What the location of your breakouts really means

What the location of your breakouts really means

Our body uses its own particular language to communicate problems to us. This may be in the form of an ache, pain, or of all things, a pimple. Our body is literally trying to talk to us to tell us something is not  aligning with our physiology, and we need to learn that language.

It may be difficult to decipher this language, but no worries I’ve got your back!

We now have enough science and research behind us demonstrating that the locations of our breakouts can be caused by certain things.

For instance, if I eat dairy (an inflammatory food for me) I break out around my chin or jaw line. This is something that took me a decent amount of time to comprehend, but now that I have, it is a very reliable way to understand my skin.

So, what are the main things causing breakouts?

Acne primarily originates from two things, our diet and our hormones.

How Hormones Affect Our Skin

The most problematic hormones for your skin are the male sex hormones, called androgens a group. The two most prominent ones are testosterone and DHEA-S.​​Testosterone​​​ is a male sex hormone that you’ve probably heard about. It’s produced in reproductive organs in every body, though at much higher rates in men than in women. DHEA-S ​is not a sex hormone.  It is produced by the stress glands (adrenal glands) in the body. But it resembles male sex hormones so much that it has androgenizing effects in the body. The body has unusually high concentrations of androgen receptors in certain areas:  

  • around the mouth
  • the chin
  • the jaw
  • the forehead
  • the shoulders
  • upper back
  • glutes

So What Does This Mean?

Androgens or male sex hormones cause the body to do two things, make more sebum than what is normal, and boost skin cell growth rates. Too much male hormones means too much growth. Too much male hormone power in the blood means too much growth. When these growth processes occur with too much frequency or intensity, acne develops.

Check out my article here to learn more about whether you may have too much testosterone.

When we are able to eliminate hormones as the cause of our breakouts, (check out my program Clear Skin Unlocked if hormones could be the primary factor causing your breakouts.) we can then look at the next most inflammatory thing, our diet.

Dietary Factors Causing Acne

Unfortunately, there are a lot of dietary reasons we could be breaking out. A lot of them stem from causing inflammation in our bodies. The following are some of the main dietary reasons we develop breakouts :

  • A diet high in omega 6 fats
  • A diet high in deep fried and fried foods
  • A diet that includes trans fats
  • A diet low in omega 3 fats DHA and EPA relative to the amount of omega 6 in the diet
  • A diet high in refined and added sugars
  • A diet high in grains or dairy

I know this seems like a lot. If you have been following a paleo diet then most of these will not be an issue for you. If not, I recommend starting by eliminating processed foods, and go from there. I have more tips on how to do this, located in my program Clear Skin Unlocked, here.

So what do the locations of our breakouts mean?

  1. The Chin and Jaw & Neck : The highest concentration of testosterone receptors are found in the skin here. If you have a hormone imbalance you will likely see pimples in this area in a range of sizes. These can occur often around our menstrual cycles, when our hormones are fluctuating.
  2. Cheeks : We use our phones a lot, right? Make sure you are cleaning your phone often otherwise you are introducing loads of foreign bacteria to your face here. In addition, if you are smoking, this has a habit of showing in the cheeks because this area is believed to be linked to our respiratory system.  
  3. Chest : Our chest is a very sensitive area that we can sometimes forget about when it comes to washing and cleaning our face and other areas of the skin. Definitely take extra time to make sure you are washing your chest adequately. If that doesn’t do it, and your breakouts are happening in  the summer, check out this blog post on other things that may be causing the breakouts to occur.
  4. Forehead, upper back and glutes : There are also testosterone receptors found in these areas, not as potent as around the mouth. but they are real. This combined with natural sweat and dirt can cause serious breakouts.  


So – long story short, we should be looking to our hormones first to understand if we have any imbalances that could be causing breakouts, especially in the jaw, chin, forehead, upper back & glutes.

Here are a few more resources for understanding hormone imbalances and what your breakouts mean:

Hormone Balance and Inflammation

Cystic Acne and Hormones: Everything You Need to Know

The Ultimate Hormonal Acne Treatment Plan

5 Signs You Suffer From High Testosterone

Then, we look to our diet.

As we pay more attention to our skin and the contributing environmental and dietary factors in our life that may be influencing it, I promise it will become easier to understand and recognize where these breakouts are coming from and why. I am a big fan of journaling, especially to notice stress levels which could really be causing inflammation to spike.

