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Where on your body are most of your pimples?

When do you typically get breakouts?

Do you experience any digestive symptoms frequently? For example, gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea and/or acid reflux?

Do you seem to get breakouts after taking pain relieving pills (such as Tylenol) or after drinking alcohol?

Have you noticed certain foods seem to cause breakouts within a few days of eating them?

For example, dairy, gluten, soy, eggs, peanuts, etc?

Do you experience PMS? For example, painful periods, irregular periods and/or erratic moods?

Do you ever have noticeable dips in your blood sugar? This may feel like fatigue in the afternoons, craving caffeine or sugar in the afternoons or getting shaky/hangry if you haven't eaten in a while.

Do you ever wake up in the early morning (around 2-4 AM) and can't go back to sleep?

Are you currently using a hormonal contraceptive method? If not, have you used one in the past?

Such as oral contraceptives, hormonal IUD, Depo shot, etc.

How many rounds of antibiotics do you estimate you've taken in your life?

QUIZ: What's the root cause of your adult acne?
Food sensitivities

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It seems like you’re dealing with some food sensitivities! Certain foods can absolutely trigger acne! This is due to how the food that you’re sensitive to is causing inflammation to your skin and body overall. Common trigger foods include dairy, gluten, soy, and peanuts. If you think your acne is flaring up due to the foods you're eating, an elimination diet may be in order so that you can figure out which foods are the culprits. If you’re willing to try an elimination diet, here’s what I recommend: 1️⃣ Remove potential offending foods for 3 weeks. If you really aren’t sure which it could be, start with the ones listed above. Dairy, gluten, soy, and peanuts. 2️⃣ After 3 weeks of not eating these foods, start to incorporate one food at a time. Choose one of the foods to start with and eat a significant amount over the course of one day. Then wait 3 days to see how your skin reacts. Don't change anything else in your diet or skincare routine during this time. 3️⃣ If no reactions occur, that food is safe to bring back into your diet. You can then repeat this process with the other foods that you had eliminated. If one food seems to give you acne within those 3 days, that just may be the culprit. While this elimination diet can be helpful, it will only work if the food we are sensitive to is one of those 4 common triggers. However, I’m sure you’re eating way more than 4 foods in your diet! You’re probably eating dozens and dozens of different foods (I hope!). In my nutritional therapy practice, I help my clients to figure out exactly which foods they’re eating that are causing inflammation. We do this with a highly effective food sensitivity test. This completely takes the guess work out of figuring out which foods are not jiving with your skin. The test I use tests for 176 different foods and food chemicals. That’s a lot of foods! There’s no way to complete an elimination diet for all of those. That would be crazy! Do you want even more holistic tips for supporting clear skin? Check your email! 🙂
Dysbiosis (gut bacteria imbalance)

Considering you're struggling with various digestive issues (such as constipation, diarrhea, acid reflux, and/or bloating), your acne may very well be instigated by dysbiosis. This means your gut bacteria is out of balance. If you have no clue what that means, that’s okay! Let me explain. You have trillions of bacteria in your gut (the tube from your mouth to the other end). It’s a good thing to have all those bacteria! Those bacteria are amazing powerhouses that support our immune system, hormone balance, good mood, digestion, and so much more. They also directly impact our skin health. The gut-skin connection is incredibly powerful thanks to those gut bugs! The issue we can run into, however, is that our good gut bacteria may start to get outnumbered by potentially harmful bacteria. This is called dysbiosis. We want more good bacteria and less harmful bacteria. If certain harmful bacteria start to overgrow in our gut, this can negatively impact our skin. This can perpetuate acne, eczema, psoriasis and other types of skin inflammation. If someone has dysbiosis, they may have digestive symptoms like bloating, constipation, diarrhea, acid reflux and abdominal discomfort. They may also have symptoms of skin inflammation, anxiety, depression, hormonal imbalance symptoms, food sensitivities, etc. This is due to how connected our gut bacteria are to every single body system- including the skin. So, what do we do about dysbiosis? Well, we can try to support our good gut bacteria more. My recommendations to do this include: 🥬 Eat a spoonful or two of fermented veggies every day. For example, sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir or yogurt. 🍖 Drink bone broth daily. Bone broth is very nourishing for the gut and aids in healing. 🍎 Try drinking some apple cider vinegar in water prior to meals. I recommend one tablespoon of ACV in 4 oz of water. Incorporating these tips may help a lot! However, the truth is, these interventions won’t completely get your gut bacteria back into balance. The truth is- it's hard to know the root cause of dysbiosis without functional lab testing that shows us which bacteria are out of balance. I typically recommend a gut microbiome test for my clients struggling with acne and any of the symptoms I listed above. This test gives us information about the levels of your good bacteria as well as levels of any harmful bacteria that may be the root of your digestive symptoms AND acne. We can then know exactly what’s going on in the gut so that we know exactly which bacteria we need to boost and which we need to reduce. Do you want even more holistic tips for supporting clear skin? Check your email! 🙂
Blood Sugar Dysregulation

