctors/healthcare professionals convinced me that you could treat your acne the way you could eat a slice of pizza. Just grab the slice out of the pie – aka just treat the one area where you’re getting the zit – and you’ll be all set.
The body does not work like this.
I am not a doctor, see disclaimer here, but I can tell you from very personal experience and experience with all of my clients that you cannot put food into your body and have it only impact “one part” of your body.
What you put into and on your body – food, drinks, drugs, herbs, products – they impact all of your body systems.
What you eat, even though you’re putting food “directly” into your stomach and not like, slathering it on your face, deeply impacts your skin.
When you eat cr** you impact your skin on some level.
Some people may be more sensitive than others, of course. (We all have that friend who eats a diet of STRAIGHT doughnuts and doritos and walks around with a glowy-fresh-faced-acne-free-dew #amirite.) But if you’re here, I’m assuming that’s not the case for you.
This is why I’m here; to help you start to connect what is happening on your face to what is happening inside your body. Facemapping for acne can help you do that.
Every day – your skin tells a story about what is going on in your body. And it’s my job to help you understand this story.
Once you connect the dots between your forehead acne and your massive constipation problems, take a probiotic, heal your digestion and see your forehead acne clear immediately, my job is done:)
I personally believe that everything that is happening in your emotional life and physical body shows up in your face. I think that your face is a direct representation of what’s going on with the rest of your body/mind/soul.
Facemapping for acne confirms that the physical body, emotions, and the mind are inextricably linked. It can get pretty intense and can tell you loads about someone’s personality, their life goals, their habits, etc.
But for our purposes, I want to talk about facemapping for acne. How your acne is showing up on your face, and when, is probably telling you a LOT about what you need to do to heal it. You just have to learn how to connect the dots. And I’m here to help you do that.
I’ve created 7 different posts on how/why you might be struggling with acne on certain parts of your face – and what you can do to start to heal them from the inside – out.
Click on one of the links before to discover why you’re struggling with acne on certain parts of your face, and grab at least 3 action steps to start to heal from the inside-out.
Also, Hai there.
I’m happy you’re here.
I hope this information changes your life, because it changed mine, and nothing has been the same since – in the very best way possible. XO.
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