Causes of Acne

Causes of Acne

I’m Mic, and today we are going to delve into the mystery that is acne. We are going to look deep inside the pore and see how acne progresses on the microbial level, and we’re also going to look at some of the well-studied dietary triggers of acne and hopefully get some answers. Acne is one of the largest health mysteries today. It is the most common skin condition on Earth. In western societies, it affects about 85% of teenagers, and now, nearly half of people into their thirties. And they had to go ahead and name it acne vulgaris, like, “Your face is vulgar. I’m a scientist.” Yet as much as these scientists know, we still do not have a cure for it. There are still a lot of questions, but one thing is for sure, and I vividly remember thinking this as a pimpled teenager, acne is not the natural state of the human body. That means it doesn’t have to happen to teenagers or adults alike, and that is backed up by looking at other cultures. In the past, when we’ve looked beyond the western world, we’ve been able to see societies that are entirely acne free, like the Kitavan Islanders and the Okinawans. These people had no acne vulgaris. But when these people started adopting a western diet and lifestyle, they started getting acne, so we know that this is not a genetic situation. But in recent history, the dietary connection to acne was largely dismissed by the medical establishment. It can all be traced back to a few studies that took people on a crappy Western diet, kept them on a crappy Western diet, and found no difference. As you can see by this study, one candy bar didn’t make a difference in a torrent of processed food, so we can cross diet off the list. Today, your local dermatologist might still tell you that there’s no connection between acne and diet, but as this 2016 review of the literature stated, “The association between diet and acne can no longer be dismissed.” Okay, before we get to the research on what foods trigger acne, let’s look at how pimples happen. We’re going to look at the microscopic level at your pores to see how most zits occur. This diagram is a cross section of your pore at the base of one of your hairs where your sebaceous glands release sebum. Sebum is a oily and waxy substance, mainly made up a variety of fats that vary depending on your diet. While sebum gets a bad reputation. It actually protects our skin from the sun, feeds our good microbes, suppresses bad microbes, and transports fat-soluble antioxidants to the surface of the skin, and more. And whether our pores are healthy or not, this sebum feeds a species of bacteria that dominates our inner pores, Propionibacterium acnes or P acnes. But don’t let the name acnes fool you. This is a good guy in normal quantities. But here is how things go south. P acnes can tolerate oxygen, but will thrive in an anaerobic or oxygen-free environment, so when we have excess sebum production that maybe dries and creates a cap on your pore, or if we have dead skin cells that are also cutting off the top of your pore, the oxygen level drops, and P acnes blooms like crazy and creates these byproducts that create inflammation within our cell, and creates an opportunity for other types of bacteria to get in and do damage, bacteria like Streptococci whose cousins will give you strep throat. And it’s worth noting that an elevated population of P acnes itself will cause an inflammatory immune response. So by the time all of your white blood cells make it to the party, you already have a pretty nasty zit. Now that you’re well versed in pimple mechanics, I think it’s worth taking a closer look at the nuances of P acnes. There are actually over 70 known strains of P acnes, and an interesting observation was gleaned from this study that took 100 people, 50 of which had acne, and 50 of which didn’t. They found that there were a couple strains that were more common in the acne-ridden group, but one strain in particular that was more common in the clear-skin group, and they believe that this clear-skin strain has genes that make it more effective at fighting off bacterial viruses and other bad microbes. Perhaps soon we’ll be able to spray these good guys’ strains on our face to help fight acne. We’ll see. Okay, now we’re finally getting to diet, starting with diet and sebum, as this review stated, (quote): “Increased sebum secretion is considered, among all features, the major one involved in the pathophysiology of acne.” This has been observed, since, (quote): “On average, acne subjects secrete more sebum than normal ones and secretion rates correlate well with the severity of clinical manifestations.” This is why Accutane is so effective. It actually shrinks pores and reduces sebum production. But it comes with a variety of potential harmful side effects. But this is where diet becomes undeniable because, as this paper states, (quote): “…dietary factors influence a variety of hormones and growth factors that influence sebaceous gland biology and the production of sebum.” One food that really fits the bill of hormones and growth factors is dairy. Yes, in fact dairy has been shown to manipulate estrogen and testosterone and other hormones. As this study showed, drinking milk manipulated testosterone and certain estrogens by a statistically significant 20 to 25 percent margin. Next, as this paper mentions, one of these growth factors that influences sebum production is insulin-like growth factor-1, or IGF-1. As we know, dairy not only contains IGF-1, but it also triggers the raising of IGF-1 through other mechanisms, as this study states, (quote): “The IGF-1 may be either absorbed by milk, or stimulated by its ingestion, or both.” And as this study shows, animal protein as a whole tends to raise IGF-1 blood levels, while plant protein in general does not, which might be why vegans have lower levels of circulating IGF-1. And yes, in case you were wondering, IGF-1 is that same hormone that, when elevated, fuels every stage of cancer growth. Moving on. And to tie it all together, there have been several epidemiological studies and multiple cohort studies showing that more milk means more acne So ditching dairy is a must if you’re trying to fight acne. But one thing that is not excluded in the vegan diet and is widely believed to be bad for acne is refined sugar. That is because blood sugar spikes increase sebum production. One potential pathway for this is how excess simple sugar is turning to