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Witch hazel and acne – how to use witch hazel for acne

witch hazel and acneHave you ever tried witch hazel for your acne?

Today there are a gajillion “products” available for acne treatments. 

It’s been my mission though, as you may know, since you’re here:)!!!, that I don’t focus so much on what you put *on* your skin, as I focus on what you eat, for natural acne healing.

However, I recognize that once inner acne healing is achieved, some outer-acne-healing-support doesn’t hurt:)

That’s where witch hazel might come in as a great addition to your acne clearing regime.

First things first, if you’ve never heard of it or tried it, what is witch hazel?

Scientifically known as “hamamelis virginiana”, witch hazel is native to North America and some parts of Asia. Its skin soothing properties were discovered centuries ago and since then its frequently been listed as a major ingredient in various health and beauty products.

Coming from the Hamamelidaceae family of plants, witch hazel also known as the ‘winter bloom’, and it serves as a wonderful natural astringent and antioxidant.

The leaves, twigs, and bark of the witch hazel plant are often used in herbal mixes to effectively reduce acne and inflammation, speed up the healing process, cure blisters, insect bites, etc.

Why is witch hazel so wonderful? Let’s discuss:

The tannins in witch hazel help prevent any excess oil formation on the skin. This is great if you’re already suffering with excessive oil – it’ll help slow down the oil process for you.

It also works as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, preventing any free radical damage to DNA because it contains an abundance of polyphenols.

Why use witch hazel for acne treatment, specifically, though?

  • I, personally believe, that you should go as natural as possible when you’re healing your acne. Witch hazel offers an advantage over other beauty products as its 100% natural, devoid of any irritating ingredients, fake contaminants, and environmental pollutants.
  • For acne prone skin, witch hazel can help to reduce inflammation, oiliness, and redness. It’s an excellent natural cleanser, controlling the bacteria growth on the skin and eventually speeding up the scab healing process.
  • It can reduce excess oil production and clogging of the pores, potentially curtailing the development of white or blackheads.
  • It has a great nourishing effect and moisturizes the skin deeply, helping you to avoid a dry and flaky appearance. If used right after a shower, it can seal in the moisture on your skin, making it super *soft* all day long. (Super useful in cold winter months when it’s close to impossible to keep your skin moisturized, #amirite?!)

Ok, so what do we do now that we have all of this fabulous information on witch hazel?

You can use alcohol-free witch hazel to make DIY face masks in combination with other natural ingredients like honey, cinnamon, apple cider vinegar etc. The following recipes are super soothing and support healthy skin.

Here are 2 recipes for witch hazel on acne prone skin:

Witch hazel, honey and cinnamon face mask recipe:

Ingredients:

Witch hazel, preferably alcohol-free

Honey, 2 tbsp.

Cinnamon powder, 1 tbsp.

Instructions:

Blend honey and cinnamon powder nicely. Add more honey, if the mixture is thick. Using fingers, apply it on the face. Leave it on for 15 minutes, until dry. Rinse off and apply a toner. 

Witch hazel and lavender toner recipe:

Ingredients:

Witch hazel, preferably alcohol-free

Lavender essential oil, 6 drops

Tea tree essential oil, 6 drops

Instructions:

Take a mini spray bottle. Add both the essential oils to it and fill in with witch hazel. You can either use a cotton ball or spray the contents directly on the affected area.

Note:

  • The essential oils in the toner will help in healing bruises, acne, surface wounds and overall skin repair.
  • You can also dilute hazel extract with jojoba oil or coconut oil and apply it directly on the skin.

One precaution if you’re trying witch hazel for the first time:

While most people react positively to the external or internal applications of witch hazel, some of us can, unfortunately, be allergic to it. ALWAYS spot check an area of your skin, first, before using.

What do you think? Will you start to use witch hazel as an astringent/cleanser? I’ve just bought a new bottle, I’ll let you know how it goes!

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Aloe for acne clearing – what you should know

aloe for acneHave you ever tried using aloe for acne clearing?

