Q & A: Acne


This is written specifically for those who are experiencing continuous breakout in any area of their face but wants to move to SUPPORTIVE (holistic herbal) skincare from their current habit.

It’s not easy to know where to start and what is normal when you are giving your skin (and health) and major turnaround.  Here are some steps and ideas to make it easier.  Maybe you have made the decision to make an appointment and come see me in Brooklyn or maybe you live far away and can’t do that, but here’s a little advice.


Question from a Client {august 13, 2013}

  • I’ve had acne most of my life (I’m 25) and I was on the pill on and off in order to control it. It worked wonders, but I am in the process of detoxing my body and taking a more natural approach to treat and nourish my body. I just got off the pill and started taking some herbal supplements to detox my liver but I still have yet to find a great skin care line that can help my skin. Unfortunately, I live far away and can’t go to NY any time soon! What products do you recommend?

Answer from Emma

It’s hard to say what products to use without a proper consultation, but I usually start by removing all of your chemical products and paring your regimen down to just Nourish and Replenish Oil mixed with a Mineral Mist as your “Moisturizer” and cleansing with Sow Your Wild Oats between 3 and 6 times a week.  From your brief description, I think that the “Clear Complexion” one would probably be your best bet.  This together will help balance your skin and heal your past troubles.

Remember though, it takes about one month of holistic therapy to heal each year of suppression (both topical and in “the pill” form) so it could be a matter of months until the breakouts truly stop.  The good news is that during that time, your skin will look and feel healthier and more supple and the breakouts will be less intense and heal faster.  The even better news is that once they are out of your system, these “ghosts of pimples past” that may have been haunting you for years will be gone for good–and new ones will only show up if you recreate the conditions that caused them in the first place (such as a poor diet, hormonal shifts, reliance on harsh facial treatments and pH imbalances).

While you switch to holistic skincare, I urge you to please discontinue all other products.  (you may put them in a box in a dark corner and mark the date on it. If you have no urge to go back in 3 to 6 months–get rid of it!)  Just because something is natural or organic does not mean that there are no chemicals or that it is not affecting you in a suppressive manner.  To help you heal faster, you can apply Cow Fart Juice directly to spots or do masques using Perfection Clear Complexion Clay.  I also highly recommend making a facial masque with Sow Your Wild Oats and HONEY a few times a week!  Or add honey to your Clear Complexion Clay masque.

The first few days may feel slightly unusual to you, but I assure you that my clients grow to LOVE the regimen very quickly.  Your imbalances will work themselves out in time and your skin will be able to protect and heal itself again!

I hope this helps!

By Emma Graves


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