I would recommend going to see a naturopath (a natural doctor) or some kind of natural practitioner to help you with your acne.
Do you have to?
Absolutely not. You can get started with all the resources I have here and for most people, it’s more than enough to see huge improvements in your skin.
In fact, someone emailed me yesterday and told me that they had paid $150 to talk to a naturopath (without any testing, which is what I’m going to talk about in this article) and the naturopath told him the exact same things that I do in my ebook! This made me really happy to hear that I’m providing such a good bargain for you.
However, if you are someone with really stubborn acne who feels like they’re doing everything right and it’s just not working, or if you just want to make sure you are doing what’s best for your individual imbalances – I’d recommend going to see someone for peace of mind. Everyone is different with their different deficiencies and sensitivities and intolerances and ticks and bodily quirks.
The truth is that me, or any other person teaching natural skin care on the internet, can only show you so much, and then individual differences start to interfere. We are helpful because we give you a big picture – we can teach you about nutrition and general health, and give you clues as to what may be causing you troubles. But we don’t have any diagnostic tools to figure out exactly what is going on in your body.
What is a Naturopath?
Naturopaths are doctors (yes, they went to school for 8 years like normal doctors – they aren’t quacks like the mainstream sometimes likes to imply) who treat people based on healing the whole person. In fact, their philosophy on healing is exactly the same thing that I teach you – that your body has the innate ability to heal itself and in doing so will maintain its balance and health.
But what naturopaths have that we, on the internet, do not are tests that can give you a real, true indication of exactly what it is that you, specifically, need to pinpoint in order to allow your body to come back into balance and heal itself. They have the tools. They can do all sorts of things that me and you just cannot do.
Here is a list to give you an idea of diagnostic testing that my be offered by a naturopath:
- Allergy and sensitivity testing
- Hormone Testing
- Full vitamin and mineral analysis
- Candida levels
- Tests for Celiac disease
- Tests that determine the health of your gut
- Tests for food intolerances such as lactose or fructose intolerance
This stuff can be extremely helpful to getting to the root of your problem quickly.
Even with everything that I know now about treating acne holistically, and even though I feel that after all this time I understand a lot about natural health and healing, I would still prefer to go and see some kind of practitioner to confirm that I am on the right track for my individual body.
Unfortunately the drawback is that going to see someone does cost money. Unfortunately at this time, naturopathy is rarely covered by free medical care or health insurance. I hope one day in the future that it will be.
But even though it costs money, it can actually save you a heck of a lot of money and frustration in the end. I mean, do you really want to spend all sorts of money on supplements that may not work, or frustration when a diet you’ve put a lot of effort into isn’t working because of hidden allergies, or stubborn hormones?
When I was first trying to clear my acne, I thought I knew it all. I spent hours pouring over information and listening to people talk about how to get rid of their acne. I thought I had the PERFECT diet (it was a gluten and soy free vegan diet, so not what I would recommend now, but at the time I thought it was perfect, and so I was left totally frustrated). While I had seen mega improvement in my skin, I was still getting a lot of inflamed acne, and when I finally broke down and saw a naturopath after about 2 and a half months, that’s when things got a lot better because finally I had a plan that was tailored to ME.
What she did was help me to do was pinpoint some food allergens I was having, take care of candida, and take some supplements to balance my hormones a bit. About a year later, I revisited her after my eczema on my hand flared up again and found again that I was having a candida problem due to antibiotics I had taken for a urinary tract infection – I probably could have suspected candida myself, but it was so nice to have that reassurance so that I could move forward with confidence.
I kind of wish that I had just gone to see a naturopath right away when I was first trying to clear my severe acne. It would have been a lot easier, but there were two reasons I didn’t want to:
I didn’t want to spend the money, and
I thought I knew everything and didn’t need anyone’s help.
Truthfully, you’re probably not going to go out and see one after you read this article either. You’ll probably wait till you’ve tried a bunch of stuff first and then give in if you get frustrated. That’s okay! I think we learn more from trying and failing than we do from anything else. I’m kind of glad now that I did a lot of experimenting first so I now have more experience about what my body likes and doesn’t.
But anyway, once I went, it did feel like a big chunk of change, but it was sooo worth it. Most of us have spent crazy dollars on all sorts of acne treatments over the years, so really, I feel like it’s a good deal to truly get to the root of the matter for your individual body and get that peace of mind.
How I Chose Which Naturopath to See
How did I choose the naturopath that I went to see? My thought process went like this:
- She was located closest to me. We don’t have a naturopath in my town, but she was only one ferry ride away, and in the south west coast of Canada where expensive and time consuming ferry rides abound, one is a bargain!
- I checked out her website and I liked what I saw. I liked that she listed her fees right there. I liked that she offered a full food allergy and candida screening for what I considered a reasonable price, since that was what I was after. I liked that she had some great testimonials. And finally, I liked that in her article section, she had a PDF report about treating skin problems and that she specifically said that she finds it particularly rewarding to help patients with skin diseases.
