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Acne-Prone Skin: Foods, Supplements, and Stress

Let me start by saying that my skin is looking better than it has in months – super YAY for that! And for the last week or so, I’ve used ONLY translucent powder for oil control…no powder foundation at all! It’s been at least six months since I’ve been able to do that, and let me tell you, I am SO EXCITED! Sure, I still have some hyperpigmentation, but it’s healing. And I haven’t had any new breakouts. Hallelujah!

Honestly, it’s hard to say exactly what’s helped my skin in improve over the last few months, but I wanted to share with you what I’ve changed or incorporated that may be helping. Acne-prone skin is a finicky thing, and as someone who has been dealing with this for years and years, I know we all just want a solution of some sort. So, I’m hoping that between my acne-prone skincare routine and what I’m sharing here today, that maybe you find a few products or items that will also help you. I know I’ve tried endless products to find a solution, and I also know that the items that seem to help are ever-changing. But there is always hope!

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Here are a few things I’ve been doing differently-

Monthly Facials

I’ve been getting monthly facials since December, and I’ve noticed an improvement in my skin’s texture and overall complexion – my face is smooth and my skin is noticeably brighter. My first facial was with glycolic acid, and I certainly peeled quite a lot. The last two that I’ve had done were with salicylic acid – I peeled very little the first time and not at all the second time. Oh, and I broke out about a week after the first and second facial, but not with the third – also indicating that my skin is improving! With such good results, I’ll continue doing facials as long as I see an improvement.

Eliminating Foods I’m Allergic To

I learned a few months ago about several food allergies that I have, and I’ve struggled quite a bit to eliminate a few of them. I’m mildly allergic to almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts, spinach, tomatoes, and milk. I cut out the nuts immediately and haven’t eaten any of the ones I’m allergic to since October when I found out. I also cut out spinach, but absentmindedly ate it maybe 2-3 times since then. I’ve struggled to eliminate tomatoes and cheese, which seems to be everywhere – mainly on pizza, lol! I’ve done better the last month or so, which is good. And I don’t consume any other dairy besides 2 tablespoons of half & half in my morning coffee. I do think cheese contributes to my breakouts, so I am trying to be mindful. I’m just not someone who likes to restrict what I eat – especially foods I love. So, the struggle is real.

Eating Healthier

I have a smoothie for breakfast every day, and I pack it full of all sorts of good-for-you foods. And I’ve been trying to eat a more nutritious and mindful lunch – usually a grain + kale bowl with veggies, beans, another protein of some sort, and some healthy fats, like olives or avocado. I try to make it as wholesome as possible. To be honest, my dinners are still lacking, mainly because my evenings after work are short and jam-packed. But I’m trying to be more aware and find solutions. I’m pretty positive that some of the foods and supplements I’ve been incorporating have helped my skin as well.

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So, let’s dive into that more – the foods and supplements.

Fish Oil Supplement + Daily Vitamin

I started taking a daily fish oil supplement back in December, and I feel fairly confident that it’s helped improve my skin. I definitely researched it a bit online before I began taking it, but I try not to get too lost in what I find online, and instead, just do what feels right for me. So far, so good. As for my daily vitamin, I’ve been doing this for several years now – the only difference is that I now take a vitamin that includes 100% of all B-vitamins, which I’ve found to be important for my skin.

Collagen Powder + Peptides

The items I use obviously contain protein, but they aren’t protein powder in the typical sense. I’m not actually a fan of protein powders – I’ve tried them, and they are way too sweet and overly filling. I’m also fairly positive they contributed to my breakouts. So, what I use now is more so for skin and hair. My go-to that seems to work well is Wild Alaskan Salmon Bone Broth Collagen Powder. I add a scoop to my smoothies and to my grains when I cook them. The other option I like is Vital Proteins Marine Collagen – it’s just a little more expensive overall.

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Nutritional Yeast

I add this to smoothies and to grains when I make them, as it adds vitamins, minerals, and protein. You can find it in the spice aisle and a container lasts a fair amount of time. What I like about this simple addition is that it’s packed full of B-vitamins (specifically B12) and is also a complete protein – as a pescatarian, these things are important. And the B-vitamins are important for helping balance hormones, which for me, seems to be key when it comes to my acne-prone skin.

Hemp Hearts

These are another great addition to smoothies and as a salad topper, or even on scrambled eggs. They are a great source of essential fatty acids (both Omega 3 and 6) and aid in balancing hormones. You can find these in the health food aisle, or at Aldi (for now) – yay!

Maca Powder

To me, this has a slightly sweet taste, and is also great in smoothies. This powder is great for some added protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals – specifically, vitamin C, copper, and iron. And again, can help balance hormones.

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And now for some stress management go-tos that are just as important for good skin and health as the topical products we use and the foods we eat.

Yoga + Meditation

No surprise here, right? I love taking anywhere from a few minutes to 30 or so minutes per night to wind down, relax, and let it all go. Yoga With Adriene on YouTube is my go-to. She has several 30-day challenges on her channel that are perfect for kick-starting a home yoga practice for stress management. She also has playlists with a video for each day of the month – I did February’s playlist and now I’m working on March. Honestly, since doing yoga on the daily, I have felt SO MUCH better overall. I find that yoga really does help keep my stress-level in check.

I’ve done meditations here and there over the last few years, but just recently made it a nightly habit about 2 months ago. I’m currently using the Simple Habit app, but there are plenty of options out there to choose from. There is an awesome yoga nidra for sleep meditation on Do Yoga With Me that is great just before bed. For me, meditation is a good way to focus the mind and let go of any negative thoughts or feelings. Love this habit and am looking forward to increasing my meditation time.


So important! Just recently I began focusing on trying to get more sleep each night. I prefer 7-8 hours, but I surely wasn’t getting anywhere near that. It’s been a bit of struggle, no lie, but I’ve been doing pretty well getting 6-7 hours or a bit more per night, per my FitBit App. I try my best to lay down between 9-9:30pm, and I wake-up anywhere from 4:30-5:15 – really just depends. All I know is that I feel a heck of a lot better after getting a good night’s rest.

Working Out

My favorite!! I’m currently working out 5 days per week, first thing in the morning, and it’s amazing! Working out is my absolute go-to for stress management, and the best way to start my days. I’ll just go ahead and refer you to my previous Fitness Inspiration post for this one. 😊

Okay, so here you have it! These are all the things I’ve incorporated, changed, or kept up with over the last few months that have made a difference for my skin. I think it’s easy to forget that this all works together – skincare routines, the foods we eat, and how we take care of our mind and body. They are all equally important and necessary for overall health.

Again, I’m not suggesting that what works for me will automatically work for you. We are all different! These are just things that work for me right now, so I wanted to share with you. Maybe you try a few of these things and see what you like and begin creating some new habits and incorporating some new foods.

You’ll notice that I mentioned a few of the foods are for balancing hormones. I really do think my acne is hormonal, as I did quite well when I was on birth control – it’s just not something I’m currently interested in taking again. Plus, I’d much rather find the root cause and treat that, instead of just temporary fix after temporary fix.

So, here’s to balanced hormones and good skin! 😊

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