How to Get Rid of Blackheads – For Real!

How to Get Rid of Blackheads – For Real!

I’ve been want­i­ng to share this guide for a few months now, since I always get a lot of ques­tions about black­heads, along with com­men­tary about how annoy­ing they are and how ugly they can be and why they just won’t go away forever­rrr. So here we go…solution time. Do You Have Blackheads or Sebaceous Filaments? Do you feel like you are con­stant­ly pop­ping out tiny black­heads and watch­ing them return over and over to your nose or chin or oth­er areas? Then you may not have black­heads. I have to say that many peo­ple I talk to don’t real­ly have a black­head prob­lem – they have what’s called seba­ceous fil­a­ments. Here’s a quick way to know the dif­fer­ence: Black­heads are open come­dones (a.k.a. pim­ples or acne). They are slight­ly raised and appear black. An extract­ed black­head looks like a solid, usu­al­ly yel­low, wax-like plug with a black tip. It can also become infect­ed. Seba­ceous fil­a­ments are a bit like black­head impos­tors. They are pin-like and come in a choice of col­ors: gray (not the dark black of a black­head), tan, or skin/flesh-colored. The skin is not raised up around them. They can appear any­where, but the nose, chin, and fore­head are the most com­mon. An extract­ed SF looks like a plain white or yel­low­ish spike or string. They don’t get infect­ed or inflamed and are nat­u­ral to every sin­gle human. I put them side by side so you can see the dif­fer­ence (see below). See how the SFs are super tiny and dark, but not black, and how they have no raised or puffy skin around them? Now notice how the black­heads are tru­ly black,...
The Best Acne Supplements for Clear, Flawless Skin

The Best Acne Supplements for Clear, Flawless Skin

I am fre­quent­ly asked if there are any pills or sup­ple­ments that can assist with get­ting rid of acne or help­ing your skin become glow­ing and flaw­less­ness. In short, the answer is yes. A study pub­lished in July 2013 by The Uni­ver­si­ty of Afy­on Kocate­pe in Turkey report­ed a cor­re­la­tion between acne and low serum (blood) lev­els of vit­a­m­in A, vit­a­m­in E, and zinc.¹ Fas­ci­nat­ing, right? Fur­ther­more, there are sev­er­al stud­ies (includ­ing this real­ly awe­some one) link­ing oxida­tive stress to acne, which means that coun­ter­act­ing oxi­da­tion (via antiox­i­dants) would be part of the log­i­cal course of treat­ment. Inflam­ma­tion and oxida­tive stress are the begin­ning of the acne cycle, so if we elim­i­nate those, we break the cycle and thus elim­i­nate acne. FIRST, MAKE NO MISTAKE – YOUR FOOD MATTERS. I’m not going to willy-nil­ly rec­om­mend sup­ple­ments with­out first remind­ing you of this impor­tant fact. Your food mat­ters. Chee­tos and bagels do not cre­ate healthy tis­sues. You can take all the sup­ple­ments you want, but if you’re chow­ing down on fast food and ice cream sev­er­al times per week, your skin (and most impor­tant­ly, your inter­nal organs) are not going to be healthy. This is not about becom­ing a strict, stressed out food nut. This is about mak­ing wise choic­es that will nour­ish and sup­port you phys­i­cal­ly, men­tal­ly, and emo­tion­al­ly. Since you want clear skin, strict­ly avoid the fol­low­ing for the next 4–6 weeks (you can always sneak them in lat­er and enjoy once in a while if you feel like it): Gluten. This means bread, bagels, pas­tries, cere­als, and oth­er processed foods that use wheat or gluten. Wheat and gluten are inflam­ma­to­ry...
How to Prevent a Travel Breakout

How to Prevent a Travel Breakout

My recent trip to Japan meant that I was on a plane for rough­ly 26 hours in one week, and I did a sub-par job of tak­ing care of my skin while I was up in the sky, which result­ed in an unusu­al break­out. Live and learn. This is my skin care trav­el plan that I will be imple­ment­ing when I head out to New Zealand in August. Why We Breakout When We Travel Now, not every­one gets a break­out when they par­take in a long haul flight. How­ev­er, I did notice everyone’s skin (I pay atten­tion to skin every­where I go – force of habit) while dis­em­bark­ing from our non­stop flight from LAX to Tokyo. And what I noticed that everyone’s skin was in one of three con­di­tions: A bit inflamed and red Flaky Super shiny With the excep­tion of the stew­ardess­es, who were pop­ping into the bath­room with their big cos­met­ic bags every hour, every­one looked rough. The rea­son is real­ly because of the air. It’s very dry, and the lack of humid­i­ty caus­es dif­fer­ent reac­tions in dif­fer­ent skin types. Dry skin gets super dry and a lit­tle pink (or even red and inflamed) and per­haps even flaky. Com­bi­na­tion and oily skin gets even oilier and shinier. My skin is com­bi­na­tion and react­ed by gift­ing me with a ridicu­lous­ly oily fore­head, yet nor­mal and bal­anced skin every­where else. So if we can pre­vent the arid envi­ron­ment from screw­ing with our skin, we will expe­ri­ence pleas­ant, bal­anced skin for the dura­tion of our trip. How to Prevent a Travel Breakout The idea is to keep your skin hydrat­ed and mois­tur­ized inflight...
How to Get Rid of Back Acne and Chest Acne (a.k.a. Bacne / Chestne)

