January 24, 2017

The 2 Week Healthy Skin Cleanse


Skin care is big business.

  • Dermatologists book appointments at least a month out.
  • Stores line aisle upon aisle with skin care products.
  • Infomercials rave about the latest new incredible skin saving formulas.

Yet even with the latest youth serum, dermatology treatments, and skin care prescriptions, our skin still suffers. Skin creams and prescriptions bring little relief to skin difficulties such as rosacea, acne and chronically dry skin. Furthermore, the effects of youth serums and injections may give the illusion of fewer fine lines and wrinkles, yet the results are merely temporary.

healthy skin cleanseThe key to clear and vibrant skin isn’t contained in a jar…it lays on your plate.  Click to Tweet.

This healthy eating plan and lifestyle change clears the detoxification channels inside your body and leaves you with glowing skin. The purpose of this detox is to eliminate waste and flush toxins from your body so you have supple, clear and youthful skin. The key nutrients in certain foods can also protect your skin from the inside out by:

  • Balancing your hormones
  • Boosting your metabolism
  • Maximizing the efficiency of your eliminatory organs

Following this plan yields positive changes not only for your skin, but also for your entire well-being!

Eating for Healthy Skin

What you put inside your body is reflected by your skin. This makes the food you eat an absolute priority for maintaining healthy skin. Eating fast foods, processed meals, and sugar is akin to dumping toxic waste into your body. These things slow your metabolism and overburden your detoxification system. Your skin reveals the evidence of the foods you eat. Dry, dull and irritated skin declares your poor food choices.

On the other hand, healthy nutrient based foods support healthy skin In a variety of ways:

  • Vitamins, minerals and antioxidants help fight free radicals that cause aging.
  • Healthy fats and proteins support collagen formation and prevent dryness and wrinkles.
  • Water, herbal drinks and supplements flush toxins out of our system to keep skin free from acne and irritation.

The 2 Week Healthy Skin Cleanse

Healthy skin may require a lifestyle change in eating habits. However, giving yourself a jumpstart may be what your body needs to transition to healthy skin. I have put together a two-week plan that I believe will bring you results that would otherwise take months to achieve. If you want to fast track healthy skin, give your body energy or just make healthy choices, then follow this safe and do-able program.

There are 3 essential steps to this 2-week healthy skin cleanse:

  • Skin nourishing foods and drinks
  • Detoxifying supplements
  • Daily exercising and skin brushing

You can achieve beautiful skin results if you accomplish all 3 steps. Don’t take shortcuts or you won’t get the results you’re looking for! This plan may seem strict or inconvenient at first. It will also require some planning and preparation. But, I assure you that bright, glowing skin is worth it! Push through and you’ll see your skin transform!

healthy fats prevent wrinklesDuring this two-week jump-start cleanse, the most important aspect will be your diet. I designed this plan to cleanse your body of accumulated toxins. Your skin is your largest eliminatory organ, therefore toxins inside your body have the potential to come out through your pores and create skin issues. This makes eating foods that facilitate detoxification extremely important.

There are several foods that you CANNOT consume during this two-week plan. These foods cause congestion in the body and the skin, as well as disruption to the detoxification process.

Think of your skin like a sprinkler system. The underground pipes represent your lymph system and the sprinkler heads represent your pores. Eating congestive foods is like adding debris in the water line. At first the debris may only slow the flow of the water, but over time it completely blocks the water’s ability to escape! Congestive foods clog the skin’s natural system of elimination. This creates a toxic buildup, which in turn results in premature aging, irritated skin, and skin eruptions such as acne.

Following the two-week cleanse, you may incorporate some of these foods back into your diet. However, take note to eat only limited amounts given their ability to trigger further skin issues.

Foods to Avoid:

  • Dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.)
  • Wheat (other grains should be eaten very sparingly)
  • Sugar (in all forms, including honey)
  • Caffeine
  • White potatoes
  • Bananas (because they have a high sugar content)
  • Soy

During the two weeks, limit fruit to only 2 servings a day. Also eliminate high carbohydrate vegetables entirely due to their excess sugar. Sugar attaches to collagen in our skin through a process called glycation. When sugar attaches, skin  inflammation occurs and produces enzymes that break down collagen. Collagen is the connective tissue that holds our joints together and keeps the skin elastic.

When collagen breaks down, our skin becomes dull and brittle; wrinkles are a result. Sugar exacerbates acne, as well. Surges of insulin create imbalances in the body, leading to inflammation and acne. The constant rise and fall of blood sugar also disrupts hormone levels, which influence acne breakouts as well.

This plan eliminates grains, aside from a small serving of quinoa each day. This again is due to carbohydrates’ destruction of the skin. Gluten from wheat and other grains contain sticky proteins, which are difficult to digest, and also lead to skin inflammation and skin breakouts.

Dairy can also cause skin issues in many people. Pasteurized milk congests the body’s system and promotes mucus production. Furthermore, hormones to increase production given to cows end up in the milk itself and have been proven in studies to cause acne.[1]

Raw milk is tolerable for many people, as is goat’s milk. You can add these back into the diet after the initial two weeks.

Soy products may seem like a great vegetarian protein option to some. However, the effects of soy on the body are far from healthy. Soy mimics estrogen and promotes hormonal breakouts. Avoiding soy not only prevents skin issues, but also prevents future health issues…such as infertility and cancer! Not to mention that all soy is genetically modified.

Caffeine can also promote hormone disruption by increasing cortisol, the stress hormone. Stress and acne have always had direct connection because of cortisol’s presence. Cortisol increases inflammation in the body, which results in acne and premature aging of the skin.

Although I am a big believer of plenty of healthy fat in the diet, limit fatty foods during this cleanse to help give your liver a much-needed break. After the cleanse, feel free to increase your daily healthy fat intake with coconut oil, olive oil, fish oil or avocados. These healthy fats are essential for skin moisture and suppleness.

The foods recommended for this 2 week skin cleanse help promote:

  • Hydration of the skin
  • Detoxification of the skin, as well as the body’s cells and systems
  • Increase in skin collagen and elastin
  • Reduction of inflammation-based breakout and skin issues

Recommended Foods

  • Unlimited vegetables (excluding carb based, white potatoes and corn)
  • Fruits (2 servings a day only)
  • Eggs (free-range or organic)
  • Chicken (free range or organic)
  • Lean beef (grass-fed or organic)
  • Lamb, veal, and fish
  • Healthy fat (1 tbsp coconut oil per day, olive oil for sautéing)
  • Quinoa or brown rice (½ cup per day only)
  • Lemons or lime (for daily lemon water)
  • Raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar
  • Dandelion tea
  • Green tea
  • Raw almonds (2 tbsp a day only)
  • Unsweetened almond milk
  • Full cream coconut milk (2 tbsp a day)
  • Bone broth
  • Gelatin
  • Sugar free rice or whey protein powder
  • Stevia

Healthy Skin Cleanse Instructions

You will begin each day with a liver cleansing drink. Mix water with the juice of half a lemon and drink this on an empty stomach. The lemon stimulates bile flow and encourages liver detoxification. This is a great way to kick-start digestion and cleanse the system.

Fifteen to thirty minutes after drinking your lemon water, eat a protein based breakfast. This is typically an egg dish or protein shake.

The cleanse includes a morning snack followed by lunch, an afternoon snack, and dinner. Some great snacks during the cleanse include:

  • 1 serving of fruit
  • 2 tbsp raw almonds
  • 1 hard-boiled egg
  • Veggie sticks with fresh salsa

Lunch and dinner are always served with a glass of bone broth, which is rich in collagen, amino acids and skin enhancing minerals. You can drink unlimited amounts of bone broth throughout the day or whenever you feel hungry. Store bought gelatin can also be mixed into a smoothie or water for a great source of collagen and protein. I recommend Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen Hydrolysate, available HERE.

A sample day is as follows:

  • 6:30 am: 1 cup filtered water with ½ squeezed lemon
  • 7:00 am: Omelet with eggs, spinach, onion, and mushrooms or a protein shake (1 scoop protein powder, ⅛ cup frozen berries, 1 tbsp gelatin, stevia and 1 cup unsweetened almond milk)
  • 9:00 am: 1 tbsp almond butter with an apple
  • 12:00pm: Mediterranean Chicken Stir fry (recipe below) with 1 cup bone broth
  • 3:00 pm: ½ grapefruit
  • 6:00 pm: Crockpot carne asada in lettuce wraps (recipe below) with 1 cup bone broth

Hydration is key to detoxification, so be sure to drink at least 8-10 glasses of water each day.

