How Acne Can Be Caused By Constipation & How To Remedy It

This is a bit of a confronting topic but if you get constipation and you also get acne, then it’s worth understanding its connection and how you can potentially heal your skin through healing your digestive issue.

We all know that constipation can cause acne simply by toxic matter being reintroduced back into the body (and therefore sometimes being eliminated via the skin). But what is not often know is the potential reabsorption of estrogen back into the body which can then create hormonal acne.

Our body eliminates excess estrogens through the bowel. So when our fecal matter sits in the body for longer than is healthy, this estrogenic component can be reabsorbed back into the body causing potential estrogen dominance – which is one of the root causes of hormonal acne.

If you have acne that is on your forehead or cheeks, and not on your jaw line, chin or neck, then it’s unlikely that your acne is an estrogen dominance issue. If however you have acne that is in a very hormonal area (lower face and neck), then it will be good to get a hormone test done some months after treating your constipation issue to see if your hormones have returned back to a healthy range.

Either way, the root cause of the acne if you have constipation, whether it’s hormonal or not, will likely be that digestive issue. So the first step for you will be to heal your digestive system.

How To Heal Naturally From Constipation

The first and most obvious thing to do is to eat plenty of fibre. So if you don’t have much fibre in your diet then start eating more of it! This means lots of low sugar fresh fruits and vegetables, chia seeds, psyllium, whole gluten free grains, beans, berries, nuts, seeds and dried fruits.

You can also find plenty of great natural supplements for helping to regulate your digestive system at most good health food stores.

Or you may simply be dehydrated so make sure you’re drinking plenty of water each day. Aim for two litres of water per day. If this is a lot for you then build up each day until you’re drinking the two litres.

The energetic/emotional component

Honestly, this one seems really obvious — What are you trying to hold onto? What are you refusing to let go of? What part of you is stuck in the past?

Your mantra when working on healing your chronic constipation could be something like “Let go, Let go, Let go”. Anything that you can do to work towards processing old emotions and ideas, old boyfriends, old energy, old thought patters… let it all go.

Here are some things you can start doing right now:

  • Have a big clean out of your house. Look at every item and ask yourself what energy that object is holding around it. If it reminds you of a bad story or situation then get rid of it! Only keep things in your procession that make you feel love or feel joy.
  • Get everything said that you want to say. For every person in your life that you wish you could have or did say something to that you’re holding in, either write it down in a letter or record it on a voice recorder. Then read the letter or listen to the voice recording and trash or delete what you’ve said. Just make sure that you really, really say everything without any judgement towards yourself.

Also keep your eyes and ears open for opportunities for new healing modalities that cross your path. It may be that a friend tells you about a great practitioner that they want to, or you stumble across a flyer for a healer that you feel good about. Set the intention to Let Go and see what turns up.

Just like our acne, we want to work with our digestive issue both physically and emotionally. Try the treatment suggestions in this article, give it some time and allow your body to heal. You may just find that your acne heals along with it.

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  • Tuhin October 7, 2019, 3:48 am

    I have Milia and acne on my cheeks and forehead. Sometimes I even have red with white jelly like substance covered with it.

  • palak May 31, 2019, 5:22 am

    I have acne problem due constipation.. now it is getting severe plss help…

    • Fran June 28, 2019, 5:55 pm

      Hi Palak, I’m happy to help, please book in a consultation.

  • Aiza September 14, 2018, 6:31 pm

    I have alot of 19 year old but my face always full with access due to my digestive issue like constipation. . When I can eat oily food there two acne tomorrow on my face on forehead ,chine, chick sometime on back in want to proper my diet but I couldn’t because several issue thing give one benefit but lot harmful effects on my skin. I want clear & shiny face please gide me……

    • Fran November 26, 2018, 6:40 pm

      Hi Aiza, you’re welcome to book in a consultation at any time, I’d love to help you.

    • Fran November 26, 2018, 7:12 pm

      Hi Aiza, Great I’d love to help you, book in a consultation and let’s get started!

