As promised yesterday, here is my video where you get to find out which natural products and ingredients I deem fit for my own face! Check it out below and leave a comment when you’re done! Thanks!
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As promised yesterday, here is my video where you get to find out which natural products and ingredients I deem fit for my own face! Check it out below and leave a comment when you’re done! Thanks!
I’m not a big fan of overdoing the face products. Watch my video below to find out how I feel about external skin care – face washing, product use, and topicals.
After all this hype about meditation, I am about to walk the walk. I have been lazy beyond doubt when it comes to actually meditating regularly, and I want to change that. I no longer want acne to hold me down in any way.
I decided on using the Meditation Program system and I am going to challenge myself to meditate every single day for 2 months until I finish the program, and hopefully beyond that if I am seeing exciting results. They say that after you finish the program, you only need to listen to the tracks a few times a month to keep the benefits going.
I don’t know if that is true, and I don’t know how the program is or what will happen, but there will certainly be updates and a full review at the end.
First of all, just let me tell you a little about what’s going on with me right now and why I’ve decided to do this.
I’m breaking out. Not anything like I used to, but I have a few large spots right now. I seem to go a few months with almost perfect skin, and then I may have a little stint where I break out. It always goes away although I always fear that it won’t. My skin is good, but it is not perfect all of the time.
When I’m clear, I think I’ve beat the acne. I think that I’m free, and that it no longer owns me. I feel confident and on top of the world. I can hardly imagine how obsessive and desperate I used to feel.
But every time a few new spots surface, all that fear and desperation starts to creep back in. I am very aware of it.
Suddenly, I feel my self esteem drop – it feels like a light switch. Anything else that’s going on in my life that I may have been confident about starts to become scary. I begin to doubt myself that I’m worthy to do whatever it is that I am trying to do in life at that given time.
To be honest, the irony is that I figure the reason I might be breaking out right now is because I have been so excited about this website. I’ve been working so hard on it that I’ve been slacking off on my own advice. I’m skipping meals, staying up later and later, and not moving around as much, as I am always on the computer.
I also ended up taking a round of antibiotics a few months ago for a urinary tract infection. I didn’t know what to do at the time. I really didn’t want to take the antibiotics, but I did. I regret this very much. Last month, my digestion suddenly became very poor, and has been since. Was it the antibiotics?
Frankly, it doesn’t matter what’s causing this breakout. It isn’t about antibiotics or my intestines.
It’s about the fear that acne instils in me to this very day… it starts to control my thoughts again and I automatically begin to start thinking about how I can control the acne. I start imagining that I’ve become sensitive to something new, or that maybe I shouldn’t have eaten this or that, or maybe I picked up a parasite from that sushi I ate.
This is really destructive behaviour. I eat a pretty healthy diet. I don’t worry about the tiny details if I go out for dinner or over to a friend’s house like I used to. But in general, I hardly eat any processed or refined foods, I don’t eat gluten or dairy, I stay away from deep fried or damaged vegetable oils, and I eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, as well as greens and salads.
My diet is fine. There is no need to start nit picking. But that is just the habit that my brain has formed around these feelings of low self esteem and despair that the acne literally brings to the surface.
Anyway – back to meditation.
I obviously know the benefits, and I know what is possible for my own growth. I know that it would undoubtedly help me work through these problems with my inner self that I still encounter. I truly believe that if I put the effort in here, I would not get these intermittent breakouts. And if I did, well… it just wouldn’t matter to me any more. I would be able to transcend above it. This is the goal.
But I haven’t. I want to, and I think about it, but I’ve been lazy and just haven’t put the effort in.
If you’ve ever tried meditation, you probably know why. They say it gets easier and more fun, but frankly… I’ve never put the time in to get past the boring beginning stage; therefore, all my self esteem issues are still just sitting there waiting under the surface, lying dormant until my trigger begins to set them off, one by one.
