I suffered with prominent acne all throughout high school and into college… so if you’re going through it right now, please know I feel your pain! I went to countless dermatologists, took rounds of antibiotics, and exhausted the conventional route until I realized that something deeper was going on (which was expressing itself through this acne). In my YouTube video I talk about how I finally achieved clear skin, the root causes of acne (what your body is trying to tell you!), the supplements I used, and the diet/skin care changes I made. I had cystic acne along with whiteheads AND blackheads (the whole shebang), and my root causes were both digestive and hormonal (forehead and cheeks/jaw). It took me years to find the answers to what was going on with my skin — I probably tried 1000s of supplements and skin products in the process – but I promised myself that as soon as I figured out the recipe that worked, I would share it with other acne sufferers!

UPDATE: My skin is certainly not perfect, but what amazes me is that it continues to get better and better as each month passes. I still get a pimple or two the 3-4 days before my period, and also have some scars from the damage. But I am no longer going through the painful cysts and bumps I used to get every single day, and 90% of the month my skin is pimple-free. That’s something I never thought I would achieve — I honestly didn’t think I would get to see even one full day with completely clear skin. I hope this video helps you get closer to YOUR root cause and gives you the hope that the same can happen to you. Enjoy!

Read my full 2018 (2 YEARS LATER) update here

Here are the products I mentioned in this video (in order):

  • Lower Bowel Formula:
  • My Parasite Cleanse:
  • Probiotic: I now use my very own Probiotic Formula!
  • L-Lysine:
  • Exfoliation: Apple cider vinegar (I buy mine on along with all my dry groceries to save money.)
  • Probiotic Acne Cleanser:
  • Facial Oil:

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  • Holly says:

    Hi Olivia! I want to say thank you so much for all of your post they’re very helpful and the fact you do your research and go into so much detail is so amazing.
    My question is about the apple cider vinegar. Do you apply it to your skin straight or dilute it with water first? And how long after do you put on oil?
    I’ve used oil on my face after the shower for a while now. I find since having my daughter and still breastfeeding going on almost 2 years, has made my skin and scalp drier then usual.
    Thank you again, I hope to hear from you 🙂
    Holly R

  • Joelle says:

    Hi Olivia!! This post was so helpful for my skin!! I am trying to purchase the facial sunshine oil but I am unable to. Is there any other facial oil recommendations you have? Thank you!

  • Cassie says:

    Do you take the probiotic with the lower bowel formula? Or do you take them in different days?

  • Rosalie Delgado says:

    Hi Olivia, I wanted to ask you what do you use for your body when you shower? I am currently dealing with back and chest acne for a little bit over a year now.

  • Raquel says:

    Hello Olivia. I came across your youtube video about acne last night and I would like to know if I can use all the products you listed all together i.e. the lower bowel formula, your parasite cleanse, vsl and l-lysine?

  • Sara says:

    Should we take L-Lysine while doing the cleanse?

  • Adona says:

    How to remove acne scars/ mark from face. I’m going to use L-lysine, it will prevent getting acne .. how to eliminate acne scars.. thank you so much for your video . Please do reply ..

  • natalie says:

    Olivia, you are flippen amazing. Thank you so much. What do you use for your scars besides what you mentioned here and castor oil? Your skin looks so amazing now.

  • Emily says:

    Hello Olivia ! I’m a big supporter of yours! You’re truly inspirational great job on your work, oh and your articles are amazing! Quick question I’ve been curious on this post as I suffer from acne , I ordered all of the pills and the face wash but I’m pretty much clueless on how offten and how to take all these pills, and is it okay to take them together ? If you could please reply and update me on this I’d really appreciate it. Keep up the good work beautiful!

  • debbie says:

    Hi, Could you please tell me when and how many you take of the VSL, L-lysine and lower bowel?

  • Samantha says:

    Hi! What was the other acne cleanser that you mentioned? I know you listed the probiotic one but you mentioned one that actually works better?

  • Deanna says:

    Hi Olivia! The facial oil listed above doesn’t show up on the link anymore. Can we get a suggestion for something else? Thanks!

  • Festina says:

    hi Olivia , after reading several articles of yours I’m not sure how to begin clearing my Body ( and Acne) . Shall I take all the products you mentioned at the same time? and what is the dosage? I really want to give it a try but I first want to know how to use the products before I purchase them 🙂 greetings from Germany!

  • Chelsea says:

    Hi Olivia,
    I am 23 and have struggled with acne my whole life. I have tried EVERYTHING it seems and have spent so much time trying to get my skin perfect. I love this video because you really get down to the science of where acne comes from. Some things work for others but everyone has different skin so it usually didn’t work for me. Or it had side effects. Or it would temporarily help my skin and then winter would come and my face would get dry and break out horribly. I love how many facts you read and it has really made me research hormone Imbalance even more. I believe hormone imbalance or not feeding your body the right nutrients is literally the result from any diseases, cancers, etc. im even reading how it can cause insomnia. It’s crazy. Thank you for sharing all this research. The lysine makes so much sense for my skin and body and I think I have too much androgen and DHT. Thank you and keep doing what you’re doing!! It’s great to hear real stories of people who find CURES and not just a drug to mask it

  • Taylor says:

    Hello Olivia!
    I am pleased to have found your blog. I am interested in buying your “parapro formula” and I am wondering if it is necessary to take the probiotics you mention in your “How I cured my acne” video at the same time? Right now I am thinking about starting with l lysine, your parapro formula, and the probiotic cleanser you suggested! I hope to hear back from you. Thank you for everything you do! You are amazing <3

    • dana says:

      Hi Taylor, the probiotic supplement supports your gut health which we feel is important. You will also get more probiotic strains through a supplement than topically. You can read more about why we suggest taking the supplement in our ebook on the ParaPro found here . Feel free to reach out to support @ organicolivia dot com if we can assist you further – Team Organic Olivia

  • Josue Rodriguez says:

    Can I take all of the products at the same time or I can’t

  • dana says:

    Hi Anna – Unfortunately we don’t know which brands would reach Australia. Your best bet would be to walk into a natural food store by you and ask them to show you the various L-Lysine brands and compare it to the one Olivia recommends – Team Organic Olivia

  • Carissa Washington says:

    Thank you!

  • mb says:

    Hi Olivia ! are there any side effects from taking L-lysine. i have been reading up a lot and read a lot of good however, I read that it may increase the risk of gallstones and higher cholesterol. is this only the case if to much is taken? please let me know
    thank you very much 🙂

  • Veronica says:

    Hi Olivia! Im very excited to follow your recommendations and begin the parapro cleanse! I have L Lyseine, pro biotic, the parapro cleanse and also your Flow Balance supplement. Is it safe for my kidneys/liver to take all this at the same time or do you recommend starting the Flow Balance supplement after I complete the parapro cleanse?
    Thank you for everything!

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