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7 Natural Health Solutions for Acne

Acne is your body's way of telling you something is out of balance.
Apr 9, 2015 | Joy McCarthy

Acne is your body’s way of telling you it is out of balance. It won't go away until you correct the imbalances causing it in the first place. Perhaps this a blessing in disguise?! What I mean by that is your body is providing you with a symptom (acne) that something is not right. And this is the foundation of holistic nutrition -- address the root cause to clear up the symptom.

Unfortunately, adult acne has become extremely common as you can see based on these stats from WebMD:

  • In their 20s, 50.9% of women and 42.5% of men in their 20s reported experiencing adult acne
  • In their 30s, 35.2% of women and 20.1% of men reported adult acne
  • In their 40s, 26.3% of women and 12% of men reported experiencing acne

I've seen a huge rise in my own clinical practice of clients suffering from acne over the last five years. The good news is that you don't have to suffer and there are in fact many natural solutions that do not have the negative health implications that antibiotics and Accutane have.

I've put together this video for you on my top natural health and nutrition tips to combating acne. Please feel free to post your questions in the comments section below or on my YouTube channel.

These are the seven solutions I discuss in my video:

Hungry for more natural health info on problem skin?

Check out this recent podcast with the Red Tent Sisters: Unexpected Solutions to Problem Skin.

In the 20-minute session, I discuss:

  • My own personal journey to clearer, happier skin (and why I'm passionate about holistic health)
  • Why mainstream "solutions" can actually make things worse
  • How food allergies could be affecting your skin
  • The importance of including protein and fat into every meal;
  • The connection between hormonal birth control, constipation and acne (one more reason to ditch the pill!)

I can understand that acne can be extremely hard on your self-esteem and very stressful. My hope is that these solutions definitely help you achieve the beautiful glowing skin you deserve.

If you really want to take control of your health once and for all then I highly recommend the Joyous 10-Day Detox. I've had thousands of people do this program over the years with incredible success clearing up their skin by eliminating the problem foods that promote inflammation and hormonal imbalance -- the root cause of acne.

Some more helpful reads:

I wish you joyous health, which includes GLOWING SKIN!


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Kate McDonald Walker   •   April 10, 2015

Skinology   •   April 27, 2015

This is the perfect website for anybody who would like to understand this topic. You understand a whole lot its almost hard to argue with you (not that I personally will need to…HaHa). You certainly put a fresh spin on a topic that's been discussed for many years. Excellent stuff, just great!


Florida Cosmetic   •   April 30, 2015

What a great read and video. very informative.


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Boris   •   May 7, 2015

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   July 8, 2015

Danae   •   September 2, 2015

I can attest to your information above that diet is the foundation of health - with great impact on skin health. Nearly all my skin issues have been resolved by going through a detox with juices/smoothies and raw food. I really can encourage everyone with these issues to look into this - as I have been told for such a long time that diet makes no impact on skin!!! I wish I followed my own intuition earlier - it would have saved my skin and a lot of health issues I still have to clean up now. I have one question - from what I learned one should not combine carbs with proteins as they need differnt digestive juices and can turn the stomach into a sitation where no digestion takes place. You mentioned to eat protein with every meal - how do you ensure that the stomach still digest and does not turn into a feeling as if you have a brick in the tummy? Any information how you ensure good digestion - it does make sense to me to use protein to ensure blood sugar stays stable - but every time I try to introduce this it stops metabolism. Any hints would be greatly appreciated.

Kate McDonald Walker   •   September 2, 2015

Tuti   •   October 16, 2015

Hi.. cheers from Jakarta! :) Your blog really helps me! Anyway I know that I should minimize bread as much as possible..but I'm thinking if it's ok to still eat bread that labeled as "suitable for diabetic"? Thanks!

Joy McCarthy   •   October 16, 2015

lyss   •   November 13, 2015

Ok, I don't know where to start. I have absolutely horrible skin. I feel like giving up. I had acne as a teen. But now, at 31, my face is much worse. A "holistic" dermatologist just called it severe inflammation. I think it's some form of rosacea. My skin is a constant red, broken out, but also flaky and dry. Very different than the oily skin and breakouts I had as a teen. Sometimes it's hot and burning and/or itchy. I've also had some eye issues that I think could be attributed to ocular rosacea. Do you have any tips for rosacea in addition to these acne tips?? I wish I knew the root cause. I've considered the GAPS diet, which is a gut healing diet. But as much as I want clear skin, being on a restrictive diet is so hard when you eat with other people all the time. So my other question is: how do you stick with eating well when you eat in other people's homes a lot? Thanks for any help.

Kate McDonald Walker   •   November 16, 2015

Cila   •   December 2, 2015

Hi! :) Thanks for your blog.. it helpsss me a lot! I'm wondering for the probiotics.. 1. If my place it's quite hard to find non dairy yoghurt.. dairy is not recommended right? 2. For kimchi.. i can only find two brands.. one is imported and one is local brand.. I prefer the imported one.. but do u think they might use lots of preservative msg sugar etc? Since it may takes quite long time for the distribution time.. Thankss anyway!

Kate McDonald Walker   •   December 3, 2015

Iya   •   February 12, 2016

Hi Joy, I followed your recommendation.. and yes it works.. :) now I'm focusing to clear up post acne marks.. not scars.. just some red-ish spots on my cheeks.. can you recommend best food to eat? cannot really find info that really focus on the marks and not the acne :) Superthanks for your help!


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Emma   •   July 1, 2016

Hello, Joy, Your videos inspired me to maintain a healthier lifestyle to get rid of my acne. I ditched dairy, and it worked ! I have been really impressed with the how well and how fast my skin cleared up. If felt great. I try and maintain a healthy and balanced diet. Unfortunately, I now find myself with a mild case of psoriasis. Would you have any specific tips for this skin condition ? Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge ! =) Cheers from France, Emma

Heather Allen   •   July 1, 2016

Mandy   •   June 4, 2018

Hi guys, I stopped taking birth control at the end of last summer, and since then my skin has gotten worse and worse. I have always had eczema on and off but apart from the bit of teenage acne a once had, I've never has such horrendous acne. My sister and I both broke out with cystic and hormonal acne at this stage in our lives. She is pregnant now and her skin is beautiful! I have spent the last 3 years cleaning up my diet and supplementing as needed, and so suddenly having this awful experience I feel very discouraged. I have even been addressing my liver, as excess estrogens seem to be an issue for many. I have been thinking of trying red light therapy as well. I want to keep trying, but it's so exhausting and I have spent so much money! Any advice?

Joy McCarthy   •   June 5, 2018

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