Acne - the word alone still brings stress and tension to my entire being. It’s been apart of my life for almost half of my existence. I have allowed it to become the main source of my depression and anxiety. On numerous occasions I’ve given into my insecurities and societal expectations, while permitting it to hold me in isolation. I’ve avoided beautiful conversations because of my inability to look people in the eye with confidence. Many times I hid under make up because of the shame I felt for not being able to control this skin condition. But most importantly, through all the negative - it has been the main driving force behind my passion for skin care, and full spectrum healing.
With no warning, one day I woke up and suddenly looked 5 months pregnant, and I was allergic to several food groups. I couldn't pin point why my stomach had expanded while living such a healthy lifestyle. I eat mostly plant based and take probiotics, work out everyday and drink tons of water. After several months of dealing with severe bloating after every meal accompanied by hives produced by a histamine intolerance, I decided to immerse myself in gut research.
Not too many objects have entered my booty hole in my lifetime - outside of an occasional finger here and there. So when a friend expressed her interest in trying a coffee enema and asked if I’ve ever tried it, I immediately responded with, “no” and carried on with my day. However, this is my second article about poop - so I am clearly not one to shy away from experiencing a new, and exciting way of eliminating waste. To my surprise, this would be a major topic of discussion over the following two weeks. It was even brought up in a conversation during brunch with my girls, in the middle of discussing our frustrations with Big Pharma. Turns out a friend of a friend used it during her chemo treatments, along with additional natural alternatives and fell in love with the benefits. I knew right then and there this is something I need to try.
Perioral dermatitis is the trickiest skin condition I have ever dealt with. It is characterized as a red, inflamed thickening of the skin, primarily around the mouth and nostril area. It is sometimes accompanied by papules and pustules - which causes most of us to confuse it with acne. After much research, I found the most common triggers for PD include:
So grateful that I was able to spend the third week of my new year in Hong Kong. The last time I visited was almost 20 years ago! My excitement was overflowing and the last thing I wanted to worry about was skin issues or tummy bloat. Being that I am an ultimate planner, I made sure everything was organized and prepared so I could have the best possible trip without any new break outs or stomach discomfort.