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Bekah Martinez Shares What Cured Her Acne

Prevention logo Prevention 5/18/2018 Jenae Sitzes

Martinez wrote on Instagram that she tried everything to cure her years of acne until she realized gut health was the key.: Bekah Martinez Shares What Cured Her Acne © Instagram Bekah Martinez Shares What Cured Her Acne Most people with acne don't even think of trying this.

Anyone who's struggled with long-term adult acne knows how frustrating it can be to find something that actually works, and Bekah Martinez can definitely relate. 

The 23-year-old, who recently starred in season 22 of The Bachelor, took to Instagram to share a photo of her acne at its worst, along with another photo of what she looks like now. "REAL TALK: My skin used to look like this for YEARS!!" she told her followers. 

REAL TALK: my skin used to look like this for YEARS!! and now (thank god) if you swipe left it looks like this! i’ve finally found the core root of my acne problem that wasn’t solved with accutane (3 rounds of it), wasn’t solved with R&F or proactiv or ANY topical regimen, wasn’t solved with birth control, wasn’t solved with going vegan, wasn’t solved with drinking more water or coconut oil or tea tree oil or clay masks...I could go on and on about all the things that DIDN’T cure my acne. . only recently did I discover it came down to my gut health, which I’ll be sharing a hell of a lot more about in the next few weeks. No, it’s not plexus or any other supplement, it’s real raw food that you have to incorporate into your diet on a regular basis. I’ll also be showing what makeup products I’ve used to hide my acne. . none of this content is or will be sponsored in any way. I just want to help as many people as possible find the solution to their acne or feel beautiful in the meantime. . if you’re in the middle of the struggle, I feel you. I see you. I hear you. You are NOT alone, and I know a lot of the time it feels that way. I know how frustrating and demoralizing it can be. I know how it can take all your confidence and crush it to the point where you don’t want to leave the house. you’re not alone, and your acne does not define you. rise above it and smile anyway— that’s what people will notice first.

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After trying practically every acne and beauty product on the market and experimenting with various diets, Martinez finally stumbled upon what was really affecting her skin: gut health.

"I've finally found the core root of my acne problem that wasn't solved with Accutane (three rounds of it), wasn't solved with R&F or Proactive or ANY topical regimen, wasn't solved with birth control, wasn't solved with going vegan, wasn't solved with drinking more water or coconut oil or tea tree oil or clay masks," she wrote. "I could go on and on about all the things that DIDN't cure my acne."

By adding gut-healthy foods into her diet, Martinez finally began to see results. "No, it's not Plexus or any other supplement; it's real raw food that you have to incorporate into your diet on a regular basis," she wrote.

Martinez didn't mention any specific products or foods in her post, which she made clear wasn't sponsored by any brand. But she assured her followers she'd be sharing more about her gut health journey and makeup products she uses to cover up acne in coming weeks.

"I just want to help as many people as possible find the solution to their acne or feel beautiful in the meantime," she wrote.

The benefits of eating foods high in prebiotics and probiotics are well-documented, shown to prove improve digestion, mental health, and metabolism. Luckily, there are plenty of food options out there packed with ingredients, mostly fiber, that gut bacteria thrive on, such as asparagus, dandelion greens, and bananas, along with fermented power foods like sauerkraut, soybeans, carrots, and raw apple cider vinegar. Many people are unaware that gut health is tied to closely to your immune system, so it's important to know what threats to avoid. And if, like Martinez, you've struggled with acne for years, shifting your diet could make a world of difference.

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