Why Now is the Time to Eliminate Your Acne For Good

Why Now is the Time to Eliminate Your Acne For Good

After years of suffering  from devastating acne, I finally figured out the major mistakes I was making.

I wrote Clear Skin Unlocked: The Ultimate Guide to Acne Freedom and Flawless Skin to save you from making the same mistakes.

Clear Skin Unlocked is the most comprehensive acne program I have ever come across, period. I made sure it was when I wrote it, so that I would be certain to help you the way I finally helped myself.

Not only that, but I have written countless blogs on acne and how to eliminate it. I have a tight relationship with acne, and aim to share all of my tools and knowledge with you.

Between my program, Clear Skin Unlocked, and my knowledge of acne and health, we can work towards eliminating your acne for good.

Click here for my free comprehensive post on acne to start whittling down the causes of your acne.

The Three Primary Parts to Acne :

  1. Hormones
  2. Inflammation
  3. Infection

Hormones:

Conventional dermatological wisdom is that bacteria is the primary cause of acne. This has a grain of truth to it, since bacteria do play a role, but it is minimal compared to the internal conditions that start acne in the first place. Acne in reality develops in three steps. First, male sex hormones can cause excess oil production in the dermis layer of the skin, which clogs pores (though surface debris can also clog pores, rendering hormones less important in this case). Second, inflammation attacks the clogged pores. Third, bacteria infect the clogged pores and cause low level inflammation to increase to large, painful, irritated pustules. The two primary causes of acne are hormone balance and inflammation, and bacteria are only a tertiary concern.

Inflammation:

Acne is perhaps the most visible symptom of systemic inflammation. If  you have significant acne, there is inevitably at least some amount of inflammation in your blood.

For this reason, healing your gut and cooling inflammation is perhaps the most powerful step you can take to overcome acne. Focusing on antioxidants, which fight inflammation, in your diet (such as those found in fruits and vegetables) and in your skincare routine will also go a long way toward soothing your acne.

Both supplemental and topical antioxidant use has been shown to reduce breakouts by as much as 50 percent. For some of my favorite topical solutions to acne, check out the antioxidant cleansers, serums, creams and topical probiotics I use, including the new Countercontrol Line.

Infection:

Counterintuitive as it might sound, one of the best things you can do for your skin is to stop washing it.

Much like with food, today’s culture has this idea that skincare products designed in a laboratory are better for us than natural methods. The chemical barrage to which we subject our skin on a daily basis is unnecessary and often harmful. First, consider the fact that benzoyl peroxide, one of the most popular topical acne treatments available over the counter, reduces antioxidant activity in the skin. Antioxidants are crucial for reducing inflammation. Consider too that the skin has natural oils and cleaning and healing processes that work delightfully well on their own. Washing the skin removes those natural oils, so the skin often dries out in response. With dry skin, women often turn to lotion. However, the skin also tries to rectify the dryness on its own by increasing oil production. At this point, both you and your skin are engaged in efforts to increase lubrication. Too much lubrication clogs pores, so your washing and moisturizing routine is counterproductive.

The act of washing your face can make it either too dry or too oily, depending on how your skin reacts. Keep in mind that these can change with the seasons, your body may produce more oil in the summer and less in the winter, therefore your cleansing routine may have to change with the seasons. Rarely does washing leave it in tip-top shape. And moisturizers that contain unnatural chemicals often don’t heal the skin; they just cover it up. Many natural alternatives to washing and moisturizing, such as apple cider vinegar, baking soda, coconut oil, lard, cod liver oil, and vitamin blends provide real healing to the skin and can be protective in times of dryness or oiliness.

In all fairness, there are probably some manufactured toiletries that do not aggravate your skin. It is not absolutely necessary to “go all natural” and expressly forbid cosmetics. It is only important to note that they can be problematic, and to do your best to find a product—natural or not—that works for you.

In my experience, the only way to know if a lotion, if you choose to use one, is a good match for your skin is to try it for a few days and see. A different, more specific test is to apply lotion to one side of your face and not the other in order to witness its effects, or to apply it to the sensitive skin on your wrist or neck before using it on your face. I do not forbid using any manufactured cosmetic products—in fact, I use the Countermatch Adaptive Moisturizer Lotion. But it took me a long time to find one that did not irritate my skin. I opted to use it because it has white tea extract in it, and white tea is a powerful antioxidant. Applying antioxidants such as white tea, green tea, vitamin C, and B vitamins to your skin can help reduce inflammation in your skin as long as you are certain that you have found a lotion that does not aggravate your skin.

