QUIT Doing These 3 Things For Noticeably Clear Skin

A while back I shared my personal struggle with acne and the amazing solution I found that cleared up a lifetime of problems in just two weeks (linked at the end of this post). This post might seem like it’s geared toward vanity and outer appearances but here are two big reasons it’s about more than that.
  1. What happens on your face is often a reflection of what’s happening inside your body, so you want to make sure you’re taking care of yourself all around.
  2. How you feel about yourself when you look in the mirror every day will inform the way you interface with the world. Do you love what you see? Would you love it more if you didn’t have a breakout across your left cheek? Do you think you’ve tried everything?
Today I want to share the top 3 mistakes that people make when they are struggling to clear their skin, why they should change their ways to gain noticeably clearer skin, and what to do instead. I’m all about solutions here, so let’s get started!
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Quit depleting your skin from its natural oils by stripping them away with harsh cleansers and astringents.

Why? If you’re concerned about acne, drying your skin out simply encourages MORE sebum production, making the problem WORSE than it was to begin with — more black heads, more shine when you don’t want it. If you’re concerned about wrinkles, you want to remain hydrated and nourish your skin at a deep level.
 
What to do instead:
Cleanse with gentle, natural products you might not think should be in your bathroom. Raw honey is a great cleanser and gentle exfoliator, and coconut oil is great at removing make up and keeping the skin hydrated. It’s also naturally antiseptic, so it’s great for preventing infection on a “picked” blemish.

Quit picking. (This is SO hard for me.)

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Why? Picking, especially if you aren’t using something sterile to pick with (your fingernails are NOT sterile), spreads the infection around on your skin and can cause a bigger breakout. Also, your skin is almost always worse-off once you’ve extracted the pimple — in its place, you’ve likely left either a bloody mess or something that will become a larger, more painful, more infected blemish the next day. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve extracted a small blackhead and woken up the next morning to a red, raised bump in its place.

 
What to do instead: 
Cleanse well, use a good natural moisturizer like coconut oil, and leave it alone. Just don’t look in the mirror when you wash your hands in the bathroom — that’s my moment of weakness.

Quit eating garbage.

Why? The food you eat matters for the health of your skin. If you eat sugar, pasteurized conventional dairy, and other inflammatory foods like processed seed oils and soy, your skin won’t be happy.

Don’t forget, your skin is the largest organ on your body, and it acts as a filter for everything that you come into contact with. What you put in and how your body reacts to it is reflected on your face. Check out my secret to clear skin in two weeks, a solution that was all about input.

What to do instead: 
Treat your skin well by taking care of your diet and your gut. Eat fermented foods or take a probiotic. Drink bone broth, pack in the vegetables at every meal of the day. Enjoy healthy fats like avocado, coconut oil, and grass-fed butter.
 
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Now it’s your turn.

What have you tried that works for you? Please share in the comments below!

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3 thoughts on “QUIT Doing These 3 Things For Noticeably Clear Skin

    • Thanks for your comment Rich. Humans are omnivorous beings, and animal welfare is a very personal issue. I personally make sure that the animals I eat are treated humanely. I respect your decision not to eat animals. The overwhelming positive results on the health of my whole body (not just my skin — bone broth heals the gut, which is at the center of a number of chronic health concerns) — and the health of others who have tried the same — after drinking bone broth is incontrovertible, and again very personal. Thanks.

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