The Clear Skin Vitamin Pack™ will go a long ways towards improving the quality of your skin and clearing up any acne/blemishes you may have, and keeping future ones away.
If you want to get the best results possible and really supercharge your way to beautiful skin, we have put together a list of 7 tips to help you attain the best improvement in your skin possible.
1) Remove Dairy Products From Your Diet
It is just not natural for us to drink the milk from a cow. Cows milk is meant for baby calves, not for humans. Milk is full of natural hormones to make those baby calves grow rapidly. Those same hormones can cause your body to produce more sebum (oil). Acne and milk don’t mix.
Whether they know it or not, many people are allergic to whey and casein, which are proteins in milk. Our immune system will attack these foreign proteins which leads to inflammation throughout the body and can result in acne. Many people who have suffered from cystic acne found their acne greatly improved when they went off dairy.
Milk and cream are the worst offenders, followed by other dairy products like butter,cheese and yogurt. To test your own body you can completely omit all dairy products from your diet for 30 days, and then slowly introduce one at a time back into your diet and monitor the results.
2) Food: Eat a Clean, Natural Diet of Unprocessed Foods
There are so many toxins in most of the prepared and processed foods that we eat today. Try to eat all your foods as minimally processed as possible, in as close to its natural form as possible. That means if it comes in a bag or a box, you probably shouldn’t eat it. This is a general statement of course, some ‘clean’ foods are still packaged.
Your diet should mainly consist of vegetables, greens and a protein source such as fish, chicken, grass fed beef, lamb, etc. The protein should be natural and unprocessed, no breaded fish, chicken nuggets, etc.
Stay away from sugar and all foods containing added sugar. Do not be afraid of fats, whether saturated or not.
What you can eat:
Proteins: Fish, beef, chicken, lamb, etc.
Carbohydrates: Leafy greens, vegetables, sweet potatoes, rice (most people) and low glycemic fruits such as blueberries.
Fats: Coconut oil, lard, ghee, extra virgin olive oil, avocados.
Coffee and tea are fine, no sodas, fruit juices, or beverages with added sugar.
A good sweetener is stevia, stay away from artificial sweeteners.
3) Regular Bowel Movements
It is important to have at least one regular, daily bowel movement. There is a correlation between acne sufferers and irregular bowel movements or constipation. Once your body has processed the food you have consumed, the waste needs to be extracted so it is not reabsorbed by your body.
By adding lots of vegetables to your diet, avoiding breads, pastas and other refined foods, you may be able to get yourself regular. Probiotics will also help with this.
If this is not enough, you can solve the problem in the short term by adding fiber to your diet with psyllium husk or a Benefiber type product. Psyllium husk isn’t easy to take for some people, the best way is to mix it up and drink it down quick, if it starts to thicken add some more water, stir, and drink it down quick. We prefer psyllium husk as it is closer to it’s natural form.
Probiotics are defined as live microorganisms (such as bacteria, yeast) that may offer a health benefit to their host.
Good bacteria in an adequate quantity is necessary for proper digestive tract function.
A healthy gut is necessary for healthy skin. In a study it was found that over half of the acne patients had alterations to the good bacteria that are present in our intestinal microflora. Taking quality probiotics can increase the good bacteria in your gut.
If you have ever taken antibiotics, (as most of us have) chances are your gut bacteria has been compromised. Or if it is ever necessary to take antibiotics, probiotics should be taken during this time and afterwards for a period to maintain the good gut bacteria.
Taking a quality probiotic can improve your health, immune system, bowel movements, and skin.
5) Green Smoothies
If you have trouble getting enough vegetables and fiber in your diet on a daily basis, adding a daily green smoothie is a great way to do it. Green smoothies offer some great benefits to your health and your skins health.
You’ll want to add lots of greens and vegetables, and only a small amount of fruit in order to keep the sugar content down.
Greens can consist of things like spinach, romaine, kale, various lettuces, green tops from beets, herbs, etc.
Vegetables can be zucchini, cucumber, celery, onion (not too much), radishes, broccoli, beets, etc.