Another way to aggravate your skin is to pick at it. Just as with scabs and wounds, the skin does best when it heals on its own. Have you ever noticed that breakouts often occur near each other? This is because wounds act as beacons for inflammatory molecules. The more aggravated a wound is, the stronger the inflammatory response becomes, so pimples become bigger and nastier the more you touch them. Even worse is the fact that picking causes new pimples to crop up around old ones. Keeping your hands off your face is one of the harder habits to practice, but the less you touch your zits, the more your skin will thank you.

Even the simple act of touching clear skin can lead to the development of acne. Fingers carry all kinds of bacteria, dirt, and oils. When you touch your face, you put these dirty oils directly in contact with your pores. When I was in high school and college, I always had acne around my mouth, particularly on the right side of my face. It took me years to realize that I was breaking out because I rested my chin on my hand while I studied. Once I broke that habit, the acne faded away.

The New Contributor to eliminating your acne for good

I have recently been discussing how I have been using Beautycounter to slowly replace my drugstore and conventional makeup. This is because the quality is amazing, and not to mention the products are safe for our skin. Beautycounter has released a new line geared towards clearing acne and healing scars, called Countercontrol.

What is Countercontrol:

Countercontrol is a powerful regimen for oily and blemish prone skin without the irritation that can result from conventional treatments. Approximately 70% of people between 15-29 experience oily skin or moderate acne. While teens and young adults often have oily skin and acne, it can affect people of all ages and ethnicities: ~50% of the population ages 20-40 have oily skin or acne. Additionally, as women age, adult-onset acne can occur often due to a combination of factors including menopause, medication, hormone imbalance, genetics, and stress.

Why is It Safer Than Other Acne Products

Unlike conventional acne and oil control products which can strip skin of both bad and good bacteria, leaving it red dry and irritated, Countercontrol treats the main causes of acne while maintaining skin’s healthy microflora to keep skin in balance. Additionally, Countercontrol is formulated without potentially harmful ingredients such as harsh surfactants, benzoyl peroxide, and sulfur commonly found in conventional acne products. Instead of these ingredients, we’ve formulated Countercontrol with a proprietary blend called SkinBalance Complex, a combination of two extracts:

  • Natural salicylic acid from wintergreen helps exfoliate dead skin cells and restore the imbalance of bacteria to a healthy level
  • Rosebay willow helps reduce irritation and decrease sebum production

So what are the benefits?

  • Controls oil
  • Clears breakouts
  • Purifies pores
  • Helps prevent future breakouts
  • Balances skin and keeps it comfortable

The Hard Up Facts

In an independent consumer study, after four weeks of using Countercontrol*:

  • 95% said skin looks clearer
  • 100% stated skin feels healthier
  • 100% said skin clarity is improved
  • 95% said skin looks less red *Based on independent 24-subject consumer panel study after four weeks with twice daily usage of Clear Pore Cleanser, All Over Acne Treatment, SOS Acne Spot Treatment, Matte Effect Gel Cream.

What About Blackheads?

Yes, Countercontrol works to treat blackheads. Salicylic acid exfoliates and promotes cell turnover which helps reduce blackheads.

Cystic Acne?

Countercontrol is designed to treat oily skin and moderate acne. Cystic acne is a severe form of acne that requires a medical treatment. People with cystic acne should consult a dermatologist or physician or start with my Clear Skin Unlocked Program.

I am offering Clear Skin Unlocked for 50% off when you purchase the Countercontrol line. I want to make sure we eliminate your acne for good.

Part of the reason why I have always been successful getting rid of my acne is because I use research, facts and actual experience. So I want to hear from YOU regarding this Countercontrol line. Is it helping you the way it’s helps others I have worked with? Is it better for your teenage daughter than you, or does it fair best on your skin?

I know our bio individuality varies amongst everyone so I really want to capture how this product is treating you.

Please send me an email or DM if you have any questions! You can get the new Countercontrol line here.

 

#176: Reintroducing Carbs, Bloating with Healthy Eating, & Maintaining a Social Life

#176: Reintroducing Carbs, Bloating with Healthy Eating, & Maintaining a Social Life

Hi loves!

It’s episode 176!

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This week, Noelle and I discuss reintroducing carbs, bloating with healthy eating, and maintaining a social life.

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[20:07] Reintroducing Carbs
[36:44] Bloating with Healthy Eating
[44:46] Maintaining a Social Life

Links!

