I didn’t grow up in the era of the ever-present smartphone camera. In fact, when I was growing up, there were no smartphones at all.
My entire family shared one blocky six-pound cell phone – and when we got that, I was in high school.
It never occurred to me to take a “before” photo when my skin issues would flare up, because I never knew that one day I’d find myself with an “after.”
As a kid, I dealt with eczema.
Throughout high school, I had “chicken skin” on the backs of my arms.
Later in high school, my skin flared up and I asked the dermatologist to put me on Accutane. He didn’t, but he did send me home with creams and ointments galore.
In college, my skin was so odd – with small, hard bumps, flakes and constant oil over seemingly dry patches that, frustratingly, only seemed to go away when I went to see the dermatologist. To prove to the dermatologist that my skin was a wreck, I had my friend take a photo (with a disposable camera, of course) so I could show the doc what I was dealing with.
Then, long after college, I discovered the way of eating, digestive healing, and topical care that I discuss in the Purely Primal Skincare Guide. I finally had the good sense to take a “Before,” although I must admit – I never thought it would see the light of day. I just wanted it for my own reference.
At the time, I was dealing with some truly gnarly neck and jaw-level pustules, as well as hard, stubborn closed bumps. I’ve tried to zoom in so they’re visible. They hurt. They required stage makeup to cover. And I’d had enough.
From “before” to “after” is a progression of dedicated nutritional support, digestive healing and smart, non-toxic topical care. In the process, I also saw my hair, nails, teeth, dry skin, and menstrual cramps improve dramatically. These changes fueled my own journey as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and inspired me to write the Purely Primal Skincare Guide.
As I search through old photos looking for good (non-embarrassing!) examples of my “before” to share, I can’t help but be grateful for this journey. The only thing more rewarding than healing my skin from the inside out has been helping others do the same.
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