Skin Rebalancing Protocol

A step-by-step guide to creating a science-based, non-toxic skincare routine that heals ADULT acne and promotes clear, glowing skin

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Maybe you...

  • Are utterly confused with skincare and nothing ever seems to work for you
  • Have wasted so much money on skincare and supplements with little to no effectiveness
  • Have dry, sensitive skin with acne and most products just irritate it
  • Have oily, congested skin
  • Struggle with skin-colored bumps (comedones), blackheads or whiteheads
  • Have tried many over-the-counter treatments, such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, Differin gel, topical tretinoin, and many more, but acne and breakouts still persist
  • Have dull skin and nothing works to bring back that glow
  • Your acne scars and hyperpigmentation take forever to fade
  • Are afraid to quit your acne treatments out of fear of having even more acne
  • Are struggling with both persistent breakouts and aging skin

You might feel like you have tried everything and the more you try to figure out what to do, the more you are confused. Internet will do that!

I've been there, too. Then, about 10 years ago, I started to learn about skin from trusted dermatology sources and peer-reviewed scientific research.

That's when I finally had a breakthrough and understood what to do!

Here’s why you still haven’t found skincare that works:

1. Most of the skincare products formulated for “acne-prone” skin are NOT fit for adult acne-prone skin.

Over-the-counter acne treatments and many conventional products made for "acne prone" skin may be making your acne worse because most of those products can only (sometimes!) work for oily teenage skin, NOT adult skin with acne (especially not dry, tight or sensitive skin).

To heal adult acne, we need to carefully design a skincare routine that supports what I call the Healthy Trio: a resilient skin barrier, optimal skin’s pH (acid mantle) and a balanced skin microbiome.

2. Your skincare routine isn’t fit for the current condition of your skin.

No matter your skin type, your skincare should make your skin feel comfortable and calm. We need to treat the skin condition, not just pick products for a particular skin type!

If your skin is feeling tight, sensitive or irritated, and your skincare isn’t helping you solve those problems, you are not really making any progress!

3. You are using products your skin isn’t ready for yet.

Powerful skincare ingredients, such as exfoliating acids, retinoids and vitamin C can be very helpful, but only if your skin is READY for them! If your skin is not ready, those products WON'T work as advertised and will just irritate your skin even more (causing more breakouts!).

4. You are using natural ingredients that actually aren't good for the skin.

Regardless of whether an ingredient is natural or not, it can be irritating or clogging your skin. Also, 100% natural skincare isn't for everyone! There are many natural ingredients that are comedogenic and/or irritating, and only a small subset of "natural" skincare actually promotes clear skin.

5. Your skincare doesn't contain the right COMBINATION of skin healing and acne-fighting ingredients.

You need to have a routine that supports healthy skin AND helps you solve your skin issues. If you have been using a simple skincare so far, it can still contain products and ingredients that are slowing down your progress.

In addition, your skin may be ready for a skincare change that can make it clearer, smoother and more glowing!


What if, with the right skincare routine for YOUR skin, you could:

- Stop obsessing over your skin, and be confident that you are on the right track?

- Stop experimenting and have a routine that works, even better so with time?

- Finally see some progress in how clear and calm your skin is?

- Go out, live your life to the fullest without worrying that people will look at your skin?

- Not say NO to social events because your skin is having a particularly bad day?

- Look in the mirror every morning, smile and simply move on with your life?

- Use your time, energy and money on something much better than throwing it on new skincare (that doesn't work most of the time anyway)?

- Feel good in your own skin, and allow your true self to shine through? Wouldn't that be groundbreaking?!

This may sound impossible right now, but it really isn't!

Here’s how I learned my skincare mistakes the hard way (which you don’t have to!):

I struggled with cystic acne and skin-colored bumps from my early teenage years and well into my 20s.

I was always eating a healthy diet and leading a healthy lifestyle, so I really couldn’t figure out what was causing this bad skin that was so debilitating!