And that was it. I booked an appointment, and thankfully there wasn’t a long waiting list. I was able to go a week or two later.
And to my delight, when I went to see her, she was very friendly and helpful; I felt at ease with her right away. And I found out that it was actually a long battle with acne that had gotten her into naturopathic medicine in the first place, so I could tell she particularly felt my pain.
How You Should Choose a Naturopath to See
Well, first of all, you should know what you want to accomplish. In an ideal world, it would be great if we could all get full-on testing for allergies, hormones, and vitamin and mineral levels for a beautiful, well-rounded picture of how our health is doing.
But that can usually be pricey. If you have the money to spend on it though, I’d really recommend it. I would love to get all this done sometime in the future. But, like you, I’m also on a budget, so I had to just go for what targeted my needs the best.
So for most people, what I would recommend is either getting a full allergy test, or a full hormone test. Go for allergies first if you have any digestive problems, or go for the hormones if you are someone who maybe has acne due to coming off the birth control pill, or lots of severe pre-menstrual symptoms, for example.
The next port of call would be checking the yellow pages – or a google search – to find out where the closest naturopaths or natural health practitioners are located. Hopefully they have informative websites.
What you want to know is what kind of diagnostic testing they offer and at what prices.
Unfortunately, I’ve found it really difficult to give good information about which specific tests to look for, because it seems like every naturopath in every part of the world just seems to have completely different types of tests.
For example, in my first book, Eating for Clear Skin, I recommended the test that I had done at the naturopath for allergies and candida, which is something called Electro Acupuncture testing, and the specific machine they used was called a Vega Machine. Here is the PDF report from my naturopath’s website explaining the procedure.
Unfortunately, many people emailed me and said that they called all the naturopaths in their area, and none of them even knew what this was. Other people said that they researched the method online and that they came across too many websites saying that it was a crock test that wasn’t accurate at all.
I’d like to say that I disagree with many of these websites, especially ridiculous and dismissive websites like Quackwatch and Healthwatcher.net. Websites like this just go out of their way to discount ALL alternative remedies in existence, and end up planting seeds of doubt in your vulnerable minds so you go running back to the conventional medical system where they can continue to make money off your misery for years to come…….. okay, sorry about that rant.
It’s just that if I can’t recommend specific tests because there are so many different ones, and you can’t even trust your own research due to horrible websites like that, then what do you do?
Well I can give you a few pointers, and then you’ll just have to call around, ask questions, and use your best judgment.
My Pointers for Allergy or Hormone Testing
Well, first of all, you will want to go see someone who puts you at ease and really listens to your concerns. One of the worst things about medical doctors (and this is not universal, but seems to be generally true) is that they don’t have time for you, your questions, and your objections. It’s usually just ‘my way or the highway’.
So I’d recommend calling and finding out more about the naturopath you are going to see.
You’ll likely be talking to a secretary, so what did they have to say about the person you will be seeing? What about the success rate of the clinic? Do they have experience with treating people with skin problems?
Did the person you talked to listen to you and answer your questions and make you feel respected? If so, it’s probably a good sign.
Now, for allergy testing, there is usually two options:
- Non invasive testing such the electro acupuncture that I described earlier
- Blood tests
I don’t think it truly matters which one you get. Despite the naysayers, I found the electro acupuncture results to be extremely helpful, and my naturopath said that they had excellent success rates by using it. The advantage of this is also that it’s quick to test many foods at once, and it’s usually cheaper than doing blood tests.
Many naturopaths only offer blood tests though, and that’s okay as long as they are testing you for a big panel of foods, and not just one or two. The other extremely important thing is that they are testing you for IgG antibody allergies, not IgE. IgE antibody allergies are immediate allergic reactions, and IgG are silent, delayed allergic reactions, which account for 80% of all allergies. IgG ones are the ones causing your acne, not immediate allergies.
This is also why you should go see a naturopath over a traditional medical allergist, which is tempting, especially if it’s free. However, medical allergists really only deal with immediate IgE reactions, and so it’s likely they won’t find anything, tell you you’re allergy free, and send you on your way.
As for hormone testing, you will want to look for a saliva hormone test, because in this case, it’s way more accurate than blood testing.
Again, you won’t find saliva testing at the doctor’s office because they generally only offer you blood testing (or sometimes they wont offer you anything at all… I had an email from someone the other day saying that her doctor refused her hormone testing because she was too young… … what?! So now you’re required to be a menopausal woman before you can have out-of-whack hormones?)
Luckily naturopaths and natural practitioners usually offer saliva testing, so just make sure of that.
