You are not going to believe how easy these suggestions are. They are all free, and will not take up extra time. You have everything you need. And I promise, they work really well, if you give them a chance. You CAN clear acne naturally. I will tell you a few personal stories to prove it. 🙂
1) Believe in Health
There’s a belief that what you visualize you magnetize. Another way to say that is that what your mind says, your life manifests. So if you’re constantly worrying about your acne, and bemoaning your fate, you’re basically strengthening that thought-line of “acne, acne, acne” and your life creates more of it, not less!
So instead of identifying yourself as “someone with acne” or always being conscious of how people must be looking at your skin, and looking in the mirror and thinking “ugh, I hate my skin!,” train yourself to notice those thoughts (a lot of times we literally stop being conscious of the negative things we are thinking, since it’s become such an ingrained habit! yeeks!) and gently replace them with thoughts that will create less acne in your life, not more. Try these mantras:
- I am healthy
- I am beautiful
- People notice me, not my skin
- My skin is healing
- My skin contains health and promise
- I accept and love my skin
- Healing is happening – all is well
2) Get Lots of Sleep
Remember I promised you personal anecdotes? Well, I have struggled with pretty severe acne my entire life, but there are definitely times it got super bad. These were always when I was especially down on my appearance – two times that come to mind off the top of my head include when I went away to university at an all-girls school and then after university, I taught english in Poland for a year. Despite being Polish, I was suuuuuper intimidated by how beautiful all the Polish girls were and I just wanted to hide so bad.
Well, it just so happened that pretty soon after I arrived in Poland, I got into a severe horseback riding accident and fractured my sacrum. I literally had to spend an entire MONTH completely bedridden – like bed pan bed-ridden – I never left the bed for anything – couldn’t get up to answer the door or phone, had to eat all my meals in bed, etc.
In a way, though, it was kind of miraculous and special what happened. All my responsibilities dissolved away. I was very peaceful during that time, I remember. It was winter and all I did was read and make Christmas gifts for people. And sleep. Lots of sleep. And no looking in the mirror. And no worrying about people looking at me. And my acne went from extremely bad and persistent to completely gone. Like baby-smooth skin. It was all the sleep and lack of stress.
Well, in real life, managing stress is hard (but possible!), but getting sleep is pretty easy. (Unless, and I feel all my mamas out there, you have a kid. But even with a kid, SLEEP when they do!)
3) Harness Your Senses
This is basically just a fancy way of saying: keep your eyes off the mirrors and your hands off your face. Easier said than done? I find that keeping your hands off your face is WAAAY easier if you literally avoid all close contact with mirrors – you know the kind I mean, the kind where you lean in and inspect your skin up close, wallowing in every imperfection.
If you have the bad habit of fiddling with your face or propping your face in your hands (both of which I do) here’s what I do: I really like to prop my face in my hands. I don’t know why. But if I’m wearing a loose or stretchy shirt, I’ll pull the collar of it up and use it as insulation between my hand and my face or I’ll use a handkerchief or bandana or kleenex. I mean, not ideal, but way better than getting tempted to start fussing with your skin.
And when I notice myself fiddling with my face, like absentmindedly rubbing, I’ll try to shift that to my neck or shoulder or playing with my hair. It, like everything else in life, is about practice. At first it will be hard not to touch your face and you’ll find yourself doing it. Then you begin to catch yourself, slowly shift behavior, until one day you are automatically, without even thinking about it, pulling your shirt collar up pre-face prop.
Serious – leave your skin alone and give your mind a rest!
4) Toss ALL your skincare
We really, really, really like fiddling with our faces, especially if they are covered in blemishes. Why is that?!?! I think it’s because we have this innate sense of “fix it!” built in. We can’t leave stuff alone if it’s bothering us. But honestly, think about what your skin looks like objectively: it is red, sensitive, irritated. It probably really, really wants to just be left alone so it can rest!
You guys, I own a skincare line, so why am I telling you to toss all your skincare? Because, the less you are fussing with your face, the less you are obsessing and stressing about it. Kind of like: out of sight, out of mind. The less you are obsessing about it, the more the body’s natural wisdom and processes get a chance to heal it. Think about it – your body wants to be healthy – it is always trying to heal. It knows your skin is unhappy.
