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...
CLEAN Cleanse: Finished! Advice and Do-It-Yourself CLEAN Kit

CLEAN Cleanse: Finished! Advice and Do-It-Yourself CLEAN Kit

All done! 21 days complete. I feel great. My skin looks stellar. I learned that this was not just about the smoothies and a restricted diet. It became about remembering to breathe, to slow down (which I always confused with laziness), and to stop doing a million things at once. I relearned how to stop sacrificing the present moment for reviewing the lengthy to-do lists swirling in my head. I feel balanced, I feel calm, and my outward appearance is clearly reflecting that. I feel like I did a few years ago, before I had a bajillion projects. I feel like I had a major reboot. My final thoughts and post-cleanse plans In a word? A-friggin-mazing. This is the only cleanse I have really been able to stick to because it is super easy and I noticed a BIG difference within a matter of days. When something is simple and results-driven, it acts to motivate you to keep going. That is exactly what I needed, and that is exactly what I got. It has been about seven days post-cleanse and I have continued having a lovely smoothie for breakfast and a hearty salad with pastured organic chicken, wild-caught fish, or grass-fed organic beef for lunch. Dinner has been whatever I feel like – I have had smoothies for some dinners, and on other nights it has been a full meal, like a burger patty with a bunch of delicious toppers or chicken tikka from my favorite Indian restaurant. We’ll see how things go, but for now, I do not want to venture far off my EBG/Clean guidelines. Ah yes,...
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...
How I Keep My Skin Clear – Basic Overview

How I Keep My Skin Clear – Basic Overview

This might be pretty obvious from the caption of this post, but I’m going to let you in on all my personal secrets for having clear, healthy skin. (It’s not like I haven’t been telling you my “secrets” for the past 3 years or so anyway…) I have been receiving more and more requests for all the nitty gritty details: my personal diet, an updated skin care routine, what I take for supplements, yadda yadda. While my personal diet and skin care may not suit you, I will still share it because it may be helpful. Just remember to try things yourself and go with what works best for you. So without further ado, I give you my entire routine. (This is an article series, and this is just the overview.) 1. I Keep Stress Lowww. Stress is gnarly. Pretty plain and simple. I won’t go into the details, because if you’re anything like me, you will start to stress out about stress. I have recently realized that for my body, keeping my stress super low is even more important than what I eat. I could be eating my usual awesome diet but let my stress get out of control and I will get a breakout. I totally sound like a 4-year-old here, but I get crazy excited about random crap, and my body misreads this as stress and acts accordingly. It’s ridiculous, but it has taught me how to avoid information overload and knowing when enough is enough. More details in Part I here. 2. I Eat Well. I eat a lot of good, quality fats to keep...
DIY Juice Cleanse Frequently Asked Questions

DIY Juice Cleanse Frequently Asked Questions

Progress Update: The juice cleanse is going well, albeit making a few modifications (see below). Background: My body has never handled sugar or a big influx of carbs very well. Ever since I was a kid, I would get sick within minutes of eating a donut and usually vomit it all up. Too bad. I really do love donuts. They just don’t love me back. Modification: Since I usually consume about 50g crabs per day, drinking 40-60g in one go was making me feel out of my head. So instead of waking up and having a green juice first thing, I had what I was craving – my nut milk. I am used to starting my day off with a hunk of protein and fat, so the switch-up worked beautifully. No feeling lightheaded, no sugar high, no crappy nausea. (After all, contrary to popular cleansing dogma, those are not “detox” symptoms – that’s a blood sugar issue.) Plus, the nut milk stimulated – shall we say – a super awesome emptying of the intestines. Weeee! The milk kept me full for about 4 hours, whereupon I went for my green juice. I had a red juice 2 hours after that, skipped the lemonade, and wasn’t hungry at all the rest of the evening. I felt energized and great and woke up on my own at 6 this morning. That. Never. Happens. The green juice has been delicious and satisfying. For the first time in months, I have not craved chocolate or sugar. Consider how much more amazing that is when I tell you I am about to have Aunt...
DIY Juice Cleanse! Do It Yourself Recipes for Yummy Results

DIY Juice Cleanse! Do It Yourself Recipes for Yummy Results

Hey everyone! Hope all is well on your side of the computer screen. So. My little “reset” has been a long time coming. I wanted to do one in January. Then February. Then I forgot all about it. I watched Fat Sick & Nearly Dead for the fifth time, was briefly inspired, then stopped juicing about 5 days later when I got nauseous from my overzealous attempt at a kale juice. Anyway, doctors and nutritionists like to argue that most cleanses aren’t safe or effective, and I generally agree (especially when it comes to junk like the “Master Cleanse”). But I’m not looking to “cleanse” – I’m looking to drown myself in nutrients. Generous quantities of juice from fresh organic heavy-hitters like kale and cucumber and beets? Now that is a vitamin and mineral bonanza. Granted, the protein value is relatively low and incomplete (example: 1 cup of kale = 2.2 g protein), but I am not concerned about developing a protein deficiency over the course of 5 days. That would take weeks of failing to consume the bare minimum to sustain my metabolic processes. In case you’re wondering why I’m embarking on this 5-day juicing adventure, I have three reasons: I love how easy and mindless it is to just pick up an already-prepared juice (that I made, of course) and not have to think about making anything. My choice has already been made for me. Easy! I love the psychological effects of a juice cleanse – you feel like you’re doing something so enriching for your body that it can’t help but make your brain bounce with...