I definitely understand why everyone decides to get a strict diet regimen going on before they ever think to work on their emotions. It just seems too abstract to possibly work. Food is something more tangible, more real. Plus… we have to eat anyway! Meditation just feels like another thing we have to add into our day when we’d rather do something else.
I’ve been meaning to work up the motivation to meditate until I truly feel the benefits.
I finally decided that I am going to do it. This is the perfect time, as my digestion has become poor, I’m breaking out… I am tempted by my old habits and brain patterns to change my diet. But instead, I will change nothing in my diet and simply meditate instead.
This way I can see for sure how much it really affects my skin.
I tried one of the brain entrainment tracks from the Meditation Program today, and so far so good. It wasn’t nearly as boring as I had feared. It kind of sounds a bit like a quiet helicopter with some relaxing swirling noises over top of it. It was surprisingly enjoyable, much more so than any of my past attempts at meditation. I’m actually pretty excited for this whole thing.
Here’s hoping for the best! 🙂
What are some challenges or goals you can set for yourself in your journey toward better health and clear skin? Let me know in the comments below.
This is part two of this three part mini series on meditation and acne. Click here for part one
How do you actually meditate, exactly? Most people picture someone in a yoga outfit sitting cross legged with their palms up. That or a monk in Tibet sitting for hours on end.
These images are misrepresenting the possibilities. You can meditate for as short or as long as you want, and in any position. And no, you don’t have to wear Lulu Lemons or an orange robe.
The principle behind it is that you are clearing your mind and becoming completely within the present moment. Your thoughts may wander, but that is okay. You are more aware of them. You realize that they are just mere thoughts; they are not part of you and you begin to observe them as an outsider. You become detached from the emotions they may provoke. As you do this and your body becomes relaxed, you begin to tap into different brain waves than you normally use in your waking life. This is where the benefits lie.
Maybe you’ve heard of the brain waves before – beta, alpha, theta, and delta.
As a practised meditator, you can begin to tap into these deeper brain waves while awake and learn some pretty profound things about yourself… including which emotional problems held in your subconscious are wreaking havoc on your face.
Okay sure, but I’m still not willing to spend hours a day and years of my life to get there.
Besides that, it’s really hard to get past the boring, frustrating part of meditation that you encounter when you first begin exploring it. You don’t really get what’s supposed to happen and you start itching to watch tv or something. I’m still not past this point.
But there is good news. Technology has a solution for everything!
They’ve come up with things called brain entrainment tracks. Basically, you listen to one of these soundtracks on your headphones, and they play different frequencies into each ear. Somehow your brain decides to follow somewhere in the middle of these two frequencies, and voila. You’ve tapped into a deeper brain wave.
So yeah! Now you can just cheat! You don’t even have to do or learn anything, you just put the soundtrack on and relax and it does all the work for you.
With both of these systems, there are different levels of entrainment tracks. You listen every day for up to an hour, and then you move onto the next level. They train your brain to take you deeper and deeper as you go through the program. As you advance through it, it becomes easier and easier for your brain to tap into these altered states whenever you want to.
So far, I’m heavily leaning towards Meditation Program. Holosync is the industry leader, but Meditation Program is much more affordable (only $85 for all eight levels vs $179 for just the first of twelve levels) and much quicker to move through the levels (only eight weeks to complete all levels vs four to six months for just the first level). I’ve also read some reviews that say Meditation Program’s tracks are more exciting to listen to.
Anyway, stay tuned for tomorrow and hopefully I will have figured out which one I want to use and let you know more!
Click here to read part three of the series
Meditation is a powerful tool, no doubt about it. In fact, it’s such an important tool in getting clear that this is the first part of a three article mini-series in which I am going to explore the possibilities with you.
The benefits of meditation make up a very long and comprehensive list. It has an incredibly profound effect on our mind and emotions, which directly affect the body, which directly affect our skin.
If you want to read a list of 100 benefits of meditation, you can check it out here.
I strongly believe that acne is often a physical expression of our deepest sorrows, our feelings of unworthiness, and our limiting beliefs about our selves.
