So the first question is from Michael: “I struggle with acne and some digestive issues, and I’ve already cut out dairy and gluten, get quality sleep, exercise, and do all the things that you speak about, and I still haven’t cleared my skin to the degree that I want to, especially my back acne. So, I was just wondering what maybe you would recommend to me as some other steps. I started working with a practitioner and doing some testing, and I’m sensitive to dairy, and I have candida and some bacteria, so I’m working on that currently. But are there any other things you’d recommend I look at?”.
Acne is a bummer. It affects so many people; it’s a multi-billion dollar industry. People are putting all kinds of lotions, potions, and creams, and gels on their face, and it just keeps coming back. The question is: how do you get rid of acne and what causes it? It’s not just coming from the outside, we’re putting stuff like antibiotics, and creams and gels on your face are going to be the solution. It’s coming from the inside, you have to deal with the inside, and it is coming from inside. You should treat your skin from the inside out, whether it’s acne, or eczema, or psoriasis, or all kinds of rashes – they heal from the inside out.
So what are the causes of acne? Well, it’s an inflammatory problem. You get inflammatory bumps all over your back or on your face, and there are a few major reasons. One is food sensitivities. Now that’s not an allergy but food sensitivities, and dairy it’s probably the biggest reason because there are so many hormones in there. Sugar is likely to be the second most major reason. It’s a huge issue, and I think most people don’t realize that when you eat a lot of sugar, it drives hormones that cause acne. So getting rid of sugar and starch and getting off of dairy is a great place to start.
There are also other things that cause it, and it’s often your gut. Now, if you have cystic acne on your back that also could be a parasite. I’ve seen many cases have significant parasites that are driving severe skin issues, particularly cystic acne. But regular acne often can be caused by imbalances in your gut flora, too much of the bad bugs, yeast disorders that are a significant reason. I often go right after yeast when I treat people with acne.
I make sure I deal with the nutritional deficiencies, things like vitamin A, evening primrose oil, zinc, omega-3 fats -all these will help acne. And also getting the immune system to work better by really cooling off the inflammation in your body. And that’s basically by an elimination diet, an inflammatory diet, by doing things like the 10-day detox can be very powerful dealing with inflammation. And getting all these guts stuff sorted out, so I often recommend any fungals, probiotics, enzymes, some things that can help to balance the gut.
So acne is a big deal, it affects millions of people, and there is a solution.