Acne Causes & Cures

Acne  Causes  & Cures

Acne has a lot in common with other skin conditions, like Eczema and Rosacea. As surprising as it may seem, all of these conditions have their origins in our gut.

Acne Is Everywhere!

The cases of Acne, around the globe, affect well over half a billion people! And, the cost of treatment is immense!

The prevalence of acne vulgaris globally was 681.2 million in 2016. … Approximately 80 percent of people are affected by acne between onset of puberty and 30 years of age. In the US, the cost of acne in terms of treatment and loss of productivity is over 3 billion dollars per year.

Global Acne Market Report for 2016-2026

Acne Is Misunderstood

In the same Global Acne Market Report it states that emotional issues are a consequence of Acne, but the reality is, the same underlying issues that cause Acne are also causing the associated emotional and mental health issues.

More than 90 percent of world population is affected by acne at some point in their life. Although acne is a skin disease, it can lead to prominent emotional and psychological issues. 

Acne & Emotional Health

In Hormone Health Part Two I explain why our deteriorating digestive health is at the root of our Acne outbreaks. But, deteriorating digestive health is also the root cause of emotional and mental health issues too… Or, at least, when stress from emotional and other issues causes us to develop intestinal problems we then get locked into a cyclical downward spiral.

In an article entitled Gut Health I explain how our digestive system is responsible for making and regulating most of our hormones, and how 90% of our Seretonin, (the neurotransmitter which makes us feel happy and relaxed), is also produced in the gut. Clearly, a malfunctioning digestive tract will fail to make optimal levels of both, thereby further exacerbating the problem in a cyclical fashion. A dysbiotic digestive system fails to make what our body needs to support our emotional health, which then further compounds the problems with our digestive health.

Sadly, these deeper issues, which are the genuine root causes of our Acne, that can have serious consequences when they go untreated, rarely get a mention in the medical literature relating to Acne and other skin problems. It’s not that the scientific world isn’t aware that our gut health determines our skin health… it’s just that there’s a lot of profit to be made from selling creams and other protocols which only attempt to deal with the outward expression of the problem.

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Acne & Stress

If a person is very stressed and has little or no support, or they feel unable to talk about their problems, then the emotional issues are likely to precede an Acne break-out, or accompany it.

But, if a person feels well supported, and their stress levels are manageable, there may be other stressors causing their digestive issues, which if left unchecked, can result in Acne outbreaks and mental health issues over time.

Sadly, we live in a polluted world in which there are many chemical stressors that can cause damage to our digestive tract and lead to emotional issues because the normal function of our health is compromised at a systemic level.

If, however, your stress is from an emotional cause I recommend you check out The Ultimate Cause Of All Illness for a much deeper understanding of how our emotional issues affect the overall condition of our body.

Acne & Hormone Disruption

In Hormone Health Part Five I explain more about how gut health affects our skin health, so please read this article too.

Hormonal disturbances make us more prone to outbreaks, and a poor functioning immune system exposes us to the risk of bad bacteria getting a strong hold, exacerbating Acne and other skin conditions, and ultimately causing infections.

Within the Hormone Health series of articles I also explain that the gut produces and regulates many of our hormones. Our gut health is of utmost importance to our overall health!

Hormones can be disrupted by many factors. Our diets play a significant role, as do our stress levels, but so do Xenoestrogens and antibiotics.

Xenoestrogens are synthetic oestrogens found everywhere in our environment. There’s not a person on planet earth that isn’t already affected by them. Xenoestrogens are never good in any circumstance, so we need to learn all about them and then learn what we can do to avoid them as much as possible.

Thyroid health is also something that influences our skin health. Quite often Acne as well as Eczema and Psoriasis go hand in hand with Thyroid issues.

There are essential oils that can really help heal the damage caused by Xenoestrogens.

Antibiotics destroy gut health, and so in my opinion, they are THE LAST THING WE SHOULD TURN TO FOR THE TREATMENT OF ACNE!

Further reading: Thyroid & The Skin Connection

Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis, Rosacea, Vitiligo Etc…

And, if you thought you could only suffer from one physical outward sign of a dodgy gut, then think again… Who knew Acne, Eczema, Rosacea & Dermatitis etc, all have the same root cause? 

Pretty much the singular root cause of all dermatological skin conditions is the same… a compromised gut, which is more formally known as gut dysbiosis… And, it’s stress, of one kind or another, in most cases, which lead to our gut problems.

Stress Causes inflammation

Whether it’s emotional or metal stress, or food intolerances, or toxic levels of heavy metals and nasty chemicals, and even antibiotics, which are tragically often used to treat Acne, the result is the same… these stressors cause inflammation and gut dysbiosis.

