Can You Live Without Your Acne?

Time and again with clients I see them getting clearer and clearer skin and then right before full healing there is a moment of self-sabotage and the acne returns or the acne just continues to persist at a low level. Why does this happen?

After ticking all the boxes on the physical side, I delve deeper into the emotional and mental side of acne and it starts to become clear that it is because they are afraid of what it means to live with clear skin. This can happen with any condition, not just acne, when it is used as an excuse to not follow their dreams.

Have you ever told yourself not to do something because of your acne? Are you really just afraid to do it? It’s your dream and what if it doesn’t work out so isn’t it easier to use acne as an excuse to not try at all? 

Have you ever told yourself: When I have clear skin I’ll be able to do it? And so you put it off. Living without your acne could mean living a fulfilled and happy life.

I used my acne and my IBS to hide and play small. Playing big scared me to death. What if I failed? What if people laughed at me?

Guess what? There are plenty of people WITH acne achieving their dreams. The two are not mutually exclusive. Is it time to stop letting your acne define what you do?

Isn’t time to do it anyway? 

The funny thing is, if you do it anyway, often the acne clears itself up – just like that. Because you’ve stopped using it as an excuse and mentally clinging to it and the body releases it.

So why not kick 2016 off by doing it anyway and see what happens to your acne!

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  • chelsea February 8, 2017, 10:32 pm

    Hi Fran. I’ve been reading and following your blog since i started getting hormonal acne 6 months ago. i have tried everything from diet, skin care, supplements ect. i have finally gone to a naturopath that specialises in women’s hormones and they are getting me to do a saliva test on day 16 of my cycle. however i have read that most hormone tests occur with a series of tests over the cycle. do you think testing on just one day would be accurate? i have never been on the pill and i am 18. so i honestly dont think my body could be crazy out of whack. I just didn’t want to experiment with things like vitex, estroblock or paw salmetto until i knew for sure what my hormones where doing. do you think this test would be enough? thanks

    • Fran February 13, 2017, 4:46 pm

      Hi Chelsea, they will have a reason why they are testing on day 16 – either you have a very short cycle or they are not testing your progesterone. And yes, tests that take samples every few days over a course of a month are the most accurate.

  • Maria May 9, 2016, 7:56 pm

    Hi Fran!
    I have a question for you. I went to see a very well known naturopath in my country (aparently he’s the BEST) and I told him that I want to go off the pill but don’t want to have any breakouts (my diet, etc is great and I’m mostly acne free now) and he suggested 25,000 IU of beta carotene twice a day. In your opinion, do you think this would be effective or would it be better to target the hormones and make sure they are balanced instead? I’m already taking Estro Block with great results while I’m on the pill, but I’m not sure if it’ll be appropriate for me once I’m off the pill.

    I love your site, I’m a long time reader 🙂


    • Fran May 11, 2016, 3:15 pm

      Hi Maria, there is no point in getting hormones tested for the first 6 months after coming off the pill, as your natural hormonal system is completely reseting itself. Keep taking the EstroBlock for 3-6 months after coming off the pill also, to detox out the bad/excess estrogens from your system. And please book in for a coming off the BCP protocol appointment if you need more help. Also, thanks for being a long time reader! 🙂

      • Maria May 11, 2016, 4:45 pm

        Thank you Fran!

  • Ren March 1, 2016, 5:19 pm

    This is so true! It’s often when my skin is looking its best that I am most tempted to examine it and perhaps have a little pick. Definitely feels like self-sabotage sometimes but noticing it is the first step!

  • Prerna February 12, 2016, 10:36 am

    I know when you keep sticking to a thing, it never goes off but once you forget it all together, it goes all by itself.