  • Kim April 22, 2017, 2:06 am

    Hi Fran,

    I am in desperate need of some advice! I have IBS with constipation, and i have had this ever since I was in my teens (i am now 28). I have never really had a huge problem with acne, until I hit 26. I keep breaking out in a fashion that I have never done before. My zits are like boils or blister like. When I pop them it peels my skin away leaving an open huge area like as if a blister popped. They are extremely hard to heal and scar easily. Now I keep breaking out on only my eyebrows, it will not stop!!!! It’s only right on my hair line of my eyebrow. The pimples become blister like and pop and take weeks to heal. It keeps happening I literally never am pimple or problem free on my eyebrows. It’s really affecting my self esteem because it looks aweful and I can’t pinpoint what is going on or how to treat it. I am constipated regularly, I have to take medicine to have a bm otherwise I will go up to a week without going. Is this what is causing these eyebrow zits, and my blister type breakouts? Or what part of my body internally is causing only breakouts in that area? I am so miserable I just want my normal face and skin back! Please help!!!

    • Fran April 27, 2017, 1:32 am

      Hi Kim, I recommend that you book in with Caitlin the naturopath as she is an IBS specialist.

    • Melissa January 24, 2018, 7:11 pm

      Hi! Just wondering if you were able to find anything that helped you. My story is exactly like yours and I do not know what to do! I am so frustrated by it. Any advice is greatly appreciated.


  • Priya December 22, 2015, 4:42 pm

    Hey Fran, m suffering from acne on face, shoulder, arms, back from long. It is caused due to constipation and even harmone problems. Please help and suggest what to do. Please help


    • Fran December 22, 2015, 9:39 pm

      Hi Priya,

      Please book in a consultation so that I can properly help you.

  • anu August 5, 2015, 2:33 pm

    Suggestions are very useful.thank you.definitely I follow it

  • Kiara May 15, 2015, 6:47 pm

    Hey Fran, I recently started breaking out a few months ago its usually on my cheeks and forehead and one on my chin here and there. I also have acute gastritis i also get constipated most days can my gastritis and constipation be causing acne?

    • Fran May 17, 2015, 10:30 pm

      Hi Kiara, Constipation can be one of the causes of acne, but I won’t know for sure without having a proper conversation with you first.

  • Somi April 21, 2015, 5:58 pm

    Thanx fran dear for ur reply 🙂 . Then kindly kindly rake my histry via email i wil tell u all and do sonething i am worried 🙁

    • Fran April 22, 2015, 7:41 pm

      Hi Somi, I’m sorry I don’t understand your question.

  • Somi April 18, 2015, 10:45 am

    Dear fran i have acne on my chin , around my lips , shoulders and back what should i do? I m also suffering from constipation since a long time . Kindly tell me is this hormonal? And do suggest me any tip to get rid of all this thanku

    • Fran April 18, 2015, 11:02 pm

      Hi Somi, I’m sorry to hear that you’re dealing with acne. Unfortunately I can’t give you a treatment suggestion without getting a full history from you. Book in a consultation and let’s work together to get you clear 🙂

  • Helena January 26, 2014, 7:50 pm

    Hi Fran,

    Thanks for this article – I knew constipation caused toxins to be released into the body, but I had never considered that estrogens could be reabsorbed so sorting out my digestive system is definitely something I’m going to prioritise now.

    On a sort of related note, what is your opinion on juicing?
    Thank you.

    • Fran January 27, 2014, 2:08 am

      Juicing is great, go for it 🙂

  • marie January 25, 2014, 2:07 am

    oh dear fran. i have developed melasma. first i was plagued with cystic acne and now this!! i am saving up money to book an appointment with you. until then i wonder if you have any insight on this unfortunate subject. perhaps some ideas of what i can do to reverse the darkening. thanks love.

    • Fran January 25, 2014, 11:44 pm

      Hi Marie, Usually melanoma if it’s not a temporary thing due to pregnancy or taking the BCP, is a sign of a hormonal imbalance. First step is to get your hormones tested to see where you’re at.

      • marie January 28, 2014, 1:00 am

        thanks fran. and to do hormone testing i want to have my urine or blood tested?

        • Fran January 29, 2014, 11:38 pm

          Urine or saliva hormone testing is the best.