November 3, 2012

How To: Clear Acne-Free Skin

I've been wanting to do a video on this next topic, but due to the situation I am in right now from the storm, looks like I won't be filming till sometime next week, granted power and water are restored. So, I'm going to write it out for you! :)

I've been struggling on and off with mild to moderate acne since I was a teenager. I've gone through phases of having clear beautiful skin, to others when I don't want leave my house without makeup! After years of this, I finally had enough and decided to do some real digging into the causes of acne. This is also one of my most asked about topics so I hope this will be helpful for you!

One of my good skin periods over the summer! 
I've noticed my skin breaks out after eating certain foods that impact natural hormone levels. 
More below. 

Three main factors contributing to acne:
  1. Overproduction of oil (sebum)
  2. Irregular shedding of dead skin cells resulting in irritation of the hair follicles of your skin
  3. Buildup of bacteria
Overproduction of oil is usually the number 1 reason of acne and breakouts (granted we take care of our skin on a regular basis by cleansing, treating and moisturizing - which address factors 2 and 3).
    Anti-acne medicines (salyslic acid & benzoyl peroxide) work by drying out the skin and/or absorbing oil as well as killing bacteria. If we, however, go to the source of the oil production - and try to minimize and rather, regulate it - we wont have to harm our skin with strong medicines. Much better!

    Factors that increase oil production & why:
    1. Hormones
      A hormone is a chemical released by one or more cells that affects cells in other parts of the organism. A lot of acne stems from a hormonal imbal­ance caused by diet and/or the liver’s inability to process hor­mones efficiently
    2. Blood sugar levels
      When we eat overly processed foods (high in sugars and calories), the body turns it into glucose and starts releasing it into the blood. This causes a high blood sugar level, which in turn, means a spike in insulin levels. (Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas which helps regulate the glucose in the blood.) Too many releases of insulin can cause inflammation - which in turn can cause acne (as well as eczema).  
    3. Stress
      When the brain recognizes stress, it involuntarily releases stress hormones (cortisol) that help thicken the hair follicle's lining, causing blackheads/whiteheads. If bacteria get trapped, a large pimple develops. The skin, being one of the body’s largest organs, is intricately connected to the rest of physiology including the mind. Just as the body is affected by stress, so is the skin. The body responds to stress by directing blood flow and oxygen to areas vital for fighting the stress, and withdraws from other areas including the skin. The skin subsequently becomes starved of blood and oxygen, making it dehydrated, dull, lifeless and prone to clogged pores and breakouts.
    So what do we need to do to cure acne naturally?
    1. Balance hormones
    2. Eliminate high glycemic foods that cause high blood sugar levels & balance out blood sugar levels
    3. Eliminate stress & exercise regularly 
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    Just as some people are taller than others, have different colored eyes and so forth, the way we digest and metabolize foods also differs. So even though you might be envious of the girl who can eat whatever unhealthy food she wants, but doesn't have a trace of it on her body, don't think there's something wrong with you and your body. We are all different, and we can either cry about it or deal with it and move on. I choose to deal.

    Foods that can affect & disrupt your hormone balance:
    - Wheat (due to increasing blood sugar levels)
    - Non organic, non grass-fed meat
    - Dairy
    - Soy
    Soy con­tains plant estro­gens, and dairy (par­tic­u­larly the con­ven­tional un-fermented stuff) con­tains andro­gens that mimic male sex hor­mones. Both soy and dairy dis­rupt our own hor­mone bal­ance and mimic our nat­ural human hor­mone pro­duc­tion. A lot of acne cases stem from a hor­monal imbal­ance caused by diet and/or the liver’s inabil­ity to process hor­mones efficiently.  Read more about these foods & their effects here

    Foods that spike your blood sugar level:
    Foods with a high glycemic index:
    - White rice
    - White pasta
    - White bread
    - Potatoes
    - Boxed fruit juice
    - All refined sugars & processed foods

    Instead replace with low glycemic index foods such as:
    - Apples
    - Black beans
    - Lentils
    - Dark leafy greens
    - Avocado
    - Nuts
    - Peanut butter

    These foods won't make your blood sugar spike, thus controlling insulin levels thus inflammation which can cause acne.

    Red apples have a low glycemic index, and are high in antioxidants and fiber. 
    Combine with fresh organic peanut butter for a delicious healthy snack!