A lot of times when we become hurt or ill, or anything else goes wrong with our beauty and our health, we get really angry at our bodies. We feel like our bodies have betrayed us. This is not a good mindset. Our body is trying as hard as it can.
Here is the deal with tossing all your skincare, so listen carefully. It is a giant lie that the beauty industry has sold you that you need to cleanse, moisturize and medicate ad infinitum. Plenty of people, myself included, have healed their acne by doing what is known as the caveman regimen, which means basically leaving skin alone – totally. Like no washing, no nothing. And guess what? The skin begins to find balance on its own!
You want to know something even more crazy? When I did the cavemen regimen, I did not even know I was doing it. This is a little hard to write, but at the time, I had an eating disorder and was exercising too much and not eating enough and I was EXHAUSTED. I just fell into bed with – omg- my makeup on! Yep – one of the biggest no-nos and there I was doing it. In the morning, I would just put more make-up on!
You might think this is absolutely crazy, but here’s the thing – I think I was using mineral makeup and maybe a light foundation. Hardly pore clogging. Not heavy pancake make-up and it would mostly wear off during the day. And definitely better for my skin than stripping cleansers or the chemicals found in acne meds. So even with the makeup not being washed off, my skin was able to heal. And yes, eventually, one day, I wasn’t even putting any makeup on because my skin was so clear.
Another thing I want to mention, is many of my clients protest and say they can’t do the caveman regimen because they can’t bear to show their bare face to the world. And here are two things:
a) ALL of them, 100%, do not look nearly as bad as they think they do. ALL of them I would not even glance at twice if I saw them without makeup. I PROMISE. We are so much harder on ourselves than we need to be and we actually DISTORT the way we see ourselves – magnifying the things we are dissatisfied about – yet ANOTHER reason to ditch the mirrors!
b) Guess what? Acne is REALLY hard to hide. It’s 3 dimensional, after all. Not even the best makeup can conceal it! So make-up in many ways is just a futile little lie we tell ourselves. I think it is much better to fearlessly show your true skin to the world. It is not NEARLY as big of a deal as you think it is – and make-up does not help nearly as much as you think it does…
Ok, ok, you’re reading this and you still can’t stomach tossing all your skincare. That’s fine. I think ULTIMATELY skincare (gentle and natural of course!) is a VERY good thing.
- Is your skincare causing you to obsess and worry about your skin MORE?
- Are you only using your skincare because you want the results it promised?
- Does your skincare feel like a compulsion or addiction?
- Do you feel like you HAVE to do your skincare routine or your skin will erupt in boils immediately?
- Are you afraid to travel or spend the night because it is disruptive to your skincare routine?
- Does your skincare feel like an obligation or a necessity?
THEN DITCH IT. FREE YOURSELF.
The world will NOT end.
If, on the other hand:
- Your skincare is a pleasant ritual
- You can skip it without stressing
- You use your skincare because the act of caring for your self is pleasurable, and the results (usually totally exaggerated, right? But we can still be hopeful) are merely a nice bonus
- Your skincare is actually truly soothing your skin
- It is soothing to the soul to take care of your skin, NOT obsess over it
Then, keep it up. You’ve got good skincare and you’re in a good place. 🙂
5) Drink more water!
Maybe it will help you if I tell you WHY this is important. It has nothing to do with hydrating the skin, like most people assume. It has to do with supporting the liver and facilitating toxin elimination.
A veeerrry commom cause of acne is an over-taxed or poorly functioning liver that releases toxins or doesn’t completely filter toxins from the blood. If the liver is not removing the toxins, they get taken care of in other ways – stored in fat, released in foul smelling BO, and you guessed it – the skin processes them, aka acne happens.
If you drink water you support the liver considerably and help toxins get eliminated correctly – and it’s such an easy thing to do!
Want to facilitate healthy (ie, non-acne-causing detoxification) even more? Sweat! And then drink LOTS of water. Sauna, hot yoga or a sweat-producing workout even 1x per week help a ton with toxin removal.
Do not be fooled by how simple and ineffectual all of these things seem. If you do them, your skin will get better, I promise.
Message me if you have any questions!
In beauty, bliss and awe of nature,