Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Why Acne is More Than Skin Deep

The other day, I was on the elliptical machine at the gym and an infomercial came on for acne medication. When I went to the company’s website, it noted that there was no cure for acne.  If someone with problem skin read that, they may conclude that they’re doomed to years of breakouts and treating their skin with washes and creams and medications.

Well, have you ever heard the expression by Tony Robbins, “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”?   This holds true for skin breakouts!

Because in most cases, I believe there is a ‘cure’ for acne and it begins with a mindset shift–from thinking it needs to be treated on the outside to understanding how to prevent it from the inside–and then making the changes necessary to prevent it .   

Years ago, I had bouts of cystic acne and no matter what I used on my skin it didn’t help.  It wasn’t until I cleaned up my diet that the breakouts stopped.  And now if they ever show up again, I know it’s because of what I’m putting inside my body. 

If not triggered by allergies to outside sources, many skin conditions like acne and eczema are usually caused by food sensitivities that irritate the lining of your gut, causing it to leak.   The rash or the breakout is simply your body’s way of detoxing and is a message that something is wrong inside.   The offending foods may also be contributing to hormone imbalances that can also trigger a breakout.

In addition, like so many personal care products, many acne creams have ingredients like parabens, BHT, fragrances, and propylene glycol that themselves can cause allergic reactions or even act as xenoestrogens and increase your body’s toxic load. While there are some acne treatments that are relatively safe, the Environmental Working Group’s site Skin Deep, lists a number of products that scored as high as 9 out of 10 with 10 being the highest for concern.

To minimize the occurrence of breakouts once and for all, there are four steps:

1.  Remove the offending foods from the diet
2.  Heal the gut
3.  Replace offending foods with gut-friendly foods that also balance hormone levels
4.  Replenish the bacterial flora and feed them to keep the gut strong and healthy

It sounds like a simple process; however, it can sometimes be a challenge to identify the foods and/or eliminate them, especially if they’ve become part of your everyday life.  Whether you’re struggling with a skin condition like acne or eczema, or know someone who is, I bet you or they would be thrilled to take control of the condition.  It begins with a conversation to determine where you’re at and where we need to go from there.   To learn more, contact me and we can talk about whether my support will give you the relief you need, once and for all.   You have nothing to lose and clear, beautiful skin to gain.

It’s finally here, The ClearYou 21-Day Detox!  It’s completely online and can be started when you’re ready to begin.  And beginning tomorrow and for the next eight days, it’s being offered at a fraction of the regular price.  Find out more on Plum District here.


  1. This is how I discovered I was allergic to gluten!! It's so important to get to the source of things. Thanks for the info on the bacterial flora. That is something I could implement.

  2. Linda I think because it is a challenge that requires work and change which takes time, this is why those Marketing ploys work. The average person isn't likely to go through this much effort until their health is seriously in jeopardy. I like how you have the 21 Day Detox listed, at least for those of us who will consider trying, there is real clear help in implementing the necessary changes. Great post.

  3. Great post Linda! And that Tony Robbins quote is one of my all time favorites!

  4. It's so true, if you don't change what goes into your body than the outside will stay the same. And by the same thought, what goes onto your body will end up inside your body so great thoughts on clearing up what you eat and what you put on your body

  5. Oh, I never thought about skin problems like acne as a result of problems with food. Thanks for that tidbit.

  6. Love this post! I've been struggling with acne through my teen years ...until I discovered I'm using the wrong skin care products, plus some of the foods didn't help as well. Being aware of what you eat and the reaction that follows helps. Still, discovering the triggers is a long term process.