My confidence was non-existent and the shame over my skin infiltrated into every aspect of my life. Put simply; my skin had more power over how I led my life than anything else.

What was I doing wrong?!

I had tried everything under the sun except Accutane, including:

  • Dermatologists and their prescription creams and medications
  • Antibiotics (several rounds)
  • Hormonal birth control pills
  • Over-the-counter acne treatments (you name it, I tried it)
  • Professional treatments (peels, extractions, etc.)

…and much, much more.

Finally, I decided to take matters into my own hands, and use my background in molecular biology (in which I hold a Masters Degree) to learn as much as I could about skin.


This is the only "Before" picture I have, and it was taken when my skin was nearly acne-free. I still had lots of skin-colored bumps on my forehead and chin. The "After" picture is after one year of my new and improved skincare routine.

What I had learned finally allowed me to understand how the skin works and use that knowledge to heal my skin after so many years.

I realized (to my utter horror!) how damaging my skincare really was!!

What I wasn’t hearing from anybody (and it would have made my skin better so much quicker) was that I wasn’t supporting the health of my skin at all.

My skincare was making my skin worse, raising inflammation and creating a perfect environment for overgrowth of acne bacteria. Not just that, it was also speeding up skin aging!

Once I started applying what I’ve learned, my skin started to heal, and within a year, it was COMPLETELY clear.

Finally, I got my confidence back and stopped wasting so much money and energy on my skin!

Today, I actually enjoy my own skin, something I NEVER thought would be possible! At the age of 31, my skin actually looks better (and younger) than it did in my early 20s!

And let me tell you: It is possible for YOU, too!


What if I told you there is a tried and tested blueprint for transforming your skincare routine into the one that accelerates acne healing?

A skincare routine that:

- Isn't one-size-fits-all kind of thing, but instead tailored specifically to YOUR skin (to include natural or more conventional skincare, depending on your skin)

- Actually works for sensitive ADULT acne-prone skin

- Takes into account everything your skin has been through (super important!)

- Supports healthy skin AND provides gentle, yet effective acne-fighting properties

- Uses the best of the effective natural ingredients and scientifically proven ones within gentle, non-toxic formulas

- Helps to slow down skin aging for a lifetime of youthful skin

- Works with your skin's natural mechanisms to bring out your natural glow!

"Day 5 since I found you and have eliminated all ingredients that you’ve mentioned are bad for your skin. I cannot even believe the transformation with my skin in less than a week. All acne is healing and nothing new is coming in. My pores have shrunk (they’ve been big for the last five years and NOTHING has made them smaller) My skin is looking just...WOW! You have no idea how grateful I am for your knowledge. I’m so excited to see what happens in a month! Thank you!!"

- Sarah

Sarah's transformation after 4 months:

"Calling all acne sufferers, those with sensitive skin and congestion, this is for you!! It's the only guide you'll ever need to calm down your inflammation, decongest those pores and reveal smooth, calm and glowing skin. The methods she recommends are the ONLY things that have helped me tackle the last of my stubborn breakouts, scarring and pigmentation. I'm going to say it...this has helped me improve my skin more than any dietary changes. Yep that's right! ......Thanks Sara! So wonderful to have a clear voice in the confusing skin world."

- Lauren Campbell, Naturopath & Fertility Massage Therapist

"Hi Sara! First of all, I love this program! I’ve been struggling with super bad acne since March 2017. It just randomly flared up when I was having stomach problems back then. Since then, I’ve completely changed my diet and that helped.

Now, with this program, my skin feels soooo much better! I believe I am in the balance phase now. I feel much more confident in my skin in only the couple of weeks I've been applying the knowledge from the program!"

- Madison Warner, Founder of Coffee Dates With Maddie

Madison's skincare routine was simple, and looked fine from the outside, but it wasn't fit for her skin. With just some simple tweaks, she got noticeable results in under a month!