The other thing you will want to know is whether you can test individual hormones or get the full panel. It’s definitely best to test all of them, as hormones rise and fall in relation to each other, but if you are seriously on a strict budget, you can usually just test one or two for a smaller price tag.
Okay! I hope that this article has helped you know what to look for in a naturopath to treat your acne. If you enjoyed it, please tweet this article, facebook it, or stumble it… share it around! Please help me get the word out so that I can keep supporting you 🙂
Have you ever gone to see any natural practitioner for your acne? How was your experience? Any advice for others?
Great Article! i have an ongoing battle with my acne and seeing my Natropath helped soooo much!!! Hes awesome!!! and if anyone would like a referal in the edmonton/st Albert area in Alberta i can recomend mine!!!
But its great to let your readers know about them because its true…my regular family doctor was completly useless when it came to my acne and didnt want to do any testings and just wanted to subscribe perscription drugs (which im completly against) So in the end finding a great natropath has helped in so many aspects of my life and he listens and genuinely cares…. which is hard to find.
Thanks again for all your great advice and wonderful videos/articles!!
Yes, naturopaths are definitely the doctors that I WISH were the accepted, governmentally funded ones…. NOT medical doctors, who yeah…. just don’t seem to have any time for you or your concerns. It just seems like it’s all about shutting you up and stuffing you full of drugs. I can’t stand it!!
hahah…. I can imagine that medical doctors despise the advent of the internet and people like me for getting people to think for themselves and actually ask questions.
Anyway, I’m stoked to hear you had such a positive experience with your naturopath and hopefully if anyone needs one in the Edmonton area, they will get ahold of you!
I’m living in Edmonton as well and have a naturopath here! I’ve been seeing him for about 4 months now 🙂 Just thought it was cool that someone else on this site was from Edmonton!!
Hey Sarah.. Sorry for the very late reply lol
But it is very cool that a fellow edmontonier is reading Tracy’s site 🙂
Yay for us lol
Just wanted to chime in that I’m from Edmonton to and love this site! Seeing my naturopath has helped with so many issues that my GP just prescribed pills for to mask the symptoms.
Just saw that yougo to a naturopath in the Edmonton area and I so happen to live in Edmonton and am looking for one! If you would be so kind as to share the name/clinic I would be very appreciative!!
Hey I live in Edmonton and looking for a Naturopath doctor to help cure my acne if you didn’t mind could you send me some info. My email is email@example.com , I would very much appreciate it.
may i know who your naturopath is?
I live in Edmonton as well and I am considering of seeing one for my adult acne.
This article is great!
I was wondering…what do you think of Chiropractors?
You know, I don’t know that much about chiropractors or how successful they are with treating acne…
However, I’ve always been very intrigued by acupuncture – the theory being that the procedure brings your body back into alignment and it becomes spurred to heal itself. I haven’t had acupuncture, but it’s something i’d really like to try one day. As far as I know, seeing a chiropractor has the same goal? Aligning the spine and which spurs your body to heal?
It could work, and I think it has potential. I just don’t know first hand.
Has anyone had any luck finding a good/reasonably priced naturopath in the NYC area? I’ve been looking but it’s hard to know if they’re good or not, so I’d love a referral if anyone has one. Thanks!
Patty i am also looking for a good naturopath in the tri state area. If you hear of anything, let me know. I will do likewise.
Hey guys you can google the CAND which is the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors to search for NDs within your area if you live in Canada. For those of you in the US you can check the AANP (American Association of Naturopathic Physicians). For the New Yorker’s, as far as I know, naturopathic medicine isn’t regulated in NY, but there is a New York Association of NDs (maybe just google New York and naturopathic doctors).
This gave me some great tips. 🙂 thank you.
I did acupunture for a while and visited a great Naturopath, but sadly my insurance couldn’t cover it. So I can no longer go there for treatment.
But it did work great! highly reccomend if you can afford it. really amazing.
However, Tracy… I had a question…
any advice for people dealing with severe depression due to acne? thank you.
So you liked the acupuncture? I want to try it so bad! One day, I shall!
And yes, I can do an article about depression and acne.
Yes I did! Acupuncture actually worked great to balance hormones etc..thus working very well for acne. However, I just can’t pay for it anymore. The needles didn’t hurt at all, I would just reccomend that if someone is going to give it a try…that they not be worried about needles. It will be fine. 🙂
That would be wonderful if you could do a video or an article about depression and acne.
I’m currently seeing a naturopath for my acne. I had already started a wheat-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, low glycemic diet and was seeing some improvement, but I wanted to see if there was more to the puzzle. It’s super expensive, yes, and insurance doesn’t cover it. However, I am thrilled with my results and with the way my naturopathic doctor treats me. She doesn’t just want to slap a band-aid on the problem; she wants to get to the root cause, and I am so grateful!
Yeah the way they actually seem to care makes such a huge difference! It’s like night and day to going to a medical doctor!
