The real reason that nothing has ever worked to resolve your acne, eczema, psoriasis or rosacea – until now!

Here’s the big breaking news in the skin world:

Acne, along with eczema, rosacea, psoriasis and dermatitis, is not a skin condition.

These issues are all autoimmune disorders, that sit inside the gut. You must heal the gut, in order to clear the skin. This is the reason why no topical application alone has ever worked permanently to resolve your skin issues.

Inside your gut, there are trillions of bacteria. Scientists believe the exact number is 1024 which is the same number of stars in the observable universe. That’s a lot of bugs in there! Essentially, you are the planet, and they are the inhabitants. Imagine it like the Amazon rainforest in there, with loads of beautiful little critters, birds, bees, flowers, trees, fish, deer and jaguar.

And your skin is just a map of your gut. In a perfect world, this internal system flourishes and is full of lots of lovely little gut bugs. Your skin will be radiant and glowing.

But sometimes, things go wrong. Your microbiome is a natural ecosystem, and like any natural ecosystem, it is fragile and can be damaged. This damage will map directly onto your skin – and it will look like acne, eczema, psoriasis or rosacea.

So, what can go wrong inside there? When things go wrong with your microbiome, it’s called autoimmune.

Autoimmune conditions have three components:

  1. A genetic predisposition. Chances are that your mother or father will also have eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, acne, IBS, arthritis, diabetes, ME or some other autoimmune condition.
  2. A trigger event. This could be a virus, an infection, a course of antibiotics, a move, a bereavement or a period of stress. A trigger event can also be a hormonal event, like puberty, pregnancy or menopause. Any of these things can “tilt” your microbiome, and trigger the predisposition sitting inside your system, causing it to roll at a higher level. Subsequent trigger events will then just cause your autoimmune conditions to roll at a higher level. And it never stands down – not unless you do something about it.
  3. Gut. There is almost always a gut component to autoimmune – pain, bloating, IBS, diarrhea or constipation. This makes perfect sense, when you realise that what’s causing the problem in the first place is the damage to your gut bugs.

Autoimmune issues often accompanied by allergies, sinus issues, anxiety, fatigue and depression.

But here’s the thing – it’s simply not the case that you have a skin issue AND allergies AND fatigue/depression/anxiety.

You have only one issue: microbiome damage. And it’s showing up all over your body in different ways. On your skin it may look like eczema, or acne. In your gut, it may feel like IBS. In your sinuses, it may show itself as allergies. But these are all symptomatic leaves of a single tree – and the trunk of the tree sits in your gut.

Heal your gut, and these symptoms will all resolve together – for good!

So, how are we going to accomplish this?

By drinking a powerful probiotic drink called kefir, and also applying kefir skincare to your skin. This puts the good bugs back into your gut, and onto your skin at the same time. This healing from the inside and the outside, creates a powerful, and permanent solution.

That’s the good news. What’s the bad news?

Natural healing is slow, and takes time! Imagine that you had asked for an apple, and I gave you an apple seed, and told you to plant it. You would have to wait for the apple seed to sprout, and set flowers, and grow. This is the pace of natural healing, and we’re just not used to being patient anymore.

These days, we’re more accustomed to using a chemical to suppress a symptom. This can happen instantly, because it’s temporary. By contrast, the process of clearing your skin by healing your gut is slow – but permanent! You’ll need to rediscover your ancestral patience for this process. It can take 9 months to a year, and in very severe cases even longer.

You’re also going to need to tend that little apple tree – we do this by making changes in your diet. You need to refrain from irritating the gut, while the autoimmune conditions heals. We do this by:

  1. Avoid sugar – sweeten with 100% pure stevia instead.
  2. Avoid cow dairy – use goat milk, goat cheese and goat butter instead.
  3. Avoid wheat, which contains gluten – consume low-GI, gluten-free grains like millet, amaranth, quinoa, oatmeal and buckwheat instead.
  4. Eat good fats, like walnuts, salmon, avocado, flaxseed oil, coconut oil and olive oil.
  5. Eat a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, beans and pulses, to feed the good bugs inside your system.