    Foods that regulate your blood sugar level (prevents you from craving unhealthy food):
    - Cinnamon
    - Green juices
    - Avocado
    - Oatmeal
    - Broccoli
    - Salmon 
    - Green tea
    So delicious!
    Conclusion:
    I've noticed my body is very responsive to the foods I eat. I've been off dairy for a couple of months due to the hormones in milk and I feel great. I recently broke out pretty bad after eating a donut - processed white carbs with high sugar content. Yes, I don't know what I was thinking! (Time of the month makes me feel off sometimes.) I saw the effects the next day and I'm still dealing with these breakouts several days later. But on the other hand, I'm happy I went through that because I realize what an impact white carbs really has on gluten-sensitive people like myself.

    So, I am going to go a 100% dairy and wheat free (still eating select whole grains like quinoa and wild rice), and will closely monitor the effects of my skin and keep you updated. (Common misconception is that dairy is a vital source of calcium. Almond milk has more calcium than cow's milk.)

    If you are dealing with breakouts and mild-moderate acne, you may want to try eliminating these foods to see if you notice a change in your skin.

    An imbalance of hormones can also result in:
    - Mood, depression
    - Weight gain
    - Irregular menstrual cycle
    - Irregular hair growth
    - Insomnia

    If you are struggling with any of these symptoms, research into this information I've described. It may help you!

    I am no doctor, but I do believe in the power of fresh fruits, veggies and water, and I believe any health related problem can be cured by a proper diet and exercise.

    NOTE:
    • There is an abundance of information and resources online. Google everything & use it to find the answers to questions that spike your interest throughout the day. It's so important to be curious and question what marketers and advertisers, as well as day to day people tell us. 
    • Everyone's body is different, and reacts differently to certain foods depending on how sensitive you are to them. Do your research and monitor the effects. 

    Other tips for keeping skin clear:
    - Drink plenty of water
    - Eat lots of fresh fruit & veggies
    - Keep it cleansed, exfoliated and hydrated
    - Avoid touching your face with dirty hands
    - Make sure makeup brushes are clean and sanitized
    - Change your pillow case every 2-3 days
    - Exercise to get your blood moving
    - Stress less
    - Laugh & enjoy life



    If you've already been through this "elimination" process of wheat & dairy and have had positive effects, or have any other tips/recipes, please share in the comments below! :) XOXO


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    110 comments:

    1. Wow Annie you are amazing! Keep posting- this post was especially informative. I love reading ANYTHING you post. I was so excited to see you posted more. I hope you are safe and stay safe during the storm

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      1. so many thanks for sharing such informative post.

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    2. I'm glad more and more people realize the link between acne and diet. I was perfectly clear after changing my diet, but then I took it for granted for the whole summer and ta-da! My skin now looks awful. I went back to my old diet and no new breakouts (maybe one or two), and I'm treating the existing acne with Retin-a.

      Side note: I really enjoy your videos and I find you very inspirational and one of the prettiest girls out there! Hope you will never stop from posting videos! (})

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    3. Very informative article Annie! I am also very concerned about my skin and like to take care of it.
      I would really appreciate if you check out my blog and be a part of it.
      Here is a skin care article I posted quite a while back. http://www.sifascorner.com/2012/06/healthy-skin-by-10-regular-habits.html#.UJVUp8XSGpg

      Have a nice day!

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    4. I have realy acne skin, so thank you !! :)

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    5. Hi, Annie,

      I love your blog and makeup tutorials on YouTube. This is great advice, and I wanted to let you and your readers know a few of the things I've used throughout the years to keep my skin looking great (especially teenagers who may have skin problems). Some of these topics you have discussed, but I wanted to tell how they've helped me in my situation.

