Acne Skin Gets Results: Before and After from Customer Tammy December 05 2017 1 Comment
We received this e-mail feedback—along with before and after photos!—from our faithful customer Tammy. We are sharing it here in hope that Tammy’s example will help others who struggle with persistent acne and hyperpigmentation and want to address these issues with natural, nonirritant ingredients and herbs. Tammy initially contacted us in June and July 2017 with her before photos and her skin dilemmas, and this report and the after photos came to us in October. Her initial concerns were painful “hormonal” acne breakouts on her forehead, chin, and cheeks; brown spots; and some facial redness, especially around the breakouts.
Ava recommended that she try samples of a few products in order to decide which products suit and benefit her skin best. Among the initial samples were Green Leaves & Co. Facial Oil, Carrot-a-Day Serum, and Blackstrap Molasses Face Mask, but over time Tammy also tried Cistus and Moonlight Mist, Ferns and Moss Face Serum, Amazing Basic Moisturizer, Nap in the Meadow Face Serum, Selene Facial Steam, and a few other products.
Ava also recommended a 5-day herbal liver cleanse (for customers who are not pregnant and show signs of liver congestion based on a Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis system), which Tammy did twice over the course of 4 months. This is the liver cleanse that Ava uses herself and recommends to her private clients and inquiring customers (no affiliation whatsoever):
In addition, Tammy was very interested in having a custom flower essence blend created for her to address her acne concerns and her unhappiness with her skin. Ava created a blend that focused on detoxifying the liver and kidneys, strengthening the digestive system, aiding with nutrient absorption and healthy elimination, reducing facial inflammation (toxicity heat according to Traditional Chinese Medicine), and emotionally helping Tammy to become content and comfortable about her physical appearance. Tammy’s flower essence blend consisted of yellow Echinacea, teasel, and red pansy. She took only one 0.5 fl oz bottle for about a month, taking a few drops at a time, 2 to 3 times a day.
Below are excerpts from Tammy’s e-mail updates and from her review of the flower essence blend:
It has been a while since I wrote to you and I feel like it is a great time to let you know how my skin is doing with your amazing products. I started to use your products back in June 2017. It has been roughly 4 months since I began using your products, and I must say my skin has never felt and looked so calm and plumped. I still do break out from time to time, but my overall skin health is like I have never seen before. My facial coloring has improved a lot, which I did not notice until I looked at the before and after pictures.
I thought I was moisturizing my face and drinking enough water, until I met Nap in the Meadow. This product alone has really changed my skin. It helps bring the hydration into my skin, and not only the first layer, but deep within the epidermis layers. There was a period where I stopped using Nap in the Meadow for about 2 weeks because I was going out of town and did not want to risk tampering with the product. When I got back home, I noticed how dehydrated my skin was. I started using Nap again, and the hydration came back within a week. I honestly love the way it makes my skin feel and look! Sometimes when I have an active breakout, I use a little more and concentrate on the breakout area (I use it as a spot treatment). The next day, I see the inflammation has gone down significantly. I can see why this is product is a favorite among a lot of people. I am for sure one of them and will continue to have it in my collection and use it after my cleanser.
I am also a big fan of the Ferns and Moss Serum. I know it is very repairing, healing, and also one of your favorite products. Since I started using it, I have seen my skin look and feel so much healthier and stronger from this product.
The Selene face steam is a definite treat for my skin. I never though a face steam would make any difference, but now I do believe that a face steam at least once a week is necessary for my skin. With the Selene face steam I see immediate hydration and plumpness. My skin looks very radiant, my acne is not gone but stays calm and appears less inflamed, plus the results stay for days after!
l enjoy the Ruby Oil as well. It is my go-to for daytime oil and even sometimes for nighttime. It is the perfect amount of moisture for my skin and always makes my skin happy whenever I apply it. Plus, I do love the scent. At first it smelled very much like celery to me, but the longer I used it, the more it smells like sweet guava and passionfruit. Do you pick up different scents the longer you use it?