This natural healing program works if you work it. But what kind of results can you get?

Have a look at the results achieved by Chuckling Goat client Betsan Evans. It took her a loooong time. But doesn’t she look fantastic!

You can get Chuckling Goat live kefir and kefir skincare delivered to your door, from You may also ring 01239 654 072 to order and receive personalised advice.

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  1. She looks amazing! Gives myself and others hope that we too will see positive changes! How long did it take roughly?

    1. HI George – It took roughly 18 months from start to finish – natural healing is slow, and takes time! If you’d like some personalised help or advice, I’m happy to talk you through the process the way I did Betsan. You can ring and book a consultation 01239 654 072 – tell them Shann said to waive the fee. Best, Shann

  2. Hi Shann,

    Thanks so much for replying!

    I’ve had my eczema/psoriasis from birth, I’m 26 and have only been on the kefir treatment for a month so I too am expecting a lengthy process. Funnily enough I’ve already got a call booked in with you in May, very much looking forward to that.

    1. Hi George, I’d had eczema since birth and was 38 when I started on the kefir but startled topical steroid withdrawal 12 months earlier.
      I’ve been on kefir now for 7 months and have seen tremendous improvement.
      A little way to go but now definitely on the home straight.
      Stay positive and be patient.

      1. Great to hear that the kefir has been so helpful for your eczema Amy! Well done for having the discipline to keep the long process going. Natural healing is slow and takes time – you’ll get there in the end! Best, Shann

      2. Hi Amy,

        Thanks for replying! I love hearing from my fellow eczema peers 😀

        I’m so so happy to hear your progress, you’ve come a long way and get to reap the rewards!! You’ve also really given me great hope and encouragement to keep going so thank you very much. It really does help to hear these stories when you’ve had another bad day of painful dry and cracked skin to deal with. I have thrown away all my many steroid creams and liquids, I’m nearly 2 months in with the kefir on a very small tablespoon doseage, as I went in with the 170ml at first which has led me to a pretty severe detox crisis! I’ll get there in the end!

  3. I developed scalp psoriasis 18 months ago, probably due to both menopause plus loosing my Mum. Symptoms didn’t appear for 12 months after her death, but I think that makes sense when you think about the grieving process plus my body tried hard to keep a grip! I lost great clumps of hair developing bald patches and felt very discouraged.
    I discovere Kefir by chance a few months after GP gave me steroid scalp lotion, which was helping but to a limited extent.
    Once I started on kefir, in August last year, I really started to improve. I stopped the steroids, which I hated using, and the improvement continued. It took a little while to get rid of the last patches of psoriasis, and I realise I may just be in remission, but there have been no visible patches for the past 4 months.
    So I want to really thank the chuckling goats and encourage others to give their bodies a chance to heal in a more natural way 😊

    1. Hi Hillary – Fantastic to hear the the kefir has been helpful for your scalp psoriasis! Good luck on your healing journey and keep us posted – Best, Shann

    2. Hi Hilary,

      I too have scalp psoriasis and have parts of my hair that isn’t growing as fast, or has thinned in places. I know how you feel/felt’

      Very happy to hear your progress though, hopefully I’ll be leaving a glowing review later in the year too! Do you mind me asking if your hair started to slowl grow back!

  4. Thankyou for explaining the lengthy healing process. However it is in contrast with the many reviews that are reposted on Facebook when customers post fabulous results in 3 days. These fast result reviews make me feel useless and sceptical rather than hopeful. so much so that i have stopped taking kefir fir a while and yet i am one who actually needs it!! At least this very honest and tangible results post gives hope.