How to Get Rid of Back Acne and Chest Acne (a.k.a. Bacne / Chestne)

I’ve been get­ting requests for this because I do not often direct­ly address body acne. It seems that extreme weath­er con­di­tions – be it the dry or swampy heat of sum­mer and the mois­ture-suck­ing cold of win­ter – bring body acne out in the best of us. Let’s make this easy, because easy is always nice. And truth­ful­ly, ban­ish­ing body acne is actu­al­ly a sim­ple thing. Don’t get dis­cour­aged, even if you’ve had it for a while. Just take the­se tips into con­sid­er­a­tion and your body acne will start to dimin­ish. 7 Quick Tips for Eliminating Back and Chest Acne www.ishooktheroyalthrone.com 1. Be Gen­tle. Do not use harsh prod­ucts. This means no alco­hol and no ben­zoyl per­ox­ide. This will only dry out the skin and cause more break­outs and red­ness as the skin attempts to repair the addi­tion­al dam­age. On the same note, do not use a harsh body soap. Use some­thing gen­tle and all nat­u­ral, or don’t use one at all. After a show­er, wipe your chest and back with alco­hol-free witch hazel or try Sprout Ton­er. 2. Keep it Clean. Wear a new paja­ma top to bed every night. If you sleep naked, wash and change your sheets at least once per week. This one’s speci­fic to the ladies (and cer­tain dudes who like to play dress-up): wear a clean bra every day. You real­ly need to break the bac­te­ria cycle, so wear­ing clean bras, shirts, and PJ tops every day is very impor­tant. 3. Go for Fat. Fats keep your skin beau­ti­ful, youth­ful, and pro­tect­ed from exter­nal assailants. If you’ve been read­ing Epic Beau­ty Guide for a lit­tle...
How I Keep My Skin Clear Part III — Sleep, Movement, & Skin Care

How I Keep My Skin Clear Part III — Sleep, Movement, & Skin Care

This is the final install­ment from How I Keep My Skin Clear. If you haven’t seen the overview, check it out here. Click here to read Part 1 and Part 2. There’s a Reason They Call it Beauty Sleep. I love my sleep, and being well rest­ed is one of the most impor­tant things in keep­ing my skin look­ing great. I am not 100% well rest­ed every sin­gle night, but the vast major­i­ty of the time, I get a great night’s sleep. It makes a huge dif­fer­ence to stress, skin tone, mus­cle tone, hydra­tion, and under-eye cir­cles. Sci­en­tists are real­iz­ing it’s not so much about how many hours you get, but when you you get them, as well as the qual­ity of those hours (for exam­ple, if you have sleep apnea you will not get qual­ity sleep). I get to sleep around 10 or 11 pm almost every night, though I occa­sion­al­ly lapse into my night owl habits and hit the sack at 2 or 3 am after a lengthy WoW raid. But here’s the kick­er: the lat­er I go to sleep, the less rest­ed I feel the next day, even though I get the same num­ber of hours as my usu­al ear­lier sleep times. My dietary habits help me enjoy qual­i­ty sleep every night, as well as my ade­quate vit­a­m­in D intake through sup­ple­men­ta­tion (3,000 IU Vit­a­m­in D3 every day, per my doctor’s orders), food (mush­rooms — the legal kind, eggs, salmon, and occa­sion­al­ly goat milk prod­ucts), and sun­shine. I also sleep with black­out cur­tains on my win­dows to pre­vent any light from leak­ing through. Light tells the brain to...
How I Keep My Skin Clear Part II — Food

How I Keep My Skin Clear Part II — Food

This is Part 2 from How I Keep My Skin Clear. If you haven’t seen the overview, check it out here. Click here to read Part 1. I Eat Well. Really, Really Well. Study­ing nutri­tion, biol­o­gy, bio­chem­istry, phys­i­ol­o­gy, and neu­ro­science is a major pas­sion of mine. My idea of enter­tain­ment is read­ing med­ical jour­nals and attend­ing my uni­ver­si­ty labs. (I know, nerd alert.) I have been apply­ing what I know to my own body for over 7 years now, and not only have I amassed a wealth of knowl­edge from the lit­er­a­ture, but also on an anec­do­tal lev­el, both from myself and from my beau­ti­ful, inquis­i­tive read­ers (you). You can step into the Epic Beau­ty Guide time machine and read past posts that men­tion my for­ays into veg­e­tar­i­an­ism, veg­an­ism, raw food, Tim Ferriss’s slow carb, and every­where in between. I love exper­i­ment­ing and I nev­er do any­thing half-ass. Raw food you say? 100%. Right now. Let’s do it. I dis­cov­er a lot along the way, and the process always leads me back to cen­ter, back where the san­i­ty and prac­ti­cal­i­ty hang out. What I have learned in the­se 7+ years of research and per­son­al exper­i­men­ta­tion, is that there are a set of food guide­li­nes that I MUST fol­low in order to be and look my best. This is not to say that I am fixed in a speci­fic “diet” (read: not “diet” in the weight loss sense of the word). I make adjust­ments and play with vari­ables as part of an ongo­ing process called life, and it has become sec­ond nature. Most impor­tant­ly, I unwa­ver­ing­ly hold true this one belief: a...