“My skin was very sensitive, breaking out to almost anything I put on it and I didn’t know what to do anymore. My face had gotten so bad and there is scarring and I can’t go anywhere without makeup which I hate wearing. Only a few months later…My skin has improved so much! I am so thankful for everything I have learned from Sara.” - Sarah

In this self-paced online course, you’ll learn:

  • Why the mainstream approach to clearing up acne doesn't work for ADULT acne and what to do instead
  • Everything in your skincare routine that is irritating or clogging your skin and stalling your progress to beautiful clear skin
  • How to eliminate common acne treatments (like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, retinoids, scrubs, etc) without causing even more breakouts and which products you can replace them with
  • How to reduce blackheads, clogged pores and bumpy skin
  • How to cleanse acne-prone skin correctly and common mistakes to avoid that are damaging your skin
  • How to find the best exfoliating routine for your skin (step-by-step guides to using both natural and more conventional products are included, depending on what your skin prefers)
  • The best way to moisturize acne-prone skin without clogging your pores, with specific advice tailored to each skin type and skin condition
  • Which scientifically-proven ingredients you can use to get clearer skin, but ONLY when your skin is ready (otherwise, they can irritate your skin!)
  • Natural ingredients and easy DIY recipes you can make yourself to heal breakouts and acne scars
  • How to fade different types of acne scars for brighter and smoother skin
  • How to create the best skincare routine for YOUR skin, whether you need an oil-free skincare or your skin loves mostly natural skincare (I give exact instructions for both)

...and so much more!!!


A step-by-step guide to creating a science-based, non-toxic skincare routine that heals adult acne and promotes clear, glowing skin.

Based on scientific research AND experiences of hundreds of people I have helped in the past 3 years.

Your Instructor

Sara Sumic, MSc
Sara Sumic, MSc

Hello beauty! I am Sara, your skincare coach!

I am a molecular biologist, active scientist of nearly 10 years and a former acne sufferer.

Through my online courses and Healthy Skin Glows platform, I share science-based skincare tips for healing adult acne-prone skin without the harsh ingredients.

I have helped hundreds of women bring their skin back to its healthy balance by teaching them all about the right skincare that promotes clear, youthful and glowing skin for life!


Skin Rebalancing Protocol is a self-paced, 100% online program you can take wherever you are in the world. Here’s what’s inside:

Class Curriculum

When you start the course, you will go through 3 main phases: ELIMINATE, BALANCE and ENRICH.

Here's what you can expect from each:

You will learn which ingredients (both natural and conventional!), products and gadgets are hindering your progress to beautiful clear skin, and how to cut them out the right way.

You will also learn which skincare ingredients are powerful replacements for all of the common acne treatments and how to include them in your skincare routine.

Here are some of the acne treatments you will learn how to eliminate properly:

1. Benzoyl peroxide

2. Retin-A and similar retinoids

3. Topical antibiotics

4. Various exfoliating treatments (BHAs, AHAs) and how to use them correctly if your skin responds well to them

5. Adapalene (Differin gel)

6. Epiduo

7. Harsh scrubs like Proactiv and St.Ives

...and more!

Your skin will find its healthy balance again and we will optimize your cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing routine. Many people will find that their acne retreats already in this phase because we introduce some powerful ingredients that strengthen the skin barrier and actively reduce clogged pores and acne.

This phase also prepares your skin for the next one, making it receptive of some really powerful multi-taskers in skincare, which, when introduced too early will just irritate your skin and not provide the advertised benefits!

You can expect even clearer, smoother and more glowing skin. I will give you the exact instructions on how to include skincare ingredients that fade acne scars, slow down skin aging, and reduce bumpy skin (comedones, blackheads and whiteheads).

Going through these phases will ensure that your skin is healthy and RECEPTIVE of the right acne-fighting ingredients that promote beautiful clear skin.

Your skin will only get better with time!

Get started now!

Why your skin must go through these 3 phases to find its true glow!