Best of luck, and as always, I am always here.

 

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Sneaky Causes of Summer Breakouts

Sneaky Causes of Summer Breakouts

Here I am, thinking about how only a few months ago I had my winter skin regime down to a science. I had found the perfect combination of skin products to use and when to use them. Then, summer comes along and reminds me that our skin is a living changing organ and that we need to rotate our skin regimes throughout the year.

The changing of the seasons doesn’t usually mess with my skin, mainly because I have spent so much time testing a regime that works for me. However, the years that spring is non-existent and we leap into summer without warning can without warning, lead to unexpected breakouts.

This is one of those years. I have had several breakouts and have been trying to track all the things that could be contributing to this annoying part of my life.

Diet? Just fine.

Skin care products? Even better.

So what gives?!  I am sure there are a few things you can think of that could contribute to summer breakouts. Hotter weather means more sweat, etc. The following are the most common sneaky causes of summer breakouts.

Sneaky Causes of Summer Breakouts

 

  • Sweat : Sweat doesn’t necessarily clog your pores. It is only when sweat mixes with oil and bacteria on your face that these breakouts occur. If you are using a lot of product on your face and are sweating on top of that, all that goodness starts to mix up and get stuck in your pores. If you are in a situation where you need to wear product on your face and happen to be in a sweaty environment, then just make sure you are washing your face afterward with a gentle cleanser. This brings me to my next point:

 

  •  Overwashing : When we are sweating and moving all day we tend to feel stickier and like we need to shower more often. This can lead to over washing, which will strip the face of its natural oil causing it to overproduce oil. This reaction caused from unbalanced oil composition can result with more breakouts. Stick to washing your face in the morning or evening, and try to only spot treat after that. If you are curious about other tips for info on keeping your skin clear, check out my program, Clear Skin Unlocked.

 

  • Sunscreen : Sunscreen can be full of ingredients that clog your pores. There was a time as a teenager when I would break out constantly because of poor quality sunscreen. My skin burns very easily and I would grab whatever sunscreen was accessible to prevent this. Because the ingredients in sunscreen vary, the results it may have on your skin will vary. If you are looking for a safer sunscreen that won’t clog your pores, check out this one.

 

  • Sunburns : If you are foregoing the sunscreen all together, then you are probably getting burned or some type of mild sun damage. Sunburns are truly awful for our skins composition. The skin burns and dies and peels off, forcing it to regrow. This may sound like a rejuvenating thing, but it really is forcing your skin into overdrive, drying it out which can lead us back to point 2. If you do get a sunburn, apply aloe as a natural moisturizing remedy.

 

  • Other Foreign Products : Things like bug spray, artificial tanner, heavier moisturizers, and general environmental toxins will cause breakouts, especially with the increased amount of time we spend outside in the warmer months. Try sourcing safer products with non-toxic ingredients when possible, and if not possible, try to limit your exposure to these products.

 

  • Outliers : If none of these reasons add up, I highly recommend checking out my program, Clear Skin Unlocked. My no-strings-attached program can help you decipher whether hormone imbalance, autoimmune conditions, or even leaky gut amongst other things can be contributing to breakouts. Get it here.

 

 

My Summer Regime:

I think I may be suspect of overwashing this time around and have been careful to tread lightly around my washing regime. Currently, I have been using the following to keep breakouts at bay:

Lightweight Hydrating Moisturizer : I typically apply a thin layer of this in the morning and it allows breathable moisture all day. Get it here.

Countersun Sunscreen : Beautycounter’s sunscreen is well known for being free of chemicals and junk, and it also doesn’t make me break out which is rare for a sunscreen. Get it here.

Portable Face Wipes : These are great on the go for when you are traveling and may be extra sweaty. I keep these on hand to wipe off my back and chest when I am traveling. Get them here.

 

Do you get summer breakouts? Is it just me? Let me know what works for your pesky summer breakouts.

 

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Why You Should Be Putting Probiotics On Your Face

Why You Should Be Putting Probiotics On Your Face

It’s no secret that probiotics can have a positive impact on our happiness, health and wellbeing. Leading industry professionals advocate that a balanced gut microbiome can lead to a healthier life overall. And even more recently, balanced gut bacteria has been studied in cases revealing a reduction in insulin resistance,  better overall mental health, reducing effects of autoimmune conditions, and even weight loss.

