How to cure acne naturally (food / diet to eat and NOT to eat )

cure acne

Recently, I see more people are troubled by acne and face inflammation issues during this covid period so I decided to share my personal experiences in this blog post hoping it will also benefit you if you are troubled by acne.

I used to have acne problem even when I was in my 20+ when I was working after my graduation.

My acne that time got so bad that I decided to seek for medical attention. 

antibiotics for acneThe medical doctor prescribes anti-biotics for my condition and I was amazed by the results that the anti-biotics really works for me at that time.

After consuming anti-biotics for a while, I found that actually anti-biotics is not good for our health in long term because it will affect our immune system.. 

Furthermore, whenever I stopped the anti-biotics, it seems that my acne problem got worsen.. so I have no choice at that time but to keep taking anti-biotics.

I reached a point where I am sick of taking anti-biotics because I can’t imagine taking it for life and end up with a worsen acne situation if I were to stop someday!

Thus, I went onto a journey to learn what can I do to cure my acne. I read lots of books about skin and diet.

Eventually I got to find out about this term ‘integrative medicine’ and Dr Andrew Weil. From there, I learn a lot about holistic healing and started to look at what are the areas in my lifestyle that causes my acne back then.

It was enlightening that I found out that it was the dairy products (milk and cheese) and the spicy stuff that I was eating that is causing my acne!

If there is one thing that you can take away from this post, I hope let this be the point – to cure any acne problem, there must be a source causing it, and most of the time, it is the food that you are eating!

Avoid eating these foods:

I highly suggest to avoid eating the following foods if you are having acne or face redness inflammation  all the time:

  1. Dairy products like milk, cheese (this is the cause for me!) 
  2. Beverage that contains milk (you will be surprised that there are lots of them!).
  3. Biscuits that contains milk (check the biscuits ingredients too, there are lots of them around).
  4. Oil fried foods.
  5. Spicy foods (If you can’t avoid them, then reduce the times you are eat them).

Just by reducing the above food products, you will sure notice improvements to your skin and acne starts to fade away after a few weeks.

Now, you may have these main concerns:

Now, you may think that if you stop drinking milk and taking dairy products, then where does your source of protein and calcium comes from, right? 

soy milk for acneThe answer is start to take soya bean drink (also known as soy milk), nowadays, there are a lot of choices of soya bean drink in the market. You can even buy those powdered types which are organic too!

Soya bean is a good source of protein and also helps to improve immune system, so it is a good replacement for milk.

As for calcium,  some soya bean drink comes with enriched calcium too.

Besides soya bean drink, you can eat black sesame seeds spread with bread. In traditional chinese medicine, black sesame seeds contains good source of calcium.

yogurt to replace milkSpecial note: Yoghurt is also high in protein and calcium but some people will still develop acne after eating yoghurt. But I think it is the type of yoghurt you choose. Once your acne has became better with the above tips,  you can try taking yoghurt and see if it will cause acne again on you.

Some tips about face washing:

When it comes to face washing, pay no or little attention to TV commercials because most commercial face washing products are too harsh for acne prone face. You will realise that the more you use it, the more irritated your face will be.. 

For acne prone face, you should use gentle cleaning agents. One of the best face cleaning product that is both gentle and affordable is the African black soap, it is recommended to me and I have been using it for many years already! It contains shea butter and aloe vera. You can check out the details here.

One last thing that I would like you to know is about sleeping habits.

Turn in earlier

sleep before 11pm to help cure acneIf you are a teenager or young adult, you will not be happy to hear this – yes, sleeping earlier can help to improve your acne condition.

Ideally, you want to sleep before 11pm because that is when your body starts to detox and help to make your skin looks good.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, sleeping late will cause your body inner heat to rise and hurt your liver too.

So if you really care about your body and skin, start to think about sleeping earlier.

Final note

Acne is triggered because we have done something wrong in our lifestyle and mostly it is due to the food we eat.

You do not need to spend a lot of money seeking treatment. Just look very closely at your lifestyle (starting from eating, sleeping habits) and slowly making adjustments.

I am sure you will be able to cure your acne problem after adjusting your eating and sleeping habits.

It will definitely take some time, but never give up because our body has also been damaged for quite some time due to wrong diet and habits – thus, it will take some time too to help your body recovers.

Best wishes to your health and may you have the wisdom to identify the cause of acne.

Most Effective Vitamin C Source: Acerola Cherry Fruit

acerola cherry fruit

There are many fruits that contains vitamin C but to me, the most effective source comes from Acerola cherry fruits.

The reason why I know this is because whenever I have running nose, a teaspoon of acerola powder will stop this irritating symptom. Of course, there will be times when the flu virus is stronger that vitamin C along can’t deal with.

Regardless, a good source of vitamin C helps me most of the time before running nose turns into flu.

Why vitamin c from acerola?

I used to take the common vitamin c supplements found in general wellness store but personally I hate to swallow pills and also, for those vitamin c to work, you need to take in a large dose of vitamin c because of the source is not from natural fruits.

I get to know of the acerola fruit when one of my friends introduced me to a superior (expensive) vitamin c supplement and I found that one of the main ingredients inside is acerola.

I later went online to do research and happy to find there are cheaper alternatives online where I can purchase for acerola vitamin c.

How I get Acerola fruits here in Singapore

acerola powder vitamin c In Singapore, it is rare to see the actual acerola cherry fruits in the market so a better way is to get the powder form and mix with water when you need it every time.

The online store I go is iHerb. You can click on this link to see the exact acerola powder that I drink. A bottle only costs about SG$10 and lasts quite long.