Water benefits the skin by:

  • Hydrating skin cells, which prevents wrinkles and dry skin
  • Encouraging the lymph system to circulate and flush toxins out of the system
  • Supporting kidney detoxification by flushing out toxic waste

Healthy Skin Detoxifying Supplements

detoxifying herbs for healthy skinDetoxification benefits the skin by preventing bodily toxic wastes from accumulating under the skin’s layers, which clog pores and damage healthy skin cells. Adding detoxifying supplements to your cleanse can help speed the detoxification process, help curb caffeine and sugar cravings and facilitate more dramatic results for your skin.

The herbs I recommend during the 2 week healthy skin cleanse include:

Dandelion Root

This well-known “weed” has some amazing benefits for the body. Dandelion stimulates bile flow, promoting liver detoxification. The release of bile is laxative, and accelerates the breakdown of various steroid hormones, causing an indirect, favorable effect on eczema and other skin conditions. It also acts as a mild diuretic and encourages flushing toxins and removal of excess hormones from the kidneys, including those that trigger acne breakouts. Dandelion root also helps the body dispose of unwanted skin bacteria.

For those of you who love to have morning coffee, there is an amazing alternative called Dandy Blend. It is a roasted dandelion coffee alternative that tastes like real coffee!

Dandelion root is one of the best “spring cleansing” herbs, making it the perfect drink for healthy skin! Click to Tweet.

Milk Thistle

Milk thistle is named for the milky sap that oozes from its leaves. This powerful liver detoxifier contains active components that not only encourage liver detoxification, but also promote liver cell regeneration!

Researchers from the University of Colorado Cancer Center explain that when a cell is damaged by UV radiation, it must be repaired or killed so that it cannot go on to cause cancer. Their research shows that the milk thistle extract does both.

This means that milk thistle not only protects the liver, it helps heal damage done to the liver from its years of hard work.

Red Clover

This herb is well-known for it’s blood detoxifying properties and it’s ability to heal inflammation of the skin, producing radiant, healthy skin. Red clover also helps balance hormones in the body, which reduces breakouts and premature aging. Red Clover retards the process of skin aging due to its estrogen-like effects and helps maintain youthful and vibrant skin. It also ensures appropriate skin thickness and healthy keratinization and vascularity of the skin.

Burdock Root

A powerful astringent root, burdock expels toxic products from the blood through the urine. It also contains natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties giving it the ability to calm skin irritations and acne. Burdock is an excellent preventative for common skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma. It is used in Russia and India for cases of cancer as many herbalist claim it has the ability to stop cancer from metastasizing.[2]

Exercise and Skin Brushing for Clear, Healthy Skin

A well-functioning lymphatic system is foundational for clear, healthy skin. The lymph system acts like a trash service by transporting toxic waste out of the body. Lymph fluid lies right below the skin’s surface. It is constantly cleaning cells and dumping toxins into the blood in order to keep the body clean. When overloaded with toxins, the lymph system becomes sluggish and the skin suffers. If the lymph system isn’t moving properly, toxic wastes sit below the skin causing irritation to the skin cells. Acne, skin inflammation, and even cellulite can result from a sluggish lymph system. By stimulating the lymph to move and circulate cellular wastes out of the body, you naturally improve skin health!

One of the best ways to stimulate the lymph system is through exercise. Brisk walking, rebounding and swimming are great exercises to keep the lymph moving. The lymph system needs stimulation in order to move. Sitting all day creates a stagnant lymph system, which leads to a build-up of wastes. Take 20 minutes each day during the 2 week healthy skin cleanse to exercise and promote lymph circulation.

Skin brushing is another great method to stimulate the lymph system. It stimulates circulation and also exfoliates dry skin. Skin brushing also clears clogged pores and leaves skin soft and smooth. Skin brushing is performed on dry skin and requires a special stiff bristle brush designed for this purpose.

I recommend brushing once a day body prior to showering. This will help wash away the dead skin cells and wastes off the surface after brushing.

The key to skin brushing is to always brush toward your heart. This is best for circulation and your lymphatic system. Brush your entire body starting at your feet and working up your legs to your arms, chest, back and stomach. Avoid brushing your face because the bristles are too harsh for delicate facial skin.

Benefits of Clay Baths for Soft, Clean, Youthful Skin

Benefits of clay bathsClay has been used for centuries to absorb toxins in the human body.Many different tribes would eat clay along with their meals as a natural food poisoning preventative.

Ingesting clay absorbs toxic microbes present in undercooked or spoiled food. Click to Tweet.