These studies have been conducted using oral consumption of probiotic supplements or eating probiotic foods. Think kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir, unpasteurized milk products and kombucha, or an actual probiotic supplement like this one.

I am no stranger to using probiotics to improve my gut health. I frequently use probiotics to improve my skin health too. I have been using topical probiotics for years as a way to combat my incessant acne.

I know it seems weird to use probiotics topically, but intradermal consumption is one of the fastest and most efficient ways for probiotics to penetrate our skin barriers.

Medical professionals argue that acne is caused by bacteria. If you have ever experimented with an elimination diet or eliminated foods like dairy (or any other inflammatory food) for a period of time and immediately been the victim of a breakout shortly after, you know that facial bacteria may not be the sole cause.

And usually we have a gut feeling about what is causing our acne, at least to a certain extent. If you are still unsure what may be the root cause of your acne, check out my program, Clear Skin Unlocked for additional ways to narrow down the acne causing culprits, like a true detective.

If you already have a clear idea of what may be causing your acne, and you have eliminated the culprit but are still having breakouts, then an imbalance of facial bacteria could be in effect.

And that’s where topical probiotics come in.

Are They Necessary?

If you are consistently struggling with breakouts but have had absolutely no luck in treating them, I really recommend giving topical probiotics a try. We already know about the insanely amazing benefits that probiotics have on our gut, and these benefits occur because a balance is being restored. Which points to an important clue to why we may be having breakouts.

Everyday we are frequently being subjected to toxins and bacteria and a combination of external things that shouldn’t be on our face. This is well known amongst my city dwelling friends who experience pollution particles, often on a much broader scale. All of these foreign particles can cause an imbalance of bacteria on our face.

It’s pretty disgusting to think about so I try not to stress myself out obsessing over it. One thing I changed was correcting my habit of touching my face frequently.

To bring it all in – Topical probiotics allow our skin to continue to cultivate its natural microbiome and remain balanced.

Added Benefits of Topical Probiotics

I know from my own personal testing that probiotics can have a positive impact on my skin. I am able to maintain a healthier glow and a better grasp on keeping my skin acne free almost all of the time. Topical probiotics can have the following additional effects according to one of our favorite, no-nonsense beauty scientists at AnnMarie:

—Naturally calm skin that is reactive to environmental stressors

—Strengthen the skin’s lipid barrier, combating dryness

—Balance skin pH, restoring a healthy complexion

—Improve overall skin hydration, enhancing skin suppleness

—Eliminate harmful impurities that disrupt the skin’s defense mechanisms

—Reduces the appearance of temporary redness and other skin burdens

Bonus Ingredients

I recently have been using this probiotic serum from AnnMarie, and it has been stabilizing any acne on my face while also not being harsh on my skin (Y’all know I have very sensitive skin, so this was a great relief knowing that it worked well for me). This particular topical probiotic has only a few ingredients, including Tremella mushrooms. Tremella is known for its medicinal properties, and its use dates back centuries. Read more on everything awesome Tremella Mushrooms can do for us, here.

We recently discussed the properties of adaptogenic herbs including mushrooms. It is enthralling how a fungi has existed for so long and continues to benefit us in so many various, unexpected ways.

A few other bonus ingredients in the Probiotic Serum with Tremella include:

Bio-ferments – Biofermentation means that fermentation occured to increase the stability and nutrient availability. Basically, it is mimicking the fermentation process in nature.

Plankton Extract- this extract has been thought to delay the aging process (Yay!)) Plankton is an excellent moisturizer and humectant to boot.

Natural Herbs – this probiotic contains a medley of herbs to provide a natural scent and powerhouse of nutrients. Ingredients include plantain, dandelion, comfrey and nettle.

I also want to note that AnnMarie advocates that the product is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. I obviously only have the skin I have, so let me know if you try it and have similar or different results. I have tested a few different kinds of topical probiotics and would love to get feedback on the types that are working for different skin types.

How to Use Topical Probiotics

I typically use this serum after I have washed my face and before I apply moisturizer. It carries a scent that I like to think it the AnnMarie signature scent…It is woodsy and almost slightly smoky but in a refreshing, satisfying way.

 

So, do I have you convinced that topical probiotics could really benefit you? If not, check out this bonus blog post discussing in more depth the reasons why topical probiotics are here to stay.

