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 black­heads and...
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. The­se...

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 the book at $14.95. In order...

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 to this pro­duct. It comes...