Tracy, you’re website has been so inspirational to me. I have just come off an incomplete treatment of Accutane (for the third time) and i am now on topicals which i will give a go till the end of February. In the long run though, i want to be healthier by using natural products and eating foods that are right for me and my body. Your suggestion to go see a naturopath is one that i will take. I finally want to be free if acne, pre diabetes and other health issues that have plagued me all 28 years of my life.
I was very close to seeing my dermatologist to inquire about a second round of accutane, when I was referred to your blog by someone. After reading post after post, especially this one, you easily convinced me to scratch that idea and to see a naturopath instead! Thankfully I live in Canada and I get $400 per year covered to see a naturopath. She determined that I had very weak digestive organs (probably due to my previous accutane cycle) and I’m now working at improving those. I was already eating gluten, dairy and refined sugar free, so I was stuck as to why my skin would not improve. In only a few days of taking the supplements that she provided me with I can already notice huge improvements, so thank you very much for all of your help and advice!
That makes me so happy!! Thank you for sharing that 🙂 I’m stoked you’ve seen such great improvement.
I’m also from Canada….. do all Canadians have $400 covered to see a naturopath? Or do you pay for extra insurance or something??
Sascha i live in the tri state area i live in new york city and am going to see naturopath GiGi Chow. If it works out ill let you know if everything is fixed and if i would recommend her my email is firstname.lastname@example.org if i forget to write back here so ask if you wanna know 🙂
Hi Tracy, quick question. I’m supposed to have igG allergy testing done a week from now. There are random foods I’ve stopped eating (soy, oats, corn etc.) and was wondering if adding these foods back into my diet for one or two days near the allergy testing date is enough for a response to show up? Or would I need to eat them for the entire week? Also, would fish oil come up in the place of a fish allergy? Thank you!
I’m not exactly sure on either of the questions, it might be best to call the naturopath office and ask.
I accidentally came across this article but glad I did. It’s convinced me to try this route out; since I’ve tried just about everything else out. Tj I would be really interested in your referral since I too am in the Edmonton area. I would really appreciate it if you could let me know. Thanks in advance.
Hey, so my Natropath in the Edmonton area is actually located in St Albert at the St Albert Natropath Clinic (downtown St albert) his name is Dr David Richmond and the phone # 780-459-5601.
Awesome article! I’m at the point where I finally think I need to see a doctor for both reassurance and more answers. I know being on birth control probably has a lot to do with my reoccurring acne flare ups (though not as bad anymore)but I’d like to find if there are other underlying reasons. Thanks for all the tips 🙂
Hey Tracy –
Just wanted to stop by and thank you for all your advice, but especially for this article. After over a decade of struggling with acne and three rounds of Accutane, you inspired me to see an allergist at first and recently a naturopath. I knew I couldn’t eat soy, but the naturopath helped me determine that I have a leaky gut and gave me a long list of other things that I need to avoid temporarily so I can heal. It’s daunting and I’m nervous about cutting out so much food, but it’s so nice to finally have some personalized answers instead of guessing and trying one supplement after another to no avail and keeping a rigid diet night and day out of fear. For the first time in a long time, I actually have hope of being able to be both clear and live a fairly normal life, even if it’s a year or so down the line.
To Tracy – thank you for all you do and all your excellent advice.
To everyone else stalking this site and wondering if this holistic stuff works – seriously. Listen to this woman. I used to be skeptical too, but she knows what she’s talking about.
Just to be clear, I had a lot of success just following Tracy’s basic clear skin guidelines before I even saw a naturopath. It’s not that her basic suggestions don’t work on their own – for many people, it’s all they need. It’s just that my skin is still very easily triggered by a lot of safe, healthy, unprocessed foods, so I knew something was still off. Turns out I was right.
Hey Kit, glad to hear seeing a naturopath helped you! That’s how I felt too when I went to go see one… sometimes if you can’t seem to get fully clear, it’s just that you’re reacting to healthy foods that you never would have guessed. The good news is that after I went, I got fully clear soon after, so it was totally worthwhile. Good luck, lovely 🙂
Hey Tracy! For some reason, I didn’t think that naturopaths existed in my country(denmark) But I found one! And I talked to her over the phone, she told me that she will do the full on testing on me which will last my around 2 hours (which I’m happy because she is going to ask my all sorts of question) And when I spoke to her over the phone she seemed like a nice person. I talked to her if it was possible to visit her to cure my acne and she said yes! She also said that I should bring the supplements I take so she can see what I take and it’s sooo great! I can’t wait!
Hey that’s great to hear Adel!! Sounds like you found a good one 🙂
Also, make sure you tell us what the results were and what she says!
