If you have acne, you’re likely consumed with thoughts of how to get rid of acne, and how to get rid of it for good! If your son or daughter struggles with acne, you’re no doubt heart broken by the impact you see it has on his or her self esteem.
When I was a teenager and young adult, I rarely got pimples. I knew a few teenagers who suffered acne, some with pretty severe acne, but my skin was clear virtually all the time, and people often complimented me for it. Back then, nobody really knew how to get rid of acne, but fortunately that was something I didn’t have to worry about. The fact is, I was just lucky – aside from washing my face daily, I really didn’t have a skin care regime, nor did I even eat properly. Fast forward to today and my teenage son looks like there’s a war taking place his face. And since I took clear skin for granted, I was ill prepared to figure out how to remedy it.
So we tried the standard stuff – benzoyl peroxide, over the counter acne treatments, info-mercial products, creams, lotions, potions… everything short of popping a pill, we tried it. Nothing worked.
Until the Spring of his Junior year we managed to convince him to try a weekend juice cleanse. Combined with a high quality probiotic, we immediately saw a change in his face. So we eliminated wheat and refined sugars, continued with the probiotics, and his face was holding steady. Over the summer he worked at a community pool and got plenty of sun, and his acne began clearing up in a way we hadn’t seen before. His skin was still scarred, but it was no longer inflamed.
And then Senior year started and he fell off the wagon. We could see the impact almost immediately on his face. He couldn’t fool anyone! He went for a few months sneaking junk food here and there, until finally he couldn’t stand me always staring at his face and the blunt comments from his overly honest young cousins. He was ready to get serious.
How to Get Rid of Acne – Healing through nutrition
So we started him on the GAPS diet. If you’ve read any of my other posts, you know I’ve employed GAPS for my own skin issues and healed my bout with dermatitis. He’s been on it now for about 3 months and his skin is once again on the healing track. Now make no mistake, when he slips up and becomes undisciplined, we can see it. But overall, the progress has been tremendous.
He’ll be working another pool side summer job, and no doubt the sun exposure will once again stimulate healing for the scars on his face. Topically, he no longer uses harsh creams like he did before, but instead he washes his face with a natural soap and then applies cold pressed olive oil as a moisturizer. Cold pressed oils like olive oil and unrefined coconut oil contain healing properties that are great for combating bacteria and soothing inflammation.
If you’ve been struggling with severe acne, chances are you suffer from an imbalance in your digestive system. One of the best ways to get rid of acne for good is by eliminating common triggers, such as wheat, dairy and sugar, and incorporating a high quality probiotic and other foods that heal the lining of your gut. Homemade broth, fermented foods, stews, and high quality fats are all foods that will not only help bring healing, but they will satiate you better than the standard foods most people young people eat today.
Now that my son’s Senior year is drawing to a close, he’s just a few months away from heading off to college. While he’s much better equipped to know what foods he should eat, and which foods set off an acne attack, he’s going to be entering a world of temptation – and he won’t have mom’s home cooking to keep him on track!
To help him out, I’ve been working on a “clean eating” manual that he can use as his guide for navigating the college cafeteria, eating out with friends, and even how to stock his dorm room with healthy snacks and foods that will keep him from falling off the wagon repeatedly. Since I never took the time to teach him all of my recipes, he asked me to add those in the book so he’ll be able to cook his favorite meals when he moves into his own place and will have to cook his own food.
I finished writing the book last week, and it’s currently in production. If you know a young person who is preparing for their own big move, or if you’re interested in learning more about clean eating and healthy GAPS inspired cooking, stay tuned and I’ll be sure to post a link where you can buy it once it’s available!
Meanwhile, be sure to bookmark our GAPS page and learn more about how to get rid of acne, and other rewards great nutrition can bring.