      1. Eminence Organics skin care products. They are the absolute best!
      2. I've been cleansing, toning, using a serum and moisturizing my face twice a day since I was 12 years old and have always had great skin because of it. Many people think I've just been lucky, but I can assure you it's from doing these things twice a day. There have certainly been times when I fell asleep without washing my face and blemishes were present the next day.
      3. So Delicious brand unsweetened coconut milk - high in medium chain fatty acids (which are not stored in the body but readily used as energy) and no added sugars like the majority of dairy alternatives.
      4. Almond butter since almonds are an alkaline food.
      5. Eating as many alkaline foods as possible. 80/20 diet which is simply eating 80% alkaline foods, 20% acidic foods. This diet and alkaline/acid levels can easily be googled.
      6. Soy - Although I used to consume large amounts of soy, it's certainly something that almost never enters my system anymore, and I'm very glad you mentioned this. We tend to believe soy is great for us, but it tends to do more harm than good considering the amount of estrogen present.
      7. Gluten - Again, this is something I once consumed in large quantities. I did a detox which omitted, among other things, soy and gluten. It was after this detox when I once again beginning to reintroduce soy and gluten into my diet that I discovered the severe headaches and all-over body aches I experienced as a result of eating these. Never again! I see that you are going dairy and wheat free, wheat has gluten but so does rye and barley. However, if you're avoiding wheat, you probably won't consume rye or barley either since most things that have wheat also contain one of these.
      8. Sugars - As you mentioned, they can cause an imbalance in hormones and lead to many ups and downs in terms of how you feel both physically and emotionally.
      9. Water - We're always told you should consume eight 8 ounces glasses of water per day. However, how is it that someone who weighs 150 lbs. should drink the same amount as someone who weighs 100 lbs.? The answer is to drink 75% of your body's weight in ounces of water per day. So, if you weigh 100 lbs., you should consume at least 75 ounces each day. This is something I discovered a few years ago, and I'm glad I did. Drinking more water has certainly made a big difference.

      I hope others can find this helpful.

      -Hannah

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    6. Thanks for this annie. I hope your fine and doing well and i really miss you and hope you have a video up soon but i can at the same time understand the situation in america so take your time no need to rush and hope everything returns to normal in america. Can you please do a start to finish makeup tutorial please x. and once again i hope your doing well.

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    7. I'm dealing with acne for a long time so big THANKS for you help! :)

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    8. Annie...you are amazing. This is amazing. I have grown up my whole life believing all these things (like that diet can cure any ailment) but for some reason I haven't acted on them. My mom has a sensitivity to gluten and dairy, and I am pretty certain I do too. From the looks of it, I have skin very similar to yours. I have my good and bad days. Today is one of those bad breakout days, and I'm sure it has something to do with all the sugars and such I had over Halloween. But after reading this Annie, I'm going to test out going dairy and wheat free! I've had times where I was off dairy, and those were some of my clearest-skinned days. I am curious as to what eliminating refined carbs, sugars, wheat, and dairy will do for my skin and overall health. Today I'm also going to try out yoga with a friend. I had a delicious pomegranate for breakfast. You are so inspiring Annie. Please keep these coming and keep us updated on your results of this diet! :)

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    9. Great post, acne prone skin can be really disheartening and its great when you figure out what works for your skin x

      http://luxenoirbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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    10. thank you annie!!! I'm your italian fan...also I have acne skin...this post is very interesting for me...THANK YOU SO MUCH from Italy!!! ^__^

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    11. These tips are great for acne yes, but also for sooo many other things. I love your blogs and your videos. I can't wait for your next one. much love xoxo

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    12. Hi Annie!

      I have been dairy and wheat free for 3 months and I went from having acne to clear skin! It's unbelievable!!!

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    13. this is very helpful! I've been laying in bed doing nothing for the past few days so I've broken out, I should probably go do some exercise! thanks xx

      burgundybeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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    14. Can you do a post with your favorites perfume ?
      I hope you are ok ! I miss you and I miss your videos <3

      Lots of love xxx <3

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    15. Thanks for this blog post Annie!

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    16. Great tips,I just can't stop touching my face...Do that all the time,bad habit :$

      http://fashioncareofwoman.blogspot.com/

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    17. Thank you so much for your information! It was very helpful!

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    18. You are such a role model for people.
      Just amazing! <3

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    19. Hi Annie,

      I started stopping sugar and then dairy ... my skin got better, but it wasn't enough.

      So, I stopped gluten about one month ago, and now I can see a huge difference !! I don't have acne anymore. But it is not the only one difference I noticed :

      I used to have chronic digestive pains ... end up !
      I used to have big headaches ... end up !
      I didn't have hormonal cycles for 3 months since I stopped my pill, and I have just ovulated a few days ago.

      Concerning my husband, It is dairy overall.

