I've started eating foods which have been known for helping with this sort of problem. Here's a link of foods: http://www.livestrong.com/article/332275-foods-to-balance-female-hormones/
I've also started a new face regime - I'll list it below. I'll also describe my experience with tea tree oil.Using Tea Tree Oil:
Using tea tree oil really helped my skin out. It worked great at drying up zits and preventing zits in some cases. It also dried up my skin a lot, so if you have oily skin this might be good for you. I would apply it directly to my skin (undiluted) with my finger after getting out of the shower or washing my face, anytime I felt a zit coming, and before I applied makeup - pretty much any time I felt like it. It worked well at preventing zits from becoming whiteheads. Problems -
It caused the area around my mouth to become really
red, irritated, and dry. If that happens you should dilute the tea tree oil with water. I used Cetaphil lotion to help with the dryness. Another thing - It didn't help with acne scars :( My face also became immune to the tea tree oil and it stopped working as effectively... I used it for about 10 months. Overall, I would reccommend it if you have a lot of whiteheads.My Face Regime:
First thing I do when I wake up is wash my face with Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
(use your hands, not a washcloth). After that I generously apply Witch Hazel
all over my face with cotton balls. I got the Witch Hazel from Walmart - it has a yellow label (only $1.44!) I let that dry and then apply Jojoba oil
to my face with a cotton ball. (I only use about 2 drops... a little goes a long
way!) I got the Jojoba oil from Whole Foods for $12 I think. For those of you who are thinking "Oil! my face doesn't need any more oil!" I know how you feel - trust me! But Jojoba oil is noncomedogenic. It tricks the skin into thinking its produced enough oil, and it also has antioxidant properties which help fight acne and help fade acne scars. If I get a zit I will apply ice to the area for about 15 minutes and then apply Witch Hazel, then Jojoba oil. I've been on this regime for about 3 weeks and my skin looks great! But I've also started my new diet so that may have contributed as well.Other Stuff:
Here's a list of the foods I ate 11/2/2012:
- I work out 3-4 times a week. I do weights, lunges, squats, ab exercises, hiking, walking... so I do sweat a lot! I always make sure I wash my face as soon as possible.
- I've started washing my pillow case once a week.
- Any time I brush my teeth I apply Witch Hazel around my mouth afterwards.
- I try to drink a lot of water throughout the day.
- I drink at least a cup of green tea a day.
- chicken salad with apples, cranberries, and walnuts on multigrain bread
- fruit smoothie made with almond milk (about a cup of blueberries and raspberries and a cup of strawberries)
- peanut butter and honey wrap on a whole grain tortilla wrap (Smucker's Natural Creamy Peanut Butter)
- about 3/4 cup of dark red kidney beans
- probably about 2 cups of pistachios and walnuts
- 1.5 ounces of Twilight Delight Ghirardelli chocolate
- another chicken salad sandwich on multigrain bread
- 1 cup of almond milk (Silk Unsweetend Original)
So, recently I've decided to try a new diet to see if it will improve my skin and body. I'm thinking since I normally get break outs around my mouth that the cause of the breakouts is a