The “DIRT” on conventional cosmetics and how I healed my acne and hormones without medication:
I’ve never loved my skin. It’s both oily and dry and prone to breakouts. For years, I was able to (sorta) manage my acne using harsh products like benzoyl peroxide, but it left my skin dull and flaky and just blah. However, these products were the only thing I knew that helped keep my acne under control, so I just went with it.
Fast forward to three years ago, when I discovered I was infertile due to too much stress on my body. Too much exercise, not enough food and rest. While I was in the process of regaining my fertility, I learned that environmental stressors (like toxins from conventional cosmetics) can have a HUGE impact on hormonal health, along with many other processes in the body. I’d never really given a second thought to what was in my makeup, face-wash or shampoo, so I started doing some digging.
I learned that women in the United States put an average of 168 chemicals on their bodies each day.
This study done by the Environmental Working Group tested 20 teens’ blood and urine to see what chemicals were actually ending up in their bodies and they found 16 hormone-altering chemicals, including parabens and phthalates. Another report found that the level of parabens and phthalates in the body skyrocketed after just three days of using conventional beauty products.
Turns out there’s a lot of “dirt” out there when it comes to cosmetic ingredients. Here I was, trying to balance my hormones and get pregnant…and I was unknowingly smothering endocrine-disrupting products on my skin every day.