Aloe vera is a pretty amazing plant.

If you’re new to aloe in general, quick overview; it’s basically is a short succulent plant with thick green leaves, kinda like a cactus.

The healing abilities of aloe vera have been recognized for over 2000 years now.

So, what’s the science behind this miracle plant, and aloe and acne in general?

Here are a few reasons using aloe vera might help your breakouts:

Aloe vera is highly antibacterial because it contains a ton of phytochemicals, like polysaccharides and gibberellins, these help to fight bacteria on your skin.

Glucomannan, one of the most significant polysaccharides in aloe vera, has also been known to kill the bacteria in acne and reduce redness caused by inflammation.

It functions as a natural astringent as it helps to cleanse the skin, encourage cell turnover, remove deposited sebum, and tighten pores.

Aloe Vera also has excellent anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.

Fatty acids like campesterol and enzymes like bradykinase help to reduce redness caused by acne, while the antimicrobial properties, saponin and barbaloin, help by fighting against the mycobacterium (bacteria that causes the pimples to swell up).

Aloe vera is also full of glycoproteins, which not only curtail inflammation and soreness but also speed up the overall healing process.

It also works as an antioxidant and contains abundant quantities of minerals and vitamins such as zinc, and vitamin C, E, etc.

It can also help reduce soreness from acne, due to its high magnesium and fatty acid content because lupeol, a fatty acid present in aloe, functions as an analgesic painkiller.

Freaking wonder plant I tell you!

Now that you have thoroughly acquainted yourself with the plethora of benefits that ‘the lily of the desert’ provides, let’s have a look at some tips on effectively using aloe vera for acne breakouts with these 4 aloe recipes:

Aloe vera “gel”:

  • Cut off a leaf of the plant and split it open along the length to expose the gel.
  • Wash your face gently and rub the leaf on the affected areas.
  • Keep it on for 5-10 minutes. Rinse off using cold water and gently pat dry.
  • If you’re dealing with really bad breakouts, the gel can be left on overnight.
  • Moisturize with your favorite oil.
  • Repeat at least twice a day for best results.

Aloe vera and lemon cleansing solution:

  • Make a fine paste by adding a few drops of honey and rose water to Aloe Vera gel.
  • (For a brighter complexion, turmeric can also be added to this paste.)
  • Apply thoroughly all over.
  • Keep it on for 5-10 minutes. Rinse off using cold water and gently pat dry.
  • Repeat at least once a day for best results.

Aloe vera mask with sugar and milk:

  • Take 1/2 tbsp. of milk (make sure it is all organic and all natural milk!) and keep mixing 1 tbsp. of sugar in it until it completely dissolves.
  • Add 2 tbsp. of fresh Aloe Vera gel to this mixture.
  • Stir the ingredients and apply properly on the affected area.
  • Keep it on for about 25-30 minutes, till it dries.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water and gently pat dry.
  • Moisturize with your favorite oil.

Aloe vera with walnut:

  • Take 5 walnuts and blend them to obtain a fine powder.
  • Add 2 tbsp. of Aloe Vera gel to this powder and blend again.
  • In a bowl, add 1/2 tbsp. of honey to the above mixture.
  • Apply the paste thoroughly on the affected area.
  • Keep it on for about 20 minutes.
  • Rinse off with warm water and pat dry.

If you’re feeling frisky, AKA adventures, you can add aloe to any of the following ingredients for a nice mask: honey, tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, garlic or turmeric. (More turmeric love here:)

Some precautions to take care of while using aloe vera for skin:

  • Wash the leaves carefully before you use it.
  • While the use of aloe vera soap daily helps to reduces acne and pimples, make sure it has glycerine as an ingredient too, that’ll help you avoid flaky and dry skin.
  • Before actually using it, always chat with your dermatologist. ( I am NOT a dermatologist, please read my disclaimer here.)
  • If you are allergic to latex, aloe vera may cause you some irritation. So, always be sure to do a “patch test” first, for allergies.
  • Freshly extracted aloe vera gel (from the plant itself) is much more effective than the one purchased from stores.

