Two glaring realizations came to me regarding acne: the first is how little anyone understands or knows about it cures, and the second is how all-encompassing painful acne can be.

Sometimes I lose patience with people who have never even experiences a blemish giving advice on acne. Incredibly, many of the 50-plus books I have read on natural skin care have dedicated less that two sentences to acne. When you have it. Acne is a major thing in your life, worthy of more than one sentence.

Obviously, these authors have never had a blemish and certainly never felt completely insecure about their appearance because of skin problems. It is possible acne might be a little more complicated to sure than simply giving up chocolate.

If during the entire four years of high school you hardly had a date or you didn’t get invited to the prom, if you had to develop a glowing personality, your brains, or your sense of humor because your good looks were not going to open any doors for you, then you know what I am talking about. It reminds me of a joke a friend of mine told me about when his niece was born. She was kind of an unattractive baby and the baby’s grandfather said, “Don’t worry; we’ll get her a good education.” It’s the truth: being attractive in America is a lot better than not being attractive. It’s also a fact that attractive people are more successful in business, and we all know how much easier they have it socially.

Some doctors are worse than authors. Many times blessed with clear skin they simply (and inadequately) tell parents just to avoid chocolate and mustard and take an antibiotic. If it were that easy, I don’t think you’d be reading this. It’s like the commercial for a health gym that states: “Come on, if great bodies came in video or a can, everybody would have one.”

I make no claim to being any kind of health care practitioner. I hold no degree in medicine ir nutrition or anything else even close: however, I offer something few others can- personal, firsthand experience and decades of concentrated effort and research on the subject of acne and other skin-related subjects.

Acne is primarily hereditary and hormonal

My humble, non-medical theory is: Acne is hereditary and 90%of acne in adult women is hormonal.

The fact that you haven’t had acne is not an indicator you have done anything right! It only shows you licked the right parents and you were born lucky. So beware of giving your advice; please, spare those who are suffering from acne. Instead, be supportive. Show empathy. Focus on the positive aspects of your acne-suffering friends. Tell them what is great about them. Remember: A friend is one who reminds you of your good points when you may be forgetting them.

Many book say that “no one should have to suffer form acne.” All to you have to do is eat right and avoid chocolate. Or “your skin is the window to your general health.” If those books are right, why is it that people dying of liver disease, cancer, or kidney failure don’t all have acne? How come many drug addicts and alcoholics don’t have acne? Why don;t all smokers have acne?

I am not saying that poor nutrition has not been the culprit in many cases of acne. Good nutrition is certainly an important part of good general health, as well as trying to clear up your skin, but only one part. You can eat impeccably and still suffer cyst acne.

Food and lifestyle

The greatest relationship between food an acne is that your body does need proper nutrients to perform its functions correctly. In that sense, food and lifestyle become very significant. Hormones are manufactured best when your body is functioning optimally. An excess of saturated fats can increase the sebaceous glands and create more oil. Poor elimination through the bowels, liver, and kidneys can put excess work on the pores of the skin.

 Excerpted from “Beauty Health and Happiness–A way of life,” by Lily Morgan available on our website at