If you’ve been part of the ClearSkin Nutrition newsletter, or you’ve read a lot of the posts on this site, you should have a great understanding of diet and lifestyle that helps to get clear skin.
You can also get everything you need to get clear skin from the ClearSkin Nutrition Book.
For the next series of posts, you’re going to get even more actionable steps to take to heal the body and clear the skin.
Before we get into more action steps though, it’s important that we remind ourselves why we even want to get clear to begin with.
A lot of people know what they want, but they don’t know why they want it. Knowing why you want something will be your number 1 motivational factor on your journey through transformation. You must ask yourself “why do I want this?” and you should have a clear answer.
After spending years trying to cure my acne, I’ve read a lot. And I realized that acne is not something that disappears over night. Many times clearing the skin follows a pattern of breaking out, then clearing, then breaking out a little less, then clearing. Reminding yourself of your reason why you want clear skin can help when things get tough.
Why Do You Want Clear Skin?
At first I just wanted clear skin to be better looking. When I asked why, it really boiled down to wanting to be attractive, which would help me get a girlfriend. I wanted a relationship. That’s why I ate so healthy and really did all of the cleanses and detoxes.
But as I learned more about self improvement and personal development, I realized that not only could I improve my health by reading about it, but I could also learn about how to be more attractive and better at social situations. I learned and worked on both. In the beginning I would focus intensely on the diet and detoxes and stuff, but once I brought my acne down to mild, I worked on other aspects of my life while continuing to eat healthy.
Now, I don’t eat and live a healthy lifestyle just because I want clear skin. I eat and live a healthy lifestyle because I want to be the healthiest version of myself possible. It’s about preventing diseases down the road. It’s about eating in a way that gives me sustained energy throughout the day, mental clarity and a balanced system. I eat healthy so that I can be healthier, and that will help me be of greater service to the world. Clear skin is just a small component of that now.
If you ever get to the point where you think that eating healthy and living a healthy lifestyle is something that you aren’t into, think about why you want to do it. Why did you start? Why did you continue eating healthy? Think about the why and use that to create the life your want. Look deep into the why.
There’s 5 questions that you can ask yourself to help plug yourself into a bigger picture. I learned this from Fitlife.tv. These are the 5 questions.
- Why do I want to get healthy and stay healthy?
- What will you look like when you’re at the level of health that you want to be at?
- What will you feel like?
- What will others say about you?
- What do you want your legacy to be?
I know that these things may seem like they don’t have much to do with acne, but acne is many times caused by stress, and getting these things out can help alleviate stress. And to be honest, my intention is more about how you can get happy, because a happy person with acne is better off than an unhappy person with perfect skin. Questions like these helped me get way happier, so that’s why I’m putting it in here.
Stop reading this and answer these 5 questions right now!
If you’ve done that, let’s get more into some practical things to actually increase your health which will help your skin.
When Eating Healthy Might Not Be Enough
Some people are lucky and only need to change their diet and lifestyle a bit to get clear skin. It definitely didn’t work like that for me. It can take months to years to accomplish our health goals based on how damaged we are initially. That’s why it’s good to have a strong reason to get clear. We need to remind ourselves of that reason when we want to get clear skin so that we can continually eat and live a healthy lifestyle.
Clearing the skin is a complicated endeavor because there can be so many different reasons for our breakouts. The only way to heal the skin is to heal the body and mind. The skin is a reflection of our internal environment, whether it be our physical or mental environment. The way I like to go about fixing it is to follow a set of rules that enhance the health of the body and mind so every aspect of our lives improves.
Along with following healthy habits, you most likely will need a topical solution to help your skin heal. The absolute best product I have ever tried is called Renu28 and you can get that here.
If all of that isn’t enough, trying different dietary approaches and seeing how you react to them can be really helpful. If you’ve been a hardcore paleo person, then trying a whole foods vegan diet and seeing if that clears your skin is an option. Likewise, if you’re a vegan or vegetarian, and you still experience breakouts and poor health, and you aren’t ready to spend money on a functional health practitioner, try switching to a paleo diet or a variation of paleo like AIP.