So what do you think? Will you try some aloe topically for some natural skin clearing? Let me know in the comments below!

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Acne and Sugar – does eating sugar cause acne?

acne and sugarAcne and sugar.

This is a tough one, my love.

I’ve got quite the long standing relationship with sugar myself – and to be completely honest with you – it hasn’t always been easy.

I’ve been known to struggle with an oreo addiction and/or have one too many sour patch kids on a bad day.

And I know you might struggle with the same thing – and I can’t blame you!

The abundance of sugar in our daily life; sodas, fruit juices, ice cream, cake, cookies, bread, ketchup, the list goes on… makes it really hard to remove all together.

However, I know you might suspect that it’s really impacting your skin, so I wanted to share a few tips that I’ve learned about how to slowly remove it from your diet, and also, what happens, exactly, when you eat sugar.

But first, because a dear reader (thank you Yelena!) asked me to clarify a bit for you, I wanted to go over what I mean when I say “sugar”, below.

I do NOT mean naturally occurring sugars that you’d find in fruit. I mean artificial sugar – the white sugar found in all of our processed foods, white breads, pastas, cookies, cakes, chips, etc.

The bad type:)

NOW. While I’m giving you the following overview of what exactly happens when your body ingests sugar – do NOT, by any wild stretch of the imagination – think that I am “sugar shaming” you if you happen to have a doughnut today.

That is SO not the goal here. Making big food changes like removing sugar is HARD and it takes TIME and oh, you just happen to be a human, in the meantime, so, immediate change is usually quite impossible and quite unrealistic.

One day at a time:)

(If you’re on the #healyourfacewithfood challenge you are “technically” off sugar for the next 30 days, but again, you’re human, I get it, buh-LIEVE me.)

SO. Without further ado, let’s discuss Acne and Sugar – and what exactly happens when sugar enters your blood stream:

  • The second you take a big bite out of a doughnut – aka glucose – your body sends a signal to your pancreas that it will need to be on “insulin duty”. Meaning, very soon, your blood sugar is going to rise (a little or a lot, depending on how big that doughnut was) and your pancreas will need to secrete insulin to manage your rising blood sugar levels.
  • Once insulin has successfully performed its job, your blood sugar levels will slowly lower and stabilize. Now. This process is all well and good – and kinda beautiful if you think about it – but where we can get into trouble is if and when we ingest TOO much sugar, too quickly – too often.
  • If and when you continue to eat a ton of sugar over a long period of time (think: decades, not, months) you can start to develop “insulin resistance”. This means that your cells may not be able to use insulin correctly anymore and as a result – your blood sugar rises – a lot, and dangerously. As insulin struggles to be absorbed by your blood, your pancreas naturally gets tempted to produce more insulin (because its getting signals that its not being used properly and knows there is a problem…) and the circle goes around and around until you get into some serious trouble.

Have you ever had a big plate of pasta/bread/cookies, etc. and felt exhausted afterwards? That’s your blood sugar/insulin at work.

  • This cycle of spiking your blood sugar (by eating a ton of sugar) and then drastically dropping your blood sugar (your pancreas releasing insulin), is what creates that feeling of exhaustion and depletion.
  • Your liver also plays a role in regulating your blood sugar levels. It stores excess glucose from the bloodstream to be used later (let’s say you go on a long run tonight, you’ll need some “reserves”). But, like any other organ, the liver also has a limited storage capacity.
  • Having excess sugar in your blood is an overall-bad-thing; it even affect tiny blood vessels in many of your body’s organs like your heart, brain, kidneys and eyes.

NOW. How does this chain reaction of sugar-insulin impact your acne? I talk about it in depth in my Clear Skin, My Way Program (coming soon!) but here are just a few of the ways it impacts your skin:

  • The spike in blood sugar levels leads to skin inflammation and acne breakouts. It increases other hormone levels of insulin – specifically Insulin Growth Factor 1 – that encourage an overgrowth of cells in your body. This is NOT good because having an overgrowth of cells at your pore is usually the first step in a breakout – without too many cells at the pore – you’re less likely to have a zit. MUY importante, mi amor.
  • Excess sugar in your blood stream also depletes the collagen in your skin on the cellular level. Collagen is essential for “aging gracefully” (notice I didn’t say “not aging” because I think you can be stunningly beautiful at any age) and it allows your skin to stay supple, elastic and vibrant.
  • The imbalance in blood sugar levels can make you a bit moody; kinda like when you feel super anxious in the morning and then exhausted in the afternoon? That’s most likely due to imbalanced blood sugar levels and believe me – this up and down moodiness is happening on a cellular level – which deeply impacts your hormones. (For more info on how to treat acne after stopping birth control, head here).
  • Studies have shown that there’s a relationship between high-sugar diets and free radicals in the body. Free radicals are not good as they’re responsible for creating cellular inflammation. To ward these babies off, try to always opt for fruits and/or veggies instead.
  • Too much sugar can also lead to an overgrowth of yeast in your body – which can cause a candida problem – which can cause rashes and redness on the skin.

SO. What can you do if you’re completely-utterly-totally addicted to sugar and really want to stop eating it?

Well, my first advice is to always take things day by day – but after that, I’d recommend starting to substitute fruits in for artificial sugars – as it’s been the most pain-less way for me to remove sugar from my diet.

What do you think – will you remove sugar from your diet completely? Leave me a comment below and let me know!

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Coffee and acne: does caffeine cause acne?

Coffee and Acne(Sign up for the 30 day acne healing #healyourfacewithfood challenge here!)

Here are a few questions I get all of the time about coffee and acne:

Does coffee cause acne? Does caffeine cause acne?

Or just… in general….

What is the link between coffee and acne?

Before we go any further though my dear, I’ve got a wee confession for you.

I absolutely adore coffee.

I really, really do. I love the taste, I love the history of the coffee bean, and what/how the production of it has changed dramatically over the years, I love it all.

And, thankfully, it doesn’t seem to have an impact on my skin, at all. It does, however, impact my anxiety and my mood, so I try to stay away from having more than one cup a day.

Coffee and Acne
Me, enjoying one of my favorite things in the whole wide world, a big ol’ cupa java.

 

HOWEVER, it could be seriously impacting your acne (every body is different right?), so I wanted to share a bit of “food for thought” on whether or not coffee is causing your acne and give you the 5 reasons it might be impacting your skin.

Before we go over all of the drawbacks of this delicious nectar of the gods (or devils, depending on how it impacts your skin), let’s glance through some of the benefits

Coffee is a super complicated beverage, as it’s made up of almost 1,000 different kinds of compounds (and herein lies a large portion of the problem for your skin, there are so many variables that could be negatively impacting you, you never know which one it might be!).

The most popular of these chemical ingredients is definitely caffeine which gives coffee its famous “mood uplifting” and stimulating properties. It also contains antioxidants, lignans, trigonelline, and diterpenes.

Regular coffee drinkers swear by the mood enhancing and focus increasing effects that this beverage has on them. Not only does coffee help you in the difficult task of staying awake in the early morning, but it’s also been shown to potentially lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes and stroke, helping burn fats and improving physical performance.

But. Let’s get down to business. Is coffee really triggering your acne breakouts? 

Here are 5 reasons coffee may be making you breakout:

Reason #1: Coffee may be increasing your cortisol levels, which is no bueno, my love.

Cortisol is the hormone responsible for spiking up your stress levels and can be a major contributing factor to the formation of acne. (If you’ve just gotten of birth control and your skin is not doing well, read this article on how to heal your acne naturally after birth control for some tips).

Cortisol is the adrenal gland’s response to anxiety and/or stress and it can have quite an impact on your skin. The caffeine content in coffee can actually cause a big increase in the cortisol levels, by directly stimulating the adrenal glands; ergo, there IS the potential that this is what’s negatively affecting your acne.

