Clear Up Adult Acne In Less Than A Month

FINALLY... Clear-Up Adult Acne In Less Than A Month, Even If You’ve Tried Medications, or Expensive Creams

When we think about acne, many of us assume this pesky skin issue is something that’s confined to our awkward teenage years. That is, until we find ourselves struggling with breakouts in our 30s, 40s, or even 50s and 60s. This type of acne, called adult acne, can be incredibly frustrating and leave you spending hundreds of dollars on skin care products and expensive dermatologic treatments like lasers and peels.

But here’s what your dermatologist won’t tell you: It’s possible to clear up adult acne for good, without all those fancy treatments. In fact, I’ve helped dozens of my patients clear up their adult acne in less than a month — even if they’ve tried medications and expensive creams without any luck.

What is the real cause of adult acne?

Adult acne, also known as post-adolescent acne, is acne that occurs after the age of 25. Adult acne can take the form of:
  • Blackheads: These small pimples occur when excess oil and dead skin cells clog your pore but are open at the surface of the skin, which causes them to oxidize and turn black.
  • White heads : White heads appear when a pore becomes clogged, but are closed at the surface, leading to a white bump. 
  • Papules: These pimples take the form of small red bumps and form when oil and skin cells block a pore and mix with bacteria on your skin. 
  • Nodules: These pimples occur when pore becomes clogged and swollen further underneath the skin than the three types of pimples above. 
  • Cysts: These also occur when a pore is clogged by oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria but they occur even deeper below the surface than nodules. 

Adult acne can also occur anywhere on the face and can also flare up on the chest, shoulders, or even the back.

You’ll often see acne blamed on excess oil production, bacteria, or inflammation — but that’s not the full story.

So what are the real causes of acne? In my practice, I’ve observed that the real causes of acne go a little deeper and include:
  • Hormone imbalances: Underlying hormone imbalances, like estrogen dominance or PCOS, can often go undiagnosed and contribute to acne.
  • Diet: Certain foods have been linked to an increased incidence of acne. For example, a meta analysis of 14 different studies showed that there was a significant link between dairy products and an increased risk of acne. In addition, foods with a high glycemic content — such as simple carbs like candy, bread, cakes and pasta — affect insulin and can contribute to acne .
  • Stress: Emotional stress has been connected to an increase in acne incidence and severity.

All of these factors can contribute to the development and severity of acne individually, but they also all have something in common. And if you’re a frequent reader of the HAPPY GUT ® Blog , you won’t be surprised to learn that that connecting factor is the gut.

The gut health-acne connection

When we have a skin issue, we often spend a lot of time wondering what we can do to fix the problem from the outside, meaning topically, and we’re often told that “bad bacteria” on the skin cause acne. Acne has been connected to a loss in diversity of the Cuti Bacterium acnes species of bacteria and an increase in other types of bacteria, but as the authors of a study published in 2020 explain: “The interactions between the bacteria involved in acne extend beyond the skin itself.”

In fact, research has shown that patients with acne have different gut bacteria than patients without acne.

Therefore, the true underlying cause of acne lies in the gut and with the balance of good and bad bacteria in the microbiome. This may seem a little “out there” but there has been plenty of research to back up the connection between gut bacteria and acne. In fact, scientists have even been able to connect acne to specific strains of gut bacteria. For example, a study of 31 acne patients showed that the bacterial strain Actinobacteria was less abundant and Proteobacteria was more abundant in the guts of people with acne.

So what causes these imbalances? Mostly, our diet.

Studies have connected specific gut bacteria — ones that tend to increase when we eat the Standard American diet — to a higher risk of developing acne, confirming that a high-sugar, high-carb, processed foods diet can contribute to breakouts. When you eat excess amounts of dairy or sugar, it contributes to the growth of sugar-eating bacteria , which take over the gut ecosystem and can contribute to acne.

And it’s not just bacteria, either. A poor diet can also allow Candida albicans , a sugar-eating yeast, to grow out of control. Over time, an imbalanced gut microbiome and candida overgrowth can start to damage the gut barrier, which is a phenomenon known as leaky gut. 

When leaky gut occurs, the intestinal wall becomes more permeable (imagine the holes in a cheesecloth getting wider and wider) and larger molecules that are not supposed to slip through the gut barrier are allowed to escape the GI tract and enter the bloodstream. When this happens, it leads to an increase in inflammation that can contribute to acne . This creates more chronic inflammation, hormone imbalance, and can even contribute to psychological stress , which all leads to — you guessed it! — more acne.

The problem with conventional acne treatments

After reading the section above, you can probably already guess what the big problem with most acne treatments is — they don’t address gut health. Issues with the gut are a clear cause of adult acne and most treatments either don’t help heal the gut, or they actually irritate the gut further.
For example:
  • Hormone-based Contraceptives have been linked to an increased incidence of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and oral estrogen can increase intestinal permeability, which is one of the main causes of IBD and a whole host of chronic health conditions.
  • Accutane , which is an isotretinoin treatment, has been known to damage the intestinal mucosa and aggravate existing gut health issues. Studies have suggested an association between isotretinoin and ulcerative colitis (UC); however, another French nationwide study suggested no causal association with UC and a decreased risk of Crohn’s disease (CD). So, it is unclear, but still possible there may be a link with UC in susceptible individuals.
  • Tetracycline , the common acne treatment, is an antibiotic that has been shown to create slight alterations in the composition of intestinal microbiota, which can ultimately lead to leaky gut, inflammation, and poor skin health. In other words, the very treatment for improving acne makes you dependent on it long-term for healthy skin, because if it is stopped, the underlying imbalances it has created in the gut microbiome become apparent.
So, while these remedies may be helpful for acne in the short-term, they can have long-term consequences for the gut and your health that make them inadequate long-term solutions for acne. Ultimately, the best solution lies within — in what I call your “inner skin” — THE GUT.
So, while these remedies may be helpful for acne in the short-term, they can have long-term consequences for the gut and your health that make them inadequate long-term solutions for acne. Ultimately, the best solution lies within — in what I call your “inner skin” — THE GUT.

