I did too.
You wouldn’t know it by looking at me today- but I struggled with terrible acne for over 15 years!
I tried everything under the sun to clear my skin until one day (after a particularly awful dermatologist appointment) I decided to throw everything out that I had learned about acne and I decided to heal myself, from the inside-out.
I embarked on a healing journey; I became a fitness instructor with a focus on nutrition and I researched everything I could about the mind/body/food connection. After a lot of studying and trial and error- I was finally able to clear my acne naturally. I’ve been acne free for almost 5 years now, and I want to help you heal as well!
As I learned more about the food/body connection, I discovered 3 of the biggest causes of acne were blood sugar imbalances, digestive imbalances, and hormonal imbalances.
I wanted to address these imbalances head on, so one of the first things I did was to start drinking green juices. It worked wonders for my skin and I want to tell you why!
Here are the 6 ways that juicing helped clear my acne and how it can help you clear yours!:
1. Juicing helps to keep your blood sugar levels normal.
In the typical American diet, we start off our normal day with a bagel, cream cheese, coffee with milk and sugar. While this might be tasty, this breakfast causes a huge spike in your blood sugar. Blood sugar is intimately tied to your acne; higher blood sugar in your body means more of the hormone insulin. More insulin means excessive cell growth at the root of all of your hair follicles- which is part of the sequence of events that causes acne in the first place.
So, what can you do? Start your morning off with a super low sugar green juice instead – try my morning green juice below – to avoid such a huge blood sugar spike first thing in the morning.
2. Juicing helps to get your digestive enzymes flowing.
So many people that I see with acne have some type of digestion problem. It’s usually one of two issues; either they’re not using the bathroom enough and their body is in toxic overload or they’re using the restroom way too much and their body isn’t absorbing nutrients from their food.
What can you do? If you’re having problems with the, ahem, “flow of things”, grab a green juice with beets in it. It’ll start things “movin’ “, (if you know what I mean :), and help to remove toxins.
3. Green juices are super anti-inflammatory.
Our bodies function the best when there is an even balance between acid and pH. However, when our body is more acidic it tends to show up everywhere and usually in our skin. One of the best ways to bring more pH into our bodies is by adding in more veggies.
What can you do? Besides drinking a veggie juice every day, add ginger into the mix as well. Ginger is an anti-inflammatory and can also help to boost your immune system. This way you’re getting two for one: the anti-inflammatory properties of the veggies plus the ginger.
4. Juicing helps you stay hydrated.
When you have acne you’re most likely putting creams on your face and using medicines that completely dry your skin out. The result can be an itchy dryness that can sometimes even make you break out more, and can slow down the healing process after a breakout.
What can you do? Try a juice with 1-2 cucumbers (peeled if they’re not organic). Cucumbers are made of mostly water and as a result, can help your skin stay hydrated.
5. Juicing helps to balance hormonal levels.
Hormonal acne is one of the most common types of acne that there is and as a result, everyone wants the “secret recipe” to healing. However, hormones are one of the most complex systems in your body and require a delicate balance of many bodily systems.
What can you do? As long as you’re grabbing one green juice a day, you’re on your way. Your hormones are deeply affected by your blood sugar and digestion. And since juicing helps both of these stay normal, you’re good to go!
6. Drinking green juice help you create better habits.
This was one of the most important ways that drinking green juice helped to clear my acne. Once I started every morning with a green juice, my day felt different. I felt more energized and didn’t have such a huge sugar craving at around 10:30 (sound familiar?!) when my blood sugar was crashing. I felt more focused and tuned in. This felt good, so I started to change up other little habits throughout the day which eventually led to bigger and more important healthy habits that led to more acne clearing.
What can you do? Start one good habit today (drink a green juice!). Just one though, don’t overwhelm yourself because you’ll get burned out. Start with one habit today and watch little habits over time become big ones.
After going over all of those amazing reasons why juicing is great for acne, I figured you could use some juicing inspiration. I have a ton of green juice recipes over here. Below are my two favorite recipes for acne healing. Try one today!
My 2 favorite juices for acne healing:
Jill’s Morning Juice:
1 green apple
1 bunch kale
3-4 stalks celery
1 cucumber (peeled if not organic)
Juice of 1 lemon
Handful of parsley
½ inch ginger peeled
Jill’s Summer Lovin’ Juice:
1 handful kale
1 handful spinach
1 green apple
2-3 pieces of pineapple
Blend with avocado.
I truly believe that green juices were the key to healing my acne and that they can help you clear yours. I hope these recipes inspire you to start your own acne healing journey.
Jill Therese is the founder of Heal Your Face With Food and is dedicated to helping you heal your acne naturally, from the inside out. Download a free guide here to help you determine if you have hormonal acne, stress acne or dietary acne + the steps you can take to heal!