How I Cleared Up My Skin

I'm a little embarrassed to show you these pictures, but I don't necessarily want to hold it a secret either. When I find a product that works, I am not one to keep it to myself. You'll find ALOT of before and after pics on my blog. I'm obsessed! Love being able to SEE a difference.

I've had an insecurity about my skin ever since I hit puberty. Dealing with constant breakouts and oily skin was awful, but I always thought that once I got through the teenage years that it would all go away. Well, I was dead wrong on that one. Nobody ever told me about those nasty hormones that NEVER seem to settle at any stage in life. So, here I was 27 years old, almost losing hope because I had tried every skin care and treatment under the sun, and spent hundreds, probably thousands doing so. Multiple skin care lines, laser resurfacing, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, ect. I've also tried taking every kind of supplement there is hoping that it would clear my skin, (I didn't want to resort to taking prescriptions, I've heard of some frightful long term affects they can have on your health, including black hairy tongue, YUCK!!!).

I would seriously cry because I hated it so bad and felt like it was so out of my control. Finally I went to see Kelly, an esthetician with Sacred Skin Care (located in Sandy). Her skincare and tips were what did the trick.
I'm not selling this product or anything, I just simply want to share what I know works.



Before
After


Her phone number is 801-619-3507
You can also order online if you're not in Utah ( but do tell her I sent you, she offers discounts on my future orders for referring people)

My skin now looks better than it's ever looked, and I'm just so excited about this amazing breakthrough. I've learned a lesson from this though. Don't lose hope, never give up, and you WILL find the answer.

About 6 years ago I was on a constant search for something to help me lose weight. Once again, I tried everything possible and couldn't seem to drop the weight. It took some time, but eventually I found the program that works. This cleansing program I did has been the most amazing product for me ( lost 25 lbs and went from a size 10 to a 5). The best part about it, is I've been able to maintain it all this time.
Click HERE for more info on that.

A few other tips:
  • Ice your face every night (I just use an ice cube directly on my skin, ice all over until it melts)
  • Use mineral make up
  • Get monthly chemical peals
  • Try to use Sea Salt whenever possible, the iodine in regular salt can trigger breakouts.
  • Cleanse (internally)
  • Take Zinc ( I read a lot of reviews on this, and found that people are seeing great results)

Zinc and Acne: Zinc Clears Acne

If you currently have outbreaks and zits all over, you may use zinc supplements to alleviate what you are going through. Zinc can help heal your blemishes, reduce the inflammation, and reduce the androgenic effect of hormones on your skin. Thus, if you want your pimples to heal faster, taking some zinc supplements may be a good idea. zinc is closely involved in protein synthesis and in collagen formation in your body, both of which are essential in the maintenance of healthy skin and in normalizing production of skin oils. If you have been to a dermatologist and have been advised to take tetracycline, you may find it interesting that zinc is as effective as this antibiotic for preventing acne.
I found the Zinc info on Nutritional Supplements Health Guide
You can also google zinc and acne to find what other people are saying about it. I really believe that it helps. I still deal with the monthly breakouts due to hormone changes, but I just load up on the zinc and I REALLY notice a difference FAST. I take about 200-300 milligrams a day, and make sure you eat a big meal with it, because it WILL make you nauseous.

I hope this information is helpful. Please leave me comments if you have any other tips to offer.

Also, click HERE to enter my giveaway ( jewelry)!!!

42 comments:

Amber said...

your skin looks great! i was reading up on your blog last night, and the cleansing regime you do sounds oh so tempting. great info!

mom2three said...

amazing results! It took me forever to find a protect that worked wonders on my skin. I am Italian so I tend to have a greasy T zone. I actually use a product from a line called Beauti control and haven't had a break out since.

Thanks for sharing your awesome results!

Verena said...

Wow this is so exciting! Thanks for showing your before and after pictures. Your skin looks great now! I´m glad you found a good Esthetician. I am a Esthetician myself and I´ve seen so many great results. Can you tell, I love my job. :o) I have one tip that is also working. Moisture is very important for the skin. People always think when they have lots of zits, it´s better not to put on a moiturizer so your zits can dry out. This is not true! Moisture helps your skin to recover. Also put at least once or twice a week a moisture mask on your skin for 15 minutes and you will see very soon great results.
Hugs, Verena

Mr and Mrs. Stoneking said...

what great tips! your skin really cleared up great... thank you for sharing that with us!

Tami G said...

this is awesome - the pic is a FABULOUS difference!
I'm TOTALLY going to try the ice cubes at night....after I wash my face (cause I REALLY need to start doing that!!!!! ahhhhhhhhhhhh!!)

mormonhermitmom said...

Wow! That's awesome! I don't have that particular skin problem, but I have others that are just as annoying.

Darcie said...

Thank you so much for sharing. Sometimes when we share a story that we feel embarrassed by at times we find that it may help someone in the same situation. I am sure by sharing yours...someone will be helped. Thanks!

Courtney said...

Great tips, I am always looking for ways to clear up my skin. I'm so sensitive to products, it's hard to find something that works. Your skin looks great though!!

2busy said...

Great tips! I've heard of taking zinc. I tried proactive for a while. It worked, but I think my skin became intolerant after a while. I started breaking out again after two years of use. I'm always on the lookout for something that works.

Eliza said...

Your skin looks gorg, darlin! Really, ice? Hmmm, I'll have to try that. I like to do alternating warm and cold water splashes a few times before I moisturize.

Lovin' your blog!

Just Another Mom of 2 said...