      So, I absolutely agree with your post !!

      xoxo


      (ps : forgive my english, I am french)

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    20. Love your blog Annie! Love your lifestyle and tips of all kinds! Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work! All my love and support during this hard time!
      Besos from Spain,
      Elena

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    21. I really enjoyed reading this article. Even though I knew most of these things, it's nice to have a reminder. Thanks!

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    22. Thank you so much for this very informative blog! I love you and your attitude, thoughts, and the way you carry yourself. Keep us in touch with your situation. God bless you and your family.

      xoxo much love

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    23. i can barely function without my cup of green tea every morning. makes me feel so much better.

      Marlee

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    24. That could be a nice video

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    25. Great post!!

      I have new post!
      http://ilovefashionizabela.blogspot.com/

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    26. That banana peanut butter oatmeal looks so delicious. Can you post the recipe pls..love you!

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    27. Love this post, its really helpful!! The foods look so healthy and delicous!!

      http://letskisstomakeup.blogspot.com

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    28. Hi Annie!

      I’ve had mild acne since I was 14 years old and the best thing I have ever done for my skin was going to a dermatologist when I was 22 years old (which was 1 year ago). I was lucky enough to get a young female dermatologist who seemed to know what she was talking about.

      She ended up prescribing me the ReTrieve cream which I used every night for 3 months and it cleared up my skin. After those 3 months I started using it only twice a week. On top of this she recommended I wash my face morning and evening with Cetaphil (lovelovelove) and use an oil free sunscreen for my face when I go outside.
      I also started using moisturizers and foundations that are labeled Noncomedogenic (do not block pores) and are fragrance free. This seemed to keep my skin acne free on top on the other things.

      A little trick (passed on from my mum) is to use Penaten Cream on red pimples or spots on your face. It’s a cream used for babies (so it’s mild) against skin irritation. I found that putting this cream overnight on pimples helps reduce the redness by a mile. The active ingredient here is Zinc Oxide, which reduces the appearance of blemishes, skin irritation and inflammation.

      I was a huge lover of carbs and dairy, especially dairy. I think I consumed too much of it. I didn’t give it up, but instead limited the intake to 1 diary serving a day (1 glass of milk or slice of cheese or 1 yogurt etc). My skin bloomed and welcomed this change greatly!

      The combination of all of this above helped me keep my skin clear.

      I also want to thank you for running this blog. You inspire like no one else has before to keep eating vegetables and fruits, which is still a daily struggle for me.

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    29. Thank you so much for writing this! I have been getting really bad acne and have been looking into healthy skin foods and organic skin care. You couldn't have written this at a more perfect time!

      Thanks :)

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    30. Great post! All these food mentioned are definitely essential for clear skin and balanced hormone levels. I have been starting a diary free and low gluten diet myself. Eventually I want to be completely wheat free:) ill eat you know if I notice much difference in my skin. Please check out my health and fitness blog:) http://healthnutnutrition.wordpress.com/

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    31. This is an amazing post Annie! I have already tried going gluten and dairy free, but I have to admit I wasn't very consistent and I stopped after only 10 days (the cravings took the best of me). I have to be more committed this second time around. I didn't know about soy not being so good for the skin, so thanks for sharing!

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    32. Woow this is a wonderful post ! So informative!
      Keep safe Annie

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    33. Hi Annie,

      Thanks for the informative article and linking to my site (AcneEinstein.com).

      For natural treatment options, I would seriously look into green tea. There has been quite a few studies on the effect of green tea on acne. The problem (one of them) with acne is that the skin is excessively sensitive to androgens, thanks to genetics. Topical green tea can mitigate these sensitivities. It's been shown to reduce sebum production and skin cell growth. 4 studies have now shown green tea also effectively treats acne.

      Drinking green tea is also good. It can help with insulin and other hormonal factors behind acne. As you can see, I'm a big fan of using green tea for acne :)

      As to soy, I wouldn't worry too much about the hormonal effects. Yes, plant estrogens can have hormonal effects, but they are generally very weak. And studies have shown soy to generally having positive for many hormone-related issues, like cancer.

      Keep up the great work!

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    34. Thank you so much Annie, this was very helpful :)
      Love you <3

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    35. hej Annie! this is sooo interesting, it really opened my eyes about a few things! I love all your posts but i prefer posts like this one(about how to treat your body right with the right food) anyways, you're sooo inspiring,i love what you're doing, and keep it up! xoxo

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    36. thank you so much for the great info!

