If you've ever watched the show Seinfeld, you may remember the episode where George becomes more successful than he's ever been by doing the opposite of what he's always done. Lately, I've been wondering if that strategy is actually more intelligent than it seems.
A few months ago, I made a post about my battle with acne and my plan to fight it using only natural ingredients and foods. I made this post after already struggling for a very long time with terrible breakouts.
For over a year, I avoided every food that I thought may be inflammatory or damaging to my skin, I refused any and all chemical acne treatments, medications, makeups and skin-care products. I did cleanses, fasts and nearly wore out my juicer making more green juice drinks than you could imagine. I worked hard to rebuild the natural flora in my intestines using fermented foods, drinks and probiotic supplements. I focused on relieving my stress using EFT therapy and other relaxation techniques.
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I did all of this, and yet there I was, still suffering. My acne was getting worse than ever, and I knew I'd reached a point where I just couldn't continue like this anymore. Despite my determination, I was sadly forced to admit that the natural path, which I had such high hopes for, was failing me.
That was when I remembered that episode of Seinfeld. I had to think, if being completely closed off to the idea of anything chemical led to one of the worst periods of acne of my life, then maybe I should change my ways. Maybe it was wrong of me to reject all chemical medications because a few of them failed me or damaged my skin. Maybe the chemicals in certain makeup formulas are there for a reason--making the product feel smoother and nicer on our skin. Maybe there are some excellent products out there that I just haven't tried yet.
So, as embarrassing as it is to admit failure, I've made a decision. I'm going to be open to any and all solutions for my skin issues.
As soon as I made this choice, I felt a huge weight lifted off my shoulders, as if my body itself was relieved. Just by giving myself permission to break away from the limited path I was on, I freed up a ton of energy.
Since then, I've been trying a number of new things, from chemical peels to BB cream to new makeups and powders. I feel like a whole new world is opening up to me, and it's been there the whole time. I was locked in a prison by my own choice. Now I have let myself free, and my skin is better than it has been in a long time.
I just wanted to explain this so you all weren't confused when I started doing reviews for some less-than-natural products coming up pretty soon here. Although the majority of my efforts are still focused on natural solutions such as diet and exercise, I am officially taking back my all-natural position in favor of a more balanced approached.
Stay tuned for reviews coming within the next week or two!