triglicerides through novo lipogenesis and Triglycerides make up a large portion of sebum as you can see from this study those with Acne expelled a larger quantity of triglycerides out their face than those who had clear skin. While increasing fruit consumption is generally beneficial, taking the fructose out of the cell is very effective at raising triglycerides as this study showed So those breakouts on your fruit juice cleanse might not be Detox after all and here’s really important to note that that Triglyceride spike was not caused by complex carbs It was not caused by starch. You’ve got to get your carbs in a row. starch=angel carb. refined sugar=devil carb. It’s the devil. Another pathway is that refined sugar elevates insulin which elevates other hormones that increase overall sebum production, so it’s no wonder why this study that put 43 poor acne Ridden souls on a low glycemic diet found that their total number of zits decreased significantly [it’s] important to note that the severity of these blood sugar spice is not only determined by the amount of sugar one eats but also by the amount of fat, whether animal or vegetable This excess fat can make its way into our muscle cells which is called intramural cellular lipids and gum up our insulin key making us insulin resistant and preventing our body from responding appropriately to sugar. All of these things together might be why this study found that a high glycemic load diet, dairy foods and a high-fat diet all appear to play a role in exacerbating acne. So we looked at different foods and insulin and sugar and sebum But we haven’t looked at something that might be underlying all of this and that is MTORc1 hmm-torc1 Let’s just call it torc, that’s easier. The super gritty boring details of this might be for another video but it’s worth sharing as this paper said, quote: “epidemic acne has to be recognized as a MTORc1 disease of civilization”. Torc is over activated by… you guessed it: blood sugar spikes High insulin, high hormones Like IGF-1, but also by excess leucine which is highest in meat and dairy products. Because of this, scientists point to three main culprits: dairy, refined sugar and meat consumption. As this paper mentions the western diets over activation of torc not only increases sebum production But increases the size of your sebaceous glands making super-sized sebum factories in your face To show how effective over activating tor is, and giving you a tiny ounce of hope there is a compound in green tea that Inhibits torc and this study found that taking a 2% green tea lotion and applying it to the face of acne sufferers reduced the number of Acne lesions by 58%. And] I think it’s fair to say that it’s a safe home remedy to just kind of slap yourself in the face with a teabag, I don’t think anyone’s going to get hurt but finally fruits and vegetables to the rescue once again with quote: “an Attenuation of torc signaling is only possible by increasing the consumption of vegetables and fruit.” So there you have it It’s not all about eliminating foods but it does thankfully go past just fruits and vegetables also to nuts and seeds with ALA, that omega-3 fatty acid that is primarily found in plant foods. And since ALA is a component of Sebum, a more even ratio of Omega-3s to omega-6s might not only be beneficial for your heart But also for your skin. This study found that people [who] suffer from Acne were lower in ALA and as this study mentions low levels of ALA Impairs your skin’s barrier function and all of this actually brings us back to P acnes. Anything that keeps P acnes from over growing can be an effective treatment. And it just so happens that ALA is turned into a byproduct known as porphyrins by P acnes Which when exposed to UV light can kill them off and keep their population in check. As this study showed When illuminated with blue light the porphyrins damage the p-acne cells very efficiently: here is a picture of them leaking and dying. The researchers went as far as to say, quote: “a treatment protocol with a series of several illuminations or illumination after application of ALA may be suitable for curing acne.” Scientists don’t pull out the c-Word very often. With all this information one has to speculate that the higher ALA intake and increased sun increased sun exposure of Non-Western civilizations and our ancestors might have been a natural built-in mechanism that kept P-acnes from over growing and prevented acne all together. Alright, that’s it for sebum science, but really quickly I do want to mention that it’s important to get enough vitamins A, E and also the mineral zinc. As this study found, people with acne tend to have lower levels of all three of these which are all Important for skin health. Again, the importance of diet and acne is highlighted in the sort of self-congratulatory conclusion of these researchers with quote: “our study marks the importance of diet in patients with acne.” All right moving on and now just because I know there’s going to be somebody watching this who’s going to be like “Diet isn’t the only cause of acne, this is the worst video ever” and there are probably gonna be people who went vegan thinking they’re going to clear up their acne And they’re like: “I want a refund!” To you all: Yes, there are non dietary causes of Acne They include sun damage, chlorine exposure, which can compromise the skin’s barrier function, getting your face directly exposed to grease or perhaps fumes and also, of course, makeup. In the end, many people can and have cured their acne by simply going Vegan. They are the fortunate ones who when they take (off) those mammalian hormones from dairy and the excess leucine they get that stimulates torc from meat, it just does the job and they don’t have to worry about it anymore but for other people you might have to also ditch those processed foods, those refined sugars and even the fruit juice and maybe balance out your Omegas by eating more ALA and less omega-6 and perhaps then you can beat acne I personally saw an improvement in my acne when I went vegan and then another improvement when I stopped cooking with oil. Finally make sure you get enough of those vitamins A and E and also Zinc in fact feel free to let others know down below what some plant sources of those three nutrients are. Alright, that’s it for today, feel free to subscribe, so you don’t miss the next acne video. May your pores be clear and thank you for watching.


  • Emília Tóth says:

    Hi! Thanks for the video and all the researching, really informative!!
    You mentioned you had stopped cooking with oil. What do you use instead to for example sauté some veggies?

  • Leah Renee says:

    I’ve freakin been Vegan for a year and a half and I STILL have acne and freakin back acne. What kinda BULL!??? I SWEAR…. my acne isn’t like SUPER BAD, but I need to have makeup at parties or basically everywhere. 😂✌🏻

  • Lomo Plateado says:

    95% of my acne went away when a I stop eating gluten, it worked perfectly.

  • XxNova Zayn says:

    acne is that one friend that's lowkey annoying but never leaves your side #realmvp

  • Chelsea Smith says:

    I started transitioning to a vegan diet about a month before starting accutane for ethical reasons and my face really cleared but on its own! However, I do have severe acne on my back that I hope the accutane will help😊

  • womp says:

    It’s caused by not eating enough steak

  • Surfer Rosa says:

    I've never had pimples after leaving junk food, it's amazing

  • seancsnm says:

    And then there's me who hasn't had dairy or refined sugar more than once every couple months and my back/arm acne level hasn't chanced at all since eliminating these things from my diet. But I haven't eliminated meat or eggs from my diet, eat a lot of plant oils (olive oil, coconut oil, avocado) and I definitely get too little sun. I have very little acne on my face though so maybe sunlight is a big factor for me…

  • Lady LRB aka Sara says:

    It helped when I went vegan. Helped more removing processed sugars. Unfortunately I’ve found cocoa to be my culprit 😭

  • Tatana N says:

    I noticed cacao makes my skin worse…

  • Mauricio Fernandez says:

    oooook…. i will be vegan…. but… what happen with comedogenesis for plant_foods… proteins like gluten… annnnnddd… lectins like the peanut….
    i mean…
    How true are the causes of acne in this book

  • Cody Thornton says:

    dam i love this channel

  • RandomMess says:

    Ya diet can help I think when I was in hospital and couldnt eat much of anything for afew weeks my spots all went away for the first time in years no spots lol I started eating more and more and very slowly they came back but Im not sure which foods caused it to come back , cutting out all sugar is too hard I decided to try cutting out milk and butter an see what happens

  • Dumb Ideas says:

    you have acne but dont worry my dad left when i was 7

  • x B105 says:

    Dairy was definitely horrible for my skin but I still don't have great skin. I still have like 2-3 pimples on my face at a given time but I'm fine with that.

  • dQminQ says:

    I got acne when I turned 22. Diet do help and takes 95% of cystic acne away, but yet I still have and it's only cause am woman and hormones suck 😀 My diet is vegan, oil free, gluten free, sugar free, processed food free only whole foods, I drink lots of water and do sports 5 days a week, always sun screen, wash face with chloride free water, do not wear makeup 😀

  • Bartosz P says:

    Perfect. The kind of video I was looking for

  • Samantha Sick says:

    There is a brand of skin care called motherdirt that does have a spray on good bacteria!

  • That DIY Couple says:

    Wow! What a great video. Nobody had so clearly explained “Pimple mechanics” before!

  • nilharma says:

    I have quite bad BACNE and a very oily face with comedones and an oily scalp. 29 female – started in puberty like age 12. I'm vegan for many years, I drink 3 liters of water a day, I eat glutenfree, I'm not constipated (I go at leat once a day), I take vitamins, I eat a lot of vegetables with my meals (and make a green smoothe with a little avocado and spinach and kale every day), I don't cook with oils and try to eat low fat meals but eat a tablespoon of a variety of seeds with my breakfast every day for some healthy fats. I work out a 3-4 times a week, shower emidiately after and I dont let the schampoo and conditioner run down my back, and I don't ear makeup on my face (obviously not on my back lol). The ONLY thing I do that is not recomended is that I eat a very moderate amount vegan icecream, cookies, or chocolate like once a week because I just can't stand eating ridicously clean ALL the time. So I don't know, I feel like I eather have to sell my soul to MAYBE get clear skin (I mean it might still be there even if I don't eat ANYTHING awesome for like a year) or i just live with this shit….

  • Vibeke Vale, Plant-based Chef says:

    I had acne from age 10 to 19 and then I had "adult acne" from 19 to 35. It wasn't until I gave up drinking milk at age 35 that my "adult acne" disappeared. Then at 45 I developed rosacea, which for me meant small red and yellow pustules on my cheeks, chin, and nose. So I gave up flour, sugar, and oil and now that's gone, too. Finally, at age 49 I have clear skin.

  • Sander Fortuyn says:

    I don't post comments a lot on YouTube but maybe my experience can help someone out. I had bad acne since around age 15, after trying all the usual over they years I just gave up on it. When I turned 35 (still having acne) I went on a plant based diet which I admit was initially for different health reasons alone. From about 30 I slowly began to develop a condition where I constantly had inflamed upper respiratory problems which made it hard to breathe with good and bad days. After going to the doctor and had all sorts of tests done they said my lung condition was too good for it to be diagnosed as COPD. I just got an inhaler prescribed which helped relax the muscles with respiratory attacks and was sent on my way.

    After that I did extensive research on diet suspecting it could play a role and I went from a standard western diet to 100% plant based. I only eat fruits+vegetables (mostly blended), a lot of starchy foods and nuts / seeds (and a B12 sup). After a few months my respiratory problems went away and surprisingly so did my acne. I didn't smoke or drink alcohol before I went plant based but I did drink a lot of soda and ate a lot of processed foods / candy. I don't eat any of that stuff any more and only drink water / smoothies and occasionally some non concentrated juice. Because I made such a drastic change of course it's hard to exactly pin point what solved the problem but I think it's the general diet and not one or two specific things.

    There will probably be people who still have acne after going on a healthy planted based diet, but I think the majority will find the diet was the cause all along. Going plant based and cutting out processed foods was the best thing I ever did for my health. I don't care if studies make the opposite case, it worked for me and I feel better than I did in my 20's…

    Thanks Mic for all the time and effort you put into the channel, when I have time I check in with your videos and it helps me a lot. My biggest go to for info is probably Dr. Michael Greger which probably most of you are already a fan of 🙂

  • Fred Feuerstein says:

    What about B12 as cause of acnee on a vegan diet?

  • Priyanka Nayak says:

    I'd done a chemical peel off to help fight off my wasn't as bad..but after a few months it backfired and I got the worst acne ever.. It's gone now..but I still have the scars😌

  • Sean O'Callaghan says:

    Brown sugar is not bad for acne or it's still bad too?

  • Sean O'Callaghan says:

    Someone notice skin improvments to eliminating raw oil from diet?

  • Phil Up says:

    Your videos just make me so happy keep it up Mic!

  • Nikita M says:

    I find that nut butters break me out like crazy. It sucks cuz I love love love them.

  • Nobu says:

    I went to a derma like two months ago and they still claim "your diet has nothing to do with acne." Honestly I consider this malpractice.

  • Jad Alba says:

    Sooo what do I eat then?

  • John Clawson says:

    Beware folic acid b3 supplements. Mthfr gene mutations. Screwed me up

  • Miha Nograšek says:

    I have exactly the same intuition about which science you represented, it's surely like that, because I can see people with acne eat shittier food mostly, and I did as well.. as soon I went Vegan it disappeared and even then on and off in between fail it was a difference in a few days! So yeah…

  • nallathai latha says:

    Has anyone used the Fopobiacne Secrets to clear your acne naturally? Simply just do a google search. On there you will find a great guidelines about how exactly you can clear your acne naturally. Why not give it a shot? perhaps it can work for you too.

  • 23호정직한 says:

    I cleared up my acne in one month by vegan thanks god🙏

  • CobaltLobo says:

    just kinda slap yourself in the face with a tea bag.

    geekin 😆

  • aaliyah orman says:

    am i the only one who finds his loud tone in this video kinda unsettling? i'm just trying to sip my tea this morning and learn some facts y u gotta yell dude


    Tqsm, ur video been helpful, refine sugar, oil, milk/ dairy n meat are the main culprit, my face acne so much managable once I turned vegan, it dries up itself without mark, its a very informational video, tqsm 💕😘

  • Scififan9000 :P says:

    Dude you are so right about the ALA! I had horrible cystic acne for ten years and could find no relief. I tried literally everything. Nothing topical worked. I could scrub my skin raw and it still wouldn't matter. PMS acne was a nightmare. I would break out like crazy and just wanted to hide my face. It was so painful. I was on a vegetarian diet for a little while and that didn't do anything for me. I might try it again though, now that I'm in a better spot with money. Acne wasn't the main reason I started. Anyway, I picked up a bag of flaxseed at the grocery store, because on that diet I wanted to have some source of omega 3s. I bought them whole and ground them up in my blender. You get a lot more for what you're paying for by volume that way than just buying them already ground. I swear, after a week my horrible skin started to clear up! In two weeks I was totally clear. I had no idea why, but I suspected it was the flaxseed. I got confirmation of this, after my freezer broke down in the middle of summer and I had to throw out the bag of the stuff I ground after it spoiled. Sure enough, my skin started breaking out again. After my freezer was fixed I bought some more and my face started to clear up again after a week. People please, put the scrub brush down and stop putting so much faith in topical stuff. Nine times out of ten it is an internal problem. Thank you.

  • Lennon Paiva says:

    Mic: meat and dairy causes skin issues!
    People go on a vegan diet
    Have skin issues
    Go carnivore
    Skin clears up
    Mic: 😮

  • Zorka says:

    My acne trigers B12. How to be vegan? To be meateater or to be vegan with acne? Any solutions?

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  • Swan Auto47 says:

    Thank you so much for this, I needed this help

  • Alec Gargett says:

    One of your best videos. Great stuff. Thank you.

  • john miller says:

    I read loads of great reviews on the net about how exactly Fopobiacne Secrets will help you clear your acne naturally. Has anybody tried this popular natural acne treatment?

  • asuman bilir says:

    Hi Mic. Thank you for your videos. They include such helpful content that kept me going on my vegan journey. I've been vegan for 2 months now. I want to ask a question and if you can answer I would appreciate it. I had acne before going vegan and after becoming a vegan, it was almost completely gone. Howeever 1 week ago, the showed up again and evey other day it gets worse. Can stress or lack if sleep be the cause of this problem? 😣 thank you so much!

  • Kali J.C Fiera says:

    I was hopping you and Dr Berg wouldn't agree at all… Well time to get rid of sugar

  • duane french says:

    Thx Mic now may my son listen to you because he has the wall up with me,LOL

  • Maliaka says:

    Stress could also be a factor??

  • Caroline Weiss says:

    I used to have a lot of acne. People always said it would eventually go away, but it never really did. Then I went vegan on January and the first think I noticed was that my acne was going away very fast. 2 months vegan and my skin is still pretty clean.