 

How My Favorite Program Will Keep Your Skin Glorious & Bright AF

How My Favorite Program Will Keep Your Skin Glorious & Bright AF

Hey you! Today I wanted to share a little blurb about my newest program, Clear Skin Unlocked, with you.

It’s pretty often that I hear from women looking to leave their acne-ridden skin in the past. With my notorious reputation of struggling with acne for so long, (and eventually dominating my acne prone skin); I am the farthest thing from shy when it comes to sharing my experience. Because the PfW community outcry for a permanent acne situation has been so prominent, I have bundled all of my years of research and personal experience into one comprehensive package for you.

I had tried everything, from skin burning creams to crazy diet plans, to oatmeal face baths just to get relief from my acne! There were days where I would cry in frustration, pouring over research on my computer wishing I could wake up one day and the acne would have disappeared.

Sound familiar?

I didn’t want just acne relief though! I wanted radiant skin- skin that reflected the confidence I wanted to exude. I knew I was an intelligent, sexy woman, but acne wanted to reign over my life and left me seriously self-conscious.

So I picked myself up by my bootstraps and dedicated my energy to finding a solution that works. I studied the delicate interplay between nutrients, inflammation, and hormones, and put the knowledge I had gained into action.

I bundled up all of my expertise into the most comprehensive clear skin guide available, Clear Skin Unlocked.  With 100% seriousness and not to sound pushy at all – this is my favorite program that I have ever created because I really believe it can help you obtain clearer skin.

The reason this program worked for me, and so many other women, is because the research behind this program gives us the ammunition to take down acne with precision, instead of guessing or combining methods and crossing our fingers, hoping it will work.

You deserve radiating, beautiful skin without the heartache. If I can spare even one woman the agony and frustration of persistent acne, this entire program will be worth it to me.

 

Exclusive Items Covered In Clear Skin Unlocked

I discuss acne a lot between the podcast and the blog. There are a handful of items I elaborate on that are exclusive just to Clear Skin Unlocked.

  • Which varieties of birth control cause acne and which help it
  • How showers can be bad for your skin
  • Why the paleo recommendation to focus on fatty meats may be flawed
  • The risk eating organ meats can pose to your skin
  • Why certain types of moisturizer containers can cause acne
  • The role carbohydrates play in maintaining healthy skin
  • Why skin gets worse during menopause
  • The relationship between wrinkles and acne
  • Two effective ways to pop pimples
  • Why I never use facial cleanser ….. to name a few.

 

The Four Week Jumpstart to Acne Freedom

I have created a set of general guidelines to follow for four weeks to get you on the path to clear, possibly permanently clear, skin. Throughout the program I share a lot of information about various health conditions and factors that may contribute to your acne; in the Four Week Jumpstart, I tie it all together and share some new information about the best way to clean your slate and start fresh. I do not promise, but I find it entirely likely that after four weeks of following this advice you will make progress in terms of healing your skin, and permanently.

 

You Literally Have Nothing to Lose

I never created this program with the intention that it would be another item on the list towards achieving clear skin. I really wanted this program to be a final solution for you.

Clear Skin Unlocked empowers you to heal from the inside out, so it can repair your skin and make it resistant to acne for good.

I’m not trying to sell you on Clear Skin Unlocked, necessarily, but I am in some sense only because I believe in it so deeply. And of course – as with all of my other programs – if you do not like it for whatever reason I will be more than happy to refund you. I simply want to be here for you and share with you the healing joys that I finally found.

Clear Skin Unlocked: The Ultimate Guide to Acne Freedom and Flawless Skin is NOW AVAILABLE. And don’t forget – as ever – it is 100% risk-free; I will happily refund you for whatever reason.

Check it out further by clicking here or the image below:

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7 Common Paleo Mistakes that Cause Acne

7 Common Paleo Mistakes that Cause Acne

One of the most common complaints I get on social media is “I went paleo and my acne got worse!!”

I hear you, sister. That happened to me, too.

The thing about acne is that it’s almost impossible to just follow some “diet” (such as paleo) and clear your skin. Your diet needs to be specific about supporting clear skin, and what you need for clear skin most specifically. If you adopt some general diet, you might end up worse than you started.

