Activated Charcoal: The Beauty Hack That Won’t Break The Bank

Activated Charcoal: The Beauty Hack That Won’t Break The Bank

For all of us who love a good beauty DIY trend or brand new cosmetic item, there’s a fresh game-changer in town. The name is activated charcoal, and it’s been making headlines in the beauty world. While it’s not new, per se, it’s definitely on trend. Don’t be fooled by the name: although charcoal might bring along thoughts of being on Santa’s naughty list, there are many beauty benefits to this lightweight black carbon.

An ounce of activated charcoal powder is as cheap as three dollars and can be the perfect ingredient to many DIY beauty projects. Whether you want to concoct your own beauty project or you’d prefer to head straight to the store, one thing is for sure: activated charcoal has plenty of cosmetic uses and won’t break the bank in the process. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular uses.

Activated charcoal for pearly whites

When we think of having nice white teeth, we certainly don’t imagine a fog of darkness smeared across them, do we?

Oddly enough, activated charcoal has been hitting the shelves of many retailers for its teeth whitening advantages. Activated charcoal is known for pulling toxins and removing stains, so it only makes sense to apply it to your teeth, where unwanted staining can occur from delicious hot coffee, tea, a glass of red wine, or nearly anything else.

activated charcoal toothpasteSurprisingly, after using activated charcoal on your teeth, all of the blackness washes away and will leave your teeth feeling clean, polished, and smooth. It might look unpleasant when you stare into the mirror, but after continued use, you’ll more than likely notice results.

Many popular toothpaste brands have even included charcoal in some of their products. Examples include:

For skin

If you’ve been experiencing less than desirable skin conditions, you’ll be amazed by the multitude of benefits that activated charcoal can provide. To begin with, this miracle carbon draws out some of the nasty things that negatively impact your skin, such as an overabundance of the wrong types of bacteria, dirt and built-up dead skin cells.

With activated charcoal, you can easily draw out oil, dirt, and any other substance that is causing clogged pores. It does this through its mighty powers of adsorption.

A fresh and glowing face is completely achievable thanks to this super-ingredient for your skin. Applying this product to your face in the form of a facial mask, scrub, cleanser, or on-the-spot treatment like black drawing salve will quickly draw out dirt and other skin imperfections.

Now, you might be tempted to stop reading this post and go order some charcoal powder for your face right now; but before you do that, you should know that like the previous hack, some popular brands have also taken advantage of the rave and created their own charcoal mask products.

These commercially prepared masks have different ingredients that may make them better or worse for your skin type and goals, so it’s best to read reviews to help you determine which activated charcoal mask is perfect for you before jumping in.

For gorgeous hair

Now that we’ve covered teeth and skin, it’s time to review how activated charcoal can make a difference for your hair.

Just like how it removes toxins from your teeth and skin, activated charcoal does the same to your hair. If you’ve experienced anything unpleasant such as clogged hair follicles, dandruff, or even scalp infections, activated charcoal should be one of the first beauty items you reach out for.

Did you know that using activated charcoal on your hair not only improves its overall appearance, but can encourage hair growth as well?

That’s right – charcoal works its magic by pulling out toxins and pollutants that restrict and compromise the health of your hair, making it grow faster and look healthier. Dirt and other substances weigh down your hair and regular shampoos are not only incapable of removing as much as activated charcoal, but they actually leave back more residue as well.

Final word on activated charcoal

Although activated charcoal has been around since practically the beginning of time, we’re now finally appreciating its detoxifying advantages on teeth, skin, and hair. Whether you decide to opt for a fun DIY project or premade mask, toothpaste or shampoo, you can rest assured that you’ve made the right decision for your pocket and your beauty – which is rare!

Pro tip: when going the DIY route, you might want to opt for the activated charcoal in capsules. They’re less messy and make it easier to gauge proportions.

About the author:

Thanks to today’s guest writer, Trish Sutton for this fabulous article! Trysh is a wife, mother, strategic leader and teacher. She runs a website called Pure Path, which is a naturopathic wellness site that promotes healthy living and healing through the use of essential oils and sustainable living.

You can follow her on social media to learn more about the benefits of essential oils, and healthy living practices.

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Is activated charcoal part of your skin, hair, or oral hygiene routine?

