How to treat cystic acne, naturally and permanently? It's a potentially life changing question if the answer is right.
Suffering from cystic acne is not something that can be taken lightly. It’s a severe, debilitating condition that makes it painful to look in the mirror and sometimes impossible to enjoy life.
I’ve had clients that couldn’t look other people in the eye, and others who simply avoided going out as much as possible. Sound like you?
You are not alone, and fortunately getting clear skin comes down to simple principles that if you follow, make a world of difference.
Yes, even your skin can be improved.
With the emotional impact it’s easy to see why medications and treatments promising quick results are so popular, even at the expense of your health and skin.
If something is affecting your daily life and self esteem in this way, you’re willing to try anything to cure it.
This article looks at the important steps you can take to address your cystic acne naturally, and why taking a holistic approach is so important. But this doesn't mean your external skin care products aren't important, so we will look at which products to use at the end. That's a holistic approach!
Accutane, Antibiotics, the Contraceptive Pill, Pro Active....
While these might mask the symptoms for a short time, anyone who’s tried them (and it’s quite likely you have) will know how they only make the condition worse in the long run.
And as soon as they are stopped the symptoms comes back.
They work by drying up, covering up, completely destroying good and bad bacteria, or manipulating your hormones. The problem is - they are all one dimensional treatments.
They only work to 'treat' the symptoms.
It's like putting a sticker over the empty gas gauge in your car, thinking that by covering it up the problem (empty tank) will go away.
Your skin is a mirror to what is going on inside your body. <Tweet This!
Read that again, it's such an important statement you should write it on your mirror.
If your system is out of whack, dis-ease happens and is manifested in various ways depending on how your body reacts. For some (you), it triggers an ‘acne response’. Others, irritable bowel syndrome, psoriasis or fungal infections like athletes foot.
Mike Walden, who developed the Acne No More system, says this in his ebook:
“Every type of blemish you have acts as a messenger from the body. It is suggesting changes in your diet and lifestyle that will only benefit you in the long run”
“Without eliminating the source of your acne condition, you will never get rid of it.”
The reason why his system works is that it shows you exactly how to eliminate the source of the condition. Follow the steps and you will get rid of your acne.
I hope you see how much sense that makes. But most importantly, that it gives you hope that you absolutely can cure your cystic acne.
So how do you eliminate the source of your condition?
To treat it permanently, go deep. Right to the very inside of your insides. Reset your system and allow it to heal itself. Healthy insides equals healthy skin. That mirror will look shiny, clear and new.
This is what it involves:
Perhaps the number 1 reason why methods such as the Acne No More system work, is the focus on internal cleansing. This is the heart and soul of the method, and is exactly why it succeeds where so many others don’t.
How does a clogged system effect your skin?:
A detox or internal cleanse is the vital first step to getting rid of acne. This will allow your system to reset itself and start working properly. The result?
Nutrients and water are absorbed properly, toxins are removed efficiently, hormones remain balanced and all this shows up in your glowing complexion.
Not to mention the extra energy and lightness you will feel - something that we aren't even aware is possible if the conditions have been going on for long enough.
1. It's important to prepare your body for a detox by including plenty of fresh vegetables, fruit and water for several days leading up to it.
2. You can do a juice fast - where you only drink fresh juices for 2 - 3days. You'll be getting the nutrients from the juice while letting your digestion organs rest and reboot.
3. A full fast gives the most dramatic results in the shortest time. One day is enough to get your system starting to run as it should. Drink plenty of water and rest as much as you can.
4. It is possible to get the same effects without fasting, it will just take longer and the results might not be as dramatic. Cut out all dairy, sugar, refined carbohydrates, caffeine and alcohol for at least 2-3 weeks.
The impact of diet on your whole body can't be ignored. If you truly want to get rid of cystic acne for good, you will need to make some changes - the results are well worth it.
1. Cutting out dairy completely can have a dramatic impact on all skin conditions, and particularly cystic acne. Try it for 2-3 weeks, for some people this is almost all they have to do to treat the condition for good.
2. An easy way to get a good amount of vitamins and nutrients is by drinking a vegetable smoothie everyday. Spinach, apple, cucumber and pineapple is a tasty combination - experiment with a few different ones until you find your favorite.
3. If you can't cut out sugar completely you need to understand the effects of it. Spikes in blood sugar levels disrupt hormones and have a direct effect on skin tissues and cells. Try to eliminate at least for 1 week, and then have it occasionally as a treat.
4. Gluten is a bit of a buzzword these days - but for some people with even a slight intolerance this shows up on their skin. Try cutting this out for a week or 2 and notice the effects.
5. It's a great idea to keep a 'food diary' when trying any changes with your diet to treat cystic acne. Notice the effects on your skin and energy levels.
While a healthy diet can give us much of our nutrient requirements, there are some supplements worth taking:
1. Omega 3 - from fish oil or flaxseed. Been shown to have a stablizing effect on hormones, is very hydrating and good for mental health.
Take 1500mg - 3000mg a day with food.
2. Selenium - this mineral works as an antioxidant and some studies have shown a direct link between selenium deficiency and acne.
3. Probiotics - these increase the amount of good bacteria in the gut, which is responsible for preventing infections and absorbing nutrients from food. Probiotics can be very effective for treating cystic acne, and are most effective after a detox.
Stress has a direct impact on the functioning of your organs. Vital energy is used up and the results show on your skin.
1. Taking supplements such as Omega 3 above can have a soothing effect by balancing hormones and improving brain function
2. Gut health is directly related to mental health - so by taking the detox, diet and supplementation steps above you might find your stress is naturally controlled better.
3. Sometimes temporary stress is unavoidable - before exams or a job interview, deadlines for projects, illness etc. Your acne might flare up during these times. It's important to pay particular attention to the life style factors below, and ask for support from those close to you.
These are just as important as all the treatments above, are just as important in the holistic approach.
1. Adequate sleep - this not only means enough hours (min. 7) but also quality. A dark room, clean sheets and healthy diet will ensure your sleep is deep enough to allow your body to reset.
2. Exercise - at least 20mins a day. It doesn't matter if it's a walk or sprint, broken up in two 10min lots or all at once. Just get it in anyway you can and your skin will thank you. It helps with sleep and digestion too.
3. Fun, relaxation and goals - while it's easy to brush these off in the importance scale, if you suffer from cystic acne there is a chance that it's been a long time since you felt at ease, inspired and motivated.
If you understand and take the steps I've outlined in this page and you start seeing results, you will naturally start feeling better.
As your skin continues to improve, set some goals that you may have been putting off, spend time with those you care about and realize that taking control of your acne is the jumping off step for a new found freedom. A freedom that you fully deserve.
So we know exactly how important addressing the internal causes of cystic acne is. But that doesn't mean the external skin care products you use aren't important.
In fact, they can make or break your results.
The wrong products can make your condition so much worse that no matter how you address it from the inside, you can't achieve clear skin, which is incredibly frustrating.
So many acne 'solutions' work by severely drying out your skin. In the long run it ends up sensitized, dry and dull, plus it's even oilier and more blocked than before.
I would go so far as to say that you should be addressing this step first, then look at the internal causes this page talks about. Then any changes you make to your lifestyle will show themselves on your face a lot faster.
The right products provide: