3 Simple Diet Changes That Help Eliminate Acne

Hey every­one! I get a lot of ques­tions relat­ing to diet: “is dairy okay?” or “can I eat tofu?” or “what do you eat?” While I will be post­ing my per­son­al nutri­tion and exer­cise rou­tine soon, I thought it would be ben­e­fi­cial to talk about some sim­ple dietary changes in the mean­time. Here are 3 sim­ple diet changes you can make right away that will improve your skin and help elim­i­nate acne. Stick with it! It may take up to 4 weeks to start see­ing results, though most peo­ple will expe­ri­ence clear­ing up, reduced red­ness, and/or a ces­sa­tion of new blem­ish­es with­in 7–10 days. {DIET CHANGE #1} Reduce (or elim­i­nate) grains from your diet. This is just one sim­ple thing, but it’s a big change for many peo­ple. Why reduce/eliminate them? In short, grains spike your insulin respon­se whether they are whole grain or not. Grains are high in starch (so are pota­toes, by the way) and that means the body con­verts that starch into sug­ar. The more processed the starch (flour, bread, bread­crumbs, pas­tries, bagels, muffins, etc.), the more quick­ly your body con­verts it to sug­ar, result­ing in a surge of insulin. Spik­ing your insulin results in a few things: inflam­ma­tion, which can cause every­thing from acne to eczema to fibromyal­gia and oth­er inflam­ma­to­ry con­di­tions, and decreased insulin sen­si­tiv­i­ty, which results in weight gain, fatigue, and pre-dia­betes or dia­betes. Essen­tial­ly, insulin is the pri­ma­ry hor­mone (cor­ti­sol is anoth­er one) that tells our bod­ies to hold onto fat and the more insulin we have, the more fat we are going to store, which then leads to weight-relat­ed health issues as...

Eliminate Puffy Eyes

Hey every­one! I get a lot of ques­tions relat­ed to under eye issues like puffi­ness and dark cir­cles, so I thought I would address the puffy issue since I have already cov­ered dark cir­cles. Here are some of the caus­es of under eye puffi­ness and how to treat them…Epic Beau­ty style. 😉 First, know that there are two types of puffi­ness. One is essen­tial­ly water (flu­id) – they are quite squishy and tend to fade or flat­ten out on their own as the day goes on. The oth­er type are actu­al­ly fat­ty deposits – they are hard and do not fade or flat­ten, and are usu­al­ly a result of not treat­ing under eye puffi­ness ear­ly on. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the fat­ty type is hard­er to get rid of and there are only two solu­tions I know of: 1. face mas­sage such as Tanaka, done dai­ly and con­sis­tent­ly to help remove fat from the area, and 2. cos­met­ic surgery. Of course, I rec­om­mend you try mas­sage first. Wait at least 2–3 months to see any change, though the time varies from per­son to per­son. If you have the watery type, keep read­ing. {Common Causes of Puffy Eyes & Under Eye Bags} Lack of sleep or qual­i­ty sleep Exces­sive sodi­um intake or sug­ar intake Stress and result­ing adren­al fatigue Over con­sump­tion of alco­hol and/or caf­feine Hor­mon­al changes or imbal­ance Changes in weath­er or tem­per­a­ture Sinus prob­lems or allergies Water reten­tion Med­ica­tion side effects Like all things in our lives, the above caus­es are inter­con­nect­ed. For instance, if you are stressed, your adren­a­ls become less effi­cient, which can lead to hor­mon­al imbal­ance, which can lead to water reten­tion and…dun...

I Need Your Help Picking a Winner!

