For years, I took my clear skin for granted. I never wore concealer and rarely wasted time examining my pores. I assumed I was blessed with a great complexion until one fateful day four years ago when I stopped taking my birth control pill.
Within weeks, my face was covered with zits. And not just tiny red dots, easily disguised by makeup. Oh no. These were painful, epic cysts. They covered my chin, cheeks, and forehead.
I spent hours in front of the mirror, obsessively thinking about ways to heal my skin and quite a few nights crying because I felt too self-conscious to go out and be social. I never understood how emotionally challenging adult acne was until I experienced it for myself.
Feeling desperate, I tried countless topical treatments, from harsh washes to holistic oil cleansing, with little improvement. Once I realized that the underlying cause of my breakouts was a hormonal imbalance and began to treat it as such, my skin cleared within a few months.
Healing hormonal acne is an inside-out job. Eating a nutrient-dense, balanced diet with an emphasis on healthy fats, protein, and antioxidants was essential to balancing my hormones and clearing my skin.
Here are five foods that helped me to clear up my hormonal breakouts for good: