Blackheads are open comedones, where the pore of the skin is filled with sebum that has oxidized (like the way an apple turns brown after a while of cutting it).

Usually black heads are caused by an overproduction of uncontrolled oil, improper cleansing, lack of exfoliation and masking. They can also be related to poor dietary choices and usually the skin’s microbiome is completely out of balance.

Too many refined sugars and preservatives will make a blackhead problem much worse. I personally have noticed my skin gets blackheads if I ever have these foods. So, I often look at a clients diet first when treating this issue.





Cystic acne

Cystic acne is much worse than your regular ol’ pimples.

This acne is usually triggered by a bag full of issues all happening at once, so it can be hard to tell what is going on at first.

Cystic acne can be found anywhere on the body, but usually appears on the jawline and around the lymphatic nodes, where the body is trying to excrete the toxic build up. Because of a sluggish system, the toxins build up and erupt below the surface of the skin here.

The pores on our skin are quite small, but in the case of cystic acne, many pores in the one area become flooded and stretched with the body’s waste, causing pain and an eruption, sometimes the size of a pea to a plum. OUCH!! These types of cysts can scar so, do not squeeze!

Cystic acne can be caused by a hormonal imbalances, uncontrolled blood sugar levels, a sluggish lymphatic system, poor gut function or an infection in the gut.

If you are experiencing painful cystic acne, I have a few different treatments to bring them down overnight, such as the Illumination Facial or Goddess Facial. Learn more here >>

I also can treat cystic acne with high frequency, which is a method which zaps the cyst with an electric current to kill the infection.

I would also suggest treating cystic acne internally with practitioner prescribed herbs and supplements.



Congestion is sluggish deposits of waste that your skin is trying to excrete.

Congestion looks slight bumpy, however excess sebum is lurking way below the surface of the skin. When you squeeze congestion out, it can have a yeasty kind of smell and it is usually a light yellow colour. Sometimes congestion comes to a head, other times it doesn’t.

Your liver and gut function and absorption of food is at play here, so to investigate the cause of congestion I complete a full health history – an overview of diet, lifestyle, past issues and concerns etc.







Whiteheads can be caused by uncontrolled oil, an infected plug or pore, due to picking your skin, food intolerances, allergies, poor gut function, poor detoxification or a sluggish lymphatic system.

Sometimes they can be painful because the inflamed site usually is harbouring bacteria that needs treatment.

Often changing a person’s diet can have instant results in reducing whiteheads. 


If you are suffering from any of the above common skin issues, book a 15 min intro chat here to discuss how I can help you.

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