Thanks for sharing this information! That looks great! My skin has changed so much after each of my kids, I never know what to do with it anymore. Great post!

MsBabyPlan said...

Oh my my, the cleansen regime is great. I will try it out TONIGHT. I will also try the zinc supplement to calm down any future blemish. Great post!

~Melody @ 6 Feet Over~ said...

WOW! Your skin is amazing! I deal with breakouts on a very regular basis and I'm so tired of it. Let's just say I was VERY thankful for a photographer who does a great job with retouching when I had my photos taken a little while ago. I wish I lived near your friend...I'd give her a call for sure! I use mineral makeup and it does make a difference. I'll try the zinc!

~melody~

Heidi Walker said...

Zinc totally makes sense. It affects a persons skin quite a bit. Great post.

Marilyn (A Lot of Loves) said...

The after shot is really amazing. I took tetracycline when I was a teen but luckily I didn't have any of those yucky side-effects. My skin cleared up for me when I became an adult. Thank goodness.

Mrsblogalot said...

Wow! that looks like amazing results!!

You are so awesome for sharing the secret!!!!

Confessions From A Working Mom said...

The Zinc and ice cube are such interesting ideas! I've never heard of that, but I am going to get an ice cube out of the fridge right now. If I can have skin like yours (it GLOWS in all your pictures), then I'll try it!

~Elizabeth
Confessions From A Working Mom

Danielle said...

Wow. That is AMAZING. Your skin looks flawless now.

gaelikaa said...

It's great to share what youo've learnt. I had that skin problem too. Zinc cream gave me very good results.

Dropped in from SITS. Have a great day.

xoxoKrysten said...

Thanks for the tips. I've had acne since I was 12 and I'm now 26. Although it's not as bad as it used to be it's still embarrassing.

Christina Lee said...

Wow Crystal that IS amamzing! I have been blessed with decent skin--it's other areas I'm a complete mess in!

Angie Muresan said...

You have amazing skin, Crystal. Of course you are beautiful either way. I had no idea about the iodine in regular salt causing breakouts. Thanks for that tip!

By the way, I was reading my grandmother's dairy yesterday that she had written when she was a teen, and she exclaims over the horror of her doctor recommending that she dab her face with an urine soaked washcloth to dry her pimples up.

Deborah Ann said...

Thank you Crystal! I have rosacea, and pretty much gave up on finding any help. I'm going to try the zinc and the ice, and maybe give Sacred Skin a call. I had laser treatment, and that didn't help one bit, plus insurance didn't cover it. So glad I met you!

Heather said...

You skin looks fabulous!! Great tips, I am going to a dermatologist right now and next month she is doing a treatment to help with some scarring. Thanks for sharing your tips and what worked! Thanks for the sweet words on my blog, and I am following yours now too!! Hope you have a great day!

scrapwordsmom said...

Thanks for sharing this!! I'm gonna check on how you lost that weight. I need something. Thanks for stopping by the Words of Me Project. I'm now a follower of you, too.:)

www.thehusaileybunch.com said...

Thanks so much for the kind comment about my design biz launch! Your blog looks GREAT!

I'm gonna pass your face care tips on to a friend of mine who'll be VERY interested...thanks!

Tamanna A. Shaikh said...

Ohh Crystal, I'm surely going to try the acne product! So good of you to share! :) Thanks!

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Just stopping by to thank you for visiting me on my SITS day and leaving some blog love!

Blessings,
LMM

Tiffany said...

This is a great post! I'm not sure why but for the past year I have been having such problems with my skin! I feel like I've tried everything but you gave some great tips I haven't heard. Like the ice cube thing! Thank you.

Gabrielle @ i.craft said...

Wow, those skin care products look great!!!

Scha&Andi said...

hi my amazing sista. how you? i love you skin and all. your skin does look fabulous. i am going to have to look into those products. i found i became plateaued to my skincare regimen. and i am having breakouts all the time. must be the humitity as well.

Drea said...

Oh! I would have never guessed you had trouble skin! What an amazing difference.

I will completely look at your weight loss thing, as well. I love helpful posts!

Kristin said...

I never knew that about sea salt. What an amazing tip...and you look fabulous!

Crystal said...

Looks great! I agree, those internal cleanses really help. :)

Stopping by from SITS.

Crystal said...

Awesome. I'm almost 32 & have had acne since I hit puberty at age 10. It's SO annoying & like you, I think I've tried everything. Thanks for the post!!

carma said...

very interesting. I always have these tiny bumps on the side of my nose that I'd love to rid myself of...

Tonya said...

Your skin looks great! You have a wonderful blog. Thanks for finding me. I look forward to getting real knowledgable in the future.

Cranky Mommy said...

I followed you from SITS because of the blog post title, so I'm glad it didn't update properly.
I've never heard the things about iodine or zinc that you mention. My post today was about eye makeup and someone I know IRL asked me about foundation, thinking I didn't wear any - that was about the best thing I could hear. Although, I think she must be blind HAHA!

"And so our stories go..." said...

What a great post and good ideas. You look marvelous.
Mary

Lindsay Rudolph said...

Wow...that stuff really works well. Your skin looks fabulous!

Stoppin' by from SITS!

The Empress said...

That really did help. I'm going to use it with my 15 yr old son, who is going through such a phase of hating his skin.

Of course, Ithink he looks beautiful, but he only sees the acne.

We're going to try your steps. Thank you for this.

Mammatalk said...

Awesome tips. Got any for anti-aging??

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