As a Holistic Nutritionist and Acne Coach, acne is an incredibly passionate topic of mine. I have helped hundreds of women clear their acne. I have had my fair share of acne struggles (see image below) and I understand the pain, frustration and confusion that comes along with suffering from acne.
If you’ve found yourself googling “how to clear my acne” or throwing hundreds of dollars on skincare products – look no further. I’ve got you covered!
I personally have suffered from cystic acne, rosacea, hormonal acne and more. I get it – I’ve been there. These are some photos of me at age 21, during one the most mentally challenging and transformative years of my life. My acne clearing journey not only helped clear my skin, but it also helped me grow into my most beautiful self and allowed me to discover my full potential in all areas of my life. It’s a journey I’ll never forget.
The photos below document the day I decided to start my acne clearing journey (it truly had been way worse than this). The photo in the middle documents about ~2 months into my acne clearing journey. The photo on the right is around ~4 months into my journey, the clearest my skin has ever been.
I want to share with you some lessons I learned on my acne clearing journey. Here are some of the best tips that I give my readers and clients.
As a Holistic Nutritionist, I am incredibly passionate about fighting acne through food & nutrition. Food plays a beautiful role in body balancing and clear skin. Here’s what you need to know.
To understand more about the best diet for acne, be sure to check out The Acne Protocol Bundle, which includes a list of acne-fighting foods and 33 unique tried-and-true recipes designed to promote clear skin and fight acne.
This is a very important part of clearing your acne. Have you found yourself purchasing a supplement online late at night because you saw an influencer raving about how it “changed their life” and “cleared their acne”? Yup, I’ve been there too. However, this can often be more dangerous for your skin than good.
The best supplements for acne are the ones that will support the unique root cause of your skin problems. So, this will look different for everybody. However, here are a few of my favourites that might work for you!
If you want to learn more about which supplements you should take to fight acne, depending on your specific root cause, you can find all the information you’re looking for in The Acne Protocol Bundle.
Skincare for acne can be confusing, but it doesn’t have to be.
Our skin contains an outer layer called the skin barrier, which helps to protect the skin and maintain a healthy level of hydration. On the skin (around your hair follicles) your sebaceous glands secrete sebum, your skin’s natural oil production, needed to keep your skin’s biome regular and blemish-free.
If your skin is too dry or too oily, this means your skin barrier is weak. This also means that your sebaceous glands are either under-producing or over-producing sebum. This can cause problems in the long run, like blocked pores which lead to inflammation of the skin and acne.
The most common mistake I see with my clients is people “overdoing” their skincare routines. Here are some things I recommend avoiding:
My favourite skincare product of all time is raw or manuka honey. I love honey because it is gentle on the skin. It’s also packed with nourishing properties that help fight acne & keep your skin’s natural balance.
My favourite way to use honey is as a gentle face cleanser or a quick honey mask (10-30 mins once per week).
To keep this answer short – 100% yes.
When our stress levels are high, cortisol (your stress hormone) is high. Cortisol triggers an androgen spike which causes an increase in sebum production, which can trigger breakouts.
Stress also impacts the gut microbiome and immune health, which both play a role in skin health. It’s honestly crazy how much stress affects the skin!
Here are 3 of my favourite ways to reduce stress to help clear acne:
Like I said, acne is complex, but the journey to clear skin doesn’t have to be!
If you’re interested in learning my step-by-step guide to clear your acne, make sure to check out my signature ebook, The Acne Protocol Bundle.
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