My skin issues started when I was around 14, when puberty hit and all those other terrible, embarrassing problems come along, too.

From there-on my once clear, creamy complexion became a thing of the past.

A few small spots quickly escalated to bigger, bumpy pimples and before I knew it acne covered the majority of my face and concealers and foundations became my best friends.

By 16, my skin was so bad that it was in a constant state of redness and I always had pimples covering my cheeks and forehead. They just wouldn’t budge.

As most teens do and end up regretting, I was so disgusted by my pimples and desperate to get rid of them I spent hours squeezing them over and over, trying to get rid of any pus to make them clear up and go away.

As I learnt the hard way, this only made matters worse and eventuated in my skin being even more red and inflamed, and the bumps even more prominent.

Although I’d layer on make-up so thick it probably needed a scraper from my dad’s toolbox to get it off my face, I could still see all the lumpy and unsightly blemishes poking through – and it really started to affect me.

Already struggling to deal with all the hormones, emotions and changes that come with those troubling teenage years, my bad skin has also made me become so self-conscious, frustrated and withdrawn. Most the time I was embarrassed to show my face in public and all I could ever think when I did was that people were staring at my pimples, and disgusted by them.

I scoured the shelves and tried every cream, wash and scrub possible but unfortunately nothing was effective.

So then I saw a skin specialist, who recommended going on the contraceptive pill as it’d been proven to successfully clear up skin.

After a couple months it became evident that also wasn’t working. Sure now and then a pimple would clear, yet another always emerged straight after.

Daily life was tough so when one day, aged 17, my parents announced they were taking us on a family vacay to Italy I was ecstatic.

But throughout those amazing weeks of sightseeing, relaxing, and indulging in the wonderful Italian cuisine, all the delicious pizzas and gelatos caught up with me.

I’d piled on a few kilos and started to feel worse about my body and self image more than ever.

Keen to get back in shape, I searched the internet for inspiration and saw some amazing transformation results of girls who had followed Kayla Itsines’ workout and eating plan – so I decided to give it a go.

Then I came across lots of amazing info and reviews for Jess Sepel, so I also incorporated her healthy living an eating tips into my new routine.

As well as doing three resistant training sessions per week, I overhauled my diet and started on a healthy eating plan full of protein-rich foods and lots of fresh fruits, cereals, leafy greens and good carbs like sweet potato, quinoa and brown rice.

The results were amazing – and instant!

Within weeks, I was already feeling so much fitter and more toned.

And something else incredible was happening – my skin was starting to clear up.

After an initial break-out scare (which I later realised was due to my body releasing all the bad toxins built up inside) my skin started to get clearer week by week.

The combination of healthy foods, regular exercise and drinking lots of water seemed to be just what my I needed to cure my pimply problem once and for all.

For the first time since my breakouts began at 14, I wasn’t horrified by new pimples showing up as soon as any cleared – they were incredibly disappearing right before my eyes.

Within months, I was completely pimple-free!

Now at 19, I have clear, glowing skin and proudly show it off with very minimal make-up just the way I like it.

They say you are what you eat and it couldn’t be more true – healthy foods on the inside really did give me healthy, wonderful results on the outside.

While we’re on the topic, read how this diet completely cleared this woman’s adult acne. Plus, how to reduce wrinkles and acne with facial cupping.

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