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The Lung-Skin Connection: Part 1

The Lung-Skin Connection: Part 1

Ah, the great outdoors! I wouldn’t be a true holistic health advocate if I didn’t wholeheartedly believe in the power of getting outside and experiencing nature. But in our current climate of car-clogged highways and pollution-exuding factories that never sleep, sometimes outdoor air isn’t exactly fresh. Does that mean we should spend more time indoors? Hardly. Indoor quality is often just as polluted, if not moreso, than outdoor air. When we breathe in polluted air, day in and day out, our bodies must work overtime to remove them. Out of the five main detoxifying organs of the body (kidneys, lungs, colon, liver, and skin), the lungs and the skin tend to become most taxed in the presence of constant air pollution. While all of our organs and systems are interdependent on each other for optimal functioning, the lung-skin connection often gets ignored.

You hear a lot about associations between skin health and heart, liver, gut, and endocrine health. But when our lung health is compromised, we our skin reacts too, often with chronic dryness, eczema flare-ups, and premature signs of aging such as hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles. While our organs all perform multiple tasks to keep us healthy, the lungs and the skin have those of respiration and detoxification in common. 

The lung-skin connection is well known in Eastern healing modalities.

Both Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine share the school of thought that says that skin eruptions and flare-ups that occur on certain areas on the face are linked with certain health issues. Sometimes called face mapping, it tells us that we see pimples popping up on a certain area of our face, it’s a signal that we need to be examining different areas of our health.

Acute flare-ups and sudden skin changes are more often associated with the liver, however more chronic skin issues are associated with the lungs. The lungs are associated with air, metal, and movement. When toxicants enter into the lungs, they must be expelled, otherwise they can build up and cause stagnation, mucus build-up, and inflammation. The skin, too, acts as a semipermeable barrier between outside pollutants and our inner organs. If the skin can’t “breathe” due to overexposure to toxicants or improper usage of skincare products, then similar stagnation-related problems also occur.

Lung health and wrinkles

It’s widely known that smoking has a powerful negative affect on the appearance and health of the skin.

Click HERE to read about how smoking affects the skin.

But toxicants in the air also take a huge toll on the way we age, and there have been a couple studies that have demonstrated this.

The Journal of Investigative Dermatology published a study that examined 400 women between 70 and 80 years old for signs of skin aging. They also took into consideration where these women lived and took measurements of general traffic emissions as well as ambient particles from fixed monitoring sites.

Here’s the one I thought was hilarious. They also tested dust in the women’s homes and analyzed it for pollutants. Imagine having your home scientifically analyzed for how clean or dirty it was. What a nightmare!

But I digress. Using what they measured about these women’s environments and how much their skin had aged, they found that air pollution was significantly linked to visible signs of skin aging, including hyperpigmentation, age spots, and wrinkles.

Traffic pollution was associated with twenty percent more age spots on the forehead and cheeks, and all types of pollution were found to be linked with more pronounced smile lines.

Now, women are beautiful no matter how we age, and our worth is certainly not correlated with how deep our wrinkles are. I am, however, realistic in knowing that for many women, this is a concern. If knowing these statistics motivates you to take care of your lungs, I’m happy.

Another study published in the Journal of Dermatological Science reviewed pollution and skin. They looked at research that had been done so far, collaborating with experts on environmental health, clinical research in dermatology and cosmetic dermatology. They looked only at studies that examined the effects of pollution on skin.

Their findings confirmed that air pollution damages skin, ozone depletes skin antioxidants, and that pollution-induced skin damage is a global problem.

The air, your lungs, and your skin

The EPA has a grim list of potential risks associated with breathing bad air. It’s not pretty.

Ozone, nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter, and sulfur dioxide are among some of the airborne materials that can irritate or damage lung tissue, putting you at greater risk for infections. Repeated or high levels of exposure to some of these can cause permanent damage, cancer, or even premature death.

Many of these symptoms aren’t observed right away. During fire events it’s more obvious that air quality is low, but on a normal day you may not be aware that what you’re breathing isn’t totally healthy.

Air quality isn’t something we have much control over, but we can benefit from being aware of our local air quality, its fluctuations, and knowing what we can do to help our lungs stay healthy.

Where’s the good air?