Things to note taking care of acerola powder (if you choose to purchase)

The default container is not air tight, so after a while the powder will harden. I wrap it inside a ziplock bag to keep it fresh for much longer time.

If you are looking for a good source and effective vitamin c, do give it a try!

Learn how to choose which herbal tea is suitable for you

In Singapore, there are many types of herbal tea and do you know how to choose which one to drink? In this post, I will share some common types of herbal drink you can find in Singapore and their properties so you can make the right choice for your health!

1- Chrysanthemum (菊花) Tea / Drink

Chrysanthemum is the most common herbal tea or drink you can find in most herbal stalls or shops in shopping mall.

The main property of Chrysanthemum is cooling (beneficial for lungs and liver). It can help to reduce body heatiness, headache and dizziness, and swollen / painful eye area due to liver heatiness.

Thus, you should choose Chrysanthemum tea / drink if you experience some headache, dizziness especially due to lack of sleep these few days or just starting to have some flu (heaty type) symptoms such as sore throat and keep feeling your mouth is dry.

2- American Ginseng (洋参) Tea / Drink

Good american ginseng is expensive and helps in strengthening qi (补气) but the type that you find in common herbal tea / drink normally do not have such strong potency.

The main property of american ginseng is strengthening qi (beneficial for heart, lung and kidney) and cooling effect. For the purpose of this blog post, american ginseng tea / drink has the effect of cooling and small effect of boosting your qi (energy).

Thus, you should choose american ginseng tea / drink if you often experience tiredness, and mouth dry. You can also choose american ginseng tea / drink if you feel that your palm and feet often feels hot.

3- Monk Fruit (罗汉果) Tea / Drink

Monk fruit also known as Siraitia grosvenorii or more commonly Luo Han Guo (罗汉果) in Singapore. It can help to reduce heatiness in lungs and improvement bowel movements (beneficial for lung and big intestine).

The main property of Luo Han Guo is to soothe throat and moisturize lungs. It also helps to ease constipation.

Thus, you should choose Luo Han Guo tea / drink if you have sore throat or feels that you have symptoms of sore throat coming. Also choose this drink if you have minor constipation these few days. Lastly, it will also help in dry cough (very hard to spit out the phlegm).

NOTE: Do visit a TCM physician if you have coughed for more than 2 weeks, because herbal tea will not cure the root issue of the cough.

4- Chinese Barley (中国薏米) Tea / Drink

Chinese barley is another very common type of herbal tea / drink in Singapore. In fact, I highly recommend most people to drink Chinese Barley because of our Tropical climate here. Chinese Barley can help to reduce water retention and strengthen spleen. Out of all the herbal tea / drink, Chinese Barley is the only one that can strengthen one’s spleen.

The main property of Chinese Barley is to help you get rid of excessive water in your body especially in spleen and lower part of your body. This is why Chinese Barley is a common herb to use to treat swollen angle, feet and lower part of the leg due to water retention.

Thus, you should choose Chinese Barley tea / drink if you have water retention in the lower part of your leg or generally you have weak spleen (have stomachache after cold drinks and oily food). Chinese Barley can also helps in weigh loss but you must make it a habit to drink it consistently to see results.

Caution: Women who are pregnant please consult a TCM physician before you make Chinese Barley a regular drink.

Note: There are two type of barley, one is Holland Barley which main property is cooling and the other one is Chinese Barley, which we mention in this blog post. make sure to choose the right one when you buy.

5- Honeysuckle (金银花) Tea / Drink

Honeysuckle is also a common type of herbal tea / drink in Singapore. Out of all herbal tea / drinks, Honeysuckle has most cooling effect and is highly recommended for people who are very heaty!

The main property of Honeysuckle is cooling and detox (beneficial for lungs, heart and stomach).

Thus, you should choose Honeysuckle tea / drink if you have bad breath, sudden rush of acne or feeling very heaty (symptoms of sore throat, mouth dry and keep wanting to drink water and urine appears very yellowish and feels hot)

Caution: Honeysuckle is extremely cooling hence it is not suitable for people with weak spleen. If you often have diarrhea after drinking cold stuff or oily food, then I would say Honeysuckle is not suitable for you.

A Note About Mixed Herbal Tea / Drink

It is now very common for you to see mixed herbal tea / drink such as
Chrysanthemum with Luo Han Guo or
Chrysanthemum with American Ginseng. For such herbal tea, you can refer to their each effects above but I strongly encourage to go for the individual herbal tea if you need relive in a particular symptom, for example, if you are only having a sore throat, then I would suggest you choose Luo Han Guo rather than
Chrysanthemum with Luo Han Guo.

I hope these information helps! If you like a particular herbal tea / drink but didn’t see it listed here, you can comment below and I will consider adding it to the list!

TCM Food / Dessert for Constipation

tcm food dessert for constipation
tcm food for constipation

In this post, I will share a very simple-to-prepare dessert that everyone can try at home to relief constipation.

That is – Papaya Aloe Vera dessert.

Both aloe vera and papaya have the effects of increasing bowel movement. In fact, aloe Vera is classified as 泻下药 in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine).

Both papaya and aloe vera can also help to improve liver functions. Papaya helps in liver detox while aloe helps in decreasing heatiness in liver.

This dessert is suitable for people who has constipation or heatiness in liver (symptoms such as redness in the eye or feeling giddiness).

If your stomach can’t take cold stuff (always have diarrhea after taking cold stuff) , then you can add some longan (龙眼) in this dessert.

I have been using Del Monte Aloe Vera and I find that their aloe vera has good effects. You can purchase this brand of aloe vera in the local supermarkets (I bought mine in AMK NTUC).

tcm dessert for constipation

I hope these information helps someone out there!