Paleo is certainly no exception to this rule. Here are the 7 most common reasons people make their acne worse with paleo:

1) Too high omega 6 intake

If you go paleo and all of the sudden start eating higher quantities of certain omega 6 containing foods, this may be why. Omega 6 fats are inflammatory and in high doses can cause real skin problems. Examples of foods high in omega 6 fatty acids are:

  • Nuts (except for macadamia nuts)
  • Chicken and other poultry fat
  • Chicken and other poultry skin
  • Fatty cuts of meat (cow, pork, etc) from animals raised on conventional feedlots

Importantly, the omega 6 content of animal fats is higher in animals that are grain fed, raised on feedlots, or fed agricultural scraps. If you “go paleo” then start eating lots of meat that isn’t healthfully sources, you may run into some trouble. The best way to make sure you get a good omega 6 omega 3 balance in your animal products is to buy as much grass-fed (and grass-finished) products as possible. I personally love Butcher Box’s products.

2) Shifting diet to fat (and especially saturated fat)

People who have been on low fat diets and have some acne may experience an acne problem when they make the jump to a fattier diet. This is because fats are the backbones of hormones. Since the male sex hormones testosterone and DHEA-S cause acne, it’s entirely possible that shifting up your body’s production of these hormones (and this is of course even worse if you have a hormone condition such as PCOS) will at least temporarily cause your acne to spike.

This is all the worse if you’re consuming a lot of saturated fat, since saturated fat has the greatest potential of all the fats to be inflammatory.

(You can also have skin problems if you go on a low fat version of paleo, but this is reasonably uncommon.)

3) High intake of insoluble fiber

If you used to eat lots of fiber-free foods, switching to paleo may be a bit of a shock to your system. Insoluble fiber in particular can be rough on the gut. Nuts and vegetable skins are the worst potential offenders in this regard. These problems are exacerbated if you do not have a robust gut flora population hanging around, ready to break down the fiber for you. Hopefully you’re integrating fermented foods (my faves here) into your paleo diet, and that will help you in the longer run. If you’re not, a probiotic supplement such as Prescript Assist may be in order.

4) Consuming foods you may have a sensitivity to or that may exacerbate acne

There are a number of foods acceptable  to “paleo” that may still irritate your gut and/or your immune system. Unfortunately it takes a lot of experimentation to figure out if any of these are problems for you. The most common ones are:

  • nightshade vegetables

These are a class of vegetables that can sometimes be inflammatory, especially for people with autoimmune conditions. Many paleo people know tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and eggplant are on that list. Also on the list but less often discussed are tomatillos and goji berries. I personally get terrible acne from goji berries, and didn’t understand why until discovering this fact.

  • high B12 foods

High B12 foods and supplements can contribute to acne because of the metabolism of bacteria on the skin. When you eat hefty amounts of B12, they shut off their own production and instead make a pro-inflammatory compound. High B12 foods include eggs, liver, shellfish, tuna. I personally still get small breakouts from these foods if I eat too many of them too many days in a row.

  • chocolate

Studies have actually demonstrated that chocolate (though for uncertain reasons) can cause acne. And it’s not because of the dairy in most chocolate products, but the cocoa itself.

  • egg whites

Some people don’t tolerate egg whites well, which leads to inflammation in the gut.

  • imbalance of vitamins A, D, K

If you’re taking a cod liver oil supplement, a vitamin D supplement, or a K supplement, you may find that your balance of A, D, and K becomes skewed on paleo. This can be a problem. If you haven’t seen any improvement with these supplements to date, consider lowering your dose or discontinuing and waiting for two weeks to see if there is any improvement.

5) Not eating enough

Many people unintentionally reduce their calorie intake when they go paleo. Some do so intentionally. In either case, not eating enough food can cause your body to stop produce the important acne-fighting hormones estrogen and progesterone, and instead produce the acne-causing stress hormone DHEA-S.

Importantly, intermittent fasting can also have this effect. I personally start to get bumps on my forehead after about six hours of fasting after I’ve gotten hunger pangs.

6) Working out too much or not refueling properly

Intense workouts can cause stress hormones to spike. Normally this is healthy, but if you do it a lot and undereat or are stressed out besides, you may be in for a bit of a deluge of stress hormones. Importantly, testosterone (an acne-causing hormone) levels rise during workouts. They fall back down to original levels if you refuel after your workout. But if you do not refuel, testosterone levels stay elevated.