    1. Hi Jane – Different people get different results, and it takes different amounts of time. Your microbiome is as unique as your fingerprint; you were born with a certain genetic microbiome that you inherited from your parents, and the experiences, stresses, antibiotics, diet etc since then have impacted your system since then. The severity of each individual’s dysbiosis, and the length of time it has been settled in, will determine how long it takes to clear. I’d be happy to work with you personally to get your results kick-started if you like – you can ring the office to book a consultation, 01239 654 072, and tell them Shann said to waive the fee. Best, Shann

    2. Hi Jane,

      I too have seen lots of people reporting extremely fast results. However like Shann says, and in particular with me who has had issues from birth and am only now trying to correct my gut and clean up my diet at 26, I’m expecting my progress to be long term.

      I guess some people’s microbiome/diet/health just aren’t as bad as others. Don’t give up, we can all do this if we stay strong and be patient.

  5. This is so inspirational to read. I have tried the kefir a few times, after a couple of courses of antibiotics and when pregnant to try and give my babies the best chance of not ending up with awful eczema like me. I had given up on anything working but am now thinking I should give your kefir another go…. I am currently breastfeeding my third (nearly 10 weeks now) and having a bit of a skin flare up. Do you have to take continuously? I also suffer from allergies and asthma, can it help that?

    1. Hi Rebecca – Yes, your allergies, asthma and eczema are all connected – all symptoms of an autoimmune disorder – and all will respond to our kefir protocol. I’d be happy to work with you personally on this – you can ring the office 01239 654 072 to book a consultation, and tell them Shann said to waive the fee. Best, Shann

  6. I am finding all of your posts very interesting and very useful. I have suffered from acne caused by polycystic ovaries, and extremely dry painful skin on my hands, for a long time and I’m hoping the kefir will help. I’ve nearly finished one course and I’ve now subscribed. I’ve also started using your skincare on myself and my baby. When my baby starts weaning, I will also try giving her a little of the kefir as I am concerned about her microbiome as she was born by c section (unplanned) and had to have antibiotics and formula as she had severe jaundice – not the best start in life. I am also trying to persuade my husband to try the kefir as he has had a few autoimmune issues, which really worries me!

    1. Great to hear that you’re finding the kefir, skincare and info here helpful! Natural healing is slow and takes time – so be patient and you will see results! If you need a chat, feel free to ring the office 01239 654 072 – Best, Shann

      1. Thank you, I may do that! I noticed after giving my baby a bath this evening that the skincare seems to be really helping to heal the thrush in her neck folds. At what stage would you advise I start to feed her a little kefir – should I wait until she is six months and should I start with a just a teaspoon? Many thanks!

        1. You’re welcome MC – so glad that the skincare is working well for your baby! Baby can have kefir starting at 4 months – recommend starting with 1 tsp per day, gradually work up to 20 mls.

  7. Hi Shann,
    I have spoken to you before on a call. I am back on the kefir but ive not managed to sort my diet out because of my weight I have been doing crazy 3 day military and week stone loss diets (hospital diet) I have no will power because at the end of the day I am bloated, depressed, tired, my Psoriasis just makes me feel bad all the time.
    What I need is a diet plan for a week I can follow that will
    A) Help me loose weight especially the belly
    B) not make me any more bloated and reduce ideally
    C) help my skin and I know it won’t get any worse.
    What do I eat, do I need to avoid bread white food etc as this is what my doctor’s tell me to eat at the IBS clinic in Manchester Prof Whorwell
    So they say do this as I have IBS C and a very constipated bowell from Xray.
    But then I need to eat foods to help to heal my skin and psoriasis, Allergies which are so random. I was thinking of getting a food test to try to see what was the issue but as the last one I had with yorktest 7 years ago just said level 1 gluten and lactose.

    1. Hi John – There’s a lot of good info about diet in the new book, The Kefir Solution, including plans for a weeks worth of healthy eating. Have a look! Keep me posted, and let me know if I can help – you’re doing great – ; ) Best, Shann

  8. I’ve just started to take the kefir having stumbled across your website, Shann. I also read your “skin” book yesterday afternoon – couldn’t put it down! So interesting!

