How I Healed My Acne Holistically
I overcame acne using no drugs or chemicals. I’m excited to share my top tips in the hopes it will help some of you also heal your acne holistically.
Acne was something I thought would never affect me. I managed to get through my entire teenage year with pretty much entirely pimple-free skin. In fact I didn’t pay the slightest bit of attention to my skin. I never used any cleansers, masks, or products and my skin was always completely clear.
This was until I hit my early twenties and I woke up one morning with a face full of acne while away on a business trip. For anyone who struggles with skin issues, you know this results in immediate misery and self-esteem hitting an all time low.
When I realized that it wasn’t just an allergic reaction and that the acne looked like it was going to stay, I began to manically research how to get rid of it. I even went to CVS and bought those terrible “acne clearing” face pads that are meant to be dermatologist approved but are full of various acids promising to strip your skin clear. I spent over $500 on drugstore products in the hope that my face would go back to how it was. Unsurprisingly, nothing worked and in fact, the products I was using were only making my skin worse.
Six months later and my skin is pretty much back to how it used to be. Sure, I get the occasional pimple here and there, but overall I’m extremely happy with the progress made and I’m excited to share it with you all here in the hopes it will help some of you heal your acne holistically.
From all the various holistic (and conventional) steps I tried, these are the ones that I believe made the biggest difference in clearing my face. The best part is that they’re all natural!
1. Figure Out the Root Cause of your Acne
This was huge for me. I was trying to treat acne that I didn’t have. I had no idea that there are actually different types of acne caused by various things. I highly recommend going to a naturopath or functional medicine practitioner to help you understand what’s going on in your body, but if you are trying to figure this out on your own, read into the common types of acne and see what best matches you.
The four common culprits of acne are:
- Androgenic Acne
- Estrogen Dominance
- Liver Congestion
- Digestive Issues
Other culprits include adrenal exhaustion and thyroid problems.
After plenty of research, I figured out that my acne was caused by androgenic hormones and a general hormone imbalance. I’m pretty convinced this is due to many years of highly damaging birth control pills, but I’ll save that rant for another day. This type of acne is most common and can be identified by classic pimples typically found on the forehead, nose and chin.
As a Nutritional Therapy student, having a good diet has always been something that is important to me . I have eaten organic and paleo based for years now and hadn’t changed my diet at all since randomly getting acne.
Firstly, I want to point out that if you are eating store-bought dairy, gluten, and mountains of sugar, you should probably stop. There are multiple studies linking these processed foods to acne.
My frustration was that I was already eating wholesome, healthy foods, so I didn’t understand what my issue was. After speaking with a naturopath, I discovered that I had a blood sugar imbalance caused by irregular eating (and maybe a few too many paleo treats). Now, I can almost always avoid blood sugar issues by eating breakfast within an hour of waking up and prioritizing healthy fats with each meal.
The following supplements were hugely beneficial to me as someone who had androgenic acne:
Zinc: Did you know that a huge percentage of the population is zinc deficient? Zinc is crucial for body functions such as hormone regulation, immune system function, insulin function, and more. It also facilitates natural, continual renewal of the skin keeping pores from clogging.
Saw Palmetto: Honestly, this supplement freaked me out so much when I was recommended it. Men’s prostate health? Really? Ignore the slightly intimidating marketing as Saw Palmetto berries have been used for ages by Native Americans for reproductive disorders. This plant works by inhibiting the production of an enzyme that converts testosterone into DHT (acne causing nightmare).
Omega 3 & 6 Fatty Acids: These guys helped me balance regulate my hormones and insulin.
4. Ditch The Chemicals
STOP with the crazy store-bought, chemical filled products. I know how frustrating it is when your skin is making you miserable, but please don’t fall for these “quick-fix”, topical solutions that will only worsen the issue. Acne is almost always a reflection of something going on inside your body and spending lots of money on chemical washes and creams is only going to dry out your skin, and your bank account for no reason. If you like using products, please replace toxic face products with natural ones. My beauty regime includes a homemade face wash made with Lavender essential oil, Rosehip oil, Beautycounter’s Daily Moisturizer and Charcoal Mask, and Ozone water.
5. Ozone Water
This stuff is magic, I’m serious. I don’t want to call it a quick fix, but within a week of using ozonated water my skin had cleared significantly. Ozone is activated oxygen, or o3 and contains three atoms of oxygen instead of two, which makes it extremely powerful. It is a potent and powerful detoxifier that has the ability to destroy pathogens like bacteria and fungi. When applied to the skin, ozonated water carries it’s powerful properties through the cells, making it an amazing addition to a skin care protocol. I bought my ozone machine off amazon here. You can also buy ozonated face creams!
Beef Bulgogi Bowls
Makes 2 Large Bowls
1 lb. grass-fed rib eye or sirloin steak
2 tablespoons cooking oil of choice
2 tablespoons coconut aminos
2 tablespoons freshly minced garlic
1 tablespoon raw honey or sweetener of choice
2 stems of green onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
4 cups dark leafy greens
2 cups roasted broccoli
3 large carrots, roasted
3 cups cauliflower rice
+ hot sauce (to taste)
= spicy mayo!
1) To make the roasted vegetables, throw frozen broccoli and carrots onto a baking sheet, drizzle in cooking oil of choice, salt and pepper, and roast in the oven at 375F for 30 minutes or so. Remove and set aside.
2) Place the steaks in a large bowl with coconut aminos, minced garlic, raw honey, salt and pepper. Let marinate for 10-30 minutes.
3) In a large skillet, add cooking oil and saute the steaks (along with sauce) over medium high heat or until the steak is medium-well done.
4) Set the beef aside and slice into thin pieces.
5) Using the same pan, heat up your cauliflower rice in the skillet until piping hot.
5) To each bowl, add 2 cups of greens. Top greens with 1-2 carrots, 1 cup roasted broccoli, 1 1/2 cups cauliflower rice, 1/2 lb of steak and chopped green onion. Add a dollop of spicy mayo on the side, sprinkle with sesame seeds and enjoy!
Isabella Grace is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner focusing on toxin-free, natural living to its fullest extent. Her mission is to provide personalized integrative health solutions to create sustainable, lifelong change and enable you to live, love, and serve at your fullest health potential.
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