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...
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, and...
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...
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 my skin...
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 Flo over....
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 hap­pi­ness, and...