    My skin has been rapidly deteriorating over the past few weeks having had 6 years free of the perioral dermatitis that had plagued me for the previous 6 – 7 years! It’s now worse than it has ever been – although not as bad as Betsan’s in the pic. How happy she must be now with her lovely skin! 🙂
    My outbreak does look very similar to hers in the type of inflammation but is localised to a horseshoe shape from the nose creases down and around the chin with just one spot on my right eyebrow (go figure!).
    Do you have experience with perioral dermatitis cases too? And how slowly should I build up my kefir dosage to the 170ml? I started yesterday with 15ml but went up to 100ml this morning – love the taste! I’m also using the baby soap and lotion (started today) as my skin is so sensitive I wanted to be sure to start slow. Very grateful for any tips you can give me! I already eat low-GI, gluten and dairy-free (but vegetarian) so off to a flying start there 🙂
    Thanks so much, Shann. It’s a bit scary to start this journey that’s so different from what a traditional GP would recommend (ie antibiotic cream or medi’s).

    1. Hi Nicci – I would stick with the 1 TBSP dose for at least a week before you increase to 2 TBSP daily – you don’t want to throw yourself into a heavy detox! Give your system time to adjust. The kefir lotion may be too strong for you at this point – if this is the case, I would switch to the Super Sensitive Skin Balm for a while, until things settle down. We do get good results with perioral dermatitis – I’m happy to speak with you personally, if you’d like to ring 01239 654 072 to book a consultation, you can tell them Shann said to waive the fee. Best, Shann

      1. Thanks so much, Shann! Only just saw your response and I think I may have thrown myself into a HEAVY detox over the weekend! I’ll call today and book a consultation – thank you so much for offering 🙂

  9. Hi Shann,
    I took 3 courses of Kefir with the break-out cream, starting September 2017, and within a month or so, I was completely psoriasis free after 25yrs. However , about 2 months ago it started to reappear and although it’s not quite as bad as it was originally it’s still spreading and I am worried this will continue.My skin has become really dry in general too. I was ill with laryngitis and had an op to remove a vocal chord polyp in Nov /Dec last year and had 2 lots of antibiotics, which may have affected things. I am still taking Kefir, although I had a break for 2 weeks, should I continue ? Does your body become ‘ used’ to it, or do I need to refine my diet more, as I still have some gluten and limited sugar?
    Many thanks

    1. Hi Sally – The antibiotics you took would have wiped out all the good that the kefir had accomplished, and set you back to square one, unfortunately. I’d be happy to work with you on this – if you’d like to ring the office 01239 654 072 to book a consultation, you can tell them that Shann said to waive the fee. Best, Shann

  10. Hi Shann,

    I am 27 years old and have suffered with varying severity of acne since I was about 12 years old.

    Over the years I have tried antibiotics, the contraceptive pill, acupuncture, Chinese’s herbs and supplements – with varying results but unfortunately no breather from the painful acne.

    I currently eat a healthy, no dairy, low gluten diet and incorporate sauerkraut and miso into my daily meals. But I haven’t really tried kefir before.

    I currently suffer with painful nodules and cysts under the skin on my chin and cheeks.

    What would you recommend for me?

    1. Hi Eloise – I would be happy to work with you personally on this. If you ring 01239 654 072 to book a consultation, you can tell them Shann said to waive the fee. Best, Shann

  11. Hi Shann, my son has been taking CG kefir for acne for 12 weeks now. He feels his acne flare ups are cyclical, and the spots did seem to get better but have now flared up in the last couple of weeks (we had a couple of weeks away where we continued with kefir but stopped the fish oil he has been taking). He doesn’t have cow’s milk, and is now at the stage where he wants to try Roaccutane, which I really don’t want him to do because of side effects. Do we keep going with the kefir?

    1. Hi Karen – if the acne has flared, it may be that he is moving too quickly with the kefir. It’s very strong, and the system needs time to adjust! How much kefir is he taking? I suggest that he cut right back to 1 TBSP per day, and stay there until his skin calms down. Then increase the amount VERY slowly, by 1 TBSP per week. If at any time things start to flare, go straight back down to 1 TBSP per day. Best, Shann

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