Don’t feel like you need to be boxed into one particular way of eating. The only way of eating that you should follow should be the one that your body and lab tests confirm is right for you.
If following the steps to heal the body and changing your diet still don’t seem to do as much as you like, I then turn to functional medicine and sophisticated testing. Functional tests can help uncover malfunctions going on inside of the body. Food sensitivities, pathogens, heavy metals and more can be uncovered through functional medicine testing. If you feel as if you’ve tried everything and yet you’re still not satisfied with the state of your health, functional nutrition can help. You can contact a functional health practitioner here.
If diet and lifestyle changes aren’t enough, others things you can do are deeper detoxes and things like liver flushes. Functional medicine testing can be quite costly, so if you wanted to partake in things like liver flushes and long juice cleanses or water fasts, then I understand. Many people have seen amazing results practicing these methods of healing. I was very close to attending a water fasting clinic when I heard about the miracles they seem to provide. However, my personality and life experiences have guided me to look further into the newest advancements in treating disease in a holistic manner. A lot of the alternative stuff didn’t actually get to the root causes of my discomfort like functional medicine did. I truly believe that functional medicine is the medicine of the future and prefer it because it has more scientific validity behind it.
The funny thing is that the person who got me into functional medicine also did liver flushes and colonics and all of these other forms of alternative medicine. In an interview, he mentioned that it wasn’t until he did some specialized tests to check for parasites and got them out of his system that he immediately felt better. Another doctor, when talking about bacterial byproducts that damage the intestinal wall called LPS, said: “You could do liver cleanses every two weeks, but if you don’t get rid of that source of toxicity … too much LPS, [it] gets to the brain, gets to the muscles, gets to the heart, gets to the joints, and can cause lots of symptoms all throughout the body.”
It was hearing things like this that pushed me more toward the functional medicine testing route that I’m in. I like to have objective data about things. And statements like the one above are right. You can go totally vegan and be eating all the right things and performing detoxes and colonics and liver flushes, but if you have a parasite or dysbiosis or some hidden internal stressor … then you’re not going to be the healthiest you can be because these hidden stressors will be taxing your body. And that’s why I love functional medicine and nutrition. You’re able to actually see what’s going on inside of you and fix it without guessing. What makes it complicated is that there are so many possible issues that can affect our health. I chose to look at each factor that affects our health and our skin, then break them down and resolve them as quickly as possible.
How To Regain Our Health
The first thing we need to do to regain our health and the health of our skin is to look at the contributors of poor health. All of these factors need to be addressed if we want to experience true health.
1) Mental state and self-esteem
2) Sugar imbalances
3) Digestive health and intestinal permeability, aka leaky gut
4) Hormonal imbalances
5) Stress (physical, mental, environmental)
7) Lack of exercise or wrong exercise
8) Sleep quality and quantity
9) Water quality and quantity
11) Air quality
Are you doing what you need to do to get these things under control and optimize your health?
- We’ve talked so much about diet and lifestyle so far in past posts. If you want to get everything on how to clear the skin in one place, and read it all in a day or two, get the ClearSkin Nutrition book.
- Understand why you want clear skin and to be healthy. Answer the 5 questions asked in the post.
- If you think that you really have been doing everything to get clear skin naturally, you have some options. You can try a different diet, do more (or deeper) detoxes and cleanses, or you can purchase functional tests and talk with a functional health practitioner and coach to assess your situation and see if there’s anything specific you can do to get better.
- One of the things functional practitioners do is to look at the contributors of poor health. You can do that yourself and see where you can improve by looking at the list provided in this post.
We’ll be going over a few of these contributors to poor health in the following posts, so keep a look out for them. We’re going to start with our mental state and talk about ways you can increase your self esteem, even with acne.
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