I got acne the moment I turned a teen and I was bullied at every school I went to because of it, that and I also wore hideous glasses and was generally over sensitive so I would explode every time I was pushed too far, causing an entertaining spectacle which unfortunately motivated the bullies to keep antagonizing me.
One little blonde boy called Peter used to squeeze his face and dribble spit out of his mouth whenever he saw me to say that my whole head was one big pimple.
When I was old enough, I went on the contraceptive pill but that just caused problems with my hormones which in turn caused severe, suicidale depression, something the doctors are supposed to warn you about when they prescribe them.
We tried Ruacutane but living in a hot country, it’s hard to stay out of the sun on that stuff and I don’t like to take man made medication. I much preferred to figure out how to beat acne naturally.
When I was in my early twenties, I still had severe acne, always at the corners of my mouth and chin. I started to wear make up as a teenager and it was the only way I was able to leave the house, but despite being an expert at applying foundation and powder, my bumps were so large that my face looked deformed.
I now have deep acne scars on my temples, cheeks and sides of my mouth. I haven’t yet tried any cosmetic procedures to reduce them, but I find staying well hydrated and eating a clean diet helps to minimise them, not to mention a sun tan and a really good foundation. (I’m currently using Diorskin).
These days I get large, deep bumps on the front of my neck and sometimes around my ears and back. I am 34. So I have had over 20 years to figure out ways to minimise and combat acne.
I have learned not to wash my face with harsh soap leaving it squeaky clean, that actually makes your skin produce more oil because your skin is not supposed to be completely stripped of it’s oils. I’ve found using a good quality, organic and chemical free cream cleanser works, especially when I rub it in using a muslin cloth which gently exfoliates my skin. Then I immediately follow it with a good quality, chemical free moisturiser so that my skin doesn’t over produce oil. This has helped greatly! I am currently using Trilogy Face Care.
But good skin isn’t skin deep.
Cleaning up my diet has also helped my skin become clearer. Cutting out processed foods and sugars is the number one spot. I find dairy products aggravate my skin. I love cheese so I have discovered Cheshire cheese to be one I can eat that doesn’t do too much damage and of course goat’s cheese. I don’t consume cow’s milk, unless I treat myself to a coffee shop coffee. By the way, if you want to use cow’s milk, please make sure it is organic, you do not want to know what is in non-organic milk, things like bovine antibiotics, puss from over milked udders and bovine growth hormones to make the cow produce faster, unnaturally – and then WE drink this stuff and wonder why we are all sick and full of disease!?
I start my day with a cup of hot water and lemon (and usually add a rooibos tea bag and a teaspoon of Manuka honey), this has helped my skin a lot. It flushes out toxins in your body and get’s your body going first thing.
A word on Manuka honey, it’s expensive but it’s antibiotic, which means less nasties for your skin to grow pimples around.
I make a couple fruit and veg juices every day too to get my natural kick of Vit C which is vitally important for your skin. I try to take at least 1000mg of Vit C per day and have used a high percentage (like 20%, but start at 5%) Vit C serum (I used Obagi Professional C Serum) to help my skin repair from scarring. Even after my spots have gone, the red mark hangs around for many weeks. High doses of Vit C is the best thing that you can do for your skin.
Exercise also helps to flush the body of toxins, I find my skin is always clearer and brighter when I exercise. I just bought a rebounder/mini trampoline because I read that the up and down movement helps to flush the lymphatic system in your body, I’m sure you could get the same effect from a skipping rope, jumping jacks or running). And of course, drinking at least a litre of filtered water a day makes a huge difference (I bought a Brita water jug which I keep next to my laptop and bed and drink one or two jugs a day).
I find at 34, my skin gets dehydrated quicker and ages me. The more water I drink, the younger I look. I rarely drink alcohol for this reason, saving it for special occasions or as a treat because my face looks like sandpaper the next day!
I have recently taken to soaking in a bath with Himalayan pink salt or epsom salts, this helps to suck toxins out of your skin too.
I stick to a mainly vegetarian diet because unless it’s organic meat, I don’t trust what’s in it and eating meat every day makes me feel sluggish, because it slows down your system. I personally don’t believe that we are meant to eat meat every day, rather that we should have it occasionally so I eat it whenever I crave it which isn’t very often.
If you’re concerned about where you get your protein from as a vegetarian; green leafy vegetables, a grain called quinoa and the supplement spirulina (I put it in my juices) are all complete proteins or hold a high level of protein. I am not sure why the majority of the world thinks that only meat has protein in it. How do you think big, strong gorilla’s survive when they eat greens and some bugs?
I have also tried, with success, taking bee pollen supplements. I read in a bee keeping book how bee pollen helps with acne and it definitely worked for me.
Another MUST is taking zinc and selenium, but mostly zinc, always go for the best quality you can buy and the highest milligram content, 50mg of zinc a day is a good start, you can eventually double that.
At the end of the day, the cleaner your system is, the clearer your skin will be. I find eating mainly vegetarian, drinking just water, herbal tea and fresh home made juices goes a long way. Exercising and being gentle with my skin balances it out.
I hope this guide has helped you if you are looking for a more natural way to deal with acne. If you would like to know the cause of adult acne and learn dietary and supplemental information to heal it, I highly, highly recommend reading the book Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal.