The True Cause of Acne and 3 Simple Ways to Get Clear, Healthy Skin

 “I wish you clear skin and happiness”


Acne, eczema, and all other skin issues are not an external problem. Dirty skin, sensitive skin, or dry skin is not to blame. All skin eruptions are an internal issue due to toxins, an inability to effectively eliminate those toxins, and hormonal imbalances (teenage acne). Dr. Llaila Afrika, author of African Holistic Health has said that acne is the body having a bowel movement on the skin. The secret to having clear skin starts from within.

6 Organs of Elimination

The body eliminates waste and toxins from our systems via the digestive system, liver, lymphatic system, kidneys, lungs and the skin. The four primary means of elimination are the:

  • Digestive system
  • Lymphatic system
  • Kidneys
  • Liver


When these four systems are overloaded with toxins, and unable to effectively remove waste and toxins, the body will use the skin, the largest organ to do the heavy lifting. How does this build- up of toxins occur? Primarily from the food that we eat.


One of the main culprits of eczema is dairy, specifically milk. We are the only species that drinks the milk of another animal. Despite the thumbs up from the US healthcare system and the dairy industry, Cow’s milk does not do a body good. The body reacts to the foreign substances in milk (primarily, casein protein) and attempts to rid itself of its toxicity. This is manifest in the redness, itchiness, and rashes from eczema.


The root cause of acne is the fermenting food in the digestive tract and constipation. That is why Dr. Llaila Afrika said that acne is the body having a bowel movement on the skin. The main culprits are processed food, sweets and meat. In teenagers, it can be due to hormonal imbalances as well. Acne is not because the skin is dirty, it is because the digestive system is dirty.

3 Ways to Clear the Skin

  1. Water– Water is the ultimate cleanser. It removes and flushes toxins out of our system. Water clears toxic waste from different parts of the body and takes it to the liver and kidneys for disposal. Water is the best laxative and prevents constipation. Water helps all the elimination organs work perfectly. This means the body does not use the skin to eliminate toxins from our systems. Drink water all day, every day. Unlike fat, our body does not store water. You need drink water consistently to ensure that you are hydrated. How much water should you drink daily? Take half your body weight, divide it in half and that is how many ounces you should drink daily. Add some lemon or lime for an extra detoxifying boost. Choose water over any other beverage choice and watch your skin improv
  2. Change your diet– Eliminate milk from your diet. It is one of the main culprits of toxicity in the body. There are many non-dairy milk options that can be used as a substitute. Eat a variety of fruit, vegetables, beans and whole grains. These foods move swiftly through the digestive tract and will result in regular and frequent bowel movements. Eliminate meat and processed food from your diet as much as possible. These are the types of food that rot in the digestive tract, allowing toxins to flow freely through the body. Because the toxins and waste were not removed through a bowel movement, they will be removed via the skin. A plant- based diet is the best way to have clear, healthy  skin.
  1. Develop a Natural Skin Care Routine– You don’t need over the counter skin care products that strip your skin of its essential oils and further taxes your system with harsh, toxic chemicals. My rule of thumb is if I can’t eat it, I will not use it on my skin. Use plant based, natural, paraben free, and synthetic free skin care ingredients. Wash your skin twice a day and exfoliate twice a week:

Great skin care products:

  • Honey
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Oatmeal
  • Sea salt or Himalayan salt
  • Tumeric
  • Jojoba oil
  • Sea buckthorn oil
  • Activated charcoal
  • Bentonite clay
  • Essential oils
  • Aloe Vera Plant


Find creative ways to use the ingredients in your kitchen to nourish your skin.

The key to clear skin is to create an environment where the body does not have to use the skin as its primary way to remove toxins from your system. It isn’t about scrubbing your face until it’s red and using alcohol based products to remove the excess oil. Skin issues are internal not external. Great skin truly comes from the inside out.



Kathleen, “The Nutritional Truth Teller” is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant, and a Certified Vaginal Steam Facilitator. She is the owner of Beauty In A Barbell Nutrition, whose sole mission is to optimize the physical, mental, and spiritual health of the Black community through African Holistic Health. She carries with her the ancestral knowledge and wisdom of the medicine men, women, healers and warriors she lovingly calls her ancestors.