Why Dry Fasting Can Help Clear Your Acne

Dry Fasting Heals Acne Incredibly Well

It doesn’t just clear your skin, but when combined with a pure source of biotin, you’ll notice a big difference in your hair, nails and overall energy levels.

dry fasting for acne

Now I’m about to lay out some information here that may not sit well with many people but I’ll say it anyway.

Since many of us have been conditioned to think the only way to heal your skin is to keep taking things in, I’m going to ask you to forget all of that for a moment because…

Fasting by far; is one of the most powerful ways you can heal your skin and body.

Not juice fasting, not water fasting – dry fasting.

That’s right; no food or water for a period of time.

Wait, what?

Not only have I been doing this regularly for over 3 decades but it’s important to understand exactly what it is and how it works to clean you out.

So even before this study came out lauding the benefits of fasting (fasting for just 3 days regenerates your entire immune system), or folks started talking about it, it was a regular part of my life and the benefits are absolutely beyond doubt.

Easy Does It

The first thing that needs to be stated upfront is: do not do any extended dry fasting of any kind if you’ve never done it before.

You are likely toxic inside and if you’re sick or have had regular health issues, best to start slow and build your way up.

Even if you’re in relatively good health, know your boundaries and start slow.

Dry fasting is nature’s way to fix what’s broken.

Animals dry fast in the wild when they are sick or injured. It’s also the way people have done it for thousands of years.


When you are carrying a heavy toxic load inside your body as a result of your lifestyle, attempting to do extended dry fasts will stir up a lot of internal waste.

Think of throwing a large rock into a shallow creek and all the sediment it stirs up.

ill cartoon figure from fasting

Stagnant lymph, mucoid plaque, mucous, parasites and the like are all very common elements that start to leave the body when you just give it a chance and get out of the way.

When this deep detoxification happens, you start showing symptoms from mild to wild – the cleaner you are, the easier the experience.

If you’re like most folks however who have eaten the standard American diet (SAD) for years or decades, you’re very toxic inside so your symptoms will range from cold and flu like, vomiting, congestion, muscle and body aches, spasms, strange dreams, nausea, hair loss and the list goes on!

Fear not though, these are temporary and start to subside once the body does what it needs to do.

So don’t jump in right away; best to take it slowly and build up your fasts.

Start with 12 hours (sleeping hours count) and gradually work your way up. If the pain or discomfort gets too unbearable, break your fast, let the body reset and go again when you’re ready.

So unless you’ve been eating clean for 2-3 years and have dry fasted before – DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT undertake extended dry fasting because it’ll kick your butt.

So How Does It Clear Acne?

When you stop intake of food and water, for extended periods, the body diverts its energy from digestion to cleaning, repair and healing.

Now if you’re constantly taking things in like food, liquids, “medicines” and the like, the body’s own self repair mechanism never gets a chance to work at its optimal capacity.

And boy does it work!

The first thing it does is dump.

It starts unloading what is ailing it and sometimes you won’t feel too good while this is happening.

You can help this process along greatly by doing a colonic or water enema. 

Just don’t be too scared what comes out of you because I assure you, many different and strange colors, smells and sights await you.

As the body dumps and the toxic load exits, you may start seeing other things leave your body.

Examples: Your nose will run like a fountain, you may get yucky discharge from your ears, nose, mouth, eyes and butt.

Worms, flukes and parasites start getting expelled in your stools.

It happened to me.

Weird colored discharge and mucous start to leave.

Your skin may/WILL break out big time.

You should expect this because when you suppress these toxins and your kidneys aren’t yet eliminating cellular waste as they should, the body will look to eliminate waste through the largest organ it has which is the skin.

So breakouts, rashes and the like are expected and normal.

The body has it’s own self repair mechanism but we’ve suppressed it by not understanding it.

Just remember, the body does not know disease or acne or any other term we throw around.

It just knows balance and imbalance and it does what it needs to do to correct the imbalance.

Yes sometimes with discomfort to us. It knows what it’s doing. Trust the process.

Your body will not turn on you or abandon you – it will always try to do whatever it has to in order to keep you alive from your first breath to your last.

Try short dry fasts of 12 hours to start (remember, sleeping hours count so if you sleep 8, delay breakfast for four hours) and build your way up to longer ones and you will be absolutely amazed how clear, smooth and soft your skin will get.

Once you break your fast, I highly recommend you do so gently on something is brimming with essential vitamins, minerals and other critical nutritional portions you may have lost during the fasting process.

Fresh fruit is ideal but if you can’t get any, then Organifi Green Juice is one such product that helps big time.

Don’t forget to use the very best herbs for your skin which I’ve outlined here and if you wish to combine your dry fasting/detox protocol with complimentary external products like raw, wild crafted skincare, then Morocco Method is worth checking out.

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Spread the healing, not the acne.

28 Comments on “Why Dry Fasting Can Help Clear Your Acne”

  1. I have 3 hours to go on my 5 day dry fast. This is my third fast. This fast has made my skin on my face softer and smoother. after three days.
    I took before pictures and just now. Can tell the difference.
    Lost 15lbs, but that really wasn’t my main goal. It was the many other benefits.