Eliminate -> Balance -> Enrich

"Sara has helped me tremendously in learning how to simplify my skincare routine. I've finally found ways to use natural products (that aren't super expensive) to treat my sensitive skin and prevent breakouts. Since following Sara's advice, my skin has become calmer and I feel like I finally have a clear and specific skin care routine. I no longer feel like I just want to try every skin care product to see if it will help my skin - I've found a few natural products that improve the quality of my skin. Thank you Sara, you have had such a good impact on my skin!”

- Amanda Kelly, World traveler & Minimalist

“I finally have mostly clear skin! When I was about 12 years old I started developing acne which would soon worsen as the years went by. I’ve been to numerous dermatologists and doctors, I’ve gone vegan, paleo, I’ve self-supplemented, and even went to various naturopaths, but nothing seemed to help.

Sara helped me find all the missing pieces! I am still amazed at the fact that I’ve noticed such a huge improvement in my skin in only several months!"

- Ria Bass, Founder of Vibrant By The Spoonful

“I finally have clear skin again! I struggled with clogged pores that would get inflamed and nothing was working. Thankfully, I found Sara who explained which products I was using weren’t right for me, and which ones to replace them with and how to use them properly. Within just 3 months my skin is the best it has looked in a long time!”

- Si, Yoga Instructor

This course is for you if you:

  • Are struggling with mild to moderate acne, skin-colored bumps, whiteheads or blackheads (regardless of your skin type) and your current skincare isn't working well to get you clearer skin
  • Are eating healthy and leading a healthy lifestyle, but your skin lacks healthy glow and is aging fast
  • Are still using over-the-counter acne treatments (or drugstore products formulated for "acne-prone" skin)
  • Want to transition into a more natural and non-toxic skincare routine without causing more acne and breakouts
  • Already have a simple skincare routine that works fine, but your skin still needs improvement
  • Need to optimize your oil-free routine (because your skin doesn't tolerate oils and natural skincare) and are confused with what to do

In fact, if any of the above applies to you, don't do ANYTHING until you get this guide! There are too many mistakes to be made, and I don't want you wasting your precious time, money and energy on things that don't work!

This course is NOT for you if you:

  • Are not willing to introduce changes into your skincare routine
  • Prefer experimenting with new skincare products instead of finding a routine that works
  • Are NOT willing to learn more about your skin, go through the course lessons (both text and video/audio) and are just looking for a quick fix
  • Have severe acne and your skin cannot tolerate much skincare at all
  • Already have a skincare routine that works (and continues to help you see improvements in your skin) and you are confident in your knowledge about skincare
  • Have dermatitis, rosacea, or other skin condition that would largely limit your skincare options

“For someone struggling with skin issues it's really scary to try a new product, new skincare routine, basically anything new was scary for me. I was so tired of ordering new products every second day, hoping to find a magical solution. So I contacted Sara, asked her few questions and decided to give it a go. At first, I was actually shaking!:) Surprisingly, the next morning my skin was ok, and the day after, and the week after. Somehow it started clearing up and calming down. It was really life-changing! Thank you Sara!"

- Vita Czepulkowska


Upon enrollment, you'll have immediate access to all course content, including:

Video Lessons

Audio Lessons


Helpful Links/Resources

And because I want to give you an INCREDIBLE value with this course, you will also get 2 BONUSES!

20 Skincare Rules to Follow For Life

Cheatsheet with all of the most important tips and "rules" to follow to make sure you are on the right track at all times!

My Grocery Shopping List

Not sure which foods are clear skin friendly? Use my grocery shopping list the next time you go for produce shopping!

“Sara has helped me so much! Her knowledge is simply incredible, as is her ability to help your skin heal through natural products as opposed to the harsh chemicals recommended by doctors and skin specialists. I had acne for 20 years, and whilst I managed to cure mine through diet and whole food supplementation, I've been left with scars and aging skin, due to all the harsh treatments I’d put my skin through over the years. Sara has given me so much advice and now my skin is more balanced and hydrated. I'm so incredibly grateful to have found Healthy Skin Glows and got in touch - I'd go nowhere else for my advice now - Sara’s a godsend to problem skin!”

