How I *Finally* Got Clearer Skin

It’s about to get really honest in this post folks, and it’s one I’ve been wanting to share for a while. For all of the people out there struggling with skins issues, this post is for you. I’m taking you on a little journey on my issues with acne and how I finally found some peace. It wasn’t just a breakout or two for me  – it was painful, never-ending cystic acne that I dealt with for years. With summer pretty much here, I thought now would be the perfect time to write this post.

This is from someone who has tried everything – and I mean everything. From Differin, Duac, Proactiv, every over-the-counter and prescription gel, pill, cream you can think of  – and last but not least, the joy that is Accutane – I went through seemingly everything. Some medications worked for a few months; some made my skin problems worse with irritation. But nothing was ever consistent and I constantly felt defeated. While it may be hard to believe that I, a self-proclaimed camera hog, once hated taking pictures, it’s very true. I was so nervous before taking a photo or going out for the night because of my skin. This went on from grade school, to high school, college and even after graduation.

Which brings me to college – I pretty much destroyed my body in college. From horrible eating habits (pokey stix at 2am are a good idea in theory…), lack of exercise and the lifestyle I was living, my physical, mental and emotional well-being definitely reflected the health choices I was and was not making (that’s a story for another time). My skin went through so many ups and downs, and in turn, I did as well. I was self-conscious and embarrassed. I thought surely after I graduated college, things would improve with my skin. NOPE. It was still pretty darn awful. And I thought acne was supposed to stop after high school! As much as I am confident in my own skin, my acne held me back in many ways.

And now to the good, uplifting, hopeful section of the post – I finally found what worked for me. There are three things I attribute to finally getting the skin I desperately wanted for my whole life. Funny enough, and as many things as I experimented with, none of these solutions are super revolutionary or ground-breaking. But they made a world of difference for me!



I know, I know – none of these things are brand new information. But like I said, I’ve tried everything and it was this combination that finally worked for me. Just being able to go to the beach without feeling like I have to wear make-up is amazing. I may not have the most glowing, perfect skin, but I also never thought I could have the skin I have now. I still have a mild breakout here and there (thanks to stress and hormones), and some mild scarring, but nothing at all like I used to have. I’m also no dermatologist, and everyone’s skin is different and will react differently to products and other acne solutions, but hopefully some of the things mentioned above will help.

So for anyone who is still struggling with acne, there is still hope out there. It may take some trial and error, and I hope you’ll find your combination one day. Thanks for reading guys, and I sincerely hope this post can help at least one person!

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P.S. Don’t forget to wear your sunscreen! A #1 tip, especially for these summer months 🙂

28 responses to “How I *Finally* Got Clearer Skin”

  1. Sarah Althouse Avatar

    Cutting out dairy (and cutting back on sugar) saved my skin too!

    1. Camille Avatar

      That’s awesome!! It’s amazing how diet changes can really impact your skin in a positive way.

  2. Candice Avatar

    I haven’t’ tried the other 2 things (I LOVE cheese) but I have noticed that water makes a huge difference!! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Camille Avatar

      Thank you for your comment! <3 Cutting out the dairy was tough, I can't lie!

  3. Jessica Wagner Avatar

    Love that photo! I can feel the happy! Also, great tips! I notice when I am drinking my fluids and watching my sugar intake my skin is so much better! It seems simple, but it’s to always easy to manage! You look great! XO

    1. Camille Avatar

      Thank you so much Jessica! <3 You're right, it's those simple changes that make the biggest differences.

  4. Katherine Avatar

    I had cystic acne for like 4 months in college, and it was SO bad! Luckily, I cleared it up but ever since then, I’ve def struggled with texture-y skin and clogged pores. Weirdly enough, no Lush products worked for my acne back then! I love Lush, so I wanted them to work really badly.

    How tough is it to cut out dairy? I’ve read a lot about how it inflames your body, so I want to try letting it go.


    1. Camille Avatar

      Thank you for sharing Katherine! I can totally relate, it’s a struggle. I’m sorry to hear Lush products didn’t work out well 🙁 that’s a bummer, especially when you have high hopes for a product!

      It was definitely a bit tough to cut back on the dairy, but once I started to notice the difference in my skin/body, it was all worth it. I still indulge in cheese and ice cream every once in a while 😉 but much less than I did before. Cut back little by little, and see how your body reacts! I hope this helps xoxo

  5. Lauren Avatar

    Exactly the post I needed today. I’m going to have to try that lush mask! Thank you.

    1. Camille Avatar

      Let me know how it works out for you Lauren! <3

  6. Sonyo Estavillo Avatar

    So great that you have clear skin now. I definitely enjoy trying new things. I am now taking collagen supplements and they seem to be making my hair longer. I am waiting to see if it does anything for my skin. I think it takes time with certain things, I’ve learned there isn’t an immediate result usually.

    1. Camille Avatar

      Oooo let me know how that turns out! And you’re so right, these things do take time!

  7. Anna Avatar

    Lush Herbalism Skin Cleanser – one of my fav products.
    But now I only wash my face with water, and the skin is perfect.
    Still so in love with all the Lush products <3

    1. Camille Avatar

      YES, gotta love Lush!

  8. Chloe Avatar

    Ahhhh! noo! i love dairy products! So happy that your skin cleared up. I definitely need to watch what I eat for clearer skin. 🙁

    xo, Chloe //

    1. Camille Avatar

      I know, it’s a bummer :/ It’s amazing how diet affects the skin!

  9. Davi @ Homegrown Simplicity Avatar

    Yes! My diet has such a big effect on my skin! I’ve also struggled with acne, even in my late 20’s. Recently I started using almond oil to clean my skin. I was super nervous that it would cause my skin to break out (I mean, its OIL)- but my skin has never been clearer. I love Lush, so i need to try that product!

    1. Camille Avatar

      I’ve never tried almond oil! That’s really interesting. If you’ve had a great experience with it, I think I’ll have to test it out, thanks for sharing!

  10. Amy Blake Avatar

    Thank you for sharing this post, I struggle myself with adult acne and I love hearing what others are doing to help get clear skin.

    1. Camille Avatar

      Thanks for reading Amy, I hope this helps! <3

  11. amh2006 Avatar

    Ooh I love Lush! I’ll have to try that cleanser!

    1. Camille Avatar

      It’s the best!

  12. myleonelyplanet Avatar

    How much water do you drink? I’ve read that the recommended daily amount for women is 2l/day, but if you’re having skin issues, should you drink more than this? I’ve upped my water intake to 2l a day, and have cut out dairy but still struggling with the scars.

    1. Camille Avatar

      Hey Leona! I have a 16 oz water bottle I try to refill and drink out of 7-8 times a day to help keep my skin clear. I’m not too sure how much water helps with clearing scars though :/ I feel your pain! I moisturize and wear sunscreen on my face every day to help with that. I’ve been looking into a professional procedure as well to help with scars. I hope this helps! <3

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