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Stefani’s website: http://paleoforwomen.com

Coconuts and Kettlebells (The Book)

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Pure Encapsulations Digestive Enzyme Ultra

How To Stop Falling Off The Wagon (For Good)

 

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Thrive Market is an online marketplace with all the top premium healthy and organic products that you get from your grocery store but without the premium prices. It’s like the Costco of Whole Foods except you shop in your PJs from home and your bill ends up being up to 50% less! The best part is you can trust Thrive Market’s options will be sourced from the best of the best ingredients and you can shop based on your own dietary needs.

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Four Sigmatic is the most well-known medicinal mushroom company today!  They offer drinking mushrooms that come in the form of elixirs, hot cocoa mix, coffee, superfood blend and matcha. There are a variety of different mushrooms to choose from based on what you struggle with. There is Reishi for relaxation, Chaga for overall wellness, Cordyceps for energy and Lion’s Mane for productivity.  I would recommend trying out one of the elixirs based on what benefits you’re looking for, and maybe trying out a mushroom coffee or mushroom matcha, which if you’re already a fan of coffee or matcha, that will fit right into your day pretty easily! Please give us some feedback, we would love to know how they are working for you!

 

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The Best Kabob Recipes Ever

The Best Kabob Recipes Ever

I don’t have a grill, but believe me –  wish I did. I usually make friends with those that have grills so I can partake in summer patio parties with all things summer, grilled pineapple, pool floaties, and all the kabobs.

Kabobs are the best because pretty often they’re paleo and people don’t even know it! And the combination of kabob types is basically endless. Got a few veggies? Toss them in avocado oil, skewer them, and throw those bad boys on the grill. I can guarantee 99% of the time whatever you put on the skewer it will taste good.

People have been getting really creative with their kabob recipes these days too. It reminds me of those ridiculous bloody marys that have cheeseburgers and bricks of cheese as garnishes. People will try ANYTHING.

Which I am definitely not mad about.

Now, I know there may be some grill masters out there that have all the best kabob recipes already. To which I say, can I come over?

Lol KIDDING but not really.

Summer can be sticky and hot and cooking in a small kitchen is the worst. All the sweat rolls down my face and by the time the food is ready I’m so hot I don’t even want to eat it anymore.

In comes grilling. And kabobs. But also! Another fave summer staple I have is tossed veggies in an avocado or olive oil vinaigrette.

Chopping up a few cucumbers and tomatoes and drizzling with avocado oil, salt and pepper and maybe throw some onion in there. And now you have a refreshing cool salad to go with your delicious kabobs.

You can find me at the library, wishing I was on a patio eating kabobs and salads in the sunshine. In the meantime, here’s some of my fave salad and kabob recipes.

My Fave Kabobs:

1. Paleo Kofta Kabobs :

Although I always feel slightly torn about eating lamb, I am a sucker for this delicious red meat. This recipe also comes with a lemon tahini sauce, so between the lamb and the tahini this kabob makes the list, obviously! ChihYu has some great technical tips regarding the best way to cook these Paleo Kofta Kabobs too. Get the recipe here.

Paleo For Women Kabobs

2. Brussel Sprout Kabobs

Not everyone loves meat on their kabobs, but I usually have a hard time finding those that don’t like a crispy brussel sprouts. These are easy to make and are a great side to any other grilled deliciousness you may be making. Get the recipe here.

Paleo For Women Kabobs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Paleo Chipotle Lime and Chicken Kabobs

These kabobs are a colorful savory combination of goodness. The pineapple pairs seamlessly with the chipotle and lime to capture what summer tastes like, in kabob form. Get the recipe here.

   Paleo For Women Kabobs

4. Paleo Veggie Kabobs for my vegetarian homies

This is another great veggie option for kabobs, simple yet delicious. And anything served on a skewer is going to have minimal clean-up, and most likely you will be using less plates if you are sticking to kabobs. So not only are they delicious, but you are minimizing your output of waste slightly! Get the recipe here.

 Paleo For Women Kabobs

 

5. Bloody Mary Steak Kabobs – I wasn’t kidding!

So all excessive bloody mary jokes aside, this kabob is #100. If you don’t feel like catching a buzz by including vodka and tomato juice, no fear! You can still have the same savory amazingness that is a bloody mary, but in kabob form. Get the recipe here.

