How Acne, A Concussion, and A Blog Changed My Life

After a long, painful and scarring fight with adult cystic acne, I finally figured out what was causing it and it was an item in my everyday life. Something I consumed every day without much thought as to what it was doing to me.

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How Bad Was It Really?

I have suffered from deep cystic adult acne my whole entire life. I have had antibiotics, retinoids, and painful chemicals put on my face–with little to no results.

The picture above shows the awful scarring that was left behind. At one point, my skin was so bad, as soon as a blemish would raise it would instantly scar and flake up making it impossible to cover up with makeup.

There were even days where I was so defeated by my breakouts I would call into work sick just to avoid people.

I have missed numerous events in my life because I couldn’t face people because my acne took away all my self-pride and confidence.

Why I Started My Blog

With the bad comes something good.

I felt defeated, but I wanted to showcase my knowledge of makeup product for acne sufferers. Lidsandtricks allowed me to network and communicate with others who were in a similar boat.

My readers helped me out too. I ended up leaving my job after sustaining a serious concussion (crossing something off my bucket list). I felt alone and useless but my blog community rallied and gave that encouragement back. This is when the focus went from just makeup to beauty and lifestyle as I learned to heal (and let my brain “reboot”).

I never thought it would lead to the success that it is today.

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The Cure

When I was learning to be healthy from my concussion I could see my skin getting better some days and going back to its normal freak out mode (not on hormonal cycle).

This was my first tip off it was something to do with my diet.

There’s that famous phrase “You are what you eat”, and for a good reason!

My boyfriend was in dead season and was VERY inspired by the Food Network. Thus, pizza making ensued (seriously, never ate so much god damn pizza in my life).

I could see my skin freaking out so I knew it was something related to the pizza. After research, I thought it was candida (acne caused by yeast).

However, as I was researching continued to research I came across a study about the rise of adult acne caused by gluten.

I took a leap of faith and went gluten free. A part of me wanted it to work and the other half wanted to fail so I could still enjoy the food.

Within 4 days, my skin had started to clear up. I was astounded.

Turns out the cause of my acne was something in my diet–gluten. There are different types of acne; some are caused by hormones and some are caused by digestion.

Since the abolishment of gluten from my diet, I have been acne free.

You are what you eat after all.

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16 thoughts on “How Acne, A Concussion, and A Blog Changed My Life

  1. mpaterik1941 says:

    Good Morning!
    I LOVED your article on acne and how you fought it and conquered it. I suffered from the hormonal type, but lo and behold when our first child Andrew was born, my acne disappeared!
    Thank you baby Andrew! You are a GREAT blogger!! Keep doing what you’re doing.

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  2. mymudlife says:

    It is crazy how gluten can mess with your body. For me, gluten messed with my stomach, my skin and made my anxiety and depression a million times worse. It wasn’t till I cut out gluten all together that I was able to start healing. Congrats on your accomplishment!

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  3. writeherewritenow639 says:

    This was really interesting to hear about the effect of gluten on your skin! I have had adult acne for years (it seems to finally be getting better these days, at the grand old age of 32, although I still have off days) and would often phone in sick at work or miss Uni lectures because I was having a bad skin day. I found changing my diet had a big impact, but I never thought about gluten specifically. Great post!

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    • amt07 says:

      Thank you. Its endearing to hear that people are in a similar situation. I can only hope that telling my experiences will help those who struggle.


  4. threadsofrosemary says:

    Loved your article. I’ve been struggling with adult acne for a while now and have also been on antibiotics etc.. I’m definitely going to try the gluten-free route to see if it works for me. I’d love to see what your favorite gluten-free recipes are.

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