If you want to make it a bit creamier try adding a half or whole avocado.
Green smoothies can work great as a meal in themselves.
A Vitamix style blender works best, but they are expensive! A blender is preferred over a juicer as all the fiber stays in the smoothie this way, but some juicers work okay.
6) Rest, Limit Stress and Exercise
There is a definite mind/body connection. A relaxed, rested body is in a state where it is able to heal itself. A stressed body is in a state of fight or flight and is in survival mode and produces hormones and chemicals to support this, and these can promote acne.
There is an emerging field known as psychodermatology or “skin shrinks” where the mind body connection is looked at and methods such as relaxation, self-hypnosis or psychotherapy are used to treat skin conditions.
According to Dr. Ted Grossbart, an assistant clinical professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, “An estimated 30 to 60 percent of people who come to a doctor for help with skin problems also have emotional issues that are churning as well.”
The mind/acne connection makes more sense than you might initially think. Consider what happens when you get embarrassed, your face goes red. Your armpits will sweat in some situations. People break out in hives, rashes and cold sores from stress. Why not acne?
At the University of Massachusetts Medical School, it was found that patients suffering from psoriasis who listened to meditation tapes while receiving UV light treatments had their skin clear up nearly four times faster than those who had the light treatment alone.
Some small studies from Carleton University in Canada demonstrated that half of their patients had their warts disappear after undergoing hypnosis.
We also know that there is a connection between stress and altered gut flora and leaky gut, which in turn, suggests a connection between stress and skin issues. And there are a lot of experimental studies and human studies that have shown that a variety of psychological and physiological stressors can impair the normal gut flora and cause intestinal permeability.
The gut is basically one big nervous system tissue. In fact, some doctors refer to it as the second brain, and there’s way, way more serotonin, (which is a neurotransmitter that most people associate with the brain) in the gut than there is in the brain, and there is 400 times more melatonin in the gut than there is in the pineal gland, where melatonin is produced.
So, the gut is extremely sensitive to stress. This is obvious when you think about it. Consider the ‘butterflies’ or stomach pain you feel in certain stressful situations, or the feeling of wanting to “throw up”.
Bottom Line: Manage your stress.
We all know that exercise is good for the body. And what’s good for the body is good for the skin.
Exercise promotes healthy circulation. By increasing blood flow in the body you are helping nourish your skin cells with oxygen and nutrients. Increased blood flow also helps remove toxins and free radicals from the cells, and remember ‘Exceptional skin starts from the inside!’
Exercise also reduces stress. Stress can be a big cause of acne for some people. One of the ways that exercise is thought to reduce stress is by lowering your cortisol levels. Higher cortisol levels can also stimulate the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum, potentially leading to more acne.
So get out there and move!
7) Food Journal
Despite what the ‘experts’ say, food definitely plays a role in acne. Anyone that says it does not is quoting some very poorly run studies done in the early 1970s.
The problem is, different people react to different things. You may have an undiagnosed food allergy, or just be sensitive to some foods and not even realize it.
Sometimes a reaction to a food may take a week or two to show up on your skin, and it may take weeks to go away. This is why it can make a big difference documenting what you eat on a daily basis. Even trying it for a month can lead to some amazing discoveries.
Some common food allergies/sensitivities that can lead to an acne breakout are:
-Milk and other dairy products – but not all may affect you.
-Gluten (wheat contains gluten)
-Peanuts (actually a legume not a nut)
-Vegetables from the nightshade family (regular potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, sweet and hot peppers are the common ones)
-Rice (not that common)
* Note: some customers have identified salsa as a sure fire breakout food, it must be the tomatoes in the salsa, so you really have to pay attention to what you eat.
It is definitely worth keeping a Food Journal if you really want to clear up your acne. Try it for at least a month or two and see what you learn.
Each day, write down everything that you eat, and pay special attention to any of the foods in the Common food allergies/sensitivities section.
Remember, everyone is different, and what may cause an acne breakout for you may not affect the next person at all!
So there you have it, 7 tips to help the Clear Skin Vitamin Pack™ work its magic!