- Chloe Myers, Wellness Coach


Here's the deal, I believe that this course is so amazing and unlike anything out there, so powerful and life-changing, I am willing to GUARANTEE that you will see improvement in your skin within 60 days.

I am SO confident that it will deliver MASSIVE value; it is worth at LEAST 10x the price!

If you decide this isn’t working for you within 60 days of purchase, contact me, tell me how you followed the method in the course, your full skincare routine and why it didn't work, and I’ll issue you a prompt FULL refund.

The truth is, our skin is so complex and claiming that just ONE thing can transform it is just a scam.

So I am not promising you beautiful, clear skin overnight with a magical skincare routine.

But let me tell you this: Well over 90% of women I have worked with or helped with via social media or email (hundreds of them) were actually DAMAGING their skin with their skincare routine (unknowingly, of course!) or not doing enough to get clear skin.

In fact, they were working hard to eat healthy, support their skin from the inside, all the while their skincare routine was stalling their progress!

Our skincare matters a LOT on our journey to clear skin, and yet so much of the skincare advice is simply:


2. Not aligned with the true needs of YOUR skin

My program is based on high-quality scientific research and takes into account the uniqueness of your skin!

It will teach you what to prioritize when it comes to your skin, what needs to be fixed first, and what can (and should) wait.

You will know what to do for the rest of your life as your skin goes through phases of acne outbreaks, dryness, excess oil, etc.

You will know how to adjust your routine accordingly and be confident that it works!

"I was taking lots of medicated acne treatments for years, and my skin was ok while on them, but would break out as soon as I stopped them. I turned to Sara for advice and my skin is finally healing without acne medications!"

