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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...