I suffered with acne for so many years. I’m talking the deep, cystic kind. It wasn’t pretty. And no amount of makeup could make it disappear.
The culprit to all of this suffering? Years of taking antibiotics and birth control. It wasn’t until I started seeing a nutritionist/colon-hydro therapist and chinese herbalist in Los Angeles that my face started clearing up. And let me tell you, it wasn’t an overnight cure.
Over the years I learned so much about clearing my skin from the inside out. I had to change my diet and completely eliminate certain foods for some time. I also added herbs into my daily routine.
Antibiotics are NOT the answer. And acne sufferers need to know this.
The overuse of antibiotics is toxic. So I needed a major detox and this was a strict process that lasted about 2 years, as I was a severe case. After that, I slowly started to bring some foods back into my diet that I had had to cut out before. I don’t want you, dear reader, to think that now your life is going to suck because you have to just eat carrots and drink only water. However, even today, several years later, I keep things like gluten and dairy to a minimum. I don’t deprive myself of any foods. I love bread, and if I’m out at a restaurant and I want the bread that’s put on the table, I’ll have some, guilt-free. But, you will never find bread in my home.
So where did I go wrong?
When you’re prescribed an antibiotic from the doctor, the goal is to target a bacteria called P.acnes, which is just a small part of chronic acne. So for me, I did see results with antibiotics in the short-term as my skin was clearing up…but I had no idea about the long-term damage it was doing. Because the problem with antibiotics is that they kill all the bacteria in our gut, even the friendly kind that we need to stay healthy. It’s the healthy bacteria that fights against inflammation. And it’s inflammation that causes acne. So if we don’t have our healthy bacteria because we’re taking antibiotics that’s destroying all of it, plus putting food into our body that causes more inflammation, we’re going to have a big mess…which was evident on my face.
Restoring the gut and all of it’s friendly bacteria
The first thing that I had to do was get on probiotics, which are live bacteria and yeast that’s good for your health, and especially for the gut. They restore the good bacteria that the antibiotics destroyed….they also help fight off the “bad bacteria,” and help keep overall balance in your system.
You can find some probiotics in food, such as Lactobacillus. This may be the most common probiotic. It’s the one you’ll find in yogurt and other fermented foods. And I always ate goat yogurt, never yogurt from a cow, as cow milk has less probiotics and causes congestion. I also took a probiotic pill every morning.
Committed to a fairly strict diet and probiotics, herbs, and colon hydrotherapy, I gradually started to heal my gut, and therefore, my skin.
So please, next time you consider antibiotics as a cure for acne or other skin problems, please think again. Unfortunately, the majority of dermatologists will deem this the answer.
It all starts with a healthy gut. Be good to it. Give it what it needs. And experience the magic that will start to arise.