I started drinking fresh ginger root tea in September of 2015. It was upon recommendation of my aunt who I went to visit in New York. I had some food that upset my stomach & she prepared some ginger tea. Ginger is not my favourite, nor do I like it in tea. Ginger is a common ingredient in Indian Chai so I know its not something I like because I’ve tried it before. I decided to drink it & I knew it would help with an upset stomach. The next morning she prepared it for me again & since I knew I had a long day ahead I drank it. I usually always have a cup of tea before bed at night so again I had ginger tea. My aunt, bless her heart, keep grating the ginger for the tea & over the next few days I kept drinking it. Two and a half days later, my skin exploded. All my cystic bumps came to the surface. By the next day, my skin wasn’t as red, itchy & painful as it usually is. Within a week of this tea, day & night, my skin was clearing up. I literally had not seen it that clear for more than 14 months.
Preparation for tea: grate some fresh ginger into a pot with water & a tea bag or loose tea & bring to a boil. Add milk & sweetener if desired. Bring to a boil again. Strain out the ginger & tea bag/loose tea & drink.
Another part of my management system is zinc supplements. Zinc promotes healthy skin by carrying vitamin A to your skin and by regulating your body’s hormonal balance. Vitamin A is necessary in skin cell turnover. According to some studies done, zinc promotes a cell death that should occur naturally in skin called apoptosis. The drug isotertinoin (market name: Accutane or Roaccutance) , also promotes this and is what helps sufferers of acne to overcome it. I don’t know about anyone else but I rather supplement zinc in my body than resort to isotretinoin which is known to cause harmful side effects & takes many weeks to work on acne.
And lastly, I have my acne under control by my diet. No, not going vegan and not depriving myself either. I crave sweets a lot & I love carbs & dairy. Milk is my most favourite beverage. I grew up having a full glass of milk every single morning & I crave milk everyday. Dairy, caffeine, sugar & carbs are some of the worst things you can put into your body in general but even more so if you suffer with acne. I have found that depriving myself cold turkey of all of these makes me moody & miserable. For me, it makes sense to curb my consumption habits by not being so hard on myself. If I absolutely crave sweet & dairy one day, I allow myself to have it. This actually helps a lot. I don’t feel deprived and as a result I have less of the things I shouldn’t have than if I were to cut myself off completely. I will admit that I do have milk in my tea everyday, but a very small amount & it doesn’t seem to interfere with my system. As far as regular food goes, I don’t go overboard on fast food nor do I eat red meat. I eat a lot of fish which is high in zinc & omega 3 fatty acids which helps with acne as well. A well balanced diet & curbing sugar cravings is the way to go. Everyone is different though. This is what works for me & hopefully you have found it helpful.
These two things were a game changer for my acne; GINGER & ZINC
Also note: Diet changes & consumption habit changes
St. Ive’s Green Tea Gel Cleanser OR
The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Wash
Stridex Touch Pads (BHA – 2% Salicylic Acid)
Simple Light Moisturizer – daytime
Simple Rich Moisturizer + Virgin Organic Coconut Oil – night-time