What you can do about cortisol levels and coffee: 

  • If you are chronically stressed out or depressed, it might be a good idea to wean yourself off of coffee to see how you feel. Just for a few weeks even – to see how it goes.
  • Also, to counter this effect you can include cortisol inhibiting fruits, vegetables, and ingredients like garlic, bananas, and pomegranates into your diet.

Reason #2: Coffee may be causing insulin resistance in your body.

We go over the impact that sugar has on your skin here and here, and it’s pretty powerful.

What’s “insulin resistance” though?

Insulin is the hormone in your body that helps to regulate your blood sugar, so when you are insulin resistant, it means that either your insulin molecules have stopped functioning properly, or the insulin receptor sites have become less receptive over time. (This situation can lead to a WHOLE host of problems that you do not want; diabetes, heart disease, etc. so take this seriously!)

One or both of these situations can trigger more insulin production in the body which stimulates sebaceous glands to produce extra oil. This is a bad news for acne, as oil leads to blocked pores on the skin, resulting in more acne bacterial growth. (Read more on how to heal your acne naturally after birth control, here.)

Numerous studies have shown that coffee may cause insulin resistance, and that the effect may last as long as 1 week.

What you can do about insulin resistance and coffee: 

  • Try to limit your coffee intake to 1 cup/day to keep the insulin sensitivity in check.
  • Drink coffee before you do physical activity; you’ll use up the fatty acids accumulated in the bloodstream which will help regulate your blood sugar.
  • To boost insulin receptor function, keep a check on your carbohydrate intake and eat more antioxidant-rich molecules to safeguard the insulin molecules.

Reason #3: Coffee may be affecting your sleep patterns.

The neurotransmitter adenosine along with the hormone melatonin play a significant role in putting the body to sleep by reducing brain’s activity and overall mental alertness. Caffeine achieves the opposite effect by blocking adenosine receptor sites; as a result, you’re awake all night reorganizing your closet (who, ME?) and increasing the chances of a breakout, in the meantime.

What you can do: 

  • I try not to drink coffee after 4pm. Anything later than that and I’m awake for days. So I’d recommend only drinking it in the early morning and/or before work outs, so that you can burn off the caffeine efficiently.

Reason #4: The mycotoxins in coffee may be causing your acne.

Coffee is considered to be the largest source of mycotoxins, the natural chemicals produced by fungi, responsible for causing inflammation and joint-aches.

Low-quality coffee is more prone to mycotoxins as they are grown in hot and humid climates, favourable to fungi. These can worsen acne either by getting in the way of timely immune system responses to acne bacteria, or by acting like estrogen and disrupting balanced sex hormone levels.

What you can do about mycotoxins and acne: 

  • Not all coffee is full of mycotoxins; you have to make sure its high quality. I’d recommend going to a nice coffee shop in the neighborhood, asking about their sourcing and production and making a decision from there.

Reason #5: Coffee may be blocking your body’s ability to absorb nutrients.

Coffee can have a major effect on your body’s ability to absorb iron, potentially lowering it by almost 70%. Although it doesn’t seem to have any significant effect on the absorption of other nutrients, it is known to curtail zinc, vitamin B6 and B12 absorption by a minor degree.

Deficiency of these vitamins and minerals may be making you breakout.

What you can do about vitamin B and acne: 

  • Avoid drinking coffee just before or with a meal; this prevents the coffee from immediately reacting to your food. You can eat small snacks with coffee, though;)

So, after reading all of this, what do you think about coffee and acne? Are you sensitive to it? Is it actually causing you to breakout?

If you highly suspect there is something going on with coffee and your skin, I’d recommend a little 3-4 week detox.

Take a before and after of your skin just to get the full effect, remove coffee completely (if you can) for at least 3-4 weeks, and see how it looks after that.

The results should be really telling and informative for you. Leave me a comment below and let me know how it goes!!!