Sure thing! 🙂
Even though I have to admit.. I am kinda nervous though.. What if I’m sensitive to some really healthy stuff like vegetables and greens? That would really be a bummer if it were true. ;(
Yeah it does kind of suck when you get the news that you’re sensitive to something you really like/eat a lot/is usually healthy… but once the initial shock wears off, you just adapt and it’s not so bad!
Yeah… I mean, it is a shock to find out that you’re not allowed to eat processed food and pasteurized foods but once you get the big image that they’re not healthy. It’s easy to adapt. But.. If I found out that I was allergic to some healthy whole foods it would be a really bummer. ;( Especially if it’s something like spinach or kale. So much for that green smoothie. ;( (not that you can’t be creative but still)
But.. Doesn’t ones food sensitivity wear off after a while when not eating it for some time?
Yes, once you cut out the food sensitivities, it really helps to let your gut heal, which will lead to lower sensitivity and you can likely eat them again. I eat all the food sensitivities that I had when I first got tested
I see. Another reason why holistic medicine is the best way it seems! 🙂 It’s kinda sad that our society (well not the eastern ones at least) depends on controversial medicine to fix problems. A friend of mine got a migraine and he ‘fixed’ it with some medicine to reduce the pain… thing is, he is probably going to experience a lot of headaches if he don’t fix the problem that caused it in the first place. ;( That’s basically what a naturopath does and that’s awesome!
..Okay I visited the naturopath yesterday night. And hurr.. Well.. I dunno what to say, too much info but I’ll try and cut it down..
When I first arrived we sat and ended up talking on my skin problem, she put the vegastesting machine on me. We ended up talking about how long I’ve had acne, I told her my story that I’ve always had mild acne until recently. I told her my story that I wanted to be clear before my first year of college and how I used Acne.org’s products to get me clear and how I wish I didn’t use them.
I told her how I came across your website and read your e-book about how to achieve a new lifestyle. She agreed on pretty much everything that was written in the book.. She just told me that I shouldn’t follow on another persons diet because what might work for them might not work for me since we’re all different.. I agreed that we’re all different but on the diet part.. I agree some stuff like being a vegetarian might work for some but not for others. But meh.. I would rather choose to eat the stuff you mentioned in your book than what my previous diet included. Besides, it’s something everyone should eat.
Anyways, I told her my story, showed her some of the supplements I took. Blah blah blah, She never heard of the Fermented COD liver oil or the Garden of Life probiotic formula. I told her that their both from the U.S, she nodded. She agreed that the Garden of Life probiotic formula seemed pretty good but she didn’t know how many bacteria there is of each. On the liver oil part.. She said it seemed good but again.. It didn’t say how much Omega 3 to 6 ratio there was.. Or Vitamin A & D. I would have said it… If I could remember it. But oh well. She still said it was pretty good anyways.
She tested me for food intolerances.. Apparently, I didn’t have any except for 1 which was gluten. But then again, she told me that I would have far more food intolerances if I ate.. erm I suppose more processed food. I have to admit, ever since I started to eat better to clear my acne up. I kinda limited of what to eat and not to eat. So I was intolerant to that much, but I did eat bread a few weeks ago which came up on the testing. So yeah..
She then tested me for vitamin and mineral Deficiency. Apparently, I was lacking zinc, vitamin A, D (no shit, I’m living in Denmark. This place gets sunshine maybe like.. max 3 times a year) Hurr.. Vtamin B ad C… Okay Pretty much most on the alphabet (My cod liver oil ran out a few days ago, And I’ve yet to get another one)
And she detected that I have problems with my digestive system.. I told her that it was true, I go from having constipation to loose diarrhea from 1 day to another. She told me also that.. (well my memory goes foggy here) that I might have an insulin resistance or something like that? At least.. Eating something with sugar does have an affect on how much insulin my body produces, wether it was too much or too little… I forgot.
This is what is bothering me though, she told me that I shouldn’t mix vegetables and fruits together in a smoothie because if I drink the liquid with the fructose, my body won’t realise that a sugary content is on it’s way to the stomach unlike when you’re eating and chewing your food, your digestive systems gets ready for the sugary content… I asked her ”what about the fiber in the drink??” She said the fiber is still there, but drinking it won’t give the body enough time to prepare it self for the sugar.. I suppose.. When she says it like this it makes sense I guess. I dunno. She said I can blend fruit and vegetables together in the future when my digestive system is feeling better, I can gradually introduce fruits back into my diet. She said I should at least wait a week or two before eating fruits again. If I should eat fruits though.. it would have to be with nuts.
I can’t say I was too happy on the thought of drinking a smoothie without fruits but meh.. I’ll manage, she did however say I should steam the vegetables before blending due to raw vegetables being tough to digest.. That’s true, raw veggies are hard to digest, but I thought that was the reason people blended them?? I don’t remember much of what she said but I didn’t want to argue so I just went along with it.
