Not all Roses

I’ve been asked a lot lately about how I feel: changes in body and mind or flashes of enlightenment. So I think it’s time to come clean and If you like to picture me as a glowing yogic beacon of health, maybe pick another post to read!

About a year before leaving Australia and every so often I would have an outbreak of pimples on my head, hiding amongst my hair, festering on my follicles. I was a little miffed sure but never went to the Doc, citing my busy lifestyle. Plus after a while, they would subside with the tide, back to the netherworld, triggering neurotic neurons and sprouting crazy thoughts of conquering the world in yogic travel.

So I guess it was only a matter of time before the pimples spread and so brazenly: mounting an assault on my chin. It first happened before I left Australia but with a quick dose of antibiotics to punish an ailment of the flu variety, I quickly got things under control.

I didn’t make the connection between head and chin until Bangkok when it happened again. I administered cream from a Thai chemist and the pimples dived for cover before resurfacing 2 weeks later, freeloading their way to Mumbai. I thought I may be lacking in vitamin deficiency so I tried to eat my way out of trouble, also hoping to put on the 5 kilos I’d lost since January.

It didn’t work and when I arrived in Dubai, Tasha and the other yogis thought, “omg (oh my God) if this is what daily practice does for you, we don’t want a part of it!” I visited the chemist, desperate for something hard core and after a 10 day period of antibiotics, I was restored to my skeletal best. But within two weeks they strutted back. I hit them with a second dose and they disappeared from both head and chin; I thought I had them licked (sorry for that visual).

Now in Budapest I’m feeling strong, have introduced push-ups into my routine and even put on weight. My only setback was getting a chill the other night at a party so I’m nursing the remnants of a cold. But now the pimples are back, starting with seismic eruptions on my head followed by another outbreak on my chin. Great!

What shall I do? Well the antibiotics aren’t working, nor is it good for me and I would rather take a more natural approach. I’ve obviously got some crazy, recurring viral infection, with my immune system unable to cope. So I think it’s time to see a specialist, have some blood tested and perhaps look into colonic irrigation.. ha ha sorry for more disgusting visuals but I’ve no accompanying photos for this post!

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9 Responses to Not all Roses

  1. Amanda May 30, 2009 at 3:33 pm #

    All im saying is EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW !!!!!!!
    Amanda OX

  2. Heidi Jermyn May 31, 2009 at 8:48 pm #

    Weird. Matt. I hope though you’re not being super paranoid – can anyone else see them?? Sometimes this kinda stuff appears over and over is an indication of some sort of stress. What are you stressed about huh??

  3. Laci June 1, 2009 at 7:39 am #

    Try to avoid cheese, milk-made food a nuts for a while (2-3 wks maybe) and see if it helps or not. Worth a try – for me it helped but i’m not storng enough to keep myself away from cheese. 😎
    Btw have a nice journey!

  4. Matt June 3, 2009 at 12:41 am #

    Thanks Laci, I’ll stay away from the evil dairy and crazies for a while and see how it goes 😉

  5. cesca June 3, 2009 at 1:24 am #

    yeahh finaly someone that has the same problem, since i started bikram (3 months) everything is coming out of my face too… it’s terrible:-)maby bikram is working all the shit out of our bodys!!!;-)keep up your good work

  6. KrisBelucci June 3, 2009 at 4:53 am #

    I really liked this post. Can I copy it to my site? Thank you in advance.

  7. maria November 11, 2009 at 9:24 am #

    Hi Matt!
    I had the same problem. But there are two things that worked for me:
    1. Take 4 pills of NEEM LEAVES a day. This is natural. You will find it easily in India.
    2. Do Pranayama Deep Breathing. But don’t let the air out through the mouth, as in Bikram yoga practice. Let the air out through your nose. But similarly, you really have to put your belly in. Do it strongly. Try to do at least 10 min a day. (5 min in the morning, 5 in the evening) and more if you can.

    I love your challenge!
    You are very inspiring for me!

    Take care,


  8. maria November 11, 2009 at 10:26 pm #

    Sorry, I mix up Pranayama and Kapalbati…
    It’s Kapalbati that you must do (the very last breathing exercise in Bikram yoga).
    But instead of breathing out by the mouth, you breath out by the nose.
    But similarly, your stomach goes in, in, in.

  9. Matt November 17, 2009 at 5:22 am #

    Hi Maria, hmm very interesting, thanks for the advice. How did you find out about this?

    Finally I think I have it under control. My sister advised me to use jojoba oil (natural) as a moisturiser because she thought I may be drying my skin out too much using soaps etc.

    I thought I was doing the right thing trying to reduce my oily skin but my sister said my body may be trying to re-compensate the dryness by producing more oil and therefore pimples. My face has cleared up a lot since.

    I think stress also plays a big part.

    Great to receive your solutions too 🙂