Acne Fighting Herbs & Supplements That Work



Skin issues?
This could be the end of the battle on acne for you. This combination of progesterone & phyto-estrogen rich supplements maybe just what you need to fight hormonal acne.


Researchers have explained that the main cause of most acne is an overburdened liver. The liver, with its numerous functions,  filter, detoxify, and clean our blood. It is hit hard every day by hormones, fats, caffeine, allergens, etc. When it is unable to filter these components it recycles them back into the body to be expulsed either through the digestive system or the skin.

It has been said that the skin is the window to the gut/ intestines.

Unsatisfied with my regimen that mainly treated/prevented troubled skin, I dug deeper to get to the gut of the problem and find a natural solution that would STOP acne from ever occurring. 

I hypothesized that my acne was hormonal, because I eliminated known allergens and high fatty foods from my diet a while ago. I hardly drink caffeinated drinks and only eat chocolate occasionally.

In my case, my acne occurred 7-10 days before my cycle and began to subside a few days after the last day of my menstruation.

This could only mean that my acne was simply hormonal.



Hormonal acne is typically caused by a spike in estrogen levels prior to menstruation. So, I figured that if I could balance my hormones, preventing estrogen to peak during the time of my usual PMS period I could possibly, successfully eliminate the possibility of acne all together.

So, far I have been acne free :) My skin is smooth and clear.

I focused on the balancing hormones by taking Omega 3 and 6 supplements along with papaya enzymes to dreak down these essential oils properly. The Omegas promote the production of "good" hormones, and many people are deficient in these. Then, I completely changed my skin care regimen.

I did not change my diet. I even had fried food and some chocolate on  occasion. This too proved my guess that my acne was caused by a hormonal imbalance.

Daily Skin care regimen:

1. Gentle Soap for cleansing twice a day (Earth Science/Burt's Bees Baby Bee)
2. Aloe Vera Gel as a moisturizer (Fruit of the Earth)

Supplements (Taken 7-10 days before my cycle) :

1. Liver cleansing herbs 3-6 times a day:
   Milk thistle, Artichoke, Dandelion, Turmeric (Natural Factors Milk Thistle Phytosome)
2. Barlean's Omega Swirl or Evening Primrose (3 times a day),  Flax Seed (3-5 capsules times a day). or 1 Tbsp Flax Oil daily
4. Burdock (3 times a day)
5. Super B Complex vitamin (daily suggested amount)

6. Vitex/ Chasteberry- recommended daily amount but stop the week before menses and begin again the day after the last day of menses.

Alternative Supplements (pictured above):

1. Solaray Skin Blend (recommended daily intake) 
2. Vitex/ Chasteberry- take daily recommended amount but stop the week of menses and begin again the day after the last day of menses.
3. Barlean's Omegas

DRINK MORE WATER!!!
It's amazing how much more my water intake improved the overall condition of my skin. If I haven't drank enough my skin begins to look oily and blotchy.


This has worked for me, and I hope it will for you or someone you know :)

Review: Garden of Life Perfect Food , Country Farms Super Green Drink Mix, Paradise ORAC-Energy Protein & Greens


 
 
I've been a naughty girl lately and it caught up with me. The acidity from chocolate, starches, coffee, etc. have literally held me down. Thank goodness for alkalizing foods and supplements. If you have been skeptical or indecisive to try alkalizing green powders here are a few reason why you should:
 
1. Alkalizing/ Healing (blood, joints, liver, skin, etc)
2. Detoxification/ Purification (blood, digestive tract, liver, kidneys etc)
3. Probiotics/ Digestion
4. Adaptogens (not all carry stress fighting and calming herbs)
5. Vitamins & Nutrient Density
6. Plant protein & Iron
7. Energizing & Revitalizing
8. The benefits are noticeable within minutes!
 
 
Here are a few to consider:


Garden of Life Perfect Food RAW Organic (Priced $30.39+)

http://www.vitacost.com/productResults.aspx?N=0&ss=1&Ntt=garden%20of%20life%20perfect%20food%20apple

This was the first green powder that I tried. It was suggested that I avoid all acidic foods including chocolate flavored green powder mixes so APPLE was a great alternative. This powder was still rather "chalky" in texture after mixed in a blender cup that includes a blender ball. I found it best blended in a smoothie or juice.

For a little extra, the Protein & Greens were great for breakfast with the vanilla flavor offering a similar taste to cereal. https://www.gardenoflife.com/content/product/why-choose-raw-protein-and-greens/


Country Farms Super Greens Alkalizing Greens Blend ($14.97+)

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Country-Farms-Super-Greens-Alkalizing-Greens-Blend-Natural-Flavor-Dietary-Supplement-Powder-9.88-oz/46536624#about

Among it's many benefits it's very affordable and found locally at Wal-Mart. Most importantly it's the best tasting and best texture of all that I have tried. It blends very smoothly when shaken with the blender ball. It tastes great alone and it's affects are instant.
 
 
 
Paradise Herbs Energy Protein & Greens  (Price Range $27.49+)
 
 
This mix has all the best ingredients including adaptogens like Rhodiola (my favorite), Ashwagandha, Holy Basil, Ginseng, and Suma.
 
The unflavored is very bland (not even sweetly "green" like other green powders) and does not taste GREAT mixed with non-dairy milk. The taste is easily masked with fruits and juices in smoothies.
 
 
I hope you experience the same benefits my family has - I'd love to hear about it! So, please leave your comments below.    

Review: Burt's Bees Soy Candle Wax Melts - Not Manufactured by Burt's Bees


I was so excited when I spotted quite a few Burt's Bees brand wax melts at my local Wal-Mart.
I warmed them up as soon as I got home. The fragrances were not over powering and did not affect my sinuses, but the ingredients were not labeled. So, I did a little digging and find out that although these melts carry the brand name of a company I have trusted for years they are not found on Burt's Bees site. Alarming, I know. Although this products carries the name it is not manufactured by Burt's Bees and honestly there is no telling what ingredients are used. I noticed the jar candles are labeled to use "soy".

As if that wasn't disappointing enough, after the first two melts the product dissipated but did disappear in a timely manner after heating. The separation of solid and "liquid" remained for quite some time as opposed to other wax melts. I associate authenticity of  natural and organic products with the time it takes to break down and disintegrate.

More importantly after the waxes were heated there was no longer a distinguishing of the labeled scents. They all melted and faded into one - Vanilla. Not that It was unpleasant but simply unwanted.

No, I will not purchase again until there is a label one the front that says "New and Approved" and on the back clearly lists the ingredients.

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