Updated: Feb 8
For all of my teenage and adult life, I have had acne. Got my period? Acne. Ate a slice of pizza? Acne. Rested my head in my hand during class without thinking? Acne all over my chin and jaw. Forgot to wash my face before bed? A nose full of blackheads and…you guessed it…acne. It definitely hit my confidence and still does. There’s nothing like a huge, red bump front and center on your forehead to ruin an outfit.
So, naturally, I tried all different facial products and cures that I had read online or heard about from friends. Some worked more than others, some of them cost a car payment but nothing really helped. The closest I came was cutting meat and some dairy out of my diet which seemed to help a tad but I wouldn’t consider it a “fix”.
And then one morning while perusing Instagram, I came across a post by Medical Medium claiming that 16 oz. of fresh celery juice every morning on an empty stomach can help acne along with all these other benefits including stabilizing low or high blood pressure, reducing brain fog and flushing toxins out of the liver to name a few.
Sure. I could use all those things and what could it possibly hurt to try? I had just bought a juicer a few weeks prior anyway and was looking for different things to try.
After a week, I honestly didn’t experience any of the other benefits, however, my skin cleared up within the first few days. It stayed clear for a week while I was doing the daily drink and just to see what would happen I stopped. Long story short, all of it came back within a few days, I started with the celery again, it went away, etc.
Juicing celery every day is a little much for me so I drink it once a week and I also juice an apple in there because, well, just plain old celery juice is yuck. One bunch and one apple, once a week every Sunday. Done.
However, while it did good things for my body, here are a few things to keep in mind:
Celery juice is not a miracle cure. It’s not the end-all, be all of skin care. Surprise, surprise, you still have to wash your face, moisturize, etc.
My stomach was super sensitive to the celery juice at first. If yours is too, don’t give up. Just ease off of it and try drinking it every few days or once a week.
With that in mind, it worked for my body. It might not work in the same ways for yours but you don’t know until you try.
I have found bottled celery juice at Trader Joe's but this was not as effective for me as making it at home.