Struggling with skin issues, specifically acne? Whether you frequently get a visit from an unwanted guest on your forehead, chin, cheek, or back, or are battling persistent acne, your body is sending you a message. Let’s help you get to the core of your skin problem. That’s right, acne and frequent skin disturbances speak to an unhappy digestive system.

Optimal digestive health allows you to get rid of waste and absorb the nutrients you need. When this process is slowed down, you’ll often see the effects appear on your face, whether it be with acne, irritation, bags or darkness under the eyes. So when it comes to your skin, your better nutrition first step is to tune up your digestion. Text DIGEST123 to 44222 to get the better nutrition digestive tune-up free to your email. You can also get all of the better nutrition skin health tools here and save 30% by using the code SKIN30 at checkout.

I clean my skin regularly and eat nutrient-dense foods more often. What else could be triggering my acne?

In addition to your eating habits, your acne may be triggered by things you might not suspect. That’s why it’s so crucial to understand everything that goes in and on your body. If you have a history of antibiotics (including topical ones), medications such as birth control, steroids, and anti-inflammatories, they may be a key factor affecting your skin. The better nutrition digestive tune-up, which includes quality probiotics, magnesium and glutamine, helps restore digestive health which may be triggering your acne.

Other factors to consider are the quality of products and frequency of use, as well as the water quality, even what you use to wash your towels and sheets. What you put on your skin should be better quality, not junk food. Check labels for ingredients that are organic when possible, free of parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, silicones, polyethylene and polypropylene (microbeads), metallic aluminum, triclosan, talc, mineral oil, petrolatum, formaldehyde, toluene, and chemical sunscreens (such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, and octinoxate).

Do I need to avoid chocolate, sugar, dairy, gluten, and all my other favorite foods?

Your skin needs more nutrients to help it run better, and less of what can irritate, overwhelm and disrupt its efforts. It’s essential that you get in healthy fats – mostly from plants – including hemp seeds, walnuts, avocado, olives/olive oil, and those found in nuts and other seeds, more often.


There is nothing in dairy that is helpful for your skin and even high-quality dairy may be mucus forming which can trap unhealthy bacteria. This can add to your digestive system’s workload and increase the likelihood of skin irritation. Fat-free dairy is a definite no when it comes to skin health.  Swap your dairy for healthy fats more often, and make sure to choose better quality non-dairy options, too.


If you like it sweet, opt for baked sweet potato and frozen mango, berries or other of nature’s sweets in small amounts. The orange color – along with dark blues and purple – indicates it packs nutrients that help your skin. Added sugar is not a win for better skin, but neither are artificial sweeteners. So if you normally grab a diet soda, switch to water and sweeten it with frozen fruit versus ice. Sugar is also found in a lot of sauces, so spice your foods up with cinnamon, turmeric, ginger and others, instead of applying sauces. Pay extra attention if you are ordering food.

Caffeine and Alcohol

In moderation, like one coffee and one drink daily, should not disrupt your skin; though if you are working to help your body heal, you may want to skip these all together (or choose tea which is less acidic but still delivers caffeine). The key thing is to avoid the other stuff in your caffeine and alcoholic drinks – like added sugar, dairy, or anything artificial.


Is unlikely to be an issue unless you are intolerant or allergic. However, you should rotate grains to include gluten-free ones. Choose to eat whole foods versus highly-processed ones, which may add gluten as part of their ingredients. So if your overall intake of gluten is high, look to reduce it by upgrading your food choices.

PRO TIP: Better Liquid Nutrition is an easy way to get in a lot of nutrients to help your skin look and feel better, deliciously. Text LIQUID123 to 44222 to get the Better Liquid Nutrition Guide Free via email right now. Try this Better Nutrition Anti-Inflammatory Ginger and Citrus Smoothie to get a wide array of skin-healing nutrients in one glass, deliciously.

Anti-Inflammatory Ginger and Citrus Smoothie

  • 1/2 c plain unsweetened Califia Farms dairy-free drinkable yogurt
  • 1 thumb fresh ginger, skin on, washed
  • 2 handfuls organic arugula
  • 4 oz. coconut water
  • 4 oz. coconut cream
  • 1/2 banana, frozen
  • 1/4 cup frozen cauliflower
  • 1/2 cucumber, skin on
  • Few drops stevia, optional

Blend all ingredients. Pour into a wine glass (be fancy!) and enjoy.

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Ashley Koff, RD is your better health enabler. When her own frustrations with not getting better health results despite “doing everything she was told perfectly,” Koff went on a mission to find something better. She discovered better nutrition, and its power to help her get and keep her better health. Impressed and inspired, Koff set out to enable others to enjoy their better health powered by better nutrition. She identified the missing link – the reason that she and others, despite trying, aren’t getting better results – the current nutrition tools are not better. Over two decades as a dietitian and an educator for healthcare providers, Koff developed and refined better nutrition tools to help patients and their practitioners get results.