Different factors affect the air quality in the place you live, such as topography (valleys tend collect smog), amount of cars on the road, density of trees, number of factories and other high-emission buildings, and incidents of fires.

My friend Dr. Trevor Cates wrote an article on air quality and health and in it she shared this awesome resource for checking the air quality in your city. Don’t worry– if your city doesn’t score well, you’re not completely doomed. I share this because it’s always better to know what you’re dealing with, so you can put some attention on nurturing and protecting your lungs.

Depending on where you live, the air quality inside your house and can actually be worse! In fact, the EPA ranks indoor air quality among the top five environmental risks to public health. Off-gassing of chemicals from carpet and furniture, household cleaning supplies, as well as toxins brought into the house on clothing and shoes can accumulate and wreak havoc on your home air quality.

Here are some solutions for dealing with poor air quality both inside and outside the home:

Outdoor air pollution:

  • Avoid exercising on high pollution days or near heavy traffic areas.
  • Spend time in your local forests or highly vegetated areas.
  • Do your part to improve the air quality in your region! Reduce your use of wood burning stoves, drive as little as possible and don’t idle your vehicle, and support local efforts to reduce pollution.

Indoor air pollution:

  • Open your windows whenever possible to circulate fresh air throughout your space.
  • Invest in an air purifier, especially if your outdoor air quality is poor and thus opening the windows isn’t always the ideal solution.
  • Fill your house with plants that clean the air such as Spider Plant and Dracaena
  • Vacuum often if you have carpet.
  • Diffuse essential oils, especially those that support the lungs (keep reading to find out which herbs I recommend!)

In next week’s post, we’ll continue this discussion, and I’ll share some herbs with you that you can use to support healthy lung and skin health inside and out.

I’d love to hear from you!

Have you noticed a lung-skin connection in your own health? Please share in the comments below.

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3230460/

https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-qualityiaq

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25278222https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20664556

https://www.annmariegianni.com/pollution-and-skin-aging/https://www.annmariegianni.com/plants-that-clean-the-air/

Image credits: Air-pollution.JPG: Zakysant at the German, designmilk 

How Do You Know Your Skincare is Made Safe?

How Do You Know Your Skincare is Made Safe?

As you can probably imagine, I get a LOT of questions about skincare ingredients and skincare products. Since I make my own skincare products and have for many years now, I have to admit it’s hard to answer requests for recommendations for what skincare brands someone should use for their skin. It’s also a challenge, because I firmly believe that every person has unique skin, and doesn’t fall neatly into a generic skin type. But that’s another story (you can learn more about that here and learn how to really understand your skin and what it needs).

Toxic chemicalsTo be honest, these days I get far more inquiries about whether or not a product is SAFE, and how to know if a product is actually as safe as it claims to be. This is also not a straightforward response, because the terms “safe,” “non-toxic,” “natural,” and even “organic,” aren’t clearly defined or regulated terms. We have to look at the ingredient itself, how much is used and for what function, what other ingredients are in the formulation, how has the ingredient been sourced, and so on.

Since thousands of ingredients are used to make skincare these days, you can imagine it’s no easy task to know everything there is to know about each one. It takes time, money, dedication, research, and a lot of organization–and while I don’t have time to do that type of work in my business, I want to be part of the movement towards safer cosmetics on the global scale. I’m really proud to announce that I’m an inaugural supporter of MADE SAFE™, and am partnering with them on their efforts to innovate and investigate ingredients while prioritizing human health.

What is MADE SAFE?

MADE SAFE is a nonprofit organization that makes it possible for consumers to easily find products that are made without known harmful chemicals while also offering brands and retailers a road map to making and selling safer products. MADE SAFE™ (Made With Safe Ingredients) is America’s first certification to screen out known toxic chemicals in consumer products across store aisles, from baby bottles and bedding to personal care, cleaners, and more.

MADE SAFE is the only comprehensive human health-focused certification that screens products across all non-food categories. In addition to certification, MADE SAFE works with companies to:

  • Screen individual ingredients through its Ingredient Diligence service
  • Test ingredients using compound analysis
  • Explore safer alternatives and green chemistry approaches
  • Construct customized restricted substances lists
  • Communicate sustainability efforts
  • Conduct new research on ingredients
  • Educate consumers about ingredients and materials

shutterstock_327349763I chose to partner with MADE SAFE, because they are more than just a database of different cosmetic ingredients, or product safety rankings. There’s nothing wrong with those lists–and I still recommend that people reference them. But rather than just working to scrutinize and rank existing brands, as a formulator and educator myself, I share MADE SAFE founder and executive director, Amy Ziff’s mission to change the way products are made in America and around the world. As a precursor to certification with its Ingredient Supporter program, MADE SAFE works with companies on ingredient research, green chemistry approaches, and innovative solutions to make products as healthy as possible. 

