Firstly, I totally understand you! As a blogger myself, of course I always want to look picture perfect :) But the reality is, in my case however, the food I eat and the environment which I'm in, sway my skin's health and appearance. If I take care of my body, eat clean, juice regularly, exercise, live stress free etc my skin is clear and radiant. But if ever I'm overly stressed, eat poorly, (dairy, wheat, meat, sugars etc) my skin goes crazy. Also, breakouts around the mouth and chin, are normally caused by hormonal imbalances.
Something however which is often over looked is the "detox" phase which sometimes happen if we suddenly start cleansing the body (daily green juices etc), or introduce a new healthy powerful detox ingredient into our diet. When this happens, the body starts eliminating toxins which have been built up in the body, and one of the ways we eliminate toxins is through our skin (sweat, oil etc...). And the skin on our face is unfortunately no exception!
This happened to me a few weeks ago (when I bought a juicer here in Dubai and began juicing regularly again), I started getting these "under the skin" blemishes on my forehead, especially around my temples - where I never broke out usually. I did some research and found it could be a symptom of my body detoxing. Thankfully about a week later, my skin started clearing up and now feels so good.
My experience with dermatologists
I've been to about 6 different dermatologists in my life, as I've had problems with my skin since my teens. I've been prescribed medicines and lotions and face cleansers, but finally after so many years, I'm finally realizing that the body can heal itself and find it's natural balance, if we provide it with the right nutrients and vitamins - and avoid foods which cause stress and discomfort to our bodies (as well as using organic chemical free beauty products). Problems we have with our bodies, are signs that something internally is not functioning correctly.
The saddest thing about all the dermatologists I saw, was that no one asked about nutrition, but simply wrote out prescriptions for different drugs and creams which are in reality very toxic to our bodies, especially our liver. I by no means think doctors are "bad", but I think before taking medicines, it's best to be aware of what WE could do first to heal ourselves.
The point I'm trying to make is, go natural and stick with it and your skin will find it's balance if you provide it with the correct tools (nutrition, vitamins, minerals etc...). I admire the raw food community and I hope to one day be able to practice this lifestyle.
Excuse the length of this post, but hopefully it might help a few people - if not at least one :) And just for disclaimer purposes, I am not a doctor - just sharing my experiences and the research I've found with you. As always I want to provide small bits of information with hopes of it inspiring you to do your own research - the things we can learn and discover are so interesting and powerful!
I hope everyone's having a good evening! XOXO