Chronic inflammation often indicates we are immune compromised, which means that opportunistic bugs on our skin will take full advantage.

80% of our immune systems are comprised of the microbiome in our guts. Taking antibiotics destroys the microbiome. So, instead of compounding the problem we should be looking to our guts, and our diets to try and resolve our issues. We do this by building up our gut integrity, thereby reducing inflammation.

This is why grains and dairy are usually the first food groups to have to go… they are inflammatory foods!

Dr Patrick Flynn has produced a brilliant video that deals with all of these issues. If you have Acne you need to watch this.

Root Causes Of Gut Dysbiosis

Stress is, unquestionably, the biggest cause of ill-health the world over, and it’s the biggest cause of our gut issues as well. But, there are many different forms of stress, ranging from emotional, psychological and physical.

Toxic emotions, like jealousy and envy, and even hatred will impose a very real physical burden on the body. Likewise, being judgemental and intolerant is harmful, as is an inability to accept ourselves and others.These toxic thoughts that create the associated toxic emotions will stress our systems out in very dramatic ways.

You can read more about these issues in the article on Universal Law.

Our immune systems will be undermined by all of these toxic emotions leaving us vulnerable to infections. In fact, every single bodily function is undermined by toxic emotions, which can lead to endless dysfunctions within the body.

Acne is actually one of the kinder malfunctions, because it is an unmissable outward sign that “something is rotten in Denmark”.

Our toxic thought processes are compounded if our diets are also toxic.

Toxic food will stress out our body in much the same way a diet of toxic thoughts impacts our body…

Acne & Fluoride..

There is a strong connection between fluoride and Acne. But why is the incidence of Acne escalating when most regions in the UK have water which is now fluoride free?

The simple answer to this is that it’s still in toothpaste and being used by UK dentists. Try eliminating fluoride out of your life completely to see how your skin benefits.

Fluoride also interferes with Calcium in the body which leads to a serious condition… it calcifies our Pineal Gland which is a critical part of our endocrine systems.

Learn more about this and how to detox fluoride for the body here :: Detoxing Fluoride With Tamarind.

Acne, Rosacea & Eczema :: the Big Cover-Up

It is astonishing to me that most people turn to concealer and foundation cream in an attempt to cover up our Acne rather than attempting to understand the root problem.

I have a strong hunch that this is because Western Medicine is also taking a pretty superficial approach to dealing with the problem too.

Western Medicine provides many topical applications for Acne, and it would be rare indeed if a conventional doctor would ever mention diet and nutrition as a primary cause of our skin issues. They are also unlikely to mention stress and emotional turmoil caused by toxic thinking as a root problem too, although to be fair to the medical profession, they are making huge advances in understanding this particular facet of the problem.

Topical medications have been developed to sooth skin irritations, restrict itchiness and combat bacterial overgrowths that occur in people with a dysbiotic gut. Sadly, these preparations do nothing to improve gut dysbiosis and hormonal imbalances…

Probably the most tragic factor in the way Western Medicine prescribes for Acne is the countless prescriptions of antibiotics that are given on a long-term basis for people with Acne, which will only annihilate what good bacteria there was left in their gut.

Antibiotics utterly compound the problems with the gut, even if the skin temporarily clears up.

I appreciate why so many people just want to cover up their Acne, and it makes perfect sense to do this as long as people are also willing to address the deeper problems at the root of their Acne.

There are several Wild As The Wind products to help get Acne under control & heal scars

FACIAL OIL No. 2 (Normal & Combination Skin)
FACIAL OIL No. 8 (Hot Weather Option)
Makeup Removing Protocol (For All Skin Types) Also consider supplementing with these amazing carrier oils:
  • Bakuchiol Oil
  • Buriti Oil :: (Has the highest quantity of Vitamin A out of all of all of the supplementary oils in this list. Vitamin A is the ingredient in Acutane which works so well at reducing Acne. Sadly use a synthetic Vitamin A which has had negative side effects for a lot of users, some of which are extremely severe, but natural Vitamin A has no known negative side effects.)
  • Marula Oil
  • Tamanu Oil
  • Prickly Pear Oil

Acne Treatment First Steps

It’s imperative to address the toxic issues feeding your condition.

If you suffer from a lot of toxic thinking, and self criticism, you may want to turn to a family member or friend for support in finding ways to understand how to have a better relationship with yourself and others.

Or, if your family and friends are all part of the problem or the focus of the problem, as they so often are, then there’s an awful lot of self-help books out there designed to help. I particularly like the work of Kelly Brogan, who is heavily featured in Hormone Health Part Four. There are a number of videos featuring Kelly Brogan on that page.