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Acne has been linked with blood sugar spikes. This is due to how insulin impacts the secretion of sebum on the skin. If you're having symptoms of blood sugar imbalance, such as: fatigue in the afternoons, frequently waking up around 3 or 4 AM, feeling hangry or getting shaky if you haven't eaten... your blood sugar could use some support! Thankfully, there are a few things you can put in practice that will help you keep your blood sugar at more even levels throughout the day. 🍩 Remove processed foods and sugary foods from your diet. Instead focus on eating whole foods (such as pasture-raised meat, wild caught seafood, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and minimally processed fats (think grass-fed butter and coconut oil)). The idea here is not to eat perfectly, but to focus on eating a majority of your diet as nourishing whole foods. 🍽 Eat every 3-4 hours throughout the day. 🥑🍳🍠 Ensure that the meals and snacks you eat all contain a balance of protein, fat and carbohydrates. Protein and fat keep the carbs from spiking your blood sugar. Eating only carbs is a surefire way to keep your blood sugar dysregulated. 🧘🏼‍♀️ Try to reduce stress as much as possible. Over time, chronic stress can negatively impact your body's ability to keep blood sugar regulated. This is due to the relationship between our pancreas, adrenals, central nervous system and stress hormones- all of which play an important role in the orchestra of blood sugar regulation. Do you want even more holistic tips for supporting clear skin? Check your email! 🙂
Hormone Imbalance

Your acne may be caused by a hormonal imbalance. If your acne seems to be mostly on your chin or jawline area, this can indicate hormones may be a root cause. If you seem to get breakouts just prior to your period, this can also indicate that hormones are a factor. This may be hard to believe, but it's so imperative to support your gut health anytime you have hormone imbalance symptoms. Your gut health and hormone health are linked! Gut health is truly the foundation of health. It needs to be addressed first and foremost before any other body system can be healed. Here are a few tips you can implement if you're struggling with hormonal acne: 🥑 Eat a nutrient-dense, whole foods diet that is low in processed foods. This would include pasture-raised meat, wild caught seafood, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and minimally processed fats (think grass-fed butter and coconut oil)). The idea here is not to eat perfectly, but to focus on eating a majority of your diet as nourishing whole foods. 🧘🏼‍♀️ Try to reduce stress as much as possible. Over time, chronic stress can negatively impact your body's ability to sex hormones regulated. 🫖 Support liver health. Your liver is vital in helping to detoxify excess estrogen. If the liver is sluggish, it can potentially store an excess of estrogen which can negatively affect your hormone balance. I recommend drinking roasted dandelion tea or milk thistle tea every day. These herbs are so nourishing for the liver! Do you want even more holistic tips for supporting clear skin? Check your email! 🙂
Liver/ Detox

It seems as though your liver could use some support! The liver is crucial for helping us to break down and eliminate toxins and waste. If our liver isn't functioning very well or if we have some liver congestion, this can manifest on the skin in the form of acne. Did you know that the liver has over 500 functions in the body?? It's so crucial to keep our liver healthy and functioning well as the liver is the primary detoxification organ of the body. A sluggish liver can perpetuate acne and skin inflammation. This can happen due to the liver being unable to thoroughly process toxins, therefore they make their way towards the skin. Here's what I did for my liver that started making a huge difference in my adult acne: 💩 Ensure bowel movements are happening daily. For proper detoxification and elimination, it's imperative that your bowels are moving at least once a day. If you're struggling with constipation, ensure you're adequately hydrating and eating enough fiber. 🫖 Roasted dandelion root tea. Roasted dandelion root tea is gently supportive of liver health and detoxification. It has a nice roasty flavor that is reminiscent of coffee and is so nourishing. 🍺 Keep alcohol to a minimum. Alcohol is so tough on the liver. To keep it in good shape, keep your drinks to a minimum. Check your email for holistic liver support tips that may help you to start clearing up acne!