    Good luck all

  2. Hi,

    I am 23 female and have had acne for the last four years. I had perfect skin throughout my teenage years. I get acne on my forehead and chin. I cut out dairy 4 months ago and my chin cleared up but then my forehead got a lot worse and it has stayed like that ever since ?. Do you have any idea why this might be? My forehead and chin are just very oily even though I do actually have dry skin. I have been trying the oil cleansing method the last two weeks with hemp oil which has reduced the big bumps I had on my forehead but now my chin has started getting spots again even though I continue to have no dairy. I have noticed my skin looks better when I eat fish so I have been trying to eat more. The only time my skin clears up is when I am on holiday and that is when I eat the most rubbish food! Any help on this greatly appreciated.

    1. Louise,

      Thanks for your question.

      Sometimes your condition worsens before it gets better. See, the skin is your largest organ and if your body tries to eliminate through the skin; then you will get rashes, bumps, acne, etc. So long as you are doing the right things, this is temporary.

      Here are the main things you can do immediately to clear up your skin:

      -Drink 16oz of fresh celery juice on an empty stomach every morning. This is exceptionally good for the skin and liver which helps flush the liver from one of the main acne culprits; the streptococcus bacteria. Do this consistently.

      -If you are eating eggs – cut them out immediately. They feed viruses rather well and it’s the last thing you need when combatting acne.

      -Fresh fruits and vegetables!

      -Reduce your stress levels. This is huge. One of the ways you can do so is by getting regular massage and/or sauna. Another very important factor is adequate sleep. Your body needs enough sleep so don’t skip it! Finally, the ashwagandha herb is excellent for helping your body cope with stress.

      -Do a water enema. It will help your body dump loads of impacted toxic waste on your bowel walls. Here’s a great video on how to do it:


      -Are you able to dry fast? If you are, start with a 12 hour dry fast breaking it with water rich fruits like watermelon, grapes, etc. Then build up to 24 hour ones if you’re able to. This will regenerate your body like nothing else. If you cannot, try intermittent fasting where you skip breakfast and eat later in the day. The less energy your body expends on digestion, the more it has for healing and repair.

      Hope this helps.

  3. Hi, I have suffered from acne for around 10 years or so. Face, chest, shoulders, back, etc. I’d say that it’s about time I finally take real control of my skin. You’re right…acne treatments don’t work. And unfortunately, I was fooled for years thinking that they would. I’ve been mostly vegan for approximately a year and a half. I have done intermittent fasting before to help cleanse the system. I’m currently reaching the end of a 72 hour fast and so far I feel great! I did not think my body would do so well, but with suffering from so long, I think it’s desperate to eliminate whatever has been affecting me!

    I plan on doing a colonic as well. After reading your blog about parasites, I’m shocked they exist even in the healthiest of people.

    I will keep you posted…as I believe in the power of God that responsible fasting and healthy eating will finally heal me both physically and emotionally. I am lucky to have come across this site!

    1. Thank you Jeremy and God bless your healing journey.

      One thing you may find very useful in your efforts is drinking 16oz (2 cups) of straight celery juice on an empty stomach first thing in the morning.

      Many have raved about it’s exceptional benefits to help the body heal itself from the gut all the way to skin conditions.

      Keep up the whole fruits and vegetables, colonics and fasting – you will glow in no time my friend.

  4. Hi, I have suffered with rosacea since I was very young and haven’t found anything to get rid of it? Do you think dry fasting can cure it ? I have tried every diet and supplements without any luck at all.

  5. Hello!
    I have been suffering from cystic acne for about 6 years, since my last pregnancy. I’ve been working on cleaning things out with a plant based diet and lots of nutrition. I’ve done colon cleansing and a few liver/gallbladder cleanses. My acne is better but it’s not gone. I still get small cysts on my chin, the sides of my neck, my chest and back. I’m doing my first 24 hour dry fast today. You said you would need to be consistent over 30 days? Is that like one 24 hour fast a week for 30 days? Also I’d like to keep exercising during this time without loosing muscles. I’m not over weight.

    1. Jessica,

      You’re making great progress, keep going!

      Remember, acne is a sign things are on their way out.

      Yes, do a 24 hour dry fast once a month; do not overdo it. Re-hydrate well between fasts and if this goes well, try for longer next time but again; be sure you are well hydrated beforehand.

      16 oz of celery juice on an empty stomach first thing in the morning will also greatly help as it heals the gut, helps flush the liver and cleans up the skin. If you can drink it straight without anything else, it is the most effective on it’s own. Try it for a month and you will notice a significant improvement to your health all round.

      Best of luck.

  6. Thanks for the blog, do you follow Dr Morse?

    I did a 22 hour dry fast (not really planned or prepared) which i broke with a juice, but then went out for a social meal and couldn’t resist the junk food (pizza and crisps).. I got a rash / pimples back of the arms not really itchy – wondering if it is detox symptoms, maybe not.

  7. I have tereble acne and i cant handle it. I tried everything to cure my acne but no one’s works.
    Now its my first day of fasting.. and God will help me to overcome this.

    I will give you feed back after the result of this.