Bentonite clay, in particular, contains the innate ability to absorb toxins not only inside the body, but also topically through the skin. This unique clay carries a strong negative electrical charge that attracts the positive charge of many toxins. When used on the skin or in a bath, it will pull toxins and heavy metals out of the skin’s pores. Using clay baths during your two-week cleanse will increase detoxification, soften your skin and decrease skin inflammation.

During the healthy skin cleanse, take two clay baths a week, using 2 cups of clay in a tub full of hot water. Soak in the tub covering as much of your body as possible for 15-30 minutes.

Clay footbaths are also an alternative to a full body clay bath. Just add 1 cup of bentonite clay to a basin filled with six inches of hot water. Relax and soak your feet for 15-30 minutes.

Bentonite clay is such an amazing “magnet” for toxins, that you can actually feel it pulling them out through your skin! I have taken many clay baths and I am always surprised to feel such a strong pulling sensation. It’s very reassuring to actually feel it working!

Bentonite clay has anti-aging properties, as well. It helps increase oxygenation in cells by pulling out excess hydrogen. This allows the cells to replace the hydrogen with more youth enhancing oxygen instead. Get your detoxing bentonite clay HERE.

A study from Arizona State University found bentonite clay to be highly effective at killing MRSA, as well as salmonella, E. coli and others infectious bacteria![3] This is a tremendous discovery because strains of bacteria, like MRSA, can be highly resistant to antibiotics.

Creating a clay poultice of bentonite clay and applying it to wounds can be more effective than antibiotic ointments! Click to Tweet.

Eating for Healthy Skin 

This two-week skin renewing cleanse can be life changing not only for your skin, but the overall health of your body. It may feel challenging at first to make the necessary dietary changes, but your body will begin to crave the nutrients contained in these skin enhancing foods. Once you have things running smoothly on the inside, revitalized skin will show on the outside.

I encourage you not to stop after the two weeks are over. Once you’ve got a clean slate, so to speak, maintain it. You may add other foods back into your diet, but I urge you not to stray from the nutritional foundations of this plan. This nutrient dense diet is designed for optimal health and well-being. It will increase your energy levels, facilitate healthy weight, and promote daily detoxification.

Below are two recipes for delicious meals you can include in your skin cleansing plan, as well as the recipe for skin supporting bone broth. If you are in need of other recipes, I encourage you to surf the internet and websites like Pinterest to find new and exciting ideas that utilize the foods allowed on this plan.

The popular Whole 30 diet and Paleo diet both include many of the same principles and foods as the healthy skin cleanse. Don’t be afraid to experiment, be sure to keep the list of foods-to-avoid as a reference.

Skin Supporting Bone Broth

skin supporting bone broth recipeIngredients:

  • 1-2 lbs. beef bones, chicken carcasses, lamb bones (usually free from the butchers or use the saved bones from roast chicken or beef)
  • A splash of apple cider vinegar (optional – this can help to extract the minerals from the meat bones)
  • 2 handfuls of any onions, leeks, carrots or celery ends
  • 1 tbsp black peppercorns
  • A few dried bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 4 cloves garlic


  1. Place the bones and other ingredients into a large stainless steel or ceramic cooking pot and cover with cold water. The water level should cover the bones by ½ inch while still leaving room at the top of the pan.
  2. Cover with a lid and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, lid on, skimming off any foam that rises to the top. The longer the bones simmer, the more nutrients are released. Cook chicken bones for 12 hours until the bones begin to crumble and beef bones for 24 hours.
  3. Strain the liquid, using a fine mesh strainer for poultry. Use immediately or leave to cool before storing (preferably in glass/ceramic rather than plastic).


  • You can also use a slow cooker. Just cook on high for 12 hours or more.
  • Beef bones produce a lot of nutritious fat – skim some of it and save it for roasting vegetables.[4]
  • Any leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to three days, or freeze the stock in a glass container.