What does it mean to be a MADE SAFE supporter?

As a supporter, I’m giving my own stamp of approval to the MADE SAFE principles. I also support new research and ingredient reviews, and am helping to further our shared mission to change the way products are made for the healthier. I also support MADE SAFE’s efforts to screen select ingredients to learn about human health and ecosystem concerns, and foster green chemistry innovation.

My role as a supporter on this platform is to communicate our sustainability efforts on health and safety to today’s conscious consumer (that would be you!), and also to educates on what it means to make a healthy product – i.e. a product that is made without known toxic ingredients. In my course, Create Your Skincare, I’m also dedicated to teaching my students how to make their products to meet MADE SAFE’s requirements so they can pursue certification for their brands from the start. I’m really lucky to pass this knowledge onto skincare formulators and product designers right when they’re beginning because it’s much easier (and less expensive!) to create products that comply with MADE SAFE standards from the start, rather than having to possibly reformulate down the road in order to earn certification.

MADE SAFE supporter logoIf you’re one of my current or past students, be sure you check for these updates to your course. And if you’re not yet, now is the perfect time to enroll–it’s such an exciting time to learn to make skincare both for yourself and for your business!

I’m proud to be a MADE SAFE supporter, and look forward to sharing the progress we make together to change how skincare and personal care products are made, while at the same time educating on the importance of ingredient safety. For more information, visit www.madesafe.org.

What do you think of MADE SAFE’s initiatives?

Please share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Is Bone Broth the One Thing That Can Fix Your Skin?

Is Bone Broth the One Thing That Can Fix Your Skin?

I have a funny story about bone broth. I first learned about it years ago when I was a student at the and was intrigued. I’m a lifelong soup lover. I’d even consider myself a soup connoisseur. I’d be perfectly happy to eat soup every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. No joke. And I sometimes do. But in all my years of soup loving and soup eating, I hadn’t heard of bone broth until then. And then it was something I started seeing more often and now, of course, it’s everywhere. So I asked my husband Joe (who’s an award-winning executive chef) about it, and if he could make me some. His response:

“So you want me to make you some stock?”

I said “No, I want bone broth.” And then proceeded to tell him what was in it and how to cook it to make it so magical.

His response? “So you want me to make you some stock. Because what you described is exactly how you make stock.”

So apparently, “bone broth” is simply animal-bone-based stock with a stickier name. I told Joe how it’s this big thing now, and doctors are now prescribing it for just about everything, and it’s so good for gut health, and the immune system, and the skin, and all that, and now big celebrities are talking about it and there are bestselling books about it, and all that. And then he rolled his eyes at me and said he’d go ahead and make me some stock. Sigh.

So let’s back up for a sec to where I told him about all the healing benefits of bone broth.

When I first learned about bone broth, I learned about how it’s so special–and it’s different from other soup–because slowly simmering the bones, herbs, and veggies for so long delivers healthy fats, bioavailable forms of protein (gelatin), minerals and other nutrients that you can only get from inside the bones and cartilage of the beef, poultry, pork, or fish that you’re using–not the meat or skin. These nutrients are particularly beneficial to the immune system and gut health (especially since the majority of the immune system lives in the gut), but also helps to build healthy, resilient skin from the inside out which is why we now see it associated with anti-aging skin health claims. What do you think, is the hype real, or is bone broth just another panacea that will fade away once the next big thing hits?

Dr. Kellyann Petrucci says bone broth is her one thing–and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

unnamedI have a real treat for you today, because I’m sharing my interview with the New York Times bestselling author of a book I love (with amazing recipes), Dr. Kellyann’s Bone Broth Diet, Dr. Kellyann Petrucci. I really loved that book, it’s about how to use my favorite thing–soup–to have gorgeous skin AND improve your overall health. The recipes in that book are quite delicious too! So when I found out that Dr. Kellyann wrote a cookbook with even more recipes–her new one, Dr. Kellyann’s Bone Broth Cookbook (which also comes with amazing bonuses!)–I knew I needed to have her on my show.