…Another thing that bothered me a bit was that she wanted me to take Nordic Naturals Omega 3 ultimate Omega – D3. Now I know that it’s a popular hit here in Denmark (And norway and sweden) Since we live in.. Well duh a nordic country. The thing is.. I didn’t get to tell her that stuff like those also gets through a process of pasteurizing and all that stuff like you told us, but she’ve never heard of Green pastures and since she’s unsure on how much there is of each content in the food.. Well yeah, she recommended me this because she knew how much of Omega 3 and Vitamin D and all that, there is in the Nordic supplement… But she told me that taking garden of life should be fine too.
On the healing of digestive part.. She told me to eat some warm foods (like soup), mainly because my body needs that warm temperature (my hands and feets were cold for so long I could remember) ghee (she’s sending me a receipt on how to make it) erm.. and basically continue with my basic diet. Except that I have to eat protein and pretty much every meal that I’m eating. eh.. I guess that’s cool.
I’m glad I know what I’m missing now though, if this is going to clear my acne I don’t know but at least the supplements are tailored for me. So yeah, my acne is still clearing up a lot than it did before, I’m just left with the red marks but they’ll vanish in time.
I hope you’re going to reply to this tracy!
Interesting! Well, you know… remember that I’m not all knowing and everything I say is not 100% correct, and neither is she… but maybe her stuff about the fruit is legit and maybe smoothies are not what you need right now to heal. If what you are currently doing isn’t working, try something else! 🙂
Well I’m happy that I wasn’t intolorant to the stuff I was eating.. That took a burden off my shoulders, It’s pretty much the whole thing with the green smoothies that is bothering me but oh well.
HI! Also from the Edmonton area…saw a herbalogist 2 years ago and had an iridology test done…very cool. Started a diet, quit smoking…and lost alot of weight really quickly-no psoriasis, noback pain, no acne…as a matter of fact I had smooth skin and clear eyesin as little as 6 weeks. Am now going to see a naturalpath at BLueQuill (South Edmonton)hoping that hormone tests can be done, as my doctor doesnt think I need them and refused to do the additional hormaone tests…Im just 41 with cervical cancer history..but too young for problems right?! grief I had graves disease at 22…will let u know howit goes…
I came across your site back in december and loved e v e r y t h I n g about it. I’ve struggled with acne for twelve years and never once tried holistic approaches, basically due to lack of awareness. I bought your ebook and immediately started changing my diet. I also stopped taking birth control and started the oil cleansing method (thanks to your site and a few others!)
Now my issue is even worse.. hormones all over the place along with my body detoxing from years of processed food. I’m 100% ready to see a naturopath and rid acne once and for all!!!
I found one near me that offers:
“2 separate techniques to test your current hydration State. Followed by a pH saliva test which shows 4 important conditions for health: Acid / Alkaline balance, Digestive enzymes / liver function and the mineral reserves in your body. An Iridology Exam ( study of the iris the eyes ) this will indicate basic constitution, genetic make up, current, chronic and acute conditions or areas of potential concern.”
To me, this sounds great (and the price is fair!) But what do you think?
It sounds good, although I don’t know a lot about any of these tests in particular.. it does sound like it could pinpoint some issues that could be worked on if they are accurate. Have you discussed with them that your issue is acne, and asked them if these tests are appropriate for it?
I called and spoke with the naturopath yesterday and she actually said she had a colleague who would know more about the hormonal aspect. She took down my name and number, saying she’d get back to me after she spoke to her colleague. I’ll just keep researching!
After reading your post i feel i am the most unlucky one as there is no good nathrupath in India specially where i live, i am currently on antibiotics with no significant results as i am still breaking out.I follow your post, i have pcod and i am avoiding to go to any derm that will surely now give me a contraciptive along with accutane or either of them that i dont want at all.Because of antibioitics i have fairly bad digestions though i take a probiotic and do not eat wheat and gluten. I am usually constipated, i am tired of this shit diseaese as no one in my family is facing it only me. I am trying to improve my diet i have orgered kefir grains planning to make my saukerat etc.You are really very helpfull but i hope to be acne free some day. I started taking antibiotic a month before only because i was getting married and thought i would clear me even if temporaily it will be a hlep as a bride who wants to have acne all over:(
Did you try kefir? How was your experience? I am also from India and struggling from adult acne from last 10 years. I have moved to US 3 years ago but couldn’t find any solution here. Please share your experience.. Thanks
I have had acne which is now severe since well, early teens-I’m now 24. I have a 2year old son and well before I have another child I would really like to not look like a teenager with acne who is also a mum.
I have been seeing a really awesome naturopath for about 8 months. Immediately she fixed my ongoing energy issue by diagnosing my need to be gluten free.
I have tried and am still using some of the following:
Removed bad candida
Metagest(hydrocholride I think) (and other things including pre and pro biotics to “fix” or improve my leaky gut etc)
Zinc zinc zinc!