 Paleo For Women Kabobs

My fave avocado oil to use on these recipes is this avocado oil, or you can use this olive oil. The quality is substantial and the company sources straight out of Mexico for the best product with the least amount of middle men.

They also offer an avocado oil subscription box type deal. So if you are in to not having to buy your avocado oil at the store each month, and would rather get it delivered straight to your door, I definitely recommend checking this out.

Happy summer loves!

#163: Judging People By Their Appearance, First Trimester Struggles, & Back Acne

#163: Judging People By Their Appearance, First Trimester Struggles, & Back Acne

Hey friends!

It’s episode 163!

Be sure to check back every Tuesday for a new episode, and head over to iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe!

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This week, Noelle and and I discuss judging people by their appearance, first trimester struggles, and back acne.

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Topics

[15:52] Judging People By Their Appearance
[36:32] First Trimester Struggles
[44:50] Back Acne

Links!

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Stefani’s website: http://paleoforwomen.com

 

 

 

Thrive Market                        

This podcast is supported by Thrive Market! As a special offer to our community, Thrive Market is offering $60 of FREE organic groceries + FREE shipping and a 30 day trial membership. To take advantage of this special deal, go to thrivemarket.com/wellfedwomen Keep in mind that Thrive Market’s prices are already 25-50% below retail because they cut out the middleman, so this is an extraordinary deal.

Thrive Market is an online marketplace with all the top premium healthy and organic products that you get from your grocery store but without the premium prices. It’s like the Costco of Whole Foods except you shop in your PJs from home and your bill ends up being up to 50% less! The best part is you can trust Thrive Market’s options will be sourced from the best of the best ingredients and you can shop based on your own dietary needs.

 

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5 Quick Paleo Vegetarian Ways to Get Protein

5 Quick Paleo Vegetarian Ways to Get Protein

Don’t let this title fool you. I have in no way become a “Pagan” or “paleo Vegan/vegetarian”. It is pretty well known that I source a majority of my nutrient needs through offal, like liver. I recognize that not everyone can eat meat or meat products, whether a moral or health related decision, and that’s totally cool! It still can be difficult to find quick paleo vegetarian ways to get protein or nutrients. How many times have you heard the age old question, “how do vegetarians or vegans get protein?” And this is usually without the paleo wrench in the plan. But it is possible. It depends on what your body needs, your age, and your bioindividualities precise nutrient requirements.

And I am all about bioindividuality especially because our biochemistry can be so complicated. I know it can be difficult to locate dense sources of protein without meat, but that doesn’t mean it cannot be done. Health gurus like Mark Hyman have blogged about how effective and successful the paleo vegan diet can be for certain people. Check out his post, here. Again, I am not advocating for this diet (as it certainly does not work well for me), but if it is something you follow, I am here to help in what ways I can.

As we know, protein is necessary in our diet. (Are you consuming too much protein?) And protein rich foods can be expensive and difficult to source. There are several easy, nutrition packed options though.

My past years of vegetarian and veganism gave me some insight on a few of these nutritious goodies, and my recent paleo friends have helped me accelerate my options with more things like sustainably sourced ingredients,


1) Nutritional Yeast:

Although Nutritional yeast tends to look like fish flakes, it has an extremely nutty, cheesy taste. Nutritional yeast is also stocked full of vitamins, hence the namesake. I put this on everything, from warm broccoli to baked sweet potatoes.

2) Eggs:

According to the paleo mom, eggs can have a high content in protein (roughly 12.5 grams), omega 3 fatty acids, lutein, choline, Vitamins A, B, and D. And eggs are cheap, and can be served and cooked in a wide variety of ways.

3) Red Seaweed:

Red seaweed, or nori or dulse is rich in vitamins and protein including iodine. Most seaweed contains a variety of nutrients but red has the highest content of protein. Find red seaweed here. 100 grams can contain up to 50 grams of protein.

4) Pumpkin Seeds:

Pumpkin seeds or pepitas can have over 6.5 grams of protein per ounce, and they are delicious. Check out their total nutrient contents, here. I love roasting these for about 15-25 minutes at 325 degrees with cinnamon and coconut oil.

5) Leafy Greens:

If you are having trouble getting enough leafy greens in your diet, then I suggest blending spinach and kale together with some black beans if you eat these, and forming them into patties. This can be a quick way to get carbohydrate and protein. Make sure to soak and sprout the beans before using as they can be a source of phytoestrogens.