This is why diet alone often will not permanently free you from acne. Sometimes people will try incredibly hard with their diets, and not get the results that they want. Again, they think that nothing works and give up, retreating further into the dungeons of the acne curse.
Even if you do get clear with a strict diet alone, as soon as you bend the rules slightly, you may break out. As a result, you may not have much acne, but acne is still indirectly owning you in the form of this life restricting diet. Your life is filled with strict patterns and routines. Almost all foods outside of your tiny range carry a weighted fear.
Frankly, that is not how I want to live my life. Restricting food beyond reason will not ever truly set you free. I want to eat like a normal, healthy human being, but I do not want to have to stay at home in fear of being forced beyond my will to eat a trace of gluten or a smattering of soy.
I am a spontaneous person. I love travel. I love road trips and camping weekends. What’s the point of being acne free if you still can’t enjoy your life to the fullest? Being clear should not be about restrictions and routines.
But guess what? I don’t think we need to be trapped the way we may think.
If you identify your harmful emotions, work through them, and release them, you will no longer be so sensitive to less than optimal foods. Your system can handle more. Maybe you will finally go over the line to clear skin that had been evading you for so long. If you were already clear, you will be able to stray from a strict routine once in a while with no consequence.
But the best part is that now you can truly enjoy your clear skin and your wonderful, glorious, beautiful life to the fullest – the way it was meant to be lived.
I certainly want my life to be easy, happy, and carefree! Who doesn’t?
Have you ever wondered why the happiest people look so beautiful and vibrant? Or that they live to a ripe old age even though they eat whatever they want?
It’s because they are truly happy. They aren’t bothered by the little things. They have low stress and feel good about themselves.
This is where meditation can help you. It can bring the difficult emotions to the surface so that you can release them. It will raise the bar when it comes to what bothers you and what stresses you out emotionally. Suddenly a couple pimples just won’t matter anymore. As a result, your health will skyrocket and those last few spots will most likely just fade away.
Sounds great right? But what about how boring and frustrating meditation is? Don’t I have to sit like a monk for hours to become zen like Buddha? I don’t have time for that *^%$.
It really doesn’t have to be that way – it turns out that technology has provided us a fast track to nirvana. Stay tuned for my next article, as I will be discussing how to meditate and the different options available for you!
Have you tried meditation? What were your experiences?
Click here to read part two of this series
If you read my article about food sensitivities, you know that certain foods can cause an immune reaction and a lot of inflammation when you eat them. This may result in acne. Food sensitivities can vary widely from person to person, and people can be sensitive to basically anything. However, there are certain foods that are much more common than others when it comes to what causes problems.
Watch the video below to find out the top three!
I also explain in this video which grains contain gluten and which ones don’t.
Picture yourself on a warm spring day. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping. Finally winter is gone and It’s like a dirty, thick smog has retreated from your mind and your heart. You wondered why you had ever felt so dull.
This is how I always feel come spring!
Why is that sunshine has such a powerful effect on us? And why is it that a lot of people undeniably tend to have better skin and less acne in the summer time?
So as you can see, if you aren’t getting sunshine, you definitely want to be spending some time outdoors.
This may seem counterproductive to what they always tell you about the sun causing cancer and that you should slather yourself with sunscreen from head to toe and not be allowed out of your house. Hallelujah, you say, now you can lie all day in the sun and head back to the tanning bed.
Well, not exactly, but you should aim to get about 10 to 20 minutes of direct sunlight on you and your face every day. It only takes that much exposure to produce plenty of Vitamin D. This doesn’t mean with creams and sunscreens and moisturizers… in fact, creams like this actually block the sun from making the vitamin in your skin. You want this sun exposure to be pure and unadulterated to get all the benefits.
I actually try to avoid wearing sunscreen if I can help it anyway… all it is is a bunch of chemicals seeping into your body. I will wear it if I am spending a whole day at the beach, otherwise I just try to get small bits of sunshine and lots of shade to avoid burns (although the healthier you eat, the less sensitive you are to sunburn in general).
