8 Simple Steps to Banish Blackheads

8 Simple Steps to Banish Blackheads

Blackheads might seem like some strange and difficult cousin of “normal” acne, but blackheads are still pimples — it’s just that they are open and the contents oxidize and turn black. Delicious. Many of the techniques to getting rid of acne are the same for getting rid of blackheads, but there are a few extra things you can do to banish them from your face. Here is a list of things you can do: 1. Balance the oil. Blackheads are a result of a dry, dead outer layer of skin getting caught up with the oilier under layer. Balancing this out with proper diet and vitamin intake is of utmost importance. There are tons of articles on this blog for you that detail this topic, as well as my book which also includes a meal plan to help you along. Simply: focus on eating vegetables and non-sweet fruits (e.g. leafy greens like spinach, romaine, etc.; zucchini, cucumber, celery, bell peppers, tomato, etc.), low-glycemic fruits (e.g. berries of all kinds, lemons, limes). Just as important is not eating fried food (the oils become deranged and rancid, contributing to inflammation, hormonal imbalances and oilier skin), most grains, refined sugar, and high-glycemic fruits. You may also want to lower or eliminate your consumption of dairy, since it contains androgens, which are male-type hormones that can contribute to increased product of sebum (oily skin) and breakouts/blackheads. 2. Do not overwash. This only dries out your top layer of skin and forces your skin to produce more oil to make up for you washing it away all the time. You’ll end up with more...
Get Rid of Forehead Bumps (Subclinical Acne)

Get Rid of Forehead Bumps (Subclinical Acne)

Hey everyone! I wanted to share a question I received the other day regarding small bumps on the skin (also known as subclinical acne, if you want to get technical). Oddly enough, I have gotten a few questions regarding this problem and I used to have this very same thing on my forehead, so I thought this would be good to post in public instead of replying in private as I usually do. (And yes, I got Cassie’s permission before posting the email she sent me. Thanks, Cassie!) “Hello My name is Cassie. Your beauty guide is awesome, I definitely hope to grab a copy of your book someday! I have a quick question. Most of my skin is generally pretty clear right now, but I ALWAYS have bumps on my whole forehead! It’s not smooth at all, and in certain light it just looks awful. They’re not really zits, because they never turn red or puss and they don’t pop. (although some are a little red.) It just makes my forehead look unclear and gross Make up usually goes on unevenly there too, it’s so annoying. Any tips?? The only time it ever cleared up completely was when I went on a mild form of birth control for hormones. Thanks so much! Cassie” Right off the bat, there’s good news: This is probably the easiest type of acne to treat because you don’t have any pustules or the typical redness/inflammation. Your main focus here is going to be on balancing your oil production and exfoliating. What’s happening is your pores are getting clogged by the waxy substance that...

12 Must-Have Products of 2010

I have come across some incredible natural skin care products this year, and I wanted to share my must-haves with you. 1. 100% Pure Organic Lavender Honey Facial Cleansing Foam, $18.50. This is my go-to face wash, and the only face wash I’ve used consistently for almost a year. I love foaming washes, and foams are great for dry skin as well, particularly if you are sensitive and prone to clogged pores (cream cleansers tend to contain waxes that can easily clog pores). 100% Pure has a wide variety of foaming washes for all skin types, so if the lavender honey wash isn’t for you, try one of their other face washes. A bottle lasts me about 2-3 months. 2. Skin Apothke Ubtan Scrub, $15. My favorite scrub of all time. I’ve used dozens of scrubs and exfoliators over the years, and none have treated my sensitive skin the way it always wanted to be treated. You mix a little of the scrub with your choice of either water, organic milk, or organic plain yogurt and gently massage in circular motions for a minute or two. It effectively prevents blackheads and leaves your skin softer, radiant, and polished without feeling dry and irritated. Though the price went up a few dollars, this scrub is so well worth it. This will always be a staple in my medicine cabinet. 3. Arcona Triad Pads, $23. I have been using these pads for toning, removing the last remnants of my Ubtan scrub, and as a face wash if I’m traveling and don’t want to use chlorinated water to wash my sensitive skin....

The Book is Available! 2 Day Sale!

{SALE HAS ENDED – Available for Regular Price} Hey everyone! The book is now available! Sorry for making you wait. 😉 {OVERVIEW} The REAL Guide to Flaw­less Skin: Only 4 Weeks to Clear Skin For Life con­tains 7 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: Diagnosing, 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 acne scars (and cover them up) Answers to frequently asked questions Learn to use your mind as a pow­er­ful tool for clear­ing acne Advanced help for difficult acne cases Super sim­ple, super cheap DIY skin care for those on a tight budget Skin care ingre­di­ents to avoid (huge cheat sheet!) Free updates to the book via my blog {2 DAY SALE} After exchanging a few emails and messages with some of you guys, I decided to offer...

August Skin Care Routine – 2010

Okeedoke! So here is my official August skin care routine that I’ve been doing consistently for at least 3 months now (some of the products are recent additions though). I thought I would share because it’s good to know what other people use, what works, and also because I get a lot of requests to spill the beans. ;D Oh! I almost forgot about the FTC disclaimer: I never accept payment for reviews, nor am I affiliated with any of the brands mentioned. Sometimes I am sent products to review, but actually doing a review on them is up to me and whether I think it’s good enough to recommend to you guys. I embedded the video below, and I included all the links to the products in this article. {CLEANSER} 100% Pure Lavender Honey Facial Cleansing Foam, $18, 6 oz. In the summer, I use this nightly and I usually wash twice — a real quick once-over and rinse, and then a second time where I spend about 30-60 seconds gently massaging the cleanser on my skin. You get a better, more thorough, but non-irritating washing that way. In winter, I wash nightly or every other night. {EXFOLIATOR} Skin Apothke Ubtan Scrub, $9, 2 oz. (lasts foreverrrrr) Great for all skin types, works really well on sensitive and dry skin. Safe to use just once a week, or every other night. Imparts an amazing glow on your skin, and your skin will feel so incredibly smooth and nourished, not dry or irritated. I love this scrub. {TONER} Neem Man Neem Leaf Extract, $36, 8.4 oz. I’m thoroughly addicted...