Unfortunately, since I don’t know your personal history or context, I couldn’t say whether you work out  “too much.” (I do have a post on it: Do you exercise too much?) So far as refueling goes, shoot for 200-300 calories of carbs and protein combined. Beef sticks and dried fruit are a great way to do this if you’re on the run.

7) Too much protein

Paleo dieters tend to really go wild with protein. This can be a problem if you’re acne prone, since protein has been shown to participate in the stimulation of growth processes in the skin. Protein does matter; I don’t recommend cutting protein out of your diet or eat much below 50 grams a day.  I usually recommend 50-100 grams a day for women, depending on your activity level. If you’re really active  (or muscular or tall!)120 grams may work great, but it’s ideal for skin not to push too far beyond that.


So those, in sum, are the seven most common reasons people’s acne may worsen on paleo. Now, it’s entirely possible that your acne just stays the same, and you’re left wondering “but wasn’t paleo supposed to heal me?”

Paleo is a great starting template for managing many different conditions and symptoms. But  it is precisely that: a template. Once you dig into paleo, if you have conditions you want to overcome such as acne, it’s important to dig deep into acne-specific science and acne-specific nutrition. 

Coincidentally enough, I have written a comprehensive ebook about the science of causing acne and the ways to specifically tailor your diet and lifestyle choices to overcome it. It has just gone on sale (I haven’t even told facebook yet!) and is 50% off this week only! Plus, fully refundable if you don’t like it for any reason, so not much for you to lose at all! Feel free to check it out here: Clear Skin Unlocked: The Ultimate Guide to Acne Freedom and Flawless Skin. 

If you’d like to read a blog post about the program and how I wrote it, check it out, here.

Here it comes! Introducing Clear Skin Unlocked: The Ultimate Guide to Acne Freedom and Flawless Skin!!

Here it comes! Introducing Clear Skin Unlocked: The Ultimate Guide to Acne Freedom and Flawless Skin!!

Goodness, do I have some lovely news to share with y’all today.

I finally, after years of preparation and waiting, am ready to share with you what I think might be my best program to date:

Clear Skin Unlocked: The Ultimate Guide to Acne Freedom and Flawless Skin

And it will be on sale for the first three days for 50% off.

(How I feel.)

So what is Clear Skin Unlocked, and why I am so stoked?

Clear Skin Unlocked: The Ultimate Guide to Acne Freedom and Flawless Skin is an acne-revolutionizing program.

This is because, so far as I can tell, Clear Skin Unlocked is the most comprehensive acne program on the market. 

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve encountered a couple of great programs on acne (I can think of two, actually). But I don’t think a single one of them has covered all of the possible causes of acne. They either focus on gut health, or on antioxidant potential, or topical treatments, or some other thing. I don’t  think any of them have comprehensively covered all the things you need to do to remediate those causes and relax into acne freedom. Especially, notably, in the case of female hormone balance. I have never encountered a program that goes through the various types of female hormone issues that can cause acne, and what to do about it.

This is a problem.

Because here’s the thing: having acne sucks. And most people really struggle to overcome it. Sometimes you might end up frustrated for years on end. You try different lotions, different kinds of diets (low carb, paleo, etc), different kinds of pills. You comb through forums online and find all these solutions that work for other people… but never find one (or a few) that works for you

Sound familiar?

I know I at least was like this. I spent years crying over my acne, scrolling through google searches trying to find an answer.

Eventually I figured out that I was shooting in the dark. I was somewhat blindly following the advice I found in various places online (like paleohacks). I didn’t have a good understanding of how acne works, and it was literally destroying my skin. 

So I dug deep. I started reading scientists I trusted. I built a solid understand of how skin and acne work. I studied the delicate interplay between nutrients, inflammation, and hormones. Then, I started applying what I learned.

And it worked. 

It took time, but I’ll be damned, it did finally work. Today I have soft and clear skin like I never would have dreamed of even in my wildest fantasies in my acne-despairing days.

The reason it worked is that my understanding was thorough. It was comprehensive. I finally knew so much about the skin that I could figure out exactly what my problems were, and how to fix them. I was no longer shooting at my acne in the dark: I was shooting with a finely-tuned, heat-seeking laser. 

The vast majority of acne programs fail to account for all the various causes and factors that contribute to acne, as well as the various techniques you can use to overcome it. This is why I kept falling through the cracks. Perhaps this is also why you keep falling through the cracks.

