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Steps to Acne- free Skin: A Naturopathic Perspective

By Zoe Rosa
from Zoe Rosa Wellness

Understanding Different Types of Acne 

To effectively address acne, it’s important to identify the specific type you’re dealing with, as acne manifests in various forms. 

Identification involves examining its location, appearance, itchiness, and timing. Swabs can also be used to pinpoint certain types. 

For instance, fungal acne results from an overgrowth of yeast on the skin, often seen around the hairline, forehead, temples, chest, and back. 

Cystic acne presents as deep, pus-filled cysts beneath the skin, often causing pain and scarring. 

Hormonal acne, triggered by hormonal imbalances like excess oestrogen or testosterone, typically appears around the jawline, chin, and mouth. 

Step 1: Nurturing Liver and Gut Health 

The liver and gut significantly influence acne. If the liver has sluggish detoxification, toxins will be expelled through the skin, the body’s largest organ, in the form of acne. 

Supporting the gut involves maintaining adequate fibre, water, and prebiotics intake, along with regular and gentle exercise. Hydration and consumption of nettle tea can aid kidney function. Detoxification should proceed gradually under professional guidance, starting with gentle measures like dandelion tea or supplements such as glycine and taurine. This gradual process reduces the chance of a purge of acne or a sudden worsening of symptoms. Imbalances in gut bacteria, as well as parasites, may also contribute to acne, warranting assessment through comprehensive gut microbiome tests, that can be prescribed through a naturopath.  

Step 2: Getting Blood Work Analysed by a Naturopath 

Nutrient deficiencies often get overlooked as a cause of acne. That’s why it’s important to get a thorough blood test. Your body prioritises getting nutrients to your vital organs first, so if there’s not enough to go around, your skin loses out. A blood test can also check for thyroid issues, inflammation, or major nutrient shortages. For example, many women who menstruate have low iron levels, which are important for both thyroid health and healthy skin. 

Step 3: Keeping Skincare Simple 

With so many skincare products out there, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But when it comes to acne, less is often more. 

Your skin’s pH balance is important—it likes to stay between 4.7 and 5.75. But a lot of modern skincare products can interrupt this balance. Using diluted white vinegar in water as a toner on your skin can help bring it back to a healthy pH and restore its acid mantle. 

Step 4: Awareness of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals 

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are always something to consider when treating acne as they can exacerbate the condition by interfering with hormonal balance. EDC’s are natural or human made chemicals that may mimic, block or interfere with the body’s hormones, which are part of the endocrine system. 

Minimising exposure to EDCs involves avoiding plastic containers, reducing the use of perfumes and harsh cleaners, and opting for gentler cleaning alternatives like vinegar and baking soda. 

More about the author

Zoe Rosa
Zoe Rosa
– Zoe Rosa Wellness

Zoe Rosa is a clinical Australian naturopath who practices online, with her business ‘Zoe Rosa Wellness’. She was awarded Student of the Year 2022 by the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society for her volunteering in Fiji performing health checks. She came to study naturopathy after many years of struggling with acne. She now helps many women with their hormones, gut health and nervous systems so that they too can feel their best and finally get answers to their health conditions.


I came to be a naturopath after over 10 years of struggling with cystic acne as a teenager and many failed attempts at treating it with endless medications, from antibiotics, the pill and 3 separate rounds of Roaccutane.

After the fourth time my acne returned, I decided to heal it naturally. In this process, I discovered what a naturopath was and my life changed.

I was shown how to heal from the inside out, and I committed to changing my lifestyle and food habits to truly heal my skin.

My skin became not only clear, but I got my glow back, a glow I hadn’t seen since my childhood before the acne began. I also got my period back which had been missing and irregular for years. I finally felt in tune with my body again.

Acne can be devastating for self-esteem and confidence. I try to see my history with acne as a blessing, as not only have I learnt how to be healthy and prevent other diseases but I can now share my wisdom with others who wish to clear their skin and regain their confidence and empower them to understand their bodies and cycles.