  8. Hey I recently heard about dry fasting and before I saw this article I head it reduces inflammation and the first thing I thought of was acne. Then I stumble upon this website and I jumped out my chair??. I would love to hear your advice on what I should do but I’ll give you some background.
    For about 4 years now but only intermittently. I can go for a whole day and not be hungry but I have never done a straight up dry fast before. What do you think I should do in order to clear up acne. Should I building up to dry fast for more than a week or month. I’ve heard many things in the spiritual side and people will fast for months and years at a time it’s just crazy what our bodies can really do when you have the right mindset.

    Thank you for this great article and I look forward to hearing from you soon. Take care

    1. Hi Alexis,

      Glad you found the site helpful.

      Fasting is a great way to deep clean the body but if you haven’t done it before, I suggest starting out with what you’re comfortable with. Maybe 12 hours and build your way up from there up to 24 hours. If after that point you’re comfortable, you can keep going up in increments. Listen to your body. If it gets to a point where it’s not bearable anymore, then reset and try again later. Healing is a marathon, not a sprint.

      Don’t dry fast too often as it will dehydrate you at the cellular level. This can be replenished with deep hydrating fruits especially watermelon. Ashwagandha is an excellent adaptogenic herb that balances hormones and supports the kidneys and adrenals so if you can get it in powder form, that would be ideal (doesn’t taste good but you can put it in your smoothie). You will feel a difference within days. I’d also do water enemas to help expel what’s sitting in your bowel walls.

      As you fast your body starts to expel and a lot of waste will be released. Sometimes this occurs through the skin depending on how stagnant your lymph system is inside.

      Hope this helps.

  9. If you ask me I think skipping breakfast everyday and not eating drinking til 1pm may be the way to go. A 1 day fast weekly is a good idea too.Fasting longer than that means weight loss.I believe its better to dry fast for 12-13 hour 7 days a week instead of dry fast for 2 days and then over eat for another 2 or 3 days as a result. a daily fast of 12 hours is psicologically easier and heals your body without healing crisis .
    Of course skin results will be more slow this way

    1. Yes, I found 24 hours weekly is optimal, otherwise you do tend to dehydrate and I only ever do 24 and 36 hour fasts once a month or two. One can overdo it yes so best to keep it at a comfort level you can manage. I usually do daily 12-14 fasts as well – never felt better!

  10. just discovered dry fasting. But its been a progression from an ASD to mostly greens fruit and fish for 2 years,cut grains and dairy..5 months ago I went plant based..leaning to fruitarian.I only eat fruits greens and legumes.no rise no potatos..Ive been dry fasting the last few weeks skippin breakfast most days and indeed my face has not look this good since I was 16. I had rosacea and large pores.Even though I cant atribute all the improvement to dry fasting cause going plant based had ahuge impact as well as cutting fats and milk and meat eggs out of my diet..and stop using cosmetics all together….I have to say dry fasting has been the very last step that is leading me to absolutely perfect healthy skin.Diet was able to get rid of the redness and dryness but the large pores were still there.DF took it to another level

    1. You go Carlos!

      Congrats on your healing journey. Let’s hope many others go to dry fasting as it really is the king of the mountain when it comes to internal cleansing and healing. Much respect to you.

    1. How long did you try it for?

      Dry fasting WILL clear it but it may take a while for your internal waste to be cleared out. A day here or there won;t do it – it must be done consistently over a period of at least 30 days or so with most folks seeing results much sooner.

      Let me know if there’s anything else you need.

  11. I’ve been practicing time-restricted (intermittent) fasting for over a year and it’s been very easy to follow as well as beneficial. I’ve never heard of dry-fasting before. I could probably go about 24 hours without drinking water but beyond that, how would I ease into this to get the full benefit of dry-fasting?

    1. You can build up to it by trying a short 10-12 hour dry fast and if that’s easily attainable for you, then gradually increase to 14 and beyond.

  12. I have never heard of this, but Im curious to try. I dont have acne but Im wondering if its worth doing just for cleasning purposes and will it help with some gut loss? Also, Im concered about dehydration… would you advise to do this for the first time without cutting out water?

    1. Hi Agnes,

      Your body actually stores a lot of water inside and can easily go without water for days but for first time fasters, try 10-12 hours and build up to 24 and beyond.

      Your body will tell you when it’s had enough.

      With regards to gut loss (I’m assuming you mean fat loss), then yes.

      Dry fasting burns through fat at a very high rate (3-4 times!) than it does muscle so it’s a win-win.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  13. Great article Sammer!!

    Dry fasting is definitely the most powerful of all forms of fasting and helps the body heal.

    I did notice that when I dry fast more than 12 hours daily or do longer dry fasts my skin significantly improves! And in combination with clean (plant based whole food) diet of mainly fruits, herbs, Wim Hof breathing technique, light exercise, sunshine and happy thoughts one can easily get rid of skin problems for good.

    Peace&blessings or plasma love always flowing 😀

    1. Glad you found the info useful and even better you’ve implemented what you’re discussing.

      It’s truly amazing the transformation that takes place when the body is just given an opportunity to heal.

      Thanks for your feedback.

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