I have seen immense improvement in my skin as of late. If you read my Personal Health Journey post you know that I have struggled with acne breakouts since I was around thirteen years old. It has varied in severity over the years ranging from moderate severity to painful cystic breakouts.
My mom also struggled with her skin all throughout her teenage years and well into her adult life. It was her empathy for my condition that drove her to ask my pediatrician for BenzaClin, a topical acne medication. I was on this from thirteen to about seventeen years of age. Then it stopped working. My assumption is that my body became resistant to it over the years and so it eventually became ineffective.
This time I was breaking out even worse. And nothing was working. So my mom made the big decision to take me to see a dermatologist. This was something that she always wished for as a young girl but her parents didn’t want to spend the money. I felt very blessed.
Unfortunately, the dermatologist did not solve my problems either. She prescribed retinoid, creams, even a low grade blood pressure medication to help bring down the inflammation in my body. Yes…I’m actually not even joking.
Anyhow, I’ll save you the headache of reading anymore of this long discouraging story. It wasn’t until I began to make changes to my diet and lifestyle that I began to see skin finally change for the better.
However, my skin has made IMMENSE progress over the last year since I have focused in healing my leaky gut. What caused my leaky gut in the first place? Probably a myriad of things. Candida overgrowth, SIBO, pathogenic bacteria outnumbering the beneficial good gut flora, long-term prescriptive medications (yep, my acne medications) and the list goes on.
I think everyone’s root issue with acne might be slightly different. However, I believe there are some basic principles that acne sufferers could universally benefit from to see improvement in their complexion.
Here are my current thoughts thus far:
1. Heal Your Gut.
It’s pretty safe to assume that most acne sufferers have gut issues. Whether it’s Leaky Gut, Candida Overgrowth, etc I believe that healing and bringing balance to your gut is the biggest first step to healing your skin.
This is all rooted in our gut bacteria. In a healthy, balanced person, there should be considerably more good gut bacteria (also called microbes) to bad, pathogenic microbes. However, most people do not have this balance. I definitely did not.
Our toxic world, antibiotics, a diet high in refined sugar and processed carbohydrates, hormone and antibiotic laden CAFO meat, rancid oils and unhealthy polyunsaturated fats, pesticides and other chemicals on non-organic veggies all contribute to annihilating the good bacteria in our guts.
To bring balance to the gut, a regular intake of beneficial bacteria is necessary. This is the first step in bringing balance to your inner ecosystem. Most people, however, will find it necessary to do a pathogenic cleanse to really see improvement in their skin. More on that in later posts.