Hey every­one! I’ve got so many updates and new things for you guys…I’ll be post­ing a lot of stuff soon, so look out for it. I have been going through all the tips you have post­ed and I am so impressed. I love all of them, and as a result I am hav­ing such a prob­lem pick­ing the win­ning tip. I would love to have your help in select­ing the win­ner. I have select­ed my 12 favorites and post­ed them below. I tried to pick the tips that were the sim­plest and eas­i­est to do (and I also liked the ones I nev­er heard of before). Everyone’s tips were amaz­ing, so please don’t be offend­ed if I didn’t select your tip. You can vote by read­ing the tips below and then vot­ing on the poll by select­ing the person’s name. The poll is closed. {VOTE RESULTS} I under­stand that some peo­ple were not hap­py about the vot­ing and think I should pick the win­ner. All 12 con­tes­tants could have won – that’s why I select­ed them, that’s why I had trou­ble choos­ing my favorite, and that’s why I thought I would cre­ate a poll — for fun. So I’m not going to let this become some dra­mat­ic sit­u­a­tion with cheat­ing accu­sa­tions and crap, because that doesn’t fly with me.  I have delet­ed all com­ments relat­ed to the cheat­ing bab­ble and I don’t want to see any­one mak­ing any more com­ments about this. It’s done, it’s all good, let’s wor­ry about stuff that’s more impor­tant, shall we? Below are the results. Con­grat­u­la­tions to Bryn­ne (please send me your mail­ing address). {TOP TIPS}...

I Heart Daily Beauty Interview

Hey every­one! Excit­ing news: I was fea­tured in today’s I Heart Dai­ly newslet­ter. 🙂 If you haven’t sub­scribed to them yet, def­i­nite­ly do so! I’ve been sub­scribed to them for over a year and they find the coolest stuff. Here is a lit­tle excerpt from their newsletter/website: Beauty Blogger: Stephanie of Epic Beauty Guide 11–03-10: Stephanie Eliz­a­beth is the blogger/vlogger behind Epic Beau­ty Guide. She offers com­plete and infor­ma­tive advice on how to keep our skin healthy and hap­py by using nat­u­ral prod­ucts. In addi­tion to her site and YouTube chan­nel, she also has a book, The Real Guide To Flaw­less Skin. “I start­ed to get a lot of requests for a book on how to get rid of acne,” says Stephanie. “My goal was to make it very clear and uncom­pli­cat­ed, and a lot of the advice could be used to treat eczema as well since they are both inflam­ma­to­ry con­di­tions.” This lady knows what she’s talk­ing about (her skin is glow­ing!). Read on for some stel­lar beau­ty advice and tips! I Heart Daliy: What moti­vat­ed you to start your beau­ty blog? READ MORE… I hope you enjoy the arti­cle. :)) ~Steph ...
My Acne Cure Book is Ready — WIN a Copy! [Closed]

My Acne Cure Book is Ready — WIN a Copy! [Closed]

I final­ly fin­ished the acne cure book that I’ve been work­ing on! My orig­i­nal plan was just to write this blog and include a bunch of info on here, but I was get­ting a lot of requests to write a book, so to all of you who asked, here ya go! Before I make it avail­able, I want­ed to ask for your input to see if there’s any last min­ute top­ics I need to address in the book. At the end of the post, find out how you can win a copy of my new book. 🙂 The REAL Guide to Flaw­less, Acne-Free Skin (Only 4 Weeks to a Clear Com­plex­ion That Stays Clear) con­tains 6 Chap­ters (and a Resource guide) jam-packed with infor­ma­tion, all in an easy-to-under­stand for­mat so it’s not over­whelm­ing. Each chap­ter focus­es on a par­tic­u­lar aspect of get­ting rid of acne and achiev­ing flaw­less skin: Diet, Exer­cise, Skin Care, Mind, Heal­ing Acne Scars, and Trou­bleshoot­ing for Dif­fi­cult Cas­es. I give you a lot of guide­li­nes, but I also tell you exact­ly what you can do — so you can either pick and choose, or fol­low an exact pro­to­col, depend­ing on your pref­er­ence. I go into major detail on each sub­ject, more than I could ever do in one of my arti­cles, but I will always update the acne book con­tent on this web­site when new research and new prod­ucts come to light. Foods to eat and foods to avoid Sam­ple meal plan to get you start­ed Detailed skin­care and nat­u­ral make­up rec­om­men­da­tions My indi­vid­u­al skin care, diet, and exer­cise rou­tine Foods and sup­ple­ments for glow­ing skin How to get rid of...