  • Kathrine L.J says:

    As he mentions food isnt the only reason we have acne and we dont fully understand acne.

  • wildflower says:

    Vegan 3 years & Acne flare ups continued until I cut out Gluten. Same results with severe body pain and fatigue ("fibromyalgia") – Gluten has been the devil for me. External – I don't really wear make up and only spritz with rose water morning and night. Moisturiser is cbd oil, tea tree essential oil mixed in castor oil. 🌿 Wholefoods, high fruit diet and additional vit B12, D & evening primrose 🌿

  • Trisha Swartz says:

    I have terrible acne. But I also work in a kitchen n I'm too sensitive to the heat, dish washer, steam, dirt, all of it. N I think I have some sort of reaction allergy toward the sun, I get red far too easily. Did I see soy as a stay away from product? Might try adding a zinc supplement…..thanks for any advice !

  • Del Stevenson says:

    HOW I PERSONALLY CLEARED UP ALL OF MY ACNE WITH A VEGAN DIET. Mic has a very popular channel,justifiably, so i hope this info will reach someone who needs the help. Ihave adult acne inheirited from BOTH parents, a double whammy. In my early 20s i got mad pimples PAINFUL boils and weird hard little bumps similar to keloids(on my jawline, i think they were from ingrown hairs). Aveggie diet def helped but not totally. Time passed, i noticed by accident that my acne got way better when i ate spinach and ESPECIALLY CARROTS. Istarted to include 1 16 oz bag of carrots in my lunch or dinner almost every day( at least 4x a week). Embellished with any other vitaminA ,E- type foods. IT 97% CURED MY ACNE. Thats when i went all vegan too. So dont just stop eating problem foods and gen eating healthier : FIND THE VEGGIE HELPS BEST AND LOVEBOMB YOUR SYSTEM WITH IT, not macro, add it to everything else you eat. AND I NEVER PARTICULARLY LIKED CARROTS, but i seriously learned to fckn love em real quick! Stay strong.

  • Thomas C Savage says:

    Has anyone used the Fopobiacne Secrets to clear your acne naturally? Just simply do a search engine search. On there you will find a great tips about how you can break free from your acne. Why not give it a chance? perhaps it can work for you too.

  • R3aganLouise says:

    I was a swimmer from age 4 to 21, and I didn't really have a whole lot of skin problems. My acne came when I overate dairy, and when I went vegan, it cleared up.

  • Ss Ak says:

    Hello I have a personal question about being a vegan. I have been vegan for about a week and four days and I have suddenly developed a sharp pain when urinating, do you by any chance know the reasoning behind this? If you don’t I totally understand, thanks

  • Lubna Fatani says:

    I just turned vegan and afterwards my skin has been breaking out like crazy! What am I doing wrong?
    I’m not consuming soy
    Or replacing milk

  • Alchemist S says:

    Me eating vegan chocolate while watching: hears triglycerides

    slowly puts away chocolate

  • Alchemist S says:

    Damn I’m gonna slap my face with a green tea bag

  • Jerome 092 says:

    Just turn 30 and been dealing with acne since 16, had perfect skin in middle school and half of high school, then all the sudden it hit me harrrrd.
    At this point almost half my life I had acne, most of my teenage years at least the ones that matter and all my 20s.
    Try it all, including acutane, help me a lot it also mess up my digestive system for ever.
    After a year my acne came back and now i have irritable bowl desease for life and acne.
    Tried a pescatarian diet, no sugar, don’t even drink dairy anymore.
    At this point im just hoping my glands gets tire of secreting oil, I mean 15 years is a long time

  • Ashleigh Rose says:

    I’m finding that it was less diet but more the products I was putting on my face! Almost cleared up all my acne now that I have changed my skincare and makeup 🙂

  • Mary Calhoun says:

    Wow this is so much info so fast! 👏👏👏❤

  • Juliukas101 says:

    Horrible, aggressive and scrawny little guy with ill-matched beard and hair! Not a good advert for veganism!