      I also sometimes suffers from acne, but it usually happens about a week before my period. Does this has to do with hormones? :(

      and I'll try to watch and write down everything I eat to see what food could trigger my breakout.

      Thank you once again!

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    37. HI Annie!!

      SO happy to know you and your family are safe and sound. But I just wanted to say that you are such a TRUE inspiration. I have been following your blog and youtube channel for
      quite some time and I must admit you have changed and inspired my life in so many positive ways. You have taught me so many things both beauty and health related, among many other things. More or less I just wanted to take a minute and say that I thank you from the bottom of my heart!! I send prayers your way for your health and security....and I can't wait until you get back to making more videos once you get everything up and running again. God Bless you Annie doll, and thanks again for all you do for me and the rest of your followers!!! xxx

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    38. Love your blog Annie!Я с Украины и очень рада что могу много интересной информации в твоём блоге))))Спасибо!!!))Zhanna

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    39. Annie, thankyou so much for this article. I'm going to go dairy free and wheat free with you too! I've gone completely dairy free before and it completely cleared up my acne, but recently I've been reaching for comfort foods that contain dairy baked into them (i.e. baked goods, pasta, etc.) So I'm going to stop that too. Please keep us updated on your journey, so we can all try this out together!

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    40. Very informative. Great job Annie!
      Love you!

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    41. Just to keep it short, here are some tips:
      1. I never had major acne issues and got pyoderma facial after I turned 30 (it basically happens due to hormones/stress) - bacterim, steriod packs, and steriod shots to face for major areas is what I had to do.
      2. NEVER use Accutane - avoid it at ALL costs
      3. I now only use Dove unscented sensitive skin bar of soap and occasionally very small drop of Tropix 5% benzoyl peroxide very very lightly
      4. Wash your face with room temperature water twice and then cold water 4 times
      5. I have been taking Vitamin E along with my multi-vitamin
      6. Aztec Clay Mask and Avalon Oragnics Vitamin C serum
      7. Moisturizing with Visibly Even by Neutrogena
      8. THROW AWAY ALL OLD MAKEUP IMMEDIATELY! Try not to keep anything longer than 6 months max. Also I don't use MAC anymore only Laura Merceier tinted moisturizer or compact

      Hope that helps
      B

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    42. Hi Annie:) thank you so much for all these precious tips! I am so thankful, I enjoyed reading all those detailed informations:) Now, I'm going to try everything you said to see if there's a difference on my skin:)thank you so much again, you're my biggest inspiration:)<3

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    43. Love your blog and your great advices!:)

      Tessy from
      www.drinkfashioneatbeauty.blogspot.com

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    44. Thank you so much for all this information. My daughter struggles so much with acne and nothing seems to help. I have read before that wheat had a lot to do with breaking out with acne. I will show her your blog.

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    45. Hi Annie!

      Just wondering if you have any health qualifications and if not, what sort of course/s would you be interested in doing? I'm studying Public Relations but would love to do a health/nutrition course on the side. Just a thought for your next Q&A video perhaps :)

      Thanks for being so inspirational and beautiful!

      Love from Australia

      xxx

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    46. have you ever considered becoming a vegerterian? meat also is not really that "healthy" for you.

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    47. Annie, you are seriously the best beauty/health/style blogger that I have ever come across. You're so committed, positive and smart - that makes you a pure joy to follow. You're a big inspiration to me.

      I'd like to urge you to do some research on factory farming and the health effects of meat consumption, since personal health is so important to you. You seem like such a compassionate, intelligent person that I think you should see for yourself that eating meat is hell for farm animals, bad for the environment and likely not very healthy for you due to the hormones, antibiotics etc. that are contained in all meat products.

      Much love!

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    48. Hi Everyone!