What piqued my interest the most about Dr. Kellyann, is that she’s a doctor who focuses on a real, whole food solution for just about everyone, before she even considers other treatments or solutions. She’s a naturopathic doctor, which means she’s more likely to use food as medicine than an allopathic doctor–but even so, I’ve never talked to a naturopathic doctor who has such a laser focus on one thing, and feels so strongly about how well it works so many things and so many people.

Watch my interview with Dr. Kellyann to learn WHY bone broth is her one thing…

…and what about it is so amazing for the skin, as well as get the scoop about her new book. Dr. Kellyann also debunks the myth that it takes a long time to see results from holistic healing methods–be sure to listen for that!

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Wasn’t that fascinating? By the way, here’s the link to the New York Times article Dr. Kellyann referred to with information about the study about how your gut health affects your ability to lose weight.

About Dr. Kellyann Petrucci:

Kellyann Petrucci, M.S., N.D., is the author of the New York Times bestselling book Dr. Kellyann’s Bone Broth Diet (Rodale, 2015), and the new book, Dr. Kellyann’s Bone Broth Cookbook. She also is host of the PBS special, 21 Days to a Slimmer, Younger You.

kellyannheadshot06_15A weight-loss and natural anti-aging transformation expert, Dr. Petrucci has a private practice in the Birmingham, Michigan area and is a concierge doctor for celebrities in New York City and Los Angeles. She is a board-certified naturopathic physician and a certified nutrition consultant.

Dr. Petrucci is a regular guest on television shows including The Doctors, Dr. Oz, and national news programs, and has authored six books for John Wiley & Sons. In addition, she is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and MindBodyGreen. She is the driving force behind the popular website drkellyann.com.

Dr. Petrucci did postgraduate work in Europe, studying naturopathic medicine in England and Switzerland. She is one of the few practitioners in the United States certified in biological medicine by the esteemed Dr. Thomas Rau of the Paracelsus Klinik Lustmuhle in Switzerland.

Is bone broth your one thing?

I’m curious–is bone broth (or stock, as my husband insists) part of your regular diet? Have you ever done a bone broth fast or cleanse? Please share your bone broth experience with me in the comments below!

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Cystic Acne? Here are 6 Possible Solutions from Integrative Skincare Pros

Cystic Acne? Here are 6 Possible Solutions from Integrative Skincare Pros

acne-saluda-udea-199x300Out of all the forms of acne, cystic acne often stands out as the most difficult to treat. While other forms of acne such as pustules (inflamed “whiteheads” surrounded by redness) might be more visible, cystic acne can be longer lasting and more painful. Of all the types of acne I used to have (and I had them all…for more than 2 decades), cystic acne was my most formidable foe. I’d get these cysts right at the bottom of my chin so that it looked like I had one side of my chin longer than the other, and I also sometimes got them on my cheekbones (making me look like I had Maleficent cheeks). While other forms of acne were easily manageable with topical skincare ingredients and deep cleansing facial treatments, the cystic acne did not respond.

So I picked. And squeezed. Hoping that pus would come out (as gross as that sounds), because that would indicate that I could get the infection out so that healing would commence. Nope, all I got was lymph (clear liquid), and sometimes even blood. So then, what was once a colorless–albeit painful–bump was now an even more painful bump with a gross scab on top, surrounded by redness. Awesome.

I knew I could always go to the dermatologist to get a cortisone injection or other pharmaceutical treatment to make the bump go away fast–but I also knew that I had not had results from dermatological treatments and medications for any of my acne in the past. It wasn’t until I figured out that I had imbalances inside my body, and addressed those with diet and lifestyle changes (and laid off the picking and aggressive spa treatments), AND adopted a gentle and individualized boutique skincare regimen, that the acne cysts went away for good.

Cystic acne is common among adults.

So many women come to me frustrated that they now have cystic acne, even though they never had acne in their youth. However, with the rise of Nutritional Aesthetics®, integrative and functional and medicine–as well as an increase in dermatologists who practice in an integrative fashion, answers are available.

