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7 Natural Health Solutions for Acne

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!

Joy

20 Comments
daily cleanse ingredients   •   April 10, 2015

Amazing blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring writers? I'm planning to start my own website soon but I'm a little lost on everything. Would you suggest starting with a free platform like Wordpress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I'm totally confused .. Any tips? Thanks a lot!

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   April 10, 2015

Start with a free platform like WordPress. (This site is actually powered by WordPress, so it gives you lots of flexibility later on.) Kate - Joyous Health Team


Skinology   •   April 27, 2015

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Florida Cosmetic   •   April 30, 2015

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Boris   •   May 7, 2015

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Wonderful blog! Do you have any helpful hints for aspiring writers? I'm hoping to start my own blog soon but I'm a little lost on everything. Would you propose starting with a free platform like Wordpress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I'm completely overwhelmed .. Any tips? Thanks!

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   July 8, 2015

The free version of WordPress is fine for bloggers just starting out! The most important thing is to write about what interests you and write regularly. Kate - Joyous Health Team


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.

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   September 2, 2015

Hi Danae, I think you're referring to the idea of food combining, which often discourages combining proteins with starchy carbs specifically. Make sure you're consuming enough fiber, as this also helps keeps your blood sugar balanced. We've also got some great digestive healing tips up on the blog here: http://www.joyoushealth.com/blog/2015/07/17/heal-gut-5-steps/ Kate - Joyous Health Team


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!

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Joy McCarthy   •   October 16, 2015

Wheat flour does increase insulin, even the healthiest of breads. When you see "suitable for diabetic" that's usually just "marketing" to get you to buy it. It's best to avoid breads if you are diabetic or eat them in moderation.


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.

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   November 16, 2015

Hi Lyss, You might want to get a second opinion if you think the inflammation is rosacea. If it is, I've found that keeping a skin journal was essential in figuring out food triggers. Keep track of what you eat and your skin's condition and you might be able to quickly identify foods that cause flare-ups. Personally, I also found that using vitamin C topically (in skincare products) was also a huge trigger for me, as was getting overheated via temperature or exercise. Kate - Joyous Health Team


Cila   •   December 2, 2015

Hi! :) Thanks for your blog.. it helpsss me a lot! I'm wondering for the probiotics.. 1. If yoghurt..in 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!

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   December 3, 2015

Hi Cila, Typically, Joy's not a fan of cow dairy, but you could also try goat or sheep's milk yogurts. For the kimchis, you'll have to check the labels and see which one contains the fewest additives. Kate - Joyous Health Team


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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Great article.

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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

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Heather Allen   •   July 1, 2016

Hi Emma! Thanks for sharing your kind words :) I'm thrilled to hear you've been enjoying a healthier lifestyle! Have you tried removing gluten from your diet? It could be contributing to your psoriasis.If there are any other foods that you believe may be triggers for you, try avoiding them for a period of time and see if it helps. Also, make sure you are enjoying plenty of healthy fats like olive oil, avocado, coconut oil and cold-water fish, to support healthy skin. And one of our favourite tricks for glowing skin is dry brushing! You can watch the video on how to do it here: http://www.joyoushealth.com/blog/2014/12/21/how-to-dry-skin-brush-video/ All the best! Heather- Joyous Health Team


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