How I Got The Best Skin Of My Life
I'm not sure why I feel like sharing all of my personal stories lately. Last week I shared the story of why I went vegan and today I am sharing my skincare story and how I now have the best skin of my life.
I was around 14 when I first started getting acne and it just kept getting worse and worse. Part of the problem was that I wasn't taking care of my skin properly because I didn't know how. I started trying lots of different products and nothing was really working. I was young so I didn't research what products I needed or what ingredients to look for or stay away from. It was just a lot of trial and error and hoping that something would magically fix what was going on.
Eventually, I got referred to a dermatologist and he put me on pills that didn't work (can't remember the name) and then he put me on Accutane. And oh my goodness, what a wonderful and horrible drug. While I was taking Accutane my acne did clear up but this drug is so toxic that you cannot get pregnant while on it or your fetus will be deformed. It dries out your skin like crazy, it's very bad for your liver, and they don't even know why it works! I won't lie, it worked really well I had great skin for a few months but then my acne came back and the dermatologist gave me a second round of Accutane. After the second round, my acne was mostly gone but I was left with a lot of scars and hyper-pigmentation and my acne slowly came back again.
I do not recommend Accutane for anyone, it's just a temporary fix and it does a lot of damage to your body which in the end doesn't seem worth it. There's usually a lot more going on inside your body and it shows up as acne and I've discovered that there are so many other ways to get rid of acne that are safe, natural, and effective.
Okay so fast forward to today, almost 8 years later. I still struggle with acne. It's nothing like it was before and since going vegan, cutting out major stress, and sleeping better it has been more manageable and the overall condition of my skin is so much better. There have been a lot of trial and errors with skincare products but in the last couple of months, I have seen the biggest change in my skin and it's all thanks to a very special space in Calgary called XO Treatment Room. One of the many things that make XO so special is the amazing owner, Annie. I reached out to Annie as a blogger in hopes to work together. She doesn't work with a lot of bloggers so I was very excited that she loved the challenge of creating a completely vegan facial!
Annie is so passionate about clean products (one of the many reasons I trust her) so I didn't have to worry about nasty chemicals in what she used but lots of products are not certified vegan so she checked every ingredient and made sure it was!