She says: ‘I gave up going back for answers and knew deep inside It was my lifestyle that needed to change. I can heal myself!’
Sick of trying every product and treatment on the market, Rachel finally overhauled her diet and experimented by cutting out certain foods until she saw a difference in her skin. The result? Rachel found that sugar was the main culprit behind her acne, and to a lesser extent carbs such as brown rice and oats.
Since targeting the source of her breakouts, Rachel has followed a strict diet - sharing her journey to clean skin on her Instagram page.
"Only for about 3 days I have stopped eating these foods and upped my fat intake (healthy fats) and guess what? No new breakouts!"
Her new-found confidence has seen Rachel compete in beauty pageants and use her platform to help other women with skin problems find a way forward.
She writes: ‘To anybody suffering with acne, no matter who you are or how old you are I hope you know just how strong you are.
‘Whether you still have active spots, scars, marks or you now have clear skin, you should be proud. You are fighting a battle that nobody knows about.’
Rachel now follows a vegan diet for the sake of her skin, and tells her followers that giving up sugar for the sake of your acne is easier than you think.
‘Once you cut out the sugar,’ she says, ‘your tastebuds will change and your cravings will stop.’
You go girl!