How to Get Rid of Acne Without Medication or Creams

It goes without saying that acne is annoying, embarrassing, and sometimes painful. It’s something most of us experience in high school and some of us are stuck with into adulthood.

Getting rid of acne is not done with a pill or an ointment. Those solutions are merely treating the problem. To clear up your acne once and for all, you need to get to the root cause.

If you look at a chart that outlines what causes acne in certain parts of the face, it’s clear that many of the causes are from organs directly affected by the food you put into your body (liver, stomach, colon, etc.).


I struggled with acne from high school until I was about 25 years old. I used to think acne was only hormonal and it would go away once I matured but when that didn’t happen I became frustrated. I tried so many different creams and methods to get rid of my acne and nothing worked long term.

I got to the point that I was so discouraged and frustrated that I started to come to grips with living with acne the rest of my life. Then my husband started mentioning the vegan diet and how others had cleared up their acne by cutting out animal products.

Like I said, I was at the end of my rope and so desperate that I would try anything. So I gave it a go and much to my surprise my acne started healing within a couple weeks!

Below, I’ve listed the foods that are toxic and cause acne (stay away from these!) and foods that cleanse the skin and body (focus on these foods!).

Keep in mind that foods affect people in different ways so not all of the acne-causing foods may make you break out. At the same time, not all of the cleansing foods may clear up your skin. Pay attention to the foods you eat and how your skin reacts.

Foods that cause acne

Dairy of all kinds

Milk, Cheese, Ice Cream, Yogurt, and the list goes on…

Dairy spikes the blood sugar, which causes inflammation. It also increases insulin levels, which causes an increase in the production of skin oils, or sebum. The inflammation traps the oil in your pores resulting in pimples.

On top of all that, the commercial milk we buy is taken from pregnant cows, and thus contains growth hormones that can encourage the overgrowth of skin cells, potentially clogging your pores. In 2005, researchers studied data from the Nurses Health Study II, and found that participants who drank more milk as teens had much higher rates of severe acne than those who had little or no milk as teens.

Junk Food

Like dairy, processed sugar spikes your blood sugar levels causing inflammation. This means you want to steer clear of soda, candy, cookies and any other foods high in processed sugar. These foods are the high-glycemic foods that break down quickly in the body. They trigger hormonal fluctuation and inflammation, resulting in breakouts. Other high-glycemic foods include white bread, potato chips, and processed breakfast cereals. The grease and fat from fast food will also cause acne because it causes inflammation and increases the production of oil on the skin.


Drinking regularly will depress your immune system that helps keep the acne bacteria under control. A weakened immune system will make it easier for bacteria to build up in your skin pores. Alcohol is also linked to changes in hormone levels, which is a common cause of acne. Also, It’s a well-known fact that alcohol leads to liver damage. After looking at the chart linked at the beginning of this post, you can see that an unhealthy liver can cause acne.

You may be noticing a theme with these foods that cause acne: They increase inflammation, oil production or hormone levels. While these are definitely not all of the foods that cause acne, keep the three main causes in mind to help you choose the right foods.

Foods that cleanse the skin

Fruits and vegetables

Reduce inflammation
Decrease skin oils
Flush out excess toxins


Flushes out excess toxins
Naturally moisturizes the skin


Reduces inflammation


Reduces inflammation
Kills harmful bacteria and viruses

Coconut Oil

Regulates hormones
Kills harmful bacteria and viruses


Reduces inflammation
Naturally moisturizes the skin

Brown Rice

Regulates hormones


Flushes out excess toxins


Improves digestion
Reduces inflammation
Flushes out excess toxins

Like the previous list, these are definitely not all of the foods that will help get rid of your acne but it’s a good starting point. You may notice that as you eat these cleaner foods, you may breakout a little more than usual for a couple weeks. Don’t worry. Those foods are just flushing out toxins and rebalancing your body. Once all the toxins are gone, you acne likely will be too.

This is a great video from Raw Alignment and Brian Turner on healing acne, if you want to learn more.

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  1. Thanks Mango! Non-vegans dismiss the obvious solution, in large part because nutritional studies address the 97% who believe that a meat-based diet is the obvious no-choice lifestyle.
    After years of avoiding all forms of animal-based “nutrients” the hair on my bald head is returning, as my wife attests — at age 69 🙂

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  2. My father was bald in his 20’s, my two brothers are younger and each has a pate as smooth as the proverbial cue-ball. A vegan diet really does change you for the better, from head to toe, molecule by molecule 🙂

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