You may also want to see a therapist, but I personally believe that some therapists will do more harm than good. So choose well if you decide to go down this root.

It’s also imperative to clean up your diet. A good way forward on this front is to follow the advice provided in the comprehensive article about Gut Health.

Acne Resources

You may also find reading and watching some other articles and videos on this website very useful…

I recommend Hormone Health Part Five.

In fact, I advise you to read the whole of the Hormone Health series, and consider getting yourself some Hormone Supporting Essential Oils, or Wild As The Wind Hormone products.

Essential Oils Anxiety & Depression

Because Psoriasis and Eczema have the same root cause as Acne, this article will be very useful: Eczema & Psoriasis Causes & Cures 

Here’s two excellent video interviews with Dr. Patrick Flynn and Magdalena Wszelaki in Hormone Health Part Six

Morning Detox Protocols outlines lot of ideas on how to reduce the psychological, emotional and physical burdens our bodies are exposed to.

As you will see in Morning Detox Protocols, stress comes in many different forms. One ever-increasingly pervasive form of stress is from the technological gadgets we have grown increasingly addicted to. Evening Detox Protocols details how our technological devices are seriously impacting our health.

FACIAL OIL No. 2 For Acne explains how to heal the scars and discolouration caused by Acne.

FACIAL OIL No. 2 For Acne Testimonials lists all of the feedback from people who have successfully used FACIAL OIL No. 2 to clear their Acne.

Other Useful Wild As The Wind Products include:

Mineral Spritz

A very healing and tonifying product that delivers a lot of minerals into the skin. Great when used in conjunction with a Wild As The Wind FACIAL OIL, all of which are formulated to help with the physical, hormonal and emotional symptoms of Acne.

Mineral Sprit will not only help to heal Acne, but it will also help with healing Eczema & Psoriasis etc.

Mineral Spritz also works as a dietary supplement, helping to increase bodily amounts of vital trace minerals, particularly Magnesium.

Makeup Removal Products

A makeup removal protocol that has been specifically devised to be used with Acne prone skin, which will actually help to eliminate the physical aspects of the condition.

This Makeup Removal  Protocol has been nick-named 100 Uses Makeup Removal because it is so versatile.

Acne & The Gut

Cassandra Bankson, whose video I’ve featured above, is pretty amazing. She’s a YouTuber with a squillion followers, a Model With Acne, Beauty Expert, Published Writer, Lifestyle Blogger, World Traveler & Student! (She’s studying dermatology, but says that what she’s learning on her course doesn’t describe how she mainly got to grips with her Acne… watch the video above for the full story!)

Topical Herbal Applications

Herbs mixed with the healing power of raw, unfiltered honey, can have an amazing impact on an Acne outbreak.

Holy Basil, or Tulsi powder, with a bit of water and honey (50/50), to make a dessert spoon of Tulsi into a paste, for application as a face mask is great for Acne.

Other herbs that are really useful are Cinnamon and Turmeric… but Turmeric will stain for a little while.

Acne & Diet

The following quick 8 minute video is an excellent quick insight into all the dietary changes you can employ to heal your gut…. and your Acne, Psoriasis, Eczema, Vitiligo, Rosace and Dermatitis…

Hormone Health Part Five: Xenoestrogens, Weight Gain & Skin Health


The information provided is not intended to replace the medical directives of your healthcare provider. This information is not meant for the diagnosis of health issues. If you are pregnant, have serious or multiple health concerns, consult with your healthcare provider before using essential oils or associated products. If you experience any complications or adverse reactions contact your healthcare provider.

Deepen your knowledge by using the Wild As The Wind Recommended Resources

Another resource you may find useful can be found by following the link below. *Please note, I use sources from the Recommended Resources list as well as sources from the Healthcare and Skincare Information Sources list when researching articles for the Wild As The Wind Blog.

Best Healthcare and Skincare Information Sources.

Wild As The Wind use a number of resources when deciding which essential oil formulas to put together for optimal healing and efficacy, as well as to support any health claims we may make.

We use the industry ‘bible’ on essential oil safety: Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals [2nd Edition] by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, to establish the safety of the Wild As The Wind formulations.

We owe a particular debt to GreenMedInfo, and, of course, the teachings of Valerie Ann Worwood, Julia Lawless, Shirley Price and Patricia Davis.

Many of the scientific studies used to inform the claims made on this website are via GreenMedInfo, as well as via Dr. Josh Axe as well as, on the odd occasion, Dr. Eric Zielinski

Other resources include:

  • PubMed
  • WebMD
  • Robert Tisserand & Rodney Young
  • Dr. Robert Pappas
  • Dr. Maria Lis-Balchin
  • Robbi Zeck
  • Dr. Mercola
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