I know… I live in Canada. I am aware.
Okay, so there is only so much within our control. We can take Vitamin D supplementation to help us through the winter. There is also the possibility of investing in a sun lamp, but I have personally never looked into this option.
But most importantly, we can then make sure we are getting outside as soon as possible come spring, so that we can take full advantage of the mysterious benefits sent so kindly from this vital orb in the sky.
How much sunshine are you getting? Do you live in a wintery place? Work indoors? Wear too much sunscreen? Share your thoughts below!
If you are trading in your bad habits for healthy, acne fighting ones, you should know that using willpower alone will never work in the long run. You need to start thinking differently!
Check out the video below to find out why.
Are you resentful toward the idea of having to change your lifestyle? Share your thoughts below!
So, in my last video about why I don’t recommend taking Accutane, I mentioned that there is sometimes an initial breakout when you use holistic treatments.
I should have explained that better because I realize now that it sounded a bit scary!
Have you ever heard of something called a healing crisis? It’s not as bad as it sounds.
Your body is constantly detoxifying wastes through our body’s natural methods of disposal. Your lungs, your bowels, your urine, your liver. When these become too overloaded and can’t keep up with all the toxins flowing into your body, this is bad news – because the toxins have to come out somewhere.
For some people, they end up overweight because their bodies decide to store the excess in their fat cells. For some people, it comes out in the form of a headache or arthritis. For some people, it decides to release the excess through the skin… sometimes in the form of acne.
Okay, so what this means then, is that when you first decide to change up your lifestyle for the better, the overloaded detoxification organs, like the liver, release their excess toxins. This is the first step in the healing process and it’s a great, wonderful, fantastic thing!
But because everything is still pretty backed up at this point, it can come out through your skin which results in a very temporary worsening of your acne.
This shouldn’t last more than a week or two before your acne goes back to the average level of acne that you normally see. You should also be aware that this probably only means a few more spots than usual. If you generally have mild or moderate acne, it’s not like it’s going to suddenly jump 5 points on the severity scale, so don’t worry.
In this time after your healing crisis, your body will begin to heal your disposal organs, and they will be able to dispose of toxins properly, without having to get them out through your skin.
I want to emphasize though that a healing crisis is not even something that is guaranteed to happen. It’s more likely to happen if you jump head first into a strict cleanse or detox diet, where your body is suddenly capable of releasing a bunch of toxins at once.
If you were to make slower changes to your health, it’s unlikely you would see any worsening of your acne at all.
The point of this article is that it’s a reminder to you all to be patient… there’s a lot of healing work going on in your body that you can’t see, and it can take a couple months before you start to notice a difference on your face.
I know, I know… it’s unbelievably difficult not to get scared and frustrated when you are making all this effort and it doesn’t appear to be working.
I used to go crazy about it, but just remember that calming down and having a little faith will help your body to heal faster than going nuts in frustration. I experienced all this stuff myself… the healing crisis, the frustration, the worry. And look at my skin now!
Go for a walk with a friend or meditate in nature. Remember that this isn’t forever.
You’ve dealt with acne this long, what’s a few more spots when you know this is the last few months you’ll ever have to deal with them?
Do you usually have enough patience to see if a treatment works, or do you quickly go from one treatment to the next? Share your experiences below!
I had a question from a reader who was considering taking Accutane and whether I would recommend it.
If you have acne, you’ve probably heard about Accutane. This is a pretty messed up drug! Yes, it could clear your acne, but you may also end up with intensely painful bowels, severe depression, and a baby with a basketball head.
Watch my video below to find out why I didn’t take it and why you shouldn’t either:
Severe long term side effects only occur in a very small margin of the population. However, if you are interested in reading some real world experiences from people who regret taking Accutane, check out this thread on Acne.org to find out what happened to them. What’s scary is that permanent side effects often show up only after you’ve stopped the course of medication.
Have you been on or thought about using Accutane? What was your experience with it?