Acne and blemishes obviously affect those in puberty, teenagers, in particular men more than women. Females are also prone to acne and it not only can destroy your self-esteem but it can lead to the use of dangerous oral and topical medications in addition to meaning something more than skin-deep.
Bottom line, if you have acne, there are internal issues. And we’re going to share with you how to reduce pimples and acne no matter what age you are because I know plenty of people that are in their 30s, 40s, and 50s that still get breakouts.
Here are 8 natural remedies to fight acne.
Your skin is a reflection of your internal environment, particularly your gut. If you have severe acne, I recommend you eliminate that sticky protein in wheat, rye, and barley.
Just do it for two weeks and see if you don’t reap great results. I actually do believe grains can be healthy. I recommend sprouted or sourdough, and there are some heirloom varieties of gluten-containing grains. But if you’re dealing with acne, your teenager’s dealing with acne, cut out the gluten, no wheat rye or barley, and I believe that is a good start to eliminating some of the inflammatory conditions internally that erupt on the skin.
Now I am a big fan of dairy, raw, pasture-raised, fermented, A2, all those cool things. But I believe many people that have skin issues are sensitive to a protein that is in almost all dairy called “beta-casein A1.” Without getting into too many details, milk can be deleterious to your skin. If you’ve got breakouts, try to eliminate both gluten and dairy, you will be amazed at the results, and it’ll start to show up or rather not show up in as little as a week, but give it three weeks and you’ll see improvements in my opinion.
Now, if you were wanting to consume some dairy, fermented is always better. So a true yogurt, kefir, amasi, or a raw cheese is going to be better than milk or ice cream. We know there are lots of alternatives but the heart of improving your skin, in my opinion, involves reducing or eliminating gluten and dairy, so your gut can be free and your skin can be beautiful.
Fermented foods contain organic acids and probiotics. Again, it’s all about the gut. I’m telling you, you get your gut straight, your skin will be beautiful. And if you have skin issues, sure some people have oily skin, sure it is genetic. So consume fermented foods, there are some really wonderful brands.
Tea Tree Oil
This is amazing for acne. Tea tree oil can be applied either directly to blemishes or you may want to dilute it in a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, or olive oil, or almond oil, or rosehip seed, whichever oil, you have avocado, because it is pretty strong.
I often use tea tree oil directly, but you want to be careful around the eyes, and you want to make sure just to use a little bit. If you already have oily skin, adding more carrier oil might not be ideal. But tea tree oil, melaleuca oil is absolutely amazing.
It is clinically studied to help destroy the bacteria that feast on the imbalance of oils in your skin because acne is about the gut. But it’s also about an imbalance in hormones and oils which is why people say acne is prone to happen for women around their monthly cycle, and certainly for teenagers in the throes of puberty.
Tea tree oil is great to destroy bacteria. Frankincense oil is great as an anti-inflammatory. That is an amazing one-two punch for acne.
Take a little bit of tea tree oil, a little bit of frankincense, you can mix it again in olive oil or coconut oil, that is an amazing dab for blemishes at night. Again, essential oils are strong, so you want to avoid the eye area.
Frankincense essential oil can be used internally, as long as it’s labeled as a dietary supplement, and certified organic. I recommend two or more drops of frankincense oil three or more times a day, internally, to reduce inflammation, and help build a healthy environment in your gut which will lead to healthy skin.
Anti-inflammatories, none are better than turmeric. Consuming turmeric as a spice in a supplement or in an infusion or a tea is absolutely amazing. It’s great for the gut, and it’s a powerful anti-inflammatory in its own right. I recommend consuming turmeric every day to support that inflammation balance in your body. I think turmeric is a great secret weapon to fight acne, and with its anti-oxidants, to promote beautiful skin.
You can also consume probiotics and supplements. When it comes to acne, I believe the probiotics you want to look for are called “soil-based organisms.” So taking a probiotic daily along with consuming fermented foods are a great way to get probiotics into your diet.
Consuming bone broth with its collagen, chondroitin, and glucosamine, can be anti-inflammatory. Consuming hyaluronic acid can be great, not only for your joints but also for your skin. It is a beauty product supreme. Those are absolutely amazing and can make a big difference in the health of your skin.
I recommend consuming one to three cups of bone broth a day. You can make it. You can buy it at your local health food store, grocery store, or you can consume a protein powder made from bone broth. It is the ultimate food to boost your internal and external health.
Eliminate gluten, we want to remove this offensive protein that’s found in wheat, rye, and barley. It helps your gut, and it will reduce inflammation.
Reduce dairy, because most dairy has that inflammatory protein called beta-casein A1. If you must consume dairy, consume goat or sheep. Yogurt or kefir is a little better because it’s fermented, but I would recommend avoiding gluten and dairy for three weeks, and see how it improves your skin.
Consume fermented foods, Sauerkraut, kombucha, kimchi, miso, those are all amazing sources of probiotics, enzymes and organic acids that are wonderful for your skin in all ways, and of course, good for your gut.
Tea tree oil topically for your blemishes and breakouts. Dilute it or dab directly on your pimples, and it has antibacterial benefits that will be awesome. If you’re really sensitive, remember mix tea tree oil with what we call a carrier oil.
Frankincense essential oil topically as an anti-inflammatory. Great with tea tree oil internally, to help calm inflammation on the inside. I believe it is phenomenal. Two to three drops, three or more times a day internally. Put it directly on the skin. Frankincense is gentle so you may not even need a carrier oil.
Turmeric, supplements, tea, eat it as a spice. It’s anti-inflammatory, it’s antioxidant, and it’s great for your skin, do it every day.
Probiotics, take supplements to supplement your fermented food intake. Look for soil-based organisms or SBOs, because those probiotics, I believe, work on a deep level, and it will be reflected in your beautiful skin.
Bone broth contains nutrients and beneficial compounds that are great for your insides and you’re outside.