I. Love. Bread.
Similar to Oprah, in all her glory on the Weight Watcher’s commercial, I have a huge affinity for bread. In my childhood, instead of the classic “sweet-tooth,” I had a “wheat-tooth”. I would chow down bread every morning, noon, and night (if dinner did not have bread on the menu, I was not a happy camper. Just ask my Mom). Dessert was usually toast with butter, cinnamon & sugar. I had a whole dish of butter all to myself, that I would use as my spread on my “bread and butter” sandwiches that were my daily snack. Bread was life, for me. Without it, food was nothing.
Little did I know as tiny Charlotte that my “wheat-tooth” would come back to bite me so many years later…
So, here’s the thing: I’m one of those unfortunate creatures upon whom was bestowed the fabulous Oily/Acne-Prone skin type. You dry-skinned folks have literally *nothing* on those of us acne-prone. What does acne-prone mean for me? It means that I have a high chance of diet sensitivities & hormone imbalances showing up through my skin.
Last year, Jessica and I decided to ditch the chemicals for good, and threw out every last bottle of acne treatment that had kept our skin sane for 10+ years. We knew that the journey ahead would be long and hard, but the fact that we were ditching every last carcinogen and endocrine disrupter in our skin care was utterly liberating, enough to fuel the switch.
A few weeks after the purge, I began to break out. Bad. I didn’t want to become “one of those people” who tries every Tom, Dick, and Harry “natural” acne solution out there… but I did. You guys, we spent WAY too much time and WAY too much money on all the different serums, creams, and lotions. Jess and I were desperate for a solution, and were willing to spend every last cent to get our skin back in order, naturally.
My Lightbulb Moment
So where does bread come into all of this? Well, of all the acne-related articles that I read, one thing mutually rang true: sugar, gluten and/or dairy sensitivities can cause acne. You guys, I was WAY too deep in my obsession with bread and all things wheat to give it up. So, I blinded and told myself over and over again that gluten had nothing to do with my acne.
After months of cream-testing, I decided to give up dairy for about 3 weeks. What did those painful, limiting 21 days give me? Nothing. At that point, I was fed up and ready for just about anything. I had crossed off everything on my list of possible solutions, except one. I gave in to my way out: giving up the gluten.
Against the Grain
Long-story short, I am not gluten free. As a matter of fact, I eat a different *kind* of gluten: ancient, weaker gluten. You see, my way out of acne was finding a replacement for the hybridized (though Organic) wheat that had satisfied me for so many years. I went straight to the source of all wheat: Einkorn.
Einkorn is the most ancient wheat on the planet. It has been utterly untouched by any hybridization or genetic modification, and is even more ancient than Spelt, Kamut, or other ancient wheats. Designed to nourish us, this grain is packed with all the nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and protein that we have been missing for too long in our everyday bread. I was tired out by months and months of trying, so I decided not to experiment with the many heirloom or ancient grains out there. Einkorn, the “root directory” of all wheat, had to be the sure-fire answer.
And friends, it was.
My Real Acne Solution
For the first time in months, I didn’t have a fresh break-out a few days after eating my first slice of Einkorn bread. It was incredible. And it only got better. As the weeks and months went on, instead of breaking out afresh, my skin actually began to heal. Although my skin-tone is pretty even at this point, most of the spots you see are scars that are still healing. Do I still get break-outs? Yes ma’am, BUT 1) they are NOT like they used to be (see pictures), and 2) they are all mostly hormone-related now (or, if I cheat and divulge in conventional wheat *ahem* #pizzafanatic) 😛
To be honest, it’s so sad and ridiculous that bread has become a source of so much pain and suffering for many (me included!). For heaven’s sake, Jesus called himself “the Bread of Life.” I don’t know about you, but to me, the fact that Jesus uses bread as a metaphor for the salvation we find through Him, tells me that we’re missing something in our so-called 21st century “bread.”
I don’t want this to be my research article on all the awful things that bread has become, and why it affected my and Jessica’s faces so bad. Those are topics that deserve their own future posts. Who wants a class on promoting healthy skin?? 😀
For now, I just want to share my story. To those of you who are on the fence about taking out the gluten, sugar, or dairy for the sake of your skin (and body): it works. Take the jump. Do it. And take comfort, because with a little research, you can find stunning alternatives that will actually nourish your body and bless your soul (like Einkorn!).
The Crazy part is…
Essential Oils didn’t cure my acne. Eliminating conventional gluten DID.
Now, essential oils were a crucial part to helping my skin look and feel healthy while I was detoxing from my past acne treatments & gluten intake. But, they were definitely not the “cure”.
This post is a lead-up to another one that Jess and I will be tackling soon all about why essential oils aren’t a “cure all.” Do they promote your body’s natural functions? Heck yeah! And they do an jaw-dropping amazing job at it too! But do they solve all the world’s problems? NO. Though we oil-fanatics like to say “there’s an oil for that!”, it doesn’t tell the whole story. Our bodies are incredibly complex, and need more than a “one size fits all” solution.
So, there’s my acne story. I will be getting into more details on Einkorn, face mapping, and all that fun stuff later on. So, if you’re interested and have a question for us about skin, acne, and all that jazz, comment below! We’d love to chat!
Where are all my fellow acne-prone skin peeps? What are your stories?
P.S- to all you skeptics out there: no, I am NOT wearing a lick of makeup (save mascara. A girl’s gotta haver her mascara 😉 ) or to a bit of touch-up to my face for the article. What you see is 100% Real Charlotte.
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