      I have just started taking the acne medication Roaccutane ... to see my progress and any related information visit my blog http://harrietamywright.blogspot.co.uk

      Thanks guys, really hope my blog can be helpful :)

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    49. Super guru come back giving good share for healthy for everyone again. nice guide healthy foods! Thank you,Annie O:)

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    50. thank you soooo much for all this great information!!! Ive read alot about acne as well, and this is similar to what ive researched but it was great to read it again to refresh my memory. ive dealt with moderate acne all my life too (due to inmbalanced hormones because of endometriosis) but then i started taking suma capsules and my hormones were finnally getting balanced (i was eating healthy as well) and i hardly had any outbreaks. my skin was looking so much better, and i i didnt feel like i needed make-up. then i got pregnant, and now im dealing with pregnancy acne. its very mild but i still dont like it. I use coconut oil on my face, and exfoliate with baking soda (i cant used regular acne products anyway since im pregnant) and those have helped ALOT! but i notice if i eat processed foods, i will break out a little. so all ur research is correct and i will have to remember to stay off the dairy, processed foods, and meat with hormones. by the way, my herbalist/nutritionist told me that the ONLY good milk for you is goats milk. she was really stern about it. i want to try it, but im so afraid i wont like how it tastes! :/ anyway, thanks for the info and all ur great videos! **much love from Cali Xoxo !!**

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    51. Wow. I do like to have a slim and maintain my skin for a glow skin. But I never follow the instruction given by others. Because controlling my diet is something hard for me. But after read this article you have changed my mind. I should follow all of your tips. And I should maintain a proper balance in my food.

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    52. Loved this post. Great information and reinforced some things I know I need to do

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    53. What would you say about low-fat dairy? I am a dairy addict and I can't imagine not eating cheese and milk. :(

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    54. Hi Annie! thanks to this amazing post, I do almost all the things that you say and I saw the big difference on me (not only in my acne problem, also with my body and weith) really quickly, but I changed milk for soya milk, because I don't knew that made the same effect, so I will change for almond milk as you say, just to try, and I will see!!! I have this acne problem for more than 10 years! i'm 27 years old and I want a nice skin :-) Thanks one more time and many best regards from Spain!

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    55. love your blog<33


      I use to be a big meat eater and dairy lover.. i rarely eat meat now unless is organic grass fed and i know milk causes my acne so i stopped drinking it for a month and ta-daa it made my face clear.. I assumed soy products and soymilk was a a better option for replacing meat and dairy any good articles on its effect on our body??

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    56. YOU R AMAZING GIRL! YOU R MY NEW INSPIRATION :X
      JUST ONE QUESTION. DID YOU SUFFER DEEP SCARS AFTER ACNE? IF YES, SO HOW DO YOU REMOVE THEM CUZ YOUR SKIN LOOK FLAWLESS NOW
      I'VE STRUGGLE WITH ACNE FOR YEARS AND TRIED HARD TO RECOVER. MY SKIN IS MUCH BETTER NOW BUT I HAVE SCAR ALL OVER MY FACE, ESPECIALLY DEEP SCARS WHICH MAKE MY FACE LOOK HORRIBLE EVEN WHEN I DON'T HAVE ACTIVE ACNE OR WHEN I WEAR MAKE UP CUZ IT'S SO OBVIOUS :( SAD T_T

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    57. I recently started drinking wheatgrass powder with water twice a day (fresh wheatgrass not available to me and plus it's a lot of effort to grow it yourself). I drink it first thing in the morning on a empty stomach and I drink it as the last thing I have at night and I've noticed in the first week I have been doing this - my acne has cleared immensely. It also helps if you exercise in the morning until you sweat and then shower with warm water to clear out the toxins and then have the wheatgrass. I have very acne-prone skin and this is something I will continue :) I also drink white tea regularly. It's like green tea but less bitter tasting and the benefits of green tea are increased in white tea as it is the least processed.

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    58. Wow very informative blog!!! And nice to read too. Keep up the good work. X from The Netherlands

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    59. Very informative, I just started reading today a book call the Insulin Resistance Diet, since I been diagnosed with his, it teaches you how to balances carbs (from vegetables to wheat) and protein. The important thing is, is to always have a protein when you have carbohydrates, ALWAYS, proteins helps keep the blood sugar level instead of having carbs by themselves and nothing controlling it. If you eat something such as a snack (like the donut which is carbs) with out any protein to balance out the sugar levels, it will cause some serious notable reactions in your body.

      Im still learning more about it, hopefully this will really change my body and help me change my eating habits and food choice.

      Merry Christmas, love your blog! first time writing here!

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    60. I have been off wheat and dairy for nearly a year now and the results have been amazing. Not only do I feel better and have less bloating, my skin is clear, glowy and healthy and I rarely have any breakouts.