Mediterranean Chicken Stir fry


  • 2-3 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 2 zucchini, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers, cut into small pieces
  • 14 oz. can artichoke, cut into small pieces
  • ½ cup pitted kalamata olives, chopped
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In large oven safe skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Sear the chicken breast on both sides until golden brown.
  3. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
  4. In another skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until translucent. Add zucchini and cook until zucchini is just cooked through. Add peppers, artichokes and olives. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Slice the chicken and toss with the veggie mix.[5]

Crock-Pot Carne Asada Lettuce Wraps

steak lettuce wraps recipe for optimal digestion and healthy skinCarne Asada Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. steak
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 tbs minced garlic (about 4 cloves, chopped)
  • 2-3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/3 cup bone broth
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 2 tbs chili powder
  • 1 tbs cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Lettuce leaves (butter lettuce, romaine, or iceberg)
  • Avocado, sliced
  • Salsa
  • Lime wedges
  • Cilantro


  1. Rinse off your steak and pat it dry.
  2. Liberally cover it with salt, pepper on either side. Set aside.
  3. Chop up your onions and tomatoes.
  4. In the bottom of your crock-pot, add your bone broth.
  5. Place your steak on top of the broth and cover your steak with the onion, tomatoes, and garlic.
  6. Add the lime juice, pouring it evenly over the whole mixture, then the chili powder, cumin and cayenne.
  7. Set your crock-pot on a low setting and cook for 6-8 hours.
  8. Once it is done, shred your beef and serve it on a lettuce cup with your favorite toppings!

Don’t put your hope in the latest skin creams and concoctions any longer. Take the time to cleanse your body from the inside out and watch your skin transform before your eyes.

The fountain of youth isn’t found inside a bottle; it’s contained in the nutritious, revitalizing, and purifying foods you put inside your body. Click to Tweet.

Clear, vibrant, and younger looking skin is just two weeks away!

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Amanda Box, N.D.Amanda Box is a Traditional Naturopath and a graduate of Clayton College of Natural Health. She’s been in the health and wellness industry for over 12 years and currently practices naturopathic consulting in the Kansas City, Missouri area. Her passion is helping others achieve wellness of the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. If you don’t have a good local naturopathic practitioner to turn to for your personal needs, Amanda does phone consultations! She can help you with weight loss, detox/cleansing, acute and chronic illnesses, skin and body care, grocery shopping, pantry overhauls, and more! Visit her blog “My Life in a Healthnut Shell” at http://amandabox.blogspot.com/ for contact info.



[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15692464
[2] http://www.naturalnews.com/031524_burdock_root_herbal_remedy.html
[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2413170/
[4] Adapted from nourishedkitchen.com
[5]Adapted from paleoperfectly.com

3 Tips for Healthy, Flawless and Beautiful Skin


It’s the largest organ of our body and one of the most important parts of our of immune system. This built-in bodily feature protects us from the environment, helps to regulate our body temperature and eliminates wastes. Its color is unique and exclusive to each and every person. Yet, even with all its amazing capacities, this body part is regularly injured and often not properly cared for.

This incredibly important organ is our skin.

Skin is a taleteller. It exposes your life choices for everyone to see. Those who choose to smoke their entire life display wrinkles and dry skin that expose their choice. Others who baked in the sun have darkened leather-like skin to show for their years under the rays.

3 tips for healthy flawless beautiful skinBut, what about skin issues like eczema, psoriasis and acne? These skin conditions can be embarrassing and cause pain both psychologically and physically. Are these conditions a result of life choices?

The answer is most often is yes. Many times people who believe they are making good choices for their skin still fall victim to one of these conditions. They use the creams the doctor prescribed, but often go years, if not their whole life with flare-ups. This is because the cause of their skin issue is not truly being addressed. Remember, our skin is a taleteller. When these skin issues occur something is wrong underneath the surface.

The Inside/Outside Dynamic of Your Skin

I always say, “An outside problem is most often an inside problem.” Our skin reflects the condition inside our bodies. When something is out of balance inside our body, our skin lets us know. For example, allergic reactions can manifest as hives and viruses can cause rashes, warts and cold sores.

When something is awry inside our body, our skin sounds the alarm. Click to Tweet.

Though it is rarely addressed in the doctor’s office, conditions like eczema, psoriasis and acne have internal roots. I mention these conditions because they are the most common. However, many other skin conditions fall into this category, as well.

These internal causes are why topical creams only work temporarily, if at all. Most of these creams, in particular for eczema and psoriasis, work by suppressing the immune system. They may briefly suppress the outward manifestations of the immune system, but they don’t correct the typically overactive immune system underneath.

Where Do You Start for Healthy, Flawless Beautiful Skin?

Taking care of your skin holistically isn’t rocket science. On the contrary, it’s quite simple, easy and rewarding; it just takes knowing what to do and following through with it. By adhering to the natural remedy steps below, you will give your skin a chance to be, feel and look beautiful and healthy.

