In my last post, I explained a condensed version of my personal story in my struggle with acne. Thankfully my skin has made IMMENSE progress over the last year or so 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.
Although everyone’s root issue with acne breakouts might be slightly different, I do believe there are some basic principles that acne sufferers could universally benefit from to see improvement in their complexion.
Now I will pick up where I left off from my last post. Here are my personal thoughts:
2. Improve Digestion
More times than not, acne sufferers will admit to having a digestive problem, whether it’s post-meal bloating, acid reflux, IBS symptoms, irregular bowel movements, constipation etc. etc. I myself have struggled at different times with almost all of the above maladies at different points in my life.
You see, when your body is not regularly flushing toxins out of the system, your body get’s bogged down with them. This build up of toxins can manifest itself in acne breakouts. It’s signaling to you that something is NOT right. I never had dermatologist explain THAT to me when I went for an appointment.
There is SO much more I could say about detoxing and the role your liver plays in detoxification but I will save that for another time. To learn the basics on how your digestion should work, check out this post by clicking HERE.
3. Eliminate Gut Irritating Foods
Healing my skin began with healing my gut. Your skin is a direct reflection of your gut health. It worked well for me to eliminate gut irritating foods for a season while I healed my gut. The duration is subjective but a good place to start is 30 days.
The foods I eliminated were:
Nuts: These can be added later and after learning how to properly prepare them through soaking.
Gluten: I think it’s best to eliminate gluten grains all together.
Soy, Corn, Peanuts: Unless organic, these are best avoided because they are usually GMO. They also can have aflatoxin (mold) which sin’t good for you. In general avoid them.
Dairy: Go dairy free for a few weeks. Then try some grass-fed dairy.
Processed foods/Fast Food/High Fructose Corn Syrup, Etc.
Hydrogenated Oils: These oils are rancid and oxidized meaning they ar toxic. Most Plant/vegetable oils fall into this category.
Excessive amounts of sugar: Going over 25g of sugar a day is too much. This may be hard but it must be done.
4. Eat An Optimal Whole Foods Diet
Everyone is unique. Some people thrive on a diet rich in protein while others thrive better on a higher carbohydrate diet. You should look into the blood type diet to see what may be optimal for you. Also, adhere to this general rule to attain an alkaline body: at least fifty percent of your plate should be GREEN veggies.
5. Avoid Dairy Products
First off, dairy is high in iodine. Some people are extremely sensitive to iodine and it may be causing them to break out. You can try raw organic dairy but if you flare up, avoid it completely.
Secondly, there is an excessive amount of sugar and a cocktail of hormones in dairy products. It often will cause a surge in IGF-1. This hormone has been linked to acne.
Thirdly, it’s extremely hard to digest. Most people struggle to digest dairy at all because of the lactose. It also can cause congestion and phlegm in the body.
6. Sugar and Carbohydrates.
Avoid most simple carbs including white rice, processed foods, white potatoes, etc. These raise your insulin levels in your body and your IGF-1 hormone. This raises the sebum production in your body, causing breakouts.
Take note, you can still have some simply carbs on occasion. This must be limited to small portions. Limit even complex carbs and healthy sugar. Things like quinoa, fruit, sweet potatoes and other starches should be avoided in the beginning of this protocol.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read through my thoughts on how to heal chronic acne breakouts. As I said earlier, these posts merely scratch the surface on this complicated topic. However, I hope some of my recommendations can point in the right direction in your journey to heal your acne permanently.