      Sometimes a wheat and dairy free diet is hard to maintain - but the results make it worthwhile!

      xx

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    61. Bonjour Annie, je suis désolée d'écrire en français mais ma grammaire anglaise est vraiment très mauvaise... Sinon j'adore ton blog et les conseils que tu donnes, en particulier dans cet article, sont très astucieux. Merci beaucoup!
      Baisers de FRAAAAAANCE! :D (and happy new year)

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    62. Hey Annie, this was very helpful! Do you possibly have any tips on acne scars??x x x

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    63. Hi Annie! I cannot agree with you more - diet is a HUGE factor in our skin's health. I myself unfortunately have acne under the jawline. My new year resolution is to clear my skin and gain confidence at the same time. I've gone out and bought a whole line from Yon-Ka (fantastic French brand that primarily uses essential oils for treatment) and I'm also using Dr. Murad's book, The Water Secret. Follow my progress below and let me know what you think! Thanks and all the best in the new year xx JN

      http://mezzoandmezzo.blogspot.co.uk/

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    64. I recommend gluten-free buckwheat, millet/millet-grains, amaranth, you can add them to your meals like rice for example, or they make like little flakies from them or straight like powder from which you make porridge, or they make flours from these, also as gluten-free flours are great chickpea or pea ones if you would like to bake something :) You may already know about these, just in case :)

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    65. I loved these tips! Gonna try to eliminate dairy and wheat as well... I must admit it will be hard but I'm going to try! Thanks for these awesome tips Annie! Love,Kat xo

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    66. Acne is a common cosmetic condition where the skin develops areas with red color, blackheads, pimples and zits.I am affected acne. I am try to solve my acne problem in your post. Your post very helpful for me. Thanks

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    67. Regular exercise, drinking adequate water, avoiding excess sun-exposure, cleaning, toning and moisturizing your skin daily or in short, having a healthy lifestyle can lead to younger looking skin. 

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    68. I LOVE YOU! You are the most inspiration and kind hearted beauty guru on YouTube. You deserve way more subscribers!

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    69. I'm blogging as well and i really appreciate your content about acne. The article has really peaks my interest. I've got problems with acne as well and looking for tips to get rid of it. I am going to bookmark your site and keep checking for new information.

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    70. I suffered from bad Acne for several years. I tried using a lot of medications but to no avail. My zits used to get worse with these harsh creams. The results started showing up when I began applying Azelex. Because of its effective and ‘harsh chemicals free’ nature, zits on my face subsided within the usage of a few weeks. I feel so relieved that all the zits and bumps on my face are gone. Thanks Azelex!

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    71. In my teenage life, one of the most unforgettable moment in my life was having acne on my face. When I got annoyed but those unwanted spot, I usually squeezed or pop them up..I hated that years but after taking some medications and using natural products, my skin started to get clear. I believe one of the main factors why I had that acne was because of stress. There were sleepless nights for me when I was in college so I think that stress can lead to acne breakouts.

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    72. Thanks for sharing these tips on acne. I never knew apples went well with peanut butter. :)

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    73. i've dealt with moderate acne since early high school years. once i got to college, the acne was out of control. i was prescribed benzaclin as well as epiduo to help fight the severity of the acne that had manifested itself on my forehead. once my forehead was clear, my chin had become the new breeding ground of painful and embarrassing acne. this past year, i got a clarisonic brush for christmas, i was using natural facial cleansers and practicing hygienic makeup application. this seemed to keep the painful bouts aside, but i was still experiencing consistent flareups that made it hard for me to enjoy time outside of the house. what finally flipped the switch was cutting dairy out completely (i'm lactose intolerant but very lazy with it), cutting all meat besides fish (guess you could call me a "pescavegan" now!) and trying out a new cleanser. i realized that my skin was extremely sensitive and it wasn't taking well to anything with fragrance in it. i chucked my good-smelling cleanser with along with the moisturizer and replaced them with MyChelle's unscented honeydew cleanser and moisturizer. with the combination of my new eating lifestyle and listening to my skin's sensitive needs, i'm happy to say that i'm completely acne free.

      here are my best practices -
      1. i wash my hands thoroughly before washing my face - no point in taking off makeup with dirty hands!
      2. when patting my face dry after washing, i use a fresh viva brand paper towel each time and then throw it away. wash cloths harvest bacteria which is the last thing sensitive or acne prone skin needs. the fresh paper towel ensures that you're not putting bacteria back onto your clean face.
      3. unscented/fragrance-free products: i have all types of allergies - be it animals, food, or typical seasonal allergies like pollen. my most unfortunate allergy is fragrance. diagnosing this was the catalyst that boosted my skin from good to perfect.
      4. i moisturize only in the morning, immediately after washing my face and about 5 minutes before applying foundation. i have normal to dry skin, so i use my moisturizer as a primer. it also gives me a very fresh and dewy look to my skin. applying moisturizer day and night proved to be just a bit too much for me, but generally that's not the case for everyone.