Hormone mix (homeopathic remedy)
Evening primrose oil
Adrenal tone (helping stress as well!)
Folate and iron supplements
General pregnancy and breastfeeding multivitamin
Vitamin a and homeopathic cream mix
I also have Rosales around my nose and forehead
After all this she has really expected results more immediately. I have seen little change. She was so right about so many things, but why have none of these worked? Are there any other natural treatments?
Thanks so much if you can reply!
Hey Belinda, my heart goes out to you darling! I personally can’t say what it is that is causing the acne… maybe the suggestions in this article might help?? https://thelovevitamin.com/6855/treat-female-hormonal-acne/
I was you a month ago. I’ve been seeing a naturopath since January for acne (which she diagnosed as a result of candida, digestion issues, hormones, stress, etc). I’ve been working with her for half a year. Everything else in my body got better EXCEPT for the acne. But over the last few weeks I’ve been adding in essential oils to be skincare routine with amazing results. I had heard that EO can’t fix a problem, but often speed up healing when combined with herbs, homeopathy, etc. And that was definitely my experience.
Hey Tracy, I was just wondering if you knew if there was a correlation between adderall and acne.
Let me know.
Thanks so much + great article.
I don’t know as I haven’t done any research on it. A quick google search makes it seem like some people think so though! I am inclined to believe that just because there isn’t a “proven” link, it doesn’t mean that the connection is not there for some people
I need your help. I have been getting these skin rashes/red dots on my legs since about 1.5 weeks ago and now, hands. They are not itchy most of the time and also not contagious (my hubby didn’t get it so far). However, I noticed that they are sort of spreading, especially on my legs… I went to a naturopath last week but she was unable to diagnose. They look like ringworm to me but according to her, since they are not contagious, it couldn’t be then. I somehow think that my naturopath is not that concerned as well as friendly…She prescribed me an oral drop but so far it’s not working. She did ask me to do the IgG test though. Any chance you have any recommendations on good naturopaths in San Francisco area?
My dermatologist appointment is not till the 24th, but I am desperate to know what they are. How do you think I should go from here? I feel so depressed..Is there any way I can send you some pictures of the skin rashes I have?
Sorry, but I can’t diagnose you over the internet. Even if you sent me pictures, I probably wouldn’t know what it was! I also don’t know any naturopaths in the San Fran area to recommend… sorry I can’t be of much help. Hope that you find your answers. If the rash isn’t painful/itchy/horrible (and even if it is) I would just chill out and wait till your appointment… don’t make a big deal about it and stress about it, you will find the answers soon and be fine!
Hi! I just spent $240.00 on Benzamycin Pak (we don’t have insurance) because it worked for me SO perfectly and extremely quickly (like almost gone within a week) when I was a teenager with severe acne. Now I have severe acne again (started a couple of months ago) and so I bought the stuff and it’s NOT WORKING :(. So, I think the best way to treat is to get a hormone test. Maybe. Ugh. That $240 was pretty much all I had. I don’t know how much hormone testing is through a doc, but do you think this at-home testing would be as good?http://www.johnleemd.com/store/prod_stest.html
From what I’ve heard, the at home saliva testing is legit (personally I wouldn’t get a blood test with a doctor, they actually are not very accurate… so many people with obvious hormone issues come away with tests that say their hormones are normal… saliva tests are supposed to be a lot more accurate).
However, I think that website generally recommends some kind of cream or hormone replacement or something based on the results, not necessarily natural supplements. So if you just want the test and can interpret the results yourself, then go for it, but if you don’t, I’m not sure it’s worth it to not get it done through a naturopath or someone.
can we do the saliva test at home? what is the website you are referring here ? Thanks so much
The Delgado Protocol does them, send it to you in the mail!
This is a great post, but I’m in Los Angeles and I’m trying to find a good neuropath and I can’t. Google is less than helpful, and I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions? I’m right in the middle of Los Angeles so I find it hard to believe that I can’t find one. : /
Thanks for any help.
Naturo not neuro…..thanks auto-correct.
I also live in Los Angeles and I’m looking for a Naturopath. Were you able to find one? Curious about your experience…
Hi Tracy, I really want to order a saliva hormone testing kit, but i’m not sure where to get one? Do you have any recommendations? I cant afford a naturopath, so hopefully, there will be a legit site to order some. THANKS 🙂
I think ZRT Laboraties, and Access Medical Laboraties does it. However, I don’t actually know how much interpretation they provide with your results.. like it’s hard to say if it would be worthwhile if you weren’t working with someone like a naturopath? Because you might not know which hormones to test, and what to do with the results
I recently went to a naturopath finally and am pretty positive about it. She put me on a bunch of supplements. However when I asked her long on average it would take for my acne to clear she just told me it differed with the person. Which in completely understand. Have you herd or seen anything that would be an average time frame??