- Nadia Caroline

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts as soon as you enroll and never ends! It is an entirely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own, plus all the future updates!
What if I am unhappy with the course?
If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me in the first 60 days, explain how you followed the guide and I will give you a FULL refund.
Do you use only natural ingredients?
No, the course is not limited to the natural ingredients only. However, if you choose to, you can create a 100% natural skincare routine according to the instructions in the course as I provide wonderful DIY recipes and exact instructions on how to use them. If you need an oil-free skincare routine, I also give exact instructions on how to do that and which skincare ingredients and products to use and how.
Do I have to use oils and oil cleansing?
NO! Oils don't work for everyone, and the course takes that into account. You will get detailed instructions on how to introduce oils if you want to, but you can completely avoid them and create an amazing routine without them. You will get all the info you need to do just that inside the course!
Will I have to buy lots of new skincare products?
Absolutely not! The changes you will introduce will be gradual, and to start with, you can use gentle natural ingredients that are extremely inexpensive. Most people are able to use most of the products they currently own, only in a different way. You may need to purchase 1-2 products in addition, and I provide product recommendations for every budget.
Do you recommend only non-toxic skincare?
I try my best to! All of the recommended products are from reputable brands, most of which have completely non-toxic formulations. However, it is ultimately up to you to decide what you are comfortable with (mainstream products vs 100% natural ones), and I will have options for you either way!
How is this different from a typical cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing routine?
My favorite question! This course is SO much more than just recommending a rigid routine for everybody. You will learn to interpret what your skin responds well to and ADJUST your routine accordingly. This course takes into account the UNIQUENESS of your skin. More than that, you will be introducing several potent ingredients for clear skin, so your routine will be much more effective than simply cleansing, moisturizing and exfoliating!
Can't I just find this information for free?
Some of it you can surely find online, but those are just fragmented pieces that are very difficult to put together in the best way if you don’t know enough about the skin. I have spent the last 10 years researching so much about the skin, healing my own acne after a decade-long battle, and working with dozens of women for the past 2 years, learning first hand which problems they face and how to solve them. In short, you will get a detailed, step-by-step guide to making the best skincare routine for YOU that will save you both time and money! Honestly, I haven't encountered anything like this online course on the internet, so if you did, send it my way!:)
Is this information available on your blog (I have been following your tips from there)?
About 20% of it you can find in some form on my blog (yes, even if you read everything on my website, 80% of the course will still be new to you!). Most of it will relate to the importance of healthy skin, and parts that I teach in the BALANCE phase. Chances are that you are in the BALANCE phase already if you have been following my tips from Healthy Skin Glows. However, the majority of the information in the course is completely NEW information, even to those of you who have been following me for a long time, simply because it took me years to be confident in my knowledge and put it all together! If you are currently in the BALANCE phase, ENRICH phase will really take your skincare to a new level!
Can I take the course if I am on hormonal birth control or using oral antibiotics?
YES! You can definitely take the course, and actually, benefit from it a lot! It is desirable that you support the health of your skin from the inside too (healthy diet, balancing your hormones, exercising, etc), but having a good skincare routine can help you no matter what.
How long will it take to see improvements in my skin?
This is very individual, and it will vary from a few weeks to several months. It depends on whether you are also addressing your acne causes (with diet, supplements, etc) at the same time as improving your skincare routine. If you are unsure what to eat for clear skin and what causes them, try eating only foods from my grocery list BONUS pdf (you'll find it within the course, in the EXTRAS section) for at least a few months. You can also choose the VIP option to work with me, so I can pinpoint your acne causes and help you eliminate them.
Will I have to follow your eating plan to get results?
NO! It is important to follow a healthy diet to have healthy and clear skin, but if you are already doing that, a good skincare routine, as explained in the Skin Rebalancing Protocol,can help you see improvements in your skin quicker! I provide my grocery shopping list only if you want to eat healthier for clear skin, but don't know where to start. If you are already on a certain diet, seeing a nutritionist, have special dietary requirements, etc, you DON'T need to change your way of eating to improve your skin with the right skincare.
What is the difference between the basic and VIP package?
For the basic package, you must go through the course materials yourself and create your routine. Of course, I won't leave you hanging! I will be there for you via email whenever you are stuck and I will make sure your skincare routine is good. For a limited period, I am now also offering a complimentary 25min chat with me to go over your routine. VIP package is more elaborate and I will work with you on your diet, supplements and pinpoint the exact acne triggers in your case, then create a plan for you. This gives you a much more holistic approach to healing your skin than the basic package.

Now, are YOU truly ready for a change?

Are you ready for knowledge that will follow you your ENTIRE life, helping you have beautiful skin no matter your age?

Are you ready to learn:

1. How to identify your skin's needs and build a skincare routine (natural or oil-free) around them?

2. How to quit medicated acne treatments without causing more acne and breakouts?

3. How to reduce adult acne and slown down skin aging at the same time?

4. How to heal acne scars and hyperpigmentation using the latest scientific findings?

...and much, much more?

If yes, don't wait a day longer! See you on the inside, beautiful!

Get started now!

"I finally turned to Sara after struggling with chronic adult, hormonal acne for nearly 12 years. If you’ve given up because you feel like you’ve heard it all and have tried every doctor, product, supplement, and diet out there, both natural and conventional, contact Sara. She is kind and understanding and truly provides unique insight into healing the body – and therefore, the skin – that I didn’t find anywhere else, even in a doctor’s office. What is special about working with Sara is the one-on-one approach and a plan that’s specifically tailored to your situation and needs. It will take time, but be patient. After about a month, I started to see noticeable improvements in my skin and am confident that, in time, my skin will heal completely. I’m grateful to Sara for her kind and detailed approach. I finally feel hopeful that those breakouts I’d never been able to solve are on their way out!"

- Becca H.


Questions? Not sure the program is a good fit for you? Feel free to email me at sara@healthyskinglows.com and I'll be right with you!