One of the most visible struggles I’ve had with my Graves / Hashimotos Thyroid Disease is the struggle with acne. I never had bad skin growing up and through puberty. But before I was even diagnosed, this quickly became one of the symptoms telling me something wasn’t right.
I struggled with pretty bad acne from my diagnosis, until about a year ago. Almost every doctor I saw in that 8 year period said that my autoimmune condition shouldn’t affect my skin. But what I was seeing showed otherwise! It was frustrating, embarrassing and at some times devastating. I’ve cried to myself in front of the mirror. I’ve cried silent tears in a beautician’s chair while enduring painful procedures. I’ve spent thousands of dollars on supplements, potions and appointments. And for years not much worked.
I usually avoided photos, but I managed to dig up a few holiday snaps sans makeup with cheek acne on full show …
It didn’t change with medication and dosage changes. It didn’t (largely) change regardless of the products I used on my face. It didn’t even change depending on how healthy I ate or what supplements I took.
That was until early last year when almost overnight, it cleared up. I’ve been trying to retrospectively assess the changes I made in the lead up to the somewhat sudden change, in the hope to pinpoint some answers, because I know this was such a sore point for me and I hope to help others who may be experiencing similarly frustrating and unexplained symptoms.
To make a somewhat obvious caveat here, the following is what I THINK worked for me, but I can’t scientifically back this up nor am I a medical professional. I’m just detailing the changes I made (in order) in the lead up to my skin transformation.=
- I did a gut dysbiosis protocol – I underwent tests that showed my intestinal tract was overrun with bad bacteria, so under the direction of my holistic nutritionist, I naturally got rid of bad bacteria & possible parasites that were in my gut, whilst also rebuilding the good bacteria with probiotics
- I worked on healing my Leaky Gut. More on this here.
With these 2 conditions, it didn’t matter how healthy I ate or what supplements I was taking. I wasn’t absorbing nutrients I needed and the ‘bad’ was clearly overtaking the good. Toxins were rampant in my blood system from food particles and my skin was simply showcasing my inside health conditions, stemming from my gut.
After these protocols, I started taking the right supplements I needed based on my blood tests. I also ensured my Thyroid medications were making my hormone levels steady. For me I still can’t decouple the fact that if your Thyroid controls many of your hormones including your sex hormones, and off-skew hormones can cause skin issues.
I now get why my doctors were saying it wasn’t my autoimmune disease that DIRECTLY wasn’t causing my acne; it was more the causative & correlative issues that were affecting it. But if you look at the condition holistically, it makes sense why my acne was providing the biggest warning sign of all.
I want to be clear here though, that none of this provided instant relief or a fix. This was nearly 9 months of dedication to holistic healing. I do believe this was all necessary long-term foundational work that built up over time, but at the time I didn’t see results I wanted to.
So what was the most unexpected clincher for me? The only thing I can attribute to the ‘overnight’ effect was meeting my now-fiancé. Almost instantly, with his love I think it helped to heal me emotionally. He made me feel beautiful and much less stressed and excited about our future. I truly believe this was the last and most important thing to fall into place. Now I’m not saying you need to fall in love to make your skin better. But I am saying there is an emotional stress and perpetuating self-critical factor I think is at play.
As you can tell, I’m so excited about my new skin I’m upping my #nomakeupselfie game
If skin is an issue for you, I believe it’s all about healing from the gut first. Your skin is telling you what is going on in your body, so if it’s off, something’s off. But you also can’t deny the power of emotional stress on your body and your skin. Thinking honestly about what is emotionally stressing you and trying to address this is key. It’s the best feeling in the world being able to put your best #nomakeupselfie face forward after years of embarrassment and I hope you can experience this soon! Feel free to email me at email@example.com or comment below if you want to share your experience or ask me any more questions.
Until next time, with glowing love and care,