  • Antonin Meissner says:

    iluvu no homo

  • Ann Smith says:

    I am "one of the fortunate ones" who has eliminated my decades-long cystic acne. I am also one of those who have tried everything (accutane, birth control, antibiotics, topicals, wheat and white sugar elimination, exercise, all types of facials- I could go on). However, it was going vegan that 100% eliminated my cystic acne. Honestly, I did not want veganism to be the answer. I grew up on a farm, picking my dinner out from the backyard- both plants and animals. Because I still suffered with it, I tried veganism to rule it out as just one more thing that wouldn't work. I was 100% wrong. My evolution into veganism wasn't cold turkey, as I had given up beef( 21 years strong) and dairy (3 years, due to my children having dairy allergies). I found it unlikely that eliminating the little bit of animals that I ate could be enough to sustain my cystic acne. I saw results in one week and have not had one cyst since (6 months). I still get stress acne and definitely a small pimple or two when I eat too much sugar- I also have Type I diabetes, Graves, PCOS, and Celiac disease. But I will continue veganism for life. It's effective and sustainable, and I have not been this happy about my face in decades. Thanks for a great video #micthevegan

  • Porcelain Slane says:

    Hmmm… interestingly enough, my moderate to severe acne went away while on a ketogenic diet.

  • TheMatron'sMilitia says:

    This is gross af, but I was weeding shirtless in the garden and I could feel my bacne dying

  • daDrake says:

    Before veganism 12:47 , after going vegan 12:49. Ma man became a pimp!

  • Nina Fuentes says:

    I LOVE YOU MIC!!!!! We need to be friends. Finding you on all social media
    #stalkermode activated!

  • Ametheist Toast says:

    I love how passionate mic sounds about p acnes (:

  • J D says:

    I been eating vegan for 7weeks now, in the hope of clearing my acne… it wasn’t too bad at the beginning BUT after 7weeks vegan my skin is TERRIBLE!!!! I don’t know why. I’m enjoying eating vegan and don’t want to go back but my skin is getting worse by the day. I’ve cut out sugar too 🙁 ANY ADVICE?

  • Wit LeVain says:

    I have to go raw vegan with tons of green vegetables in order for my face to clear

  • clay lowrey says:

    Huge tip: Don’t masturbate! When I do my acne breaks out like crazy

  • marconi314 says:

    Dude, you look pale, anemic, and malnourished. Honestly, you look awful. I'll bet that if you'd take one month to add healthy animal protein and meat into your diet, you'd look and feel 1,000% better.

  • Lucy McKnight says:

    Hey Mic can you please do a video on artificial sweeteners? I'm confused over whether they are healthier than sugar. Thanks!

  • Sherry Lu says:

    I really love your videos

  • Alexander Hamilton says:

    I want to be on the "JUNKY VEGAN DIET". Apparently, chicks did guys who are on it.

  • Ranny Bunny says:

    This is by far the best video on the internet for acne

  • Ranny Bunny says:

    Please do the same for dandruff!

  • da nu says:

    thaynx bro💗💕🌈🙂

  • Alisia Knoll says:

    If you’re doing everything right and still have acne, open your mind to the possibility that the cause is emotional! Try EFT tapping (it’s backed by science) to let go of the emotions related to acne (which usually have to do with being frustrated with yourself and not liking yourself).

  • Rey Klein says:

    Any one tested out the Fopobiacne Secrets (google it)? We have heard numerous awesome things about this popular natural acne remedy.

  • Liam Hartman says:

    As specialist, I do think Fopobiacne Secrets can be good way to get rid of your acne problem. Why don't you give it a chance? perhaps it's going to work for you too.

  • FINK Building Services says:

    I was vegan foe the last 15 years and then the last bloods i had done were horrendous. Had a steak and it was like a drug, the next day i felt amazing. and havent looked back and it seems alot of other vegans have done the same because we are not suppose to eat just plants. Event the carnivore diet is stupid. Balance is key. You can eat meat and not feel guilty if it is family farm raised, no added hormones and killed ethically. Plus after finding out more small animals are killed from harvesting crops of veggies than are slaughtered on inhumane farms its not a hard choice. Save a little animal and stop being vegan.