Hi Leah, unfortunately she’s right, it depends on how complicated your case is, how severe it is, etc. There’s just so many variables and factors, I can’t say. You could start seeing results in as little as two weeks, but it could take as long as a couple or three months to even see any change. I think it’s best not to expect too much in the beginning. It takes time for changes that happen internally to appear on the skin.
I want to get a saliva test, what are the hormones that are tested in it? thanks!
Hi Gemma, probably the estrogens, testosterone, and progestone would be a good place to start. If you can afford it DHEA and cortisol too.
Do you think you could help me find one in Ontario Canada?
Hey Adriana, sorry, your research on a good one out there is as good as mine!
Have been eating clean for the past 5 years, and washing clean for 2 years, and it’s just never gone away but it became really really bad a month ago (bad episode with my ex) ..I went out and bought supplements but there were just so many and I didn’t know what I needed!
Just gave in and shelved out a heck load of money for a naturopath – the only one in my country. He’s awesome though and I’m waiting to hear back re: my food allergy test and candida test. Right now, I’m put on a probiotic, vitamin b6, yellow dock pills, and a powder supplement made with l-glutamine and msm. Fingers crossed things get better!
I mentioned DIM to him but he wasn’t sure about that, and he didn’t want me to do a hormone test yet as he says it’s expensive to do all these tests at once though he agrees my acne is most likely hormonal – yikes, ok probably a good idea for my pocket.. guess I’m just too impatient to get things sorted once and for all!
Need to sort my emotional issues too.. that f*ing bastard (sorry. argh!! ommm…)
I started seeing a naturalpath about 9 months ago. I got some testing done and supplements. My acne got a little bit better within the first 2-3 months and then kind of plateaued. At first it seemed like I was moving in the right direction, but now it seems like he is pushing more testing and more supplements along with a new skincare regime on me which is costing a lot of money. My question is: how do I know when/if a naturalpath is scamming me?
Hi Natalie, sorry I’m not really sure. If what he originally prescribed wasn’t working completely then I guess it makes sense that he’s trying to figure stuff out further… but yeah, I’m not sure what to say except to listen to your intuition about it :/ Perhaps independently research what he is wanting you to do / take and see if it sounds legit to you.
What is your opinion on the difference between naturopathic & homeopathic methods? I researched on it and it still seems unclear to me. I have booked an appointment with a naturopath that’s 2 days from today! But I’m second guessing myself and wondering if I should see a homeopathic practitioner instead? /:
Hi Tracey! I just read through the comments and I didn’t see anyone bring up “muscle testing” or kinesiology to test for food sensitives. I had this done recently. No sensitives were found which is great I suppose but I was really hoping for an answer! I have an appointment soon to see a Western doctor who will do delayed response allergy testing. But I’m wondering…is it overkill? Would you trust the muscle testing? Thanks!
I see a ray of hope after reading this article. I have done everything possible to get rid of acne ( exercise,vegan,soy free and gluten free diet). However my acne hasn’t improved much and spread on my chest and back. I am definitely considering see a Naturopath in San Jose, CA area.
Thanks Tracy for writing this article in detail. I hope this works for me 🙂
Thank you for this awesome article! I stumbled upon it while doing research about my acne. I will be immediately in search of a good naturophathic doctor and with your guidance and recommendations i’m confident I can finally beat this! Thank you for the well needed hope 🙂 Love from Jamaica!
Hi Tracy, i went to see a neutropath in Singapore unfortunately i have to say i feel like a scam. No test done at all. she kind of refuse to do it n insisit tt i follow the diet to x off all the gluten dairy n soy etc.the worst part came when she tried to sell me supplements like multi vitamins n spa machine for the face as well as anti acne prodcts range. truely disappointed.
Can any one recommend a good naturopath in sydney? After years of struggling like so many I have had no luck with conventional treatments even accutane stopped working after the course was up, really wish I had never tried that one pretty sure it did more harm to my skin then anything! Time to get on the holistic approach 🙂
Ananda Mahoney I believe operates in Sydney and has a lot of experience with treating acne: https://anandamahony.com.au/about/
If you think your acne is majorly hormonal based, look up Lara Briden… her hormones blog: http://www.larabriden.com/about/
Her Sydney clinic page: http://www.sensible-alternative.com.au/
Can someone recommend a good naturopath in North Carolina? I am willing to drive up to 3-4 hrs. I am 18 and live in Raleigh
I have acne which has been bothering me and would like to get rid of them before the start of my college.
You are awesome Tracy!
Can anyone recommend a good naturopath in Chicago?
I have had acne since I was 15 and I’m now 25. I’m the only one in my family and circle of friends that is still struggling with acne. It has gotten a lot better than before, but I want to get to the root cause.
You are great Tracy!!