The first 3 tips for flawless skin I’ve compiled from my experience as a naturopath. They can be part of any holistic skin care regime for smooth, soft and radiant skin.

Next, you will find the secrets to reveal your most vibrant inner beauty. If you suffer from eczema, psoriasis or acne, these are the pillars of real and lasting beauty and equally important. Don’t overlook these simple and easy steps; they are crucial to your recovery, beauty and health.

3 Tips for Healthy, Flawless and Beautiful Skin 

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The Top 3 Internal Acne Fighting Herbs

The most common skin complaint among both teens and adults is acne.[1] This skin condition can be extremely difficult to treat. Hormonal upheavals during puberty and adulthood leave millions of people on a hunt to get rid of their blackheads, whiteheads and pimples.

Teenagers typically get acne in their T-zone (the forehead above the eyes, the nose, mouth area and chin ); their oily skin only makes breakouts worse. The products designed to treat acne dry out the skin, exfoliate dead skin cells to open pores and kill bacteria. However, these products are too harsh and can leave the skin dry and irritated. Prescription medications such as Isotretinoin carry powerful warnings such as its category X rating for birth defects. Isotretinoin decreases the size and activity of the sebaceous glands, drying out the skin. Liver damage, IBS and depression are also serious side effects from this acne drug.

keys to being acne freeTopical ointments such as benzoyl peroxide can kill acne bacteria and prevent acne. However, these ointments often leave skin flaky red and irritated from their drying properties.

Diet also plays a huge role in the presence of acne. Trans fats, artificial ingredients and lack of nutrition leave the body overburdened. The skin, the eliminatory organ that it is, allows the food waste products to come out through its pores. This toxic waste elimination irritates the skin and clogs pores resulting in acne. That bag of fries that you just ate was deep-fried and saturated in oil and now that oil is seeping out through your pores.

Water intake also plays a part in the elimination process as water helps flush wastes out of the body. If the body is even slightly dehydrated and the pores become clogged, the imbalanced pH of the skin will allow bacteria to flourish.

Drinking more water assists the kidneys and liver to efficiently detoxify. If you don’t drink enough water, wastes become more concentrated and aren’t eliminated through the proper channels.

When we don’t sufficiently hydrate, our skin is the first site affected in the body’s water conservation management program. If we are dehydrated, our skin loses moisture and our circulatory system cannot adequately provide essential nutrients to the skin.

Infrequent bowel movements can also cause acne. Once waste builds up inside the body, it has no where else to go. Skin becomes the dumping ground and wastes begin exiting through its pores, leading to acne. Yuck!

Drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day to keep your skin well hydrated and to flush out wastes. If you aren’t having daily bowel movements, invest in a mild laxative like Cleansemore by Renew Life, available HERE. Magnesium citrate is also a safe laxative and comes in pill form, powder, or liquid. Regular exercise is also a great way to experience regularity in bowel movements.

Treating acne topically does not require drying the skin out as most acne treatments intend. Instead, the keys to being acne free include:

There are several herbs that have skin cleansing properties and can help to eradicate acne.

The Top 3 Internal Acne Fighting Herbs

Red Clover

  • Cleanses blood by promoting urine and mucus production.
  • Improves circulation and stimulates the secretion of bile.
  • Aids in detoxification of the liver and kidneys.
  • Soothes irritated skin.
  • Contains isoflavones, which can balance hormones and prevent hormonal breakouts.
  • Apply topically to eczema, psoriasis, and rashes to soothe redness and inflammation.

Burdock Root

top 3 acne fighting herbsBurdock root contains antiseptic properties, which wipe out acne-causing bacteria. It also neutralizes toxins that are exiting through the skin.

Burdock root contains a substance called polyacetylene, which can impede the growth of fungi and bacteria. It can help purify the skin by preventing the accumulation of dried keratin, dead skin cells and bacteria that gives acne its typical, inflamed appearance. Because it is such a powerful anti-inflammatory, burdock root is excellent for reducing the redness caused by acne, eczema and psoriasis.

Yellow Dock

Yellow dock contains blood cleansing properties making it a powerful tonic for the skin. It also stimulates detoxification of the liver. Its cleansing action prevents toxic waste build up and clears the skin. This astringent root is also helpful in treating eczema and psoriasis.

You can purchase these herbs naturally or in a combination formula. Red Clover Supreme by Gaia and Skin by Solaray are great formulas. If taken daily, you can begin