The Biological Root Cause of Acne

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The Biological Root Cause of Acne


The human body is ancient. While our lifestyles have dramatically changed, aside from some evolution (like the shape of our jaws), the human body is still made exactly the same as it always was. We are hard-wired for survival. Every single action that the body makes, is made with the purpose of keeping us alive.

In Germanic Healing Knowledge, acne is caused by an attack conflict. So, this could mean:

  • unwanted words being thrown at you in an argument
  • feeling “stabbed in the back” (back acne)
  • a physical attack, like over-cleansing, scrubbing, or picking your skin (vicious cycle)
  • an emotional attack on oneself through self criticism

When we experience an “attack”, the psyche perceives it as a threat, sends a message to the brain, which sends a message to the skin to start proliferating (growing) extra skins cell. This happens to create extra protection or cushioning, so that biologically, your body feels better equipped to handle the conflict.

This is how acne begins. At this point, you’ll feel a little bump under the skin, and will think, “Oh no! I’m getting a pimple”. It’s vital that you leave it alone at this point, because if you disrupt this process by “attacking it” through squeezing, scrubbing and picking, you’ll end up with more pimples because of how this biological program works.

Once you resolve the conflict, the body sends bacteria to the proliferated cells to eat away at them and break the cells down. This is when we see inflammation and pus. At this point, your body is already healing the breakout. It’s getting rid of the built up cells that are no longer needed for your “protection”. This is the exact reason why we don’t want to kill the bacteria, like dermatologists and many skin care lines will come in and do. The bacteria is there to assist the healing, it’s NOT the cause of the breakout.

To heal acne, we need to look at where we are being “attacked” in our lives and resolve the issue. Most of the time, it’s an attack one self through self criticism. This is especially common during puberty, when kids bodies are changing rapidly and they’re trying to figure out where they fit into this world. Their obsession with appearance results in self criticism, unknowingly creating a biological program within the body.


About Rachel Devine

I’m a Holistic Skin Therapist, Germanic Healing Knowledge Practitioner, Somatic Healing Therapist and a Breathwork Coach. I am here to help you deeply understand and nurture your skin, discover the biological root causes of your skin symptoms, and then guide you to ignite your inner-healing. I’ve been through my own deep healing journey for the past decade. I am now certified in many of the holistic healing modalities that I’ve used to heal my own skin and body. By working with me, I’ll help you deeply connect to your body, so that you can better understand your skin and then heal it for good, naturally.