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    • I’m glad this was helpful to you Heather! Argan oil is not considered comedogenic (it doesn’t clog pores) but and many people with acne-prone skin have great results with it. It breaks me out, however, and so I prefer to use hemp seed oil, jojoba oil, and/or grapeseed oil. Amie, do you have experience using argan oil?

      • Actually yes, argan oil broke me out badly as well! It is not comedogenic, like you said, but it didn’t work well for me. Some people have great results, so if you’re curious I would recommend just trying it out and see how your skin reacts 🙂

  1. Love this Amie and Lauren…thanks for sharing! I too suffered from cystic acne most of my life, despite eating a fairly clean diet. I have tried every prescription out there, up to and including Accutane (3 times!!!) Cutting out grains, dairy and sugar is what finally cleared it. I’m totally on board with Amie’s recommendations. Liver capsules are awesome and give me tons of energy too!. I am able to relax my diet somewhat, and do fine with grass fed butter or a little cream from time to time. And sugar is ok in moderation. If I get too relaxed, I’ll get a little breakout as a reminder. But I handle it so differently now. I’m actually thankful, as it’s a reminder that I need to get back on track to feel my best. The same foods that are good for my skin just make me feel good all over! I actually do fine using coconut oil topically. I have been oil cleansing for about 4 years now, and coconut oil is what I pretty much use every day. But I didn’t start doing it until my face was already clear.

  2. Another awesome post, thanks so much! I found the same thing to be true about coconut oil used for my face. Awesome the first week, and then dried out my skin horribly. Avocado oil for my skin has been wonderful for anybody struggling. Keep it up Lady! ❤

    • Hi,

      I don’t believe that there is a support group. However, your daughter could benefit from consultations with a Nutritional Therapist that specializes in acne. Also, the hair loss is usually a sign of the thyroid needing help. You can contact me via e-mail at or on Twitter at . I would love to help your daughter as I too had acne for 6 years and finally got rid of it through Nutritional Therapy. I also have PCOS so, I have used Nutritional Therapy to reverse many of the symptoms I had.

  3. I believe that this post can be beneficial for people with acne, but, many people still need a deeper approach. A variety of people have more deficiences and/or hormonal issues that need to be addressed to finally get rid of their acne. Also, since many people in North America are already deficient in zinc, it would take them a while to get sufficient while eating zinc-rich foods. This is also a lot more expensive for people. I recommend taking a quality Liquid Zinc supplement. Your body needs to taste zinc to absorb it, which is why drugstore zinc supplements often don’t work-they sure didn’t work for me.

  4. Here, here on the coconut oil, the pure forms are 50% lauric acid which is a highly comedogenic ingredient, that means pure coconut oil listed as Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil is not great for acne, but the lauric acid free version Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride if in a moisturiser wouldn’t flare acne (if you fancy a read here’s the in’s & outs -> The rumour around coconut oil being great for acne comes from lauric acid having some anti-bacterial properties, technically meaning it’d help to kill-off P.acnes (spot causing bacteria), truly from science and experience it’s more likely to cause than rid – with you on this one!

  5. Interesting post.Just recently I started to get a couple of huge zits around my chin area,right after giving up grains and dairy.I have been gluten free since 2006 when I was diagnosed with celiac and hashimoto’s. My diet has always been super healthy with 100% organic foods,sprouted grains,grass fed meat,pastured eggs,coconut oil and everything is homemade. We use acv in salads every day and drink kombucha too.While my face was spotless (people thought I was a teenager),my stomach still bothered me and decided to try and heal my gut,as well as my thyroid. Now my face looks horrible and really don’t know what else to do.I use a homemade face serum with rosehip seed oil combined with argan oil,carrot seed oil,helichrysum and neroli.Some people tell is detox,but I don’t believe that mainly because my diet has been extremely healthy pretty much all my life.Any ideas what else could make me breakout?

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Lauren Geertsen, NTP

I’m an author, entrepreneur, and nutritional therapy practitioner (NTP). I began this website at 19, to share the steps that freed my life of chronic disease and medication. Now, Empowered Sustenance has reached 30 million readers with healthy recipes and holistic resources.

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