I’m grateful to be in circles of amazing holistic and integrative health and wellness professionals who generously offer their expertise when someone asks for support. In one of my groups, someone asked for holistic and nutritional recommendations for cystic acne, saying that conventional acne treatments and medications such as retinol, benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic acid did not work.

Cystic Acne Got You Down-Here were 6 of the cystic acne questions and considerations that came from that thread:

1.What other topical skincare products and ingredients are you using? Retinol, benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic acid are all active acne medications which can be drying and skin irritant and actually contribute to inflammation with repeated use. If the other ingredients and products in your skincare regimen are synthetic chemicals linked to issues such as endocrine disruption, comedogenicity (you would be shocked at how many acne products contain pore-clogging ingredients) or skin irritation, then they could be contributing to the causes. While prescription medications aren’t always necessary to treat cystic acne, there are times when they can help, as part of an integrative treatment plan. Integrative dermatologist (and my lovely friend), Dr. Michelle Jeffries recommends an individualized plan for people with cystic acne, “blending prescription topical treatments with nutrition and supplements.”

My bestselling book, Love Your Skin, Love Yourself discusses the Skin Trigger Trifecta in detail.

My bestselling book, Love Your Skin, Love Yourself discusses the Skin Trigger Trifecta in detail.

2. Check your diet. Acne, including cystic, is often linked to something in your diet that your body either does not tolerate, digest, or absorb. The ‘Skin Trigger Trifecta‘ of gluten, dairy, and sugar should be avoided–and even if you haven’t been diagnosed with a wheat or gluten sensitivity, intolerance, allergy, or Celiac Disease, the high amounts if glyphosphate used in wheat could also be a trigger. If you’ve eliminated the Skin Trigger Trifecta and still have issues, you could have an undiagnosed food sensitivity, allergy, or intolerance. Both Dr. Keesha Ewers and Dr. Tami Meraglia recommend food sensitivity testing for people with cystic acne.

3. Sometimes even good fats are bad fats. Certified Nutritionist, Teri Cochrane pointed out that fat malabsorption from poor methylation can lead to hormone imbalance, which can cause cystic acne. She recommends that people with cystic acne reduce or avoid oils–even fish oils and therapeutic oils–and even essential oils. Supplementing with L-carnitine fumerate and choline inositol may help the body more effectively break down fats*.

4. Support your body’s ability to detox naturally. You don’t have to do a cleanse or sit in a sweat lodge to help your body detox (though either practice, done periodically and with the help of a trained detox professional may help). Follow these tips to help your body detox naturally. The brilliant Sarica Cernohous noted the importance of the keeping the body’s detoxification pathways clear. Supporting the the liver’s ability to clear toxic hormones, as well as promoting healthy lymphatic drainage and circulation is crucial.

5. Consider your constitution. Both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda teach that we all have unique constitutions–as do disorders, foods, moods, seasons–and that working with those constitutions can help restore balance–and in this case, the skin. Acne is associated with inflammation, which is associated with heat, as well as the Pitta constitution–but cysts are also associated with dampness and the Kapha constitution so a combination constitutional approach is necessary. Sarica adds: “From a traditional Chinese medicine perspective cystic acne is definitely a damp heat presentation.”

bacteria-268x2686. How are your digestion and gut health? Gut dysbiosis–an imbalance of beneficial vs pathogenic bacteria and microflora in the gut microbiome is a known cause of acne. Other gut health issues like leaky gut syndrome and SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth) are other contributing factors. A healthy gut is necessary for healthy skin. According to Dr. Grace Liu, in order to have a healthy gut: “First, you need a good variation in bacteria. Secondly, that bacteria should be well balanced, which means you have more of the good guys than the bad…We specically know that in acne cases, there are a couple of bad bacteria, like Corynebacterium, that are often out of balance. I suggest people get tested so we know the extent of the dysbiosis [imbalance] and tweak accordingly.”

I can tell you both from my own personal experience and from my professional practice that it IS possible to conquer cystic acne–you just might have to do a little detective work first to figure out the cause. Fortunately there are many professionals available today to help like those who generously offered their wisdom in this post–and like me!

Click HERE if you’d like to schedule a session with me to get personalized skincare advice.

share-your-thoughts-2-150x150Have you overcome cystic acne?