So if you have made the decision to go paleo vegan/vegetarian, please remember to utilize your resources to ensure you are getting adequate nutrients. B12 deficiency is quite common for those on this type of nutritional plan, so consider supplementing with something like this. It is common for those that follow this plan to also supplement with protein powders, like this one. However, per usual, I really recommend that you supplement with sustainably sourced fruits, veggies, and whole foods.

Let me hear it! How many paleo vegetarians or vegan followers do I have? Have you had any issues sourcing protein?

 

5 of My Fave Heart Warming Teas

5 of My Fave Heart Warming Teas

I know this may come as a surprise, but I have only recently started integrating tea into my daily life. I would honestly forget about tea whenever I purchased it or had some in the pantry. I had received multiple tea samplers throughout my life but it wouldn’t cross my mind to make a cup until I started spending time with frequent tea drinkers and I was able to observe their natural tea drinking patterns.

I would have a cup here or there growing up; my mom was a religious tea drinker so I recall several times asking her to make me a cup. Every steaming glorious cup of heart warming tea made me ask myself why didn’t I incorporate tea into my life more often.

Well lovelies, I started listening to myself and enjoying tea daily! I am a huge fan of the comfort any hot beverage or soup brings, and the tremendous amount of flavors available always keeps me interested. I am now proud to say I am a mildly seasoned tea drinker, (I am no connoisseur, I may still leave all of my tea bags in the water for far too long according to some tea drinkers, but hey, it still tastes delicious to me!!)

AND there are many good reasons that people have been drinking tea for centuries. Some perfect times to enjoy tea include:

  • In place of your morning coffee
  • When you have an upset stomach
  • When you need the emotional comfort of a hug but your best friend is across the country
  • When you are stressed, anxious, or sad
  • When you are thirsty for something warm and stimulating without the side effect of, lets say, coffee

And literally, there is a tea flavor for any situation. I have recently been enjoying these 5 heart warming teas pretty often.

1. Matcha 

Matcha is fantastic in the morning as a replacement for coffee. This particular type of tea is a species of green tea hailing from Japan, but is a bright green powder instead of a dried leaf. This bright green powder contains fiber, chlorophyll, antioxidants and is nutrient rich. The taste of Matcha resembles that of a typical green tea, but is slightly more vegetal. This tea has caffeine in it, but is lacking the chemical components that cause the negative side effects found from ingesting too much caffeine.

2.Ginger Tumeric

This is my go to whenever I think I may be starting to get sick. The power couple that is ginger and tumeric provides a kick of antioxidants and both are known for their anti-inflammatory properties. They also taste surprisingly delicious together. The ginger is not modest, so if you are prone to indigestion or acid reflux, this may not be the best tea for you.

3. Good ole Green Tea 

The amount of varieties of green tea available is quite mind boggling. When paired with mint, or fruit, or just alone, green tea is a soul-warming, refreshing palate cleanser. Subtly caffeinated, I usually enjoy this tea only in the morning.

4. Peppermint

MY FAVE YOU GUYS. I am literally drinking a cup right now. Which is so strange because I really don’t enjoy mint things. Like it blows my mind people eat mint and chocolate together. But when it comes to peppermint tea, say no more. It ALWAYS makes my stomach feel better if it is upset, and it provides a jolt of vibrancy without caffeine. And it makes your breath smell amazing.

5. Cinnamon

This is a tea I have just recently come around to. Cinnamon is a really potent smell, so I have to be careful with how often I drink this as it can be overwhelming for me. I usually enjoy cinnamon tea when it is cold outside and I need a little pick me-up while trying to get some work done. Cinnamon tea usually contains black tea also, which does have caffeine in it, so be cautious drinking near bedtime.

 

Still unsure? Check out this paper on tea and the effect it has on our bodies.

But really, I truly believe there is a tea out there for everyone. One type I used to enjoy a lot when I was younger is Chai Tea. Chai has cinnamon, cloves and anise in it, so think more along the lines of a delicious fall candle. When mixed with coconut milk and honey, this becomes an amazing treat.

And, if you are feeling really experimental and none of the teas above sound delicious to you, you can always try out a sampler of tea to find the perfect tea for you, like this one. OR pull out the google machine and look up your local tea house. Serving and enjoying tea is a craft and an art form, and the people out their that are knowledgeable on it are usually really interesting to have a conversation with. They often perform free tastings of tea that is brewed properly, so you can ask a real tea master where to start.

So there you have it. Did I convince you to board the tea train? Let me know what your thoughts are, or if you have any favorite teas you think I should try.