Elisa and happy skin
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I have started this blog as a way of sharing my passion for healthy cooking and for sharing my struggle with hormonal acne, which unfortunately it can be extremely common amongst women of my age (25-35). About 7 years ago I moved to London from Italy and at the same time I also stopped taking the contraceptive pill. After 6 months of living in London my skin started to breakout like never before.
I never had acne or spots, not even when I was a teenager and my skin has always been pretty flawless, never requiring any particular attention or maintainance. This sudden change really threw me off and as many people would probably have done, I went straight to a dermatologist, thinking they will give me a cream or something that will make them go away. My breakouts were mostly on my chin and jaw area and they were almost like a cyst, they were red and angry and were definitely affecting my self confidence and overall happiness. The dermatologist suggested that I went back on the pill as it would help regulate my hormones and make my acne disappear, as it was probably due to some sort of hormonal imbalance. At the time I didn’t think twice about it. If the pill guaranteed that those horrible spots would go away, I was definitely up for it! As the dermatologist thought, it worked brilliantly and after only a month my skin was perfectly clear and spot free.
After about a year of being on the pill again I started thinking, could I possibly take it forever? The answer was obviously no, so I decided to take the leap and stop taking it, thinking maybe the spots were gone for good. How wrong I was! After just a month my acne came back, those nasty red pimples were there on my chin again, probably laughing at my naive hope of clear skin.
On that occasion I decided to take the “official medicine” route again and went to visit two different dermatologists. Both of them prescribed me two different type of antibiotics which both failed miserably, leaving me with the added stress of gut and digestion issues. I remembered feeling completely deflated and hopeless, but I am definitely too stubborn to give up on anything. I decided to do my own research and try to find my own cure for my hormonal acne. I went online and I started to learn how food can have a massive effect on how our skin looks.I know this might sound really obvious but at the time I had no idea how certain foods can be potent triggers for acne, spots or breakouts. All I knew was that chocolate is bad for you, that was as far as my nutrition knowledge would go!
From the information I gathered online I started to cut out certain foods that have been proven to make acne worse like dairy, sugar and red meat. I have never been a junk food eater and fizzy drinks lover but oh boy how much I loved my full fat creamy cappuccino in the morning or my super cheesy pizza – after all I am Italian! Desperate to see an improvement in my skin I gradually transitioned to a mostly plant based diet and that has proven to be the best choice I have ever made for my skin and for my overall health. It wasn’t easy and it didn’t happen overnight as I always been a serious food lover. I decided that I would still have tasty food but with a “skin friendly” spin. I got seriously inspired by so many amazing food bloggers out there and taught myself how to cook delicious, healthy and full of goodness meals which my skin will thank me for.
My skin is still not perfect and maybe it will never be, but that’s ok! Part of my journey was and still is to accept myself and my skin for what it is, without always thinking it has to perfect all the times.The aim for this blog is to share all I have learnt in the past 3 years about food, nutrition, exercise and healthy lifestyle which has helped improved my skin and hopefully will help you too!