I grew up just like you. I ate the same foods as you, followed the same diets as you, and shared the same general understanding of health as you. I carefully followed my doctors’ recommendations, took the Pill and other medications without hesitation, and accepted cramps and various PMS symptoms as part of being female. I experienced a few breakouts here and there, but I could easily cover them with tinted moisturizer and no one was the wiser. I was regularly complimented on my beautiful skin. It was part of my identity.
Until it wasn’t.
In my mid-20s, I ended my relationship with the Pill. Within 3 months, the beautiful skin that I had taken for granted for years vanished and was replaced by cystic acne, red, inflamed breakouts, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. As a lawyer in Chicago who was routinely required to speak in front of large groups, it was absolutely devastating. I felt utterly and completely alone. I desperately made appointments with dermatologists, covered my skin in prescription products, and even went on Accutane. Nothing worked.
I was fed up and began researching alternative methods of healing. I cleaned up my diet, ditched dairy, flirted with going gluten-free, and cleared out all of the chemical-filled products lining my bathroom sink in favor of plant and herbal-based skincare. (In fact, I became so passionate about natural skincare and beauty that I launched my own plant-based apothecary, Seed to Serum!) I wish this was the end of my story, but sadly, the pieces just weren’t fitting into place.
Something was missing. I knew that my hormones weren’t balanced and I was still unable to manage my chronic stress. I decided to learn everything I possibly could about female hormonal health. I enrolled in school to be a holistic health coach, completed a rigorous hormonal apprenticeship, and devoured every book on the topic. I was committed to healing myself from within.
At the same time, I began to take self care seriously. In 2017, I found myself drawn to the practice of breathwork and flew to Los Angeles to complete my teacher training. Breathwork absolutely transformed my relationship with my body and my skin. I felt more at home, more at ease, and more connected to myself then I ever had before. I finally recognized that the only way to build self love was through self care.
Over time, my passion for healing my own skin frustrations became my mission. I know the shattering effect that problem skin and hormonal imbalances can have on self esteem, self image, and even self worth. Through practical and sustainable solutions, my hope is to help you release the negative feelings you harbor about your own beauty and transform your health and skin in the process!
Megan Schwarz is an attorney turned female hormonal health advocate. She graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Following her undergraduate studies, she attended law school at Washington University in St. Louis. In 2017, she completed David Elliott’s Breathwork Healer Training. She is a certified holistic health from Institute for Integrative Nutrition and has completed a 6-month apprenticeship with Nicole Jardim (founder of the Fix Your Period series of programs) focused on women’s reproductive health. Additionally, she completed a 6-month apprenticeship with Brittany Wood Nickerson studying western herbalism and herbal medicine. She is currently training at The Integrative Women’s Health Institute with Jessica Drummond for her certification in women’s health and nutrition coaching. Through one-on-one sessions and group workshops, she offers clients dietary, lifestyle, and emotional support focused on inflammatory skin issues and hormonal imbalances.