I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve sat down and written a non-food related blog post. So hiiiiiiii I’m so happy to be here! And I’m even happier to sharing a post about how to clear acne that I *quite literally* used to dream about writing. I’ve come a long way since my parasite cleanse, I’ve had a lot of ups and downs, learned a LOT, and I’m here to share it all with you.
First, let’s back it up a bit
When my skin was at it’s worst about a year ago, I was in a really bad place physically and emotionally. My entire health was falling apart, my skin was so bad I could hardly sleep, my face was literally swollen for weeks on end, and I could hardly look in the mirror without crying. That may seem dramatic to some, but if you’ve ever dealt with skin issues, then I know you get it. I hope none of you are in quite the same position as I was, but if you are, please know that you aren’t alone. What you are dealing with is temporary, but the toll it takes on you can truly be debilitating.
I’m not going to tell you “it’s only acne” because I don’t think those words should ever be strung together in a sentence, and it’s simply not true. Acne absolutely sucks and I’m not going to tell you otherwise. It can affect your relationships, sleep, work life, and frankly, every aspect of your life.
I know when my skin was at its worst I wanted nothing more than to hide in a corner and not let anyone look at me. I would avoid making eye contact with people when they spoke to me, which probably made me seem rude (sorry everyone lol), but in reality I was just embarrassed. But if I can make it to the other side of it, with clearer skin than I’ve had in a LONG time, then so can you.
Trust me when I say I’ve tried everything. Antibiotics, birth control, lasers, chemical peels, every pill and potion under the sun and none of it worked.
What DID work was a combination of a few things. A balanced diet that minimizes dairy, gluten, and refined sugar, healing my gut, a few key supplements for my hormones and overall health, a proper skincare routine, and a whole lot of patience and self love.
What causes acne anyway?
There are two main things to focus on here. First is the internal part of acne and why it manifests in the way it does, and the second is the external component and how a clogged pore occurs in the first place.
Internal causes of acne
I wish this answer were simple, but truth is I could write a book about this. But let’s try to keep it short, shall we?! Your skin is a backup elimination organ. Essentially, when your other elimination organs aren’t working properly (your kidneys, liver, and digestive tract), your body will try to eliminate waste through your skin. If we can make sure your liver, kidneys, lymphatic system, and gut health are in top notch, your skin will heal and be healthy!
If you have gut dysbiosis (an imbalance of good/bad bacteria, yeasts and possible parasites in the gut) this can alter the way your body digests and absorbs food and create a lot of inflammation in the body.
Additionally, hormonal imbalances and nutrient deficiencies can alter sebum and keratin production, increase inflammation and lead to blood sugar dysregulation. These factors increase androgen (male hormone) production and IGF-1 (insulin like growth factor), which contributes to acne development by making skin cells grow more quickly, therefore leading to a clogged pore.
External causes of acne
A clogged pore happens when dead skin cells and sebum build up in a pore and create a clog. If the acne causing bacteria (P. acnes) gets involved or when there is chronic inflammation (usually stemming from the gut or a poor diet) the clogged pore (comedone) can turn into a larger inflamed/pustular pimple.
Following a proper skincare routine will calm, and de-sensitize the skin, while also helping to gently exfoliate the dead skin to prevent a clog in the first place.
I know all of that may be overwhelming, but the moral of the story is you want to have a proper skincare routine, clean diet, and well functioning elimination/detoxification organs to achieve clear skin.
Have you ever heard of fungal acne?
Sounds gross, I know! But I suspected for a while that I was dealing with not only acne, but a condition called Malessezia Folliculitis, which people often refer to as “fungal acne.” It’s common to get this after a round (or multiple rounds) of oral antibiotics. This happens because antibiotics kill off the both the good and bad bacteria in the body which creates and environment for yeast to overgrow.
It tends to occur in patches, in specific areas of the body, and almost looks like something has taken over your skin. It’s usually itchy, which is a key sign that it is not acne, worsens in humid environments, worsens with natural skincare containing oils (yeasts feed off the oils), and does not respond to conventional acne treatment such as benzoyl peroxide.
On another note, taking these before and after skin selfies are so awkward. Do I smile?? Do I stare right into the camera?!? IDK!
How I healed both acne and Malessezia Folliculitis
INTERNAL WORK: After I completed a few parasite cleanses coupled with colon hydrotherapy, changed my diet, balanced my hormones (seed cycling was incredible for me), learned how to properly care for my skin topically, supplement wisely, and learned to (somewhat!) not stress about my skin woes, I was able to heal most of my skin issues. I also gave my liver lots of love since I spent years on multiple medications and had a lot of hormonal imbalances. It was a long process and I definitely made a lot of mistakes along the way which I explain in my clear skin ebook so you don’t do the same!