This is also precisely why I wrote Clear Skin Unlocked.

 I don’t want you to have to spend years crying in front of your computer screen like I did.  I also don’t want you to have to do as much work as I did. It took me years to learn everything I know about acne, and finally be able to fix my skin.

So I’ve taken those years of research and distilled the information. I’ve simplified it. I’ve turned it from a tangled web of complex science into a program you can actually navigate. I’ve compiled precisely what you need to know to get on the path to acne freedom as quickly as possible.

So what’s in Clear Skin Unlocked: The Ultimate Guide to Acne Freedom and Flawless Skin?

Clear Skin Unlocked begins with an overview of how the skin works. I dig into the science of it deeper than I have on the PfW blog. I then provide an overview of the main contributing factors to acne. I identify them as inflammation, nutrient status, and hormone balance. The hormone balance piece is really complex, so it receives a whopping 11,283 words of text.

I discuss various foods and supplements and how they interact with acne. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that I recommend eliminating grains, dairy, and much of the normal paleo stuff. But I also make more pointed recommendations and observations about the way foods affect the body. Vitamin B12 has an interesting affect on acne almost no one talks about; so do collagen, protein, saturated fat, carbs, chocolate, liver, goji berries, and many more things. The specifics of how any diet–including “healthy diets” such as paleo–interacts with acne is crucial for clearing your skin. You can’t just go paleo to heal your skin. (You need to go paleo in a more specific way–in a way that is aware of the nuanced affects even the healthiest foods can have on your skin.

I then include a section on topical care, which I’ve actually never discussed on the PfW blog at all. But it matters. Here I focus on methods and products that nourish the skin without irritating it or posing a threat to your sensitivities. I talk at length about my own personal routine. I also link to all of my favorite products and the ones I use personally – something I’ve never done on the blog or social media.

I close the program with something I call the Four Week Jumpstart to Acne Freedom. Here, I make a set of general guidelines to follow for four weeks to get you on the path to clear, possibly permanently clear, skin. Throughout the program I have shared a lot of information about various health conditions and factors that may contribute to your acne; in the Four Week Jumpstart, I tie it all together and share some new information about the best way to clean your slate and start fresh. I do not promise, but I find it entirely likely that after four weeks of following this advice you will make progress in terms of healing your skin, and permanently.

In my opinion, the best part of Clear Skin Unlocked is its comprehensive and unique scope. Some cool and little known things you may learn in Clear Skin Unlocked include:

  • Which varieties of birth control cause acne and which help it
  • How showers can be bad for your skin
  • Why the paleo recommendation to focus on fatty meats may be flawed
  • The risk eating organ meats can pose to your skin
  • Why certain types of moisturizer containers can cause acne
  • The role carbohydrates play in maintaining healthy skin
  • Why skin gets worse during menopause
  • The relationship between wrinkles and acne
  • Two effective ways to pop pimples
  • Why I never use facial cleanser

And more 🙂


When I wrote Clear Skin Unlocked, I set out to cover my bases. I have said on the Paleo Women Podcast that this may be my favorite e-program I have published yet to date. It is possible that this is true. My understanding of acne and how to overcome it is truly deep, and is truly unique in terms of its scope and breadth. I cover skin mechanics, 11 different hormone issue that may contribute to acne, the relevance of antioxidants (something egregiously overlooked in paleo approaches to food, in my opinion), the specifics of how inflammation affects the skin, and more. I often say that Clear Skin Unlocked is comprehensive, and I mean it.

For me, being comprehensive in my approach to acne was the thing that saved me. I spent years being frustrated by cures that worked for other people but wouldn’t work for me. I was only saved once I understood all of the possible factors that were causing my acne, and how to manage them. My skin healing today feels permanent and enlivening, and liberating.

I’m not trying to sell you on Clear Skin Unlocked, necessarily, but I am in some sense only because I believe in it so deeply. And of course – as with all of my other programs – if you do not like it for whatever reason I will be more than happy to refund you. I simply want to be here for you and share with you the healing joys that I finally found.

Clear Skin Unlocked: The Ultimate Guide to Acne Freedom and Flawless Skin is NOW AVAILABLE. It is a FULL 50% off from today through Friday the 22. Get it while it’s hot! And don’t forget – as ever – it is 100% risk free; I will happily refund you for whatever reason.

So you actually have nothing to lose.

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