5 Action Steps for Clearer Skin in Less Than a Month

Luckily, there’s another way. By focusing first on healing the gut — and then supporting the skin topically, second — you can help your skin heal from the inside-out. If you want to see real results in one month, follow the five action steps below.

1. Eliminate These Foods

High Carb and High Sugar Junk Food

The link between diet and acne is undeniable , especially when it comes to high-glycemic foods, dairy, and unhealthy fats. In my practice I see patients kick acne by eliminating acne-causing foods like:

  • Dairy
  • Simple carbs
  • Added sugar (cane sugar, brown sugar, brown rice sweetener, HFCS — high-fructose corn syrup, and even artificial sweeteners)
  • Chocolate (especially milk chocolate)
  • Fried foods (often made with unhealthy omega-6 vegetable oils)
  • Unhealthy oils, like hydrogenated oils, vegetable oil, and canola oil
  • Grains (especially gluten in people with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity)

2. Invest In Stress Relief

If you want to eliminate acne, decreasing stress is a must. Why? Because stress is connected to leaky gut, gut dysbiosis, inflammation and acne itself. One of the best science-backed ways to reduce stress is a daily meditation practice; in fact, studies have shown that you can reduce stress significantly with just 10 minutes of meditation a day . To get started, check out my video “The Surprising Secret To a Healthy, HAPPY GUT ® …” If you can commit to 10 minutes a day of meditation for a month, it will significantly decrease your stress levels and heal your skin.

3. Take Gut- & Acne-Healing Supplements

Happy Gut® Restore Probiotic
Eliminating gut-damaging foods is your first step towards healing from acne, but you also have to add in the right nutrients that help you heal your gut and skin. These include:
  • Zinc: 30 mg of zinc — studies have shown that supplementing with 30 mg of zinc led to a clinical success rate of 31.2%

  • O mega-3 fatty acids: Studies have shown that the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids in Western diets contributes to acne; and taking a high-quality fish oil supplement has been shown in a double-blind, randomised, control trial to decrease lesions in patients with mild-to-moderate acne.

4. Lean On DIY Treatments

Facial Beauty Mask

Instead of wasting your money on expensive creams and serums, try using natural remedies that you can make at home. Some of my favorites are:

  • HAPPY GUT ®  Easy Exfoliator : Dampen a cotton round with apple cider vinegar. Then dip it in a small amount of aluminum-free baking soda (pure sodium bicarbonate). Then, using the cotton round, apply the mixture to your face and rub in small circular motions. Once you’ve exfoliated the whole face (you can also use this on your shoulders, chest, and back) you can rinse and moisturize. 
  • The Hydrating Honey Mask : Honey is anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and incredibly hydrating — not to mention an easy skincare ingredient that you probably already have at home. Just use raw honey (or Manuka honey if you have it, although it’s much more expensive) and apply it to your face up to three times a week for at least 10 minutes. Just promise you won’t lick it off at the end. Lol
  • Tea Tree Oil Spot Treatment : For an at-home spot treatment that’s highly effective and easy to use, mix equal parts tea tree oil with almond oil and apply to blemishes before bed using a cotton swab. 
  • At-Home Probiotic Mask: You can buy expensive probiotic-infused face masks at most luxury skincare stores, but you can also make one at home using full-fat probiotic-rich yogurt. For even more benefits, mix the yogurt with honey, apply, and wait at least 10 minutes before rinsing. 


5. Do A Cleanse

If you really want to show your gut some love — and you’re serious about healing your skin in under a month — commit to a gut-friendly cleanse. A cleanse can help you reset the gut on a deeper level so that you have the best chance of seeing improvement in your skin in the shortest amount of time. I designed my HAPPY GUT ® Reboot: 28-Day Cleanse for deep gut healing. This cleanse follows the HAPPY GUT “Blueprint,” the very same blueprint I’ve used to help thousands of people heal their gut and reboot their health. It’s also the protocol I have used for decades to successfully fend off irritable bowel, fatigue, and mental fog for years. The HAPPY GUT ® Reboot: 28-Day Cleanse takes all the steps you need to achieve healthy, clearer skin in less than a month  and combines them into one, singular program. It reduces gut irritants and introduces a ton of healthy ingredients — like L-glutamine, probiotics, and digestive enzymes — that help reboot your gut, the cornerstone of your health, so that your skin can heal. (Just don’t make any of these super-common cleansing mistakes !) 


As someone who’s struggled with his own frustrating health issues in the past, I know how much acne can affect your psyche and make you feel hopeless. But if you commit to the five steps above, I know you will see a significant improvement in your skin. How? Because my approach to acne gets to the root cause of the issue, your inner garden — THE GUT.

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