I’m mad. Like, really f*cking mad. Ok, that’s a lie, I don’t really get mad, I just get sad. So, I’m really f*cking sad. My face was finally getting better, finally looking like something was changing and my face was starting to play nice, but NO. No, no,no. It ain’t playin’ nice no mo’. My face has freaked out. Like OMG Ihateyousomuchjuli. Iwantyoutostaysingleforever. Andidefinitelydontwantanyonetofindyouattractive. Ever.

You, my face, are a straight up b*tch.

Ugh, I’m going to get so many emails about my dirty mouth now. I’ll save you the time…please don’t send them.

Anywho, I’m having one of those days of feeling absolutely hopeless. I don’t know what to do. I clean up my diet and it gets a little bit better, then it goes back to normal. I change up my face cleansing routine and it gets a little better, then goes back to normal. I get off birth control, I stay on birth control. I take fish oil, I don’t take fish oil. I eat more fat, I eat less fat. I don’t eat dark chocolate, I do eat dark chocolate. I get facials, I don’t get facials. You get what I’m throwin’ out? I try everything, but in the end my face has full control, and I am left staring in the mirror with tears in my eyes, choking back the egg of frustration that sits in my throat.

Just today, I started taking the probiotic saccharomyce boulardii which was recommended by Liz of Cave Girl Eats. I also am getting cod liver oil soon to start trying that as well. And making sure all sugar and nuts are cut from my diet. It’s just so annoying that my mind has to be filled with thoughts of how ugly I am or how I wish I could improve my skin. That’s dumb. It should be filled with cookbook thoughts, and Christmas gift thoughts, and food thoughts. But no, the face has won.

So here’s my question out of utter frustration and anguish…do I try acutane? Do I face the fact that I may be incredibly depressed, moody, and upset for months because of the drug? Do I face the fact that I may have to take the drug even though my face and other body parts will literally dry up and peel off? Do I face the fact that it may not even work? I don’t know what to do, but I’m obviously upset enough to blab all about it and want some of your advice. So, advise me.

On a more positive note, you NEED to try these muffins. They are DELICIOUS.

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Morning Glory Muffins (nut free option)

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  • Yield: 9 1x


  • 1 apple, peeled and cored, shredded
  • 1 large carrot, peeled
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seed butter
  • 1 cup pepitas
  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup pecans, roughly chopped (optional for nut free version)
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Now add your pepitas to a small saucepan over medium heat with a tablespoon of fat. I used coconut oil.
  3. Cook for 3-5 minutes, moving around lots so they don’t burn and so they cook on all sides.
  4. While your pepitas are roasting, add your apple and carrot to your food processor with the shredding attachment. If you don’t have a food processor, use a grater to shred your apple and carrot.
  5. Add your apple and carrot to a bowl along with your sunflower seed butter and rinse out your food processor bowl.
  6. Then add your roasted pepitas to the food processor and puree until you get a flour/meal.
  7. Then add your pepita flour, eggs, coconut oil, honey, raisins, pecans, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. Mix well.
  8. Pour your batter into 9 FULL muffin liners in your muffin tin. I lined my muffins tin with silicone muffin liners but paper would do just fine.
  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes until cooked through.
  10. Let cool slightly, but eat warm, because they are the best that way.

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  1. Kelly says:

    I’m sure you’re completely sick of advice, but I’ll throw some out anyway. The progesterone only pill worked wonders for me. Pregnancy totally cleared my skin up, and I realized it’s 100% hormones. The mini-pill doesn’t have estrogen and it really makes a difference…good luck!

  2. Natalie says:

    Try the acne.org regimen. It’s cheap and it works well. The AHA is a must at night.

  3. Reese says:

    I am a happy ending story for acutane and although I am a proponent of the solution, I do recommend it as a last resort. I had terrible acne on and off from 9 years until almost 30. I did acutane before starting high school and in college. I was desperate and for a short term solution (a couple years), acutane worked. As you are now well aware, there are a load of side effects. I’m glad you got your eating dialed. I recommend microdermabrasion every 6 weeks. A gentile cleaning regemine with a good toner and face lotion with SPF of at least 25. A vegan diet would possibly help too. Just remember this, it will all pass and the hell you are going through now will eventually come to pass and you are in the process of developing healthy habits in skin care. As a woman in my 30’s, I have beautiful skin which will really show up as my piers are not focused on skin care and continute to show signs of aging faster than me. If at the end of the day, if acutate is your destiny, get on birth control or better yet, don’t have sex and avoid birth control completely. Deal with the dry lips, eyes, skin and all of the other hell you’ll go through. If you experience depression or emotions that are potentially dangerous to you or others, stop and try something else. Remember, lean on friends and family. Enjoy sports and recreation. You’re beautiful on the inside and out. Your efforts will be worth your investment in the long run. Much love to you. My heart goes out to you because I was in your shoes for many years. Stay strong sister!!!

  4. Veronica says:

    Did anyone who gave this recipe 5 stars actually make them?? Unfortunately, I reviewed the starred comments AFTER I made these disappointing muffins and realized that the stars seemed to be in response to the author’s comments about her acne. I love the effort and time the author puts into this site and her recipes, but people, please, for the sake of us those of us relying on your feedback for worthwhile recipes, do not give stars unless you’ve actually tried the recipe. My own feedback about the muffins is that they are ok. Definitely a hearty, dense muffin with a lot of texture from the carrot, nuts and raisins, but frankly, not much flavor. This is one I will not be making again.

  5. McKenna says:

    I had a difficult time finding any actual muffin reviews in this thread until the very last, written by Veronica. I must agree, don’t give stars unless it’s related to the recipe.

    I’m not sure what went wrong but these are just, not good. Lacking flavor, very wet despite an extended cooking time (I even made mini’s). I’m sorry to be rude, but the muffin’s must be similar to what eating a wet sponge tastes like. I’m generally not too picky but I couldn’t even swallow these – strange texture. 🙁

  6. Maggie says:

    You should look into Eat Right 4Your Type. It is scientifically based on your blood type and everyone I know who has made the change has seen lasting changes within 2 weeks, some who have sufferred lifelong bouts different kinds of ai
    ments. just a suggestion, its up to you though.

  7. Mike Branski says:

    These were stupid good. I could (and did) eat them everyday for breakfast. Followed the recipe as-posted – no modifications.

    Also, don’t be afraid to really fill the muffin tins like Julie says, as these do not rise much. I ended up with about 14-15 small-ish muffins using a regular size tin.

  8. Judy says:

    I don’t know if this is even still an issue for you or not. I would recommend reading the book “End of Acne” by Melissa Gardner. It is eye opening.