Beauty Queen Healed Her Cystic Acne With Simple Diet Change

cystic acne diet before and after

By Heather Callaghan, Editor

UK pageant finalist Rachel Crawley knows the pain of severe, cystic acne – and she’s documenting her healing journey on Instagram.

Her simple diet change clearly worked, and now she is encouraging fans to help themselves by her own shining journey.

Cystic acne is a painful condition that debilitates the self-image of acne sufferers. The infection goes deeper than typical acne and can be more painful and purulent. Crawley had faced teenage bullying and hid at home, letting adventures pass her by. One such opportunity was the chance to be in a beauty pageant at age 18. Her condition simply made her too self-conscious.

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The diet change that gave Rachel her skin back

According to her, the one thing that reversed her condition was a vegan diet with generous amounts of healthy fats from vegan sources.

Now, the 22-year-old administrative assistant embraces her breakouts without makeup as she lets the world see her dramatic before-and-after photos.

At first it was about being free to be free, regardless of the cystic acne breakouts – but now you can see that her skin has cleared up due to her simple diet change to veganism.

?My progress since starting this page? no Medication ✖️ High fat vegan plant based diet (nothing processed) Real whole foods, natural minimal skin care routine ✔️ People are happy to take strong medication that can lead to bad side effects in are bodies but aren’t willing to change there diet which is safe and better for our health. Remember that everyone has there struggles in life. Most of us choose not share them. Most people with acne don’t share it because there ashamed but why should we it’s only a stage in our life it won’t last forever and it certainly doesn’t make us any less of a person. Clear skin or acne you are the same person. I get asked how can I be confident when my skin looks like this? The reason I decided to accept myself for how I looked is because for years I suffered with acne and for years I let my mental health take over, ruin relationships, stop me going out ect all because I was insecure and worried about other people’s opinions. Because let’s be honest acne isn’t nice to look at. I knew I couldn’t carry on being this hard on myself to the point I would cry and have a lot of built up stress causing headaches. I thought about the days when I used to have no worries when I was younger and here’s what I came up with- I wasn’t living life trying to impress anyone I wore no makeup so never felt less beautiful I didn’t spend my time trying to make myself look perfect I didn’t sit at home comparing myself to others on Instagram It’s the world we live in today that makes us think like this. I don’t want young girls feeling the same way I did. I don’t want them to think they have to look a certain way to be accepted or beautiful. They need more role models embracing there real natural selfs because that is real life. I know how hard it can be but please please practice self love and believe in yourself this alone will make you feel better ??✨ ————————————————

A post shared by Rachel Crawley ☾❂ ॐ (@asprinkleofhealthandbeauty) on

She had experimented with many different diet changes but discovered that sugar and refined carbohydrates were the main triggers for the aggressive bouts of acne. “Only for about 3 days I have stopped eating these foods and upped my fat intake (healthy fats) and guess what? No new breakouts!” she wrote on Instagram. 

 Crawley emphasized that she does not use medication – just a high-fat, vegan plant-based diet with nothing processed. Just real, whole foods and a natural but minimal skin care routine.

✨7 WEEKS PROGRESS PICTURE ✨The picture on the left was when my skin was at its worst. My acne was cystic, red, sore and I had bumps underneath my skin. I felt like I wanted to give up at this point. I then decided to give my diet one last change before I would have seen a dermatologist. I took pictures of my skin so I could see the results as to whether what I was doing was working or not and I started seeing the difference day by day. I wanted to share with you the realism of what people go through. Unfortunately acne isn’t seen as normal and is thought as ‘ugly’ but it’s something so many of us experience. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. What is to be ashamed of is the perception of what we are supposed to look like. The picture on the right is my skin today! My scars are being treated with natural skincare products that I have found work my skin and I do want to avoid having any treatments to get rid of them. They need time to heal and I’m okay with that. Whatever journey your on to clear you skin don’t give up on yourself. There is always light ?? —————————————————–  A post shared by Rachel Crawley ☾❂ ॐ (@asprinkleofhealthandbeauty) on

⭐️SCAR UPDATE ⭐️ The top photo was taken on the 10th Feb and the bottom was taken this morning. Nearly a 6 weeks difference! My skin care routine is very simple I cleanse with a lush cleanser, apply a thin layer of aloe Vera gel all over my face and then apply the rose hip oil. You only need 2-3 drops, massage it into the back of your hand to heat it up and in circular motions massage into your scarred areas. This is a routine that has been working for me and I see results from! I did pick up a new oil for scars that was only £8.99 so will give that a try and let you guys know as it could be a cheaper alternative to the rose hip ? When it comes to products natural ones work best for my skin. I will exfoliate my skin twice a week and use a face mask 2-3 times! My scars are very deep especially where my cheeks are as you can see around my chin is clearing up nicely. It’s important to stay patient if your not seeing results in 1 weeks time don’t give up! The skin needs time to heal and repair itself ✨?? I am off work for a week from tomorrow so will be getting the video up for you guys! And will be able to response quicker to all your questions ? Also don’t forget to enter my giveaway on my page to be in with a chance of winning a free bottle of rose hip oil! ⭐️ 

A post shared by Rachel Crawley ☾❂ ॐ (@asprinkleofhealthandbeauty) on

Because of Crawley’s healed skin and greater confidence, she is competing as a finalist in the UK’s Miss Preston 2017 pageant. But instead of merely competing for the best looks – she already has a deeply rooted beauty that radiates outward. Her natural beauty is now a testament of healing to others and a reminder to accept the skin you’re in and give it the food and drink it desperately wants.

DISCLAIMER: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.



Heather Callaghan is an independent researcher, writer, speaker and food freedom activist. She is the Editor and co-founder of NaturalBlaze as well as a certified Self-Referencing IITM Practitioner. 

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