I am constantly getting emails from readers asking about which all-natural and organic products are best for clearing up acne. This is where I have to be honest and say that I have yet to find an all-natural product line that totally clears acne. But here’s the thing: I do know of a set of products that will clear up acne for good...it’s just that they happen not to be 100% natural. This is perhaps the only time in which I am going to recommend a set of products that isn’t totally natural because acne is an issue in which effectiveness in eliminating the problem is absolutely essential.
So if you’ve tried everything under the sun to clear up your skin but nothing has worked, I can promise you there’s hope. You’re not going to find your solution at another dermatologist’s office. You won’t find it by purchasing the miracle 3-step system you just saw advertised. And you’re definitely not going to find it in an Internet e-book that promises you clear skin in three days. You also won’t find it in a natural home remedy—like taking copious amounts of vitamin B12, slathering your face with coconut oil or making a mask of crushed up aspirin (any of those sound familiar?). You probably could find it if you eliminated all sugar from your diet, and ate only raw plant foods from now on–but what are the chances of that actually happening?
So where can you turn for a solution to troubled skin? The answer: A little business you’ve probably never heard of in San Leandro, California. It’s called Face Reality Acne Clinic and it’s owned by Laura Cooksey. Laura is not a dermatologist. In fact, she was a massage therapist who had tried everything to get her skin clear. Finally, when she was 35-years-old she met an esthetician who told her what to do to clear up her skin. She did what the esthetician told her to do, and, lo and behold, it worked. She decided right then and there that she too would become an esthetician to impart her skin-clearing secrets to others plagued with bad skin.
Face Reality has a system that will help anyone get their acne under control in about 6-12 weeks. And the breakouts will never return. I know this because I haven’t had a single breakout in four years…beginning about three months after I first used their skincare products. I didn’t have terrible acne, but I had those monthly hormone-related flare-ups that the dermatologist told me simply “could not be avoided.” Well, I’m happy to say the dermatologist was wrong.
Face Reality is a real bricks-and-mortar business. But you don’t have to live in California to benefit from their expertise. In addition to the clients they see in-house, they also take long-distance clients through a program you can access on their website.
Also check out the Face Reality Blog for a lot of useful information. With the proliferation of Internet sites claiming to have a “miracle acne cure” (if you just pay them $40!), I thought this recent blog post from the Face Reality staff was especially helpful:
Acne Free in 3 Days!! Secret Acne Cure!! Clear Skin Overnight!! NOT.
I see these ads every day and I have to laugh. The old adage “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” And in this case, it is also true. One cannot possibly get their skin clear in just 3 days (or overnight) because of one little-known fact.
Acne takes up to 30 to 90 days to form. A pimple that you see today probably started as a microcomedone up to three months ago.
This is why it takes about three to four months to see your skin clear up. Three months worth of acne is going to surface, even when you are using the perfect acne regimen. That regimen is keeping the NEW micromedones from forming, so you won’t see them surface 3 months from now. So, just because you are seeing some breakouts doesn’t mean that your regimen (if you are on the right set of products) isn’t working. These are lesions that got a “foothold” in the pore as a microcomedone before you started using products.
Another issue that arises in acne home-care protocol is that you need to take into account the skin’s ability to adapt to product. You cannot start out with a regimen (albeit perfect for your acne type/skin) and just keep it the same. Your skin will adapt and start to form acne lesions again. This is why you need someone who can coach you through the process of getting clear. Knowing when to bump your regimen up a notch and when not to should be left in the hands of an experienced acne specialist.
So, don’t waste your money on the false promises out there (and they are EVERYwhere!). Go to a tried-and-true acne clinic that will give you all the facts and support you need to get your acne under control. And know that your acne will not be under control the next day…..