Your skin and face is your first impression to the world. It could be radiant confidence that you exude, or shameful embarrassment. No one should ever have to feel the latter, and everyone should be able to feel beautiful in their skin. My personal story and struggle with acne is a long one that took me years to get under control, and more importantly, understand the reason behind why this was happening. Although everyone’s reasoning and experience is different, there were 6 major changes that I made, and still recommend to clients I work with which drastically improved my complexion.
1. Go Paleo and JERF!
OR at the very least get rid of food sensitivities! The reason I say “Paleo” is because I see dairy and grains as one of the biggest culprits for those struggling with skin issues. If your not familiar with the term JERF, it stands for Just Eat Real Food, and it really is that simple. Cut out the processed, packaged, fancy marketing food products and focus on whole foods that provide real nutrition. We all know someone who can eat whatever they want and still have beautiful skin, but remember: No one person is the same. Those with clear skin may be affected by other issues, symptoms, conditions from these foods; health effects everyone differently. Dairy (especially pasteurized dairy) and wheat are on the top food irritants I see negatively affecting skin, especially contributing to acne. This study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that 44% of severe teenage acne was due to consumption of dairy and skim milk products. Although, this could very well be the quality of the milk used in the study, the majority of people I have worked with do much better without. This is more than likely due to the high insulin response given by these foods (and SUGAR in any form), creating hormone disruption leading to an inflammatory response. Again, everyone is different, but in my experience both personally and clinically, getting rid of these foods makes a difference when it comes to the severity and frequency of breakouts.
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