I’d love to know what worked for you. Please share in the comments below.

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How to Use Meditation to Get Answers to Your Skin and Health Questions

How to Use Meditation to Get Answers to Your Skin and Health Questions

How to Use Meditation to Get AnswersWe live in a society where skin, chronic, and autoimmune disorders have become the norm, and “disease management” is considered “healthcare.” I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have a disorder GONE–not managed or treated for a lifetime with drugs. I know what you’re thinking–some people NEED medication for their conditions. Maybe that’s true, maybe it’s not–but personally, I’d rather not go that route.

Fortunately, there are many, many holistic counterparts to pharmaceutical interventions that don’t just mask the symptoms of diseases–they actually address the reason why that disease manifested in the first place. But often, the search for alternatives and answers only leaves us with more questions. Did you know you can actually use meditation to get answers to your skin and health questions? In part 2 of my interview with Dr. Keesha Ewers, she gives a concrete example which shows that the answers are there–but you might be looking in the wrong places.

E-Squared-Pam-GroutIn one of my favorite books, E-Squared, by Pam Grout, the author talks about how this Collective Consciousness (she refers to it to the Field of Potentiality or ‘FP’), is accessible to everyone–but you have to tap into it. Just like how electricity is invisible, and you need to either plug into an outlet or flip the power switch on to access it.

We’ve gotten so used to searching for answers (and validation) from experts that we’ve lost the ability to rely on our own intuition. That intuition goes beyond just trusting your gut–it’s your direct invitation for a dialog with the Universe, God, Goddess, Collective Consciousness.

You can use meditation to get answers to even the toughest health questions.

Dr. Keesha Ewers and I had a long discussion (one of many!) about Ayurveda and skincare recently. When I asked her how she found Ayurveda, she told me about how her diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis–an autoimmune condition–triggered her search. What she learned is that she could use meditation to get answers, as well as the ancient practices of yoga and Ayurveda.

You can watch part 1 of our conversation HERE.

In part 2, Dr. Keesha talks in depth about what happens when you meditate, and shares a personal story of how a vision she got from her own meditation practice moved her along on her own journey back to wellness.

Watch below to learn how Dr. Keesha used meditation to get answers about rheumatoid arthritis:

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I know how frustrating it is when you have a skin, chronic, or autoimmune disorder and can’t seem to find answers to questions like “what caused this?” or  “why is this happening to me?” from conventional medicine, self-help books, or the Internet. The good news is that the answers are there–but they’re not always OUT there. Often they’re IN there–inside the deepest level of your mind–the part of you that’s connected to all the wisdom of the Universe. These answers are accessible through meditation. Some work might be necessary to prepare you to be able to access your answers, as Dr Keesha and I mentioned in our talk–but you don’t have to be an expert or guru to be able to receive intuitive guidance that’s specifically for you.

About Dr. Keesha Ewers:

dr-keesha-ewersDr. Keesha Ewers, known as functional medicine’s #1 Sexpert is board certified in functional medicine, as well as being a doctor of sexology, psychotherapist, Ayurvedic practitioner, energy worker, yoga teacher, and founder and host of the Healthy YOU! Radio network.

After being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, a supposedly incurable autoimmune disease, she was able to cure her own autoimmunity and discover the key to low libido in women. Through her innovative research, Dr. Keesha developed the Freedom Framework, which is designed to get to the root problem of any disease or imbalance.

For more information about reading the feedback from your body, Ayurveda, functional medicine and reversing autoimmune disease–and to download your free e-book and take Dr. Keesha’s dosha quiz, please visit www.DrKeesha.com.

Dr. Keesha is also the founder and host of the Women’s Vitality Summit. She invited me, along with many of our amazing holistic and integrative health colleagues, to speak. In our session together, we talk even more about how the mind affects the skin, how to restore vitality to look and feel your best, and about the skin’s bioindividual needs. All members of my email community will be invited to participate–sign up HERE to join so you don’t miss out on this amazing event (it’s free)!

Do you need help using meditation to find answers to your skin or health issues?

You can find more information on how to get started with meditation HERE, and you can download a 6-minute guided meditation and visualization HERE. If you need some 1-on-1 support, I can help you either with a customized Spiritual Skincare Affirmation or in my Skin-Self Mastery Method coaching program.

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