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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.

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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.

Thanks for reading!

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