Last but not least, Farizad's Veil! Since getting it, I have not stopped using it. It is the perfect ultimate "no makeup" product. It gives this beautiful soft "veil" on your skin, evening out and blurring the skin. I do not use makeup at all, I use the Farizad's Veil.
I apologize for this extremely long email, I am just very passionate about your products. I am truly impressed with the results and just wanted to share them with you.
About the liver cleanse, so far I have done it twice in the last four months, and I find that the cleanse helps with my skin a lot (overall health as well). I cannot thank you enough for helping me get through this tough time battling with my acne. It is a huge confidence boost for me and I love that you are so helpful. Thank you Ava!
Once again thank you again Ava for helping me, and a big thank for reading through this long email! Overall, even though my skin is not 100% clear and acne free, it is in better condition (healthier) because I am feeding/nourishing my skin with great ingredients from your line.
I feel so great about my skin, despite the fact I still do get acne.
The flower essence blend itself helped maintain my skin health. I noticed that after I finished the bottle, my skin stayed pretty much clear and healthy. I will get one or two occasional breakouts, but not as bad as before (I want to say back in May and June my skin had a new breakout every night). The custom blend was very beneficial and I definitely enjoyed it!
I know the custom blend was for skin and beauty health, but I also found it to help with my self-esteem, giving me a "good feeling" when I took it. I was immediately accepting of myself and not so worried about my skin and image. I continued to feel like this until I finished the bottle. I have been taking it for a month, either by mouth or in water, and I love the feeling/deep connection I get when I take it. I can't describe the energy I get, but if you have taken an essence, I am pretty sure you will know I mean. I found that there were some days I would take it 3 to 4 times and other days when I only reached for it once. Follow your instinct, which is very important since it is a way your body is telling you what it needs. I know for a fact that I cannot be without this essence and would love to start branching out to more of the essences Ava offers! Thank you Ava, I honestly cannot thank you enough!!
An explanation from Ava
Teasel and yellow echinacea increase self-confidence, self-assurance, and resilience, and make it easier for the person to resist strong personalities, pressure from others, and bullies. I have found that benefits from flower essences are permanent if one takes them properly (prescribed blends and full cycles of them). The red pansy essence was for inflammation and some viral microbe residues in your system. I hope your immunity is stronger after that blend. I checked my notes and I also noticed that your forehead cleared and you have very little inflammation anymore, if any.
Tammy asked what her next steps should be to further reduce acne incidences and correct her remaining hyperpigmentation, as well as what her next step could be with flower essences.
Ava suggested ordering the herbal formula for removing dampness from the liver, Yu Dai Wan:
It is a highly effective formula for the so-called liver type of acne. You take the teapills with warm water, 8 teapills three times a day between meals (or after meals if that is more convenient). Take the pills 6 days a week, then take one day off. If the first bottle does not clear up the acne, then order another one or two. After the acne has cleared and does not recur often (it is more likely to recur in the second part of the menstrual cycle), you could keep one bottle on hand and return to the formula for several days at a time on an as-needed basis.
Ava also recommend nettle and dandelion teas for Tammy to drink regularly. Burdock (an incredible blood cleanser) would also be amazing, but it is harder to brew (you buy the dry herb in bulk and boil it for 30 minutes, a tiny amount at a time). These three herbs support organ detoxification on an ongoing basis and are gentle and easy to drink daily. Nettle is also very rich in essential minerals.
Tammy also wanted more suggestions of products to keep working on hyperpigmentation, so Ava suggested that she keep using Nap in the Meadow daily or twice daily and also consider Carrot-a-Day Serum (Classic or Sensitive), Catharsis, and Ferns and Moss Serum.
As far as the next flower essence blend, Tammy decided she next wants to focus further on her emotional wellbeing, particularly her self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-acceptance. Ava and Tammy will be working on a new custom blend soon.