skin care is vulnerable.
In my mid 20’s, I developed cystic acne. Despite years of ingredient research and helping clients in the treatment room, I could not figure out how to heal my own skin. In a society that places a lot of value in our physical appearance, imperfect skin can change the way we present ourselves to the world. I visited doctors, dermatologists, acne specialists & naturopaths. I tried supplements, topical products, and even prescription acne medication - but nothing worked.
I spent two years dreading looking in the mirror, crying at my reflection, and having my acne occupy the majority of my thoughts. I avoided socializing when I could, and when I couldn’t, I was shy and quiet - afraid to draw attention to myself. I looked in the mirror and felt helpless, ashamed, and angry. My skin was my enemy and every blemish felt like a punishment.
My acne was controlling my life, and I was exhausted.
One day, I realized that every specialist I visited and every treatment I was given had focused on the symptom - acne - and not the underlying cause itself, a hormonal imbalance in my body. Not once had I been asked about my diet, nutritional intake, or overall lifestyle, despite the clear link between gut and skin health. Even in esthetics school, I wasn't taught about how nutrition can directly cause (and heal) skin conditions.
There was a gap in the industry - one that had failed me, and likely many others.
I began months of research, and months more of integrating my findings into my own life. I realized it wasn't as simple as "avoid sugar & get enough sleep" - as it turned out, I had a lot of room for improvement in my lifestyle and even thought patterns. When I started making these changes, I finally started to see results - and not just in my skin, but my mindset as well. I could look in the mirror and see me - not just my acne. My skin was no longer my enemy and a new blemish wasn’t a punishment - it was an opportunity to get to know what my body needed.
I’ve experienced every step of the skin care journey. I’ve had years where I loved looking in the mirror, followed by years where I dreaded it. I’ve been grateful, happy, sad, frustrated, angry, and ashamed. The journey is hard. It can feel stagnant, challenging, frustrating and transformative, but it can also feel incredibly lonely. To those that dread looking in their mirror because of acne, those that wear long sleeves year-round to hide their eczema, those that are afraid to go makeup-free because of uneven skin tone - I see you. I’ve been in your shoes, and I know what it’s like to feel ashamed to show up as your true, raw, unfiltered self. To those with more hidden concerns or who want to grow holistically through skin health - I’m with you too.
Today, my skin isn’t perfect, but after years of working with clients of all demographics I can confidently say: Perfect skin is a myth. With seasons, age, diet and stress ... your body is constantly changing, as are its needs. A healthy, radiant complexion doesn’t happen overnight- it takes consistency, patience, and forgiveness - because nobody is perfect. Our skin doesn’t define us, but I know firsthand how it can impact how we feel, and how “bad skin” can radically alter our view of ourselves, strip us of our confidence, and make us feel unworthy and not beautiful. I healed my skin and you can, too - you deserve to love your skin.
I offer the education, insight, support, and accountability that I wish I had.
I can't wait to help you discover your power, beauty & strength, wherever your life - or skin - takes you.