This is a topic that’s kind of gross, and one that no one probably wants to talk about, but I am. Healing cystic back acne naturally has been one of the hardest things to do, until I figured out the key to doing it. And I am so excited to share it with you today!
What is Cystic Back Acne?
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You get a pimple when a pore in your skin gets clogged, usually with dead skin cells. Sometimes bacteria get trapped inside the pore, too, causing the area to become red and swollen. Cystic acne happens when this infection goes deep into your skin, creating a red, tender bump that’s full of pus. It may hurt or itch. If a cyst bursts, the infection can spread, causing more breakouts.
Healing Cystic Back Acne Naturally
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You probably think that healing cystic back acne naturally requires a product. Skincare companies will make you believe that their product is the one for all skin healing. That is false. In fact, my motto is ‘minimizing is maximizing.’
I added nothing. Instead, I removed things and focused on the root of the problem, not the symptom itself. (But p.s. I do still believe that certain oils and other things can help with scarring, bacterial buildup, etc. Read: Perioral Dermatitis.)
Honestly, I’m not really sure when mine began. I really began to notice it at the end of 2015, and into the beginning of 2016. I shared with you this picture back in April when I mentioned how far I had come post 30-days strict AIP.
But since then, my back has improved even more. (Nevermind the fact that I’m peeling. I fell asleep outside on Memorial Day weekend. Horrible!)
Namely, it has vastly improved in the past couple weeks, and there are two major things I have changed which I believe whole-heartedly helped me heal.
- Stevia. Or maybe I should say, a lack thereof Stevia. At Nutiva, we launched a new protein powder, the Organic Plant Protein Superfood 30 shake. One major differentiating factor for the product is that, unlike most other protein powders, it does not contain Stevia. And so in our communications, we highly emphasize this fact because many people either do not like the Stevia aftertaste and/or cannot tolerate it or both. One day, on Instagram, a fan commented that she was so excited to finally see an Organic protein powder come out that does not contain Stevia because Stevia always makes her cystic acne flare. It took all of .83 seconds for a spark to fly across my thoughts, “Could Stevia be my thing?!” The truth is that I had been consuming a lot more Stevia since SIBO severely limits the use of honey (High-FODMAP). But I never thought too much of it because I always made sure it was pure, organic liquid (and therefore thought I was okay). Almost immediately upon making that correlation, I quit Stevia. It’s been about a month now, and I am completely fine keeping it out of my diet. Within just days of dropping the Stevia, my back began to heal.
- Starving gut bacteria. For the past couple weeks now, I have been starving my gut bacteria. The first few days were grueling, but then I started adding back in a few things here and there (still Low-FODMAP and generally speaking, SCD). Within those first few days, I noticed, even more, improvements in the cystic back acne. For about a week now, I have been eating more FODMAP + starchy foods (in anticipation for the antibiotic to start, which was on Sunday) and truth be told, it shows on my back (just a little currently, and not nearly to the degree that the Stevia affected it.)
Side note: My back really has all but healed, and what you see are mostly just scars. Does anyone know how to get rid of those?!
They say that cystic acne has everything to do with hormones. I believe that. I also believe that hormones and the gut go hand-in-hand. Remember, everything goes hand-in-hand with the gut.
Both things from above all point back to my gut. It is clear to me that the lingering SIBO is still not allowing my body to process and digest appropriately. If it were, I would not continue to develop skin manifestations because of it.
But now I think this piece to the puzzle has been solved, and healing back acne naturally (for me) just means keeping right on the path I’m currently following.
By the way, if you enjoy the skin information, start with my Top 6 Skin and Hormone Book recommendations. Also, be sure to get serious about your skin and body care products. Finally, heal that gut. I promise it will help!
You will heal. I will help.