I did so much research over the years trying to figure out the best diet for acne and how to clear acne. I was hyper-focused on every morsel of food that went into my body. So much so that I hated going out to eat because I wasn’t in control, and was constantly stressing over what to eat that wouldn’t lead to breakouts. I was told I should avoid oil, avoid ALL fat (even the good fats from nuts, seeds, avocado etc.), eat only fat and no carbs, eat only bananas for 3 weeks (lol…no), eat only meat and vegetables, the list goes on.
For me, I found what works best is eating a diet comprised of mostly whole foods with organic meat and seafood, limiting dairy and not worrying too much about the rest.
When I go out to eat and have gluten, refined sugar or other processed foods, I don’t worry. Life is better this way, trust me! The stress over eating something “bad” for you will always be worse than the food itself. All in all, I eat a pretty well rounded diet, but I don’t lose sleep over how many grams of this or that I had in a day. I focus on whole, unprocessed foods and that’s it!
Supplements were a key part of my healing, and I’ve been able to narrow it down to a few essential supplements I take daily, such as zinc picolinate and cod liver oil for the preformed vitamin A. Some additional supplements are focused on balancing my hormones, some are to fill nutrient gaps (hi B complex), one for my liver, and a few others essential ones that I mention in my clear skin ebook.
In addition to keeping up with a proper diet, skincare routine and supplementation, I do these “mini gut cleanses” once every couple of months. Essentially what that entails is taking 10 capsules of the Organic Olivia parasite cleanse spread throughout the day (usually 2 capsules at 2-3 hour intervals) for 3 days. During these days I eat my regular diet but try to be more mindful of my sugar consumption.
I’ve struggled with gut/digestive/nutrient absorption issues for a very long time and doing these mini cleanses helps to get rid of any harmful pathogens I may have picked up from traveling, contaminated water, unwashed produce etc. I find my overall digestion is much better after doing these. Plus, it keeps my skin happy!
EXTERNAL WORK: There were moments when I didn’t think I had to focus too much on the topical aspect of my skin because I could heal it all internally. Don’t get me wrong, the internal component to healing your skin is SO important, but I was wrong to think the external part wasn’t also important. Very wrong. I made HUGE strides with my skin (especially with the MF, congestion, and redness) when I focused on proper skincare.
I’ve learned so much about skincare in the past few months, how the skin actually works, and how crucial it is to find a skincare routine that works for you. There are so many acne products on the market that promise to do X for you and give you the skin of a baby’s bottom over night, so I know it can be hard to weed through the nonsense. Checking ingredients is SO important, and this resource was hugely helpful in finding products that won’t feed the MF.
I finally came up with a skincare method that works well for me that includes things like salicylic acid and vitamin C, and has helped tremendously with fading red marks, preventing new breakouts, and finally getting a bit of a natural glow back.
Will my acne ever go away?
YES YES YES!! Trust me, I used to ask myself the same thing. Wondering if I would ever wake up without a million new breakouts, copious amounts of scarring, swelling and more. There is a solution for you.
I know it may feel like you’ve tried everything. Every product, diet, supplement, and more. I used to feel the same way. Until I decided to re-learn everything I thought I knew about health, skin, skincare etc. I soaked up every ounce of information I could, even if it went against current beliefs, and that’s when I made necessary changes and noticed the biggest improvements in my skin.
The clear skin ebook is here!!
I am so beyond excited to share with you my clear skin ebook! I always told myself that when I found the answers about how to clear acne I would share it with everyone, so I am doing exactly that.
There is no one size fits all solution to healing acne, and I created this ebook with that in mind. It goes over everything you need to know about healing your skin (internally and externally) and how to tailor a healing protocol to your body because we are all different.
Acne is complicated. There is no one size fits all solution, but this ebook was written with that in mind. It goes over everything you need to know and how to tailor a healing protocol to your unique needs. Some people may only need to make a few small tweaks, some many need to do some deeper work, and this ebook will give you the tools you need to heal.
- List of foods that contribute to acne
- List of healing foods
- Essential supplements that heal
- How to get rid of fungal acne
- Products that ACTUALLY work and are safe for both acne and Malassezia folliculitis
- A sample protocol that you can tailor to your needs
- How to restore gut health after antibiotics
- Tips for balancing your hormones post HBC
- How (and why!) to balance your blood sugar, hormones, heal your gut and love your liver
- Different types of acne scars and how to heal them
- & lots more!
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I can’t wait to see your transformation and know this information will help you achieve the skin of your dreams.