  • DeeQAwakened says:

    I didn’t get acne until age 27 😫😫😫. Perfect skin all thru high school …. boom hits 27 and here’s acne. I blamed my last semester of graduate school at first but after I graduated it was still there

  • Omnipotent Being says:

    Hello, I spent my teen years and into my early 20's in college miserable. I missed many classes and events because I was embarrassed of my skin. I felt like I had the worst skin in the entire planet. Girls would walk by me and say eww, and guys would make fun of me constantly. My entire face every single day and my back and chest as well was covered in acne. No matter what skin product I used it never really helped in the long term. My skin was also extremely greasy/oily. I tried vitamin A instead of accutane for a while with some positive results but after a while my acne came back and then worse than ever.

    After graduation I finally had sufficient time to study and find out exactly how to get rid of my acne once and for all. It all came down to alkalinity. I discovered that germs cannot survive in an alkaline environment. Therefore to make my body an alkaline environment I consumed an alkaline diet which consisted of vegan whole food, raw food, which was mainly fruits and veggies raw (I did also include seaweed, herbs, spices, and shilajit). I tracked my calories, macros and micro nutrients daily as I also lift weight. I do not consume any salt and I never eat at a major caloric surplus (at most 200 calorie surplus to gain muscle).

    Since changing to this diet/lifestyle I have gotten rid of my acne and it's stayed away for the last 12 years. I also have added 40 lbs of lean muscle mass to my frame over that time period I have a body fat percentage of around 7-8%. My skin not only looks better but feels softer. Despite being well in my mid 30's most people think I'm in high school or college. I also do some qigong and Whim Hof exercises combined with meditation and only drink purified water. I do get some sun but never more than 30 minutes and I use hemp oil or aragon oil on my skin. Lastly, I only eat one meal a day which has even more health benefits as well.

    Good luck to everyone

  • Mais Abdullatif says:

    you know that no one is understanding what you're saying

  • Nestor Liberty says:

    Do anybody know about Fopobiacne Secrets? Does it really work? I hear most people break free from their acne with this popular natural acne treatment.

  • Pick a card reading says:

    After going plant based, my skin cleared up in a few monts, I had zits on the back, face, chest area, arms…. Now, all gone…

  • Zeichnergeist says:

    I went whole food vegan for the animals and cleared my skin in one month! Something Ive struggled since I was 16! Seriously Im never turning back!

  • chichi zo says:

    No processed food diet (no processed at all : oatmeals and olive oil are processed for example, sweet potatoes no), low income of raw fat (almonds are okay for me, but cashew not at all). Vegan as much as possible. Raw fruits and vegetables. Water only. Put nothing on your face (even no water). Walk and do sport. Eat light for dinner. B12 in methylcobalamine form, not in cyanocobalamine form. Increase omega 3 input (flaxseed, chia seed in their raw form). At leat, try for 1 month and tell me. Example of a day menu : 1rst breakfast : fresh green vegetable juice 2nd breakfast : fruits or entire grains with chia seed, Lunch : sweet potatoes, raw kale, cooked cauliflower, 4th meal (at 16 p.m. for example) : fruits again or very little amount of almond or fresh smoothie or fresh vegetable juice 5th meal : cooked or raw vegetables, with a little bit of grains or sesame seed

  • June Howell says:

    Does Fopobiacne Secrets (search on google) help me cure my acne naturally? I notice many people keep on talking about this popular natural acne treatment.

  • sam jennings says:

    How effective is Fopobiacne Secrets? I have noticed many awesome things about this popular acne remedy.

  • Przybyłem Z Daleka says:

    I see lots of people keep on speaking about Fopobiacne Secrets. But Im uncertain if it's good. Have you ever tried this popular natural acne treatment?

  • Luka Milosev says:

    I have been vegan for about 5 months now and I have many acne on my shoulder and back area it's not the worst case scenario but there is a lot of them. Do you have any suggestions what I could do to reduce this problem.

  • Haley Dewey says:

    I stopped eating meat ages ago, but it turned out cutting out dairy cured my acne once and for all. I hardly have to manage my skin anymore, and it’s nice not having to feel like I’m fighting a forest fire on my face.

  • Shamar Chapman says:

    Does Fopobiacne Secrets really help to clear your acne naturally? We've learn numerous good things about this popular acne treatment.

  • Natalie Mac Lennan says:

    I'm pretty late to this video, but I want to express gratitude. Thanks for this video and the easy to understand explanation! I've learnt things I haven't known before.
    Very well made!

  • Kati Fay says:

    Herbs have helped me.

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