If you had asked me seven years ago, when I was training as a makeup artist, how do you get good skin? I would have responded with telling you ‘well through skincare of course’.
As a makeup artist, I mastered how to cover up acne, scars and rosacea. Everything I was doing was centered around treating skin from the outside.
Having suffered severe acne since I was 15 years old, I was obsessed with finding a solution. I tried topical lotions, drugs (twice I was put on roaccutane), skincare and makeup products designed to tackle acne. Nothing worked and my acne returned with a vengeance.
The numerous dermatologists I saw were not interested in diet. I consistently left the room with another prescription for drugs, a feeling of disappointment and no real explanation.
I tried everything. I would invest in the newest skincare products that was going to ‘rid you of blemishes’ or the newest foundations that would ‘guarantee’ a flawless and perfect complexion but nothing worked. I read publications, blogs, YouTube videos…anything and everything on the subject.
My journey with nutrition started because of my frustration of not being able to find an answer. I began to realise that diet and lifestyle had a massive impact on the function of skin, our largest living organ.
I never ate a ‘bad’ diet but I did consume foods and drinks that, unbeknown to me, were causing severe inflammation. I started to experiment and eliminate certain foods from my diet. The result? My skin drastically improved!
It was through this revelation that I decided to change my career and study a MSc in Nutrition. It has changed my life and given me the impetus to help others who are suffering with skin conditions.