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    74. This post is just amazing Annie! :) An acne doctor nyc would surely say the same thing and points.

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    75. Thanks for sharing.Your skin looks very refreshing. In addition, Go fruity. Eat loads of fruits and vegetables. Focus on fruits that are rich in Vitamin C and copper because these compounds help protect the skin.

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    76. Thank you so much Annie! I am 14 years old and I happen to have bad breakouts spreading throughout my skin including not just my face, but my back. When I was about 12, that is when I started to breakout. I never really took the time to care about it. Ever since, my skin has gotten worse and worse, and now that I'm 14 it has gotten to the point to where I just wanna cry. Lately, I've been trying to help improve my skin but I've been making it very difficult for myself because all I eat is junk. I'm talking about serious junk such as chicken, fries, burgers, brownies and not raking the time to have an apple or salad. When I first saw your videos I thought to myself, "How is this woman so gorgeous, and how is her skin so clean and beautiful?!". I realized that I had to step up and make a change with my skin. I've really been enjoying your health and skincare videos. They have been quite the help. I also really love your blog and I can honestly say that if I didn't find out about you or your blog, is probably give up on my skin and myself. You have really showed me that anyone cam have beautiful skin if they just set their mind to it. I can't thank you enough Annie!

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    77. My daughter is already having problems with acne and our dermatologist recommended Citrus Clear - so I tried this and it worked immediately. She is washing her face and using it daily and is a much kinder and gentler than other acne products. She loves it !

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    78. Thanks for sharing with us these hormonal acne treatment, this has been really helpful to me!

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    79. Acne can be hard to treat esp. during teenage years and it is necessary to have a balanced and healthy lifestyle to alter such acne breakouts.

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    80. Your article is very nice. I was suffering from Acne, since a long time. I started using Generic Azelex cream 4 weeks back and I can see a lot of improvement in my Acne. This cream is very beneficial.

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    81. I agree with you Drinking plenty of water is really very important for preventing acne as it flush out toxins accumulated in the body.It is clear that drinking plenty of water and eating a healthy and balanced diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables are important to maintaining skin health and preventing and even reducing the severity of acne.

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    82. The working of the acne curing products sounds quite effective as the personal experience about the product introduced in this blog. I have used it and found it working on my acne from the very first day. I would like to suggest this product to people having acne on their face.

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    83. really great ideas here for treating acne. thank you so much for sharing. haga

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    84. Really good info here. Thanks for breaking down the 3 factors as well.

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    85. Thanks for posting about this, I would love to read more about this topic.
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    86. Nice post!! i like your blog, you are providing good service

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    87. Hi Annie,
      Great article! I was wondering if maybe you can post a video, or write an article about what you eat when your
      out with friends. It is one thing to cook your own meals at home, but it is completely different if your eating
      out and have no control over the ingredients that goes into your meals.
      Thank you

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    88. Hello Annie,

      Your blog is very useful and have nice information .
      Thanks for sharing such a great information.

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    89. Hi there Annie ! :) Certainly a great blog! Your blog is very useful and informative. I like your ideas that you've shared to us ! It will help a lot of people treating there acne. Thanks for the tips !

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    90. The blog was absolutely fantastic! Lot of great information which can be helpful in some or the other way. Keep updating the blog, looking forward for more contents...Great job, keep it up..

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    91. It's so informative! Thanks a lot!

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    92. Pimples are skin problems faced by almost everyone. It is one of the major embarrassments in social parties, colleges, offices or in many other social gatherings. Pimples can occur on face, back and chest. Pimples or acne is one of the most frequent, chronic and common skin diseases. It occurs due to the disturbance in hormones or at the time of puberty.

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    102. Glad to be here. Choose products that are free from parabens and fragrance free too. There are many ingredients that can help non comedogenic that can help fight fine lines and wrinkles. 

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