ALSO, the #healyourfacewithfood 30 Day New Years Challenge starts in just a few weeks, are you signed up!? Grab your (free) spot here:

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Does alcohol affect acne? A Happier Hour for your skin

does alcohol affect acneYou LOVE your social life.

You like partying and going out and meeting people…. you organize the happy hours for work.

But, I know you’re having trouble with your skin and I think you might feel a teeny bit of guilt every time you do go out and party a bit.

What if what you’re eating and drinking is making your acne worse?

……I’ve got some ideas for you, my love.

I wanted to give you my “rules of the road” to maintain healthy skin while at happy hour – because I’ve been there too.

I had a super fun social life, lots of parties and events to go to… but I also felt super guilty about the food I was eating and the drinks I was drinking because I was petrified all of it was making my acne worse.

So, I wanted to help:)

Let’s party.

(disclaimer: I do NOT advocate for underage drinking and I am NOT a doctor, so make sure to take a gander at this disclaimer for me:)

3 rules for a Happier Hour for your skin:

1. Manage and maintain healthy blood sugar levels.

2. Eat foods that help – not hurt- your digestion.

3. Stay hydrated.

Let’s chat about these a bit more about these 3 rules really quickly.

1. Manage your blood sugar.

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Let’s have a quick chemistry lesson.

When you drink alcohol, your blood sugar rises.

When this happens, your pancreas releases insulin to counteract the glucose in your system. This is a normal process, and it’s a sign of your body is doing it’s job well.

However, when this process happens too much, and with increasing and decreasing severity and intensity, your blood sugar levels start to get a bit wonky.

Glucose levels dip and spike and the chain reaction this causes in your body can negatively contribute to your acne.

So the goal with all of our happy hour selections will be to minimize this blood sugar rollercoaster as much as possible (which will also help you avoid the hangover in the AM #yourewelcome).

2. Eat foods that help – not hurt – your digestion.

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like this delicious kombucha recipe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t know about you, but certain happy hour food selections used to totally mess up my ahem, digestion.

Either, a few hours later I’d start “going” like CRAZY (you know what I’m saying) OR I wouldn’t go at all, for like, days. (Again, you know what I’m saying, those pizza bites man).

SO, with our happy hour food selections we want to make sure we grab foods with a lot of fiber in them if possible, and we want to try to avoid the super “binding” foods likes bread, fried dough, cheese, dairy, etc. (I know, those are some of the best parts ABOUT happy hour, but believe me, you’ll thank me for this later.)

3. Stay hydrated.

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Back in the day when I was a happy hour queen, my hangovers were terrifying. So, I developed a little system that allowed me to be out and about at night, but not curled into a ball the next day

I drank one 8 ounce glass of water for every alcoholic drink.

If you want to make sure your skin doesn’t become completely dehydrated and terrifyingly grumpy (which totally gets in the way of acne clearing) you MUST drink one glass of water for every alcoholic drink.

I can’t over emphasize this rule enough.

This rule will super help with your potential hangover the next morning (as in, will help you not have one) and will help to prevent moisture loss. This can help damaged skin heal from acne and protect against wrinkles in the future. (#yesplease).

So without further ado, here are some delicious Happy Hour Drink Recipes that will fill you up, but won’t completely destroy your skin.

4 Drinks For A Happier Hour for your skin:)

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Vodka soda with a lime:

This CAN be boring, but thats ok! This is a “clean” drink comparatively speaking, so it won’t spike your blood sugar as MUCH as something like … a frozen pina colada would.

Cosmo martini (SUPER light on the cranberry juice):

Again, if you keep the cranberry juice light, you’re really just grabbing some vodka with a little flavor which is the simplest and cleanest drink, so great for your skin.

Martini gimlet, up, with extra limes:

First things first, this will pack a POWERFUL punch, so make sure you’ve eaten a ton before you imbibe with this one (also, see the disclaimer at the beginning, I do not condone underage drinking at all, ever:) but this drink usually tastes very clean (just gin and pure lime juice) and doesn’t have a ton of sugar/syrup in it.

A good Malbec?

Yes please. Red wine (in moderation) has antioxidants so it can actually contribute to your overall health (again, in super moderation.)

Dry red wine usually has lower levels of fructose in it, so a really deep, dry red can actually positively to your bod (but only if you’re drinking in moderation:)

5 Drinks To Avoid At Happy Hour:

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  1. Pina Colada

  2. Sex On The Beach (so many juices and sugars, oh, my, no.)

  3. Long Island Ice Tea (just. don’t.)

  4. Mai Tai

  5. Beer

General rules:

Anything here that has a COLOR – like a green, syrupy mojito, or a bright yellow fructose-filled-syrupy-frozen Mai Tai, or has fruit juice OR a ton of syrup, is a skin-killer and hangover-creator and should be avoided at all costs:)

Final-very-important-thoughts on happy hour:

I need to have a big side note around the entire happy hour scene and drinking alcohol in general, before I leave you.

Alcohol can be great. It can be a way to relax, unwind, celebrate.

Alcohol can also be really toxic, and if left unexamined, certain habits around it may or may not become unhealthy.

I say this because, as I was writing this, I kept checking in with myself.

I don’t really drink anymore. But there was a time in my life when I drank a lot.

Sometimes it was healthy, celebratory drinking, other times, not so much.

And I want to make sure I’m really clear about why I wanted to share these fun drinksies with you.

Sharing these simple drink recipes came out of a desire to help you respect your body in a much more profound way, without having to change your entire life.

Keeping your blood sugar balanced, making sure your digestion is running well, staying hydrated… those are not things that I do just because of my skin.

They’re things that I do out of respect.

This body of mine, this body of yours, it’s the second most important thing in my life (to my soul, I put soul at level-1-importance, body at an insanely close level-2-importance) and I want to help you treat your bod with as much care, love, respect and actual devotion as possible. (I’m dead serious about the devotion part. I am devoted to the health of my body and all of it’s systems, and I think it’s the best way to live!)

So the goal of this post is to help you still be YOU; to enjoy your life, party with yo’ frens, have the busy and wild life you want, while still respecting your body’s needs.

Because generally speaking, anything that’s good for your skin and acne clearing (staying hydrated, keeping blood sugar levels balanced, managing digestion) is also great for your body.

I talk about this on the blog a lot, but the goal isn’t “perfection” around skin clearing.

The goal is to create consistent, healthy habits that lead to a happier, more balanced you – which then hopefully helps to balance and clear your skin at the same time.

I hope some of these ideas help you to have a happier and healthier happy hour:)

IF you want to grab some recipes for Happy Hour, that won’t completely kill your skin, head here, to the “free stuff” section and grab some skin clearing goodies now:)

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Do peanuts cause acne? Nuts for clear skin

If you’ve done some research online (and I know you have, that’s most likely why you’re here:)! you may be wondering to yourself… “…do peanuts cause acne?”  I wanted to help you answer that question today. However, first, full confession: I used to think raw nuts were basically one of the most boring foods, EVER.… Read More

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5 acne clearing food recipes

I LOVE sharing my favorite acne clearing food recipes – because changing how I ate truly and completely transformed my skin. SO, I wanted to share even more acne clearing recipes that I know are good for your skin! Below you’ll find 2 green juices, 1 sandwich, 1 salad and 1 dinner recipe, all with ingredients… Read More

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Does zinc help acne? 5 steps you can take if a zinc deficiency is causing your acne.

When I was healing my acne naturally, I would try ANYTHING people suggested, at least once (Except accutane, I never tried that one, because I was deathly afraid of it). I ingested so many random things, and put so much crappola on my face, by the end I had no idea where to even start… Read More

How to tell if you’re losing your mind, a checklist

How to tell if you’re losing your mind – a checklist. (I mentioned I’d be sharing more personal details about struggling with things besides acne here, but in case you missed it, check it out.) So a few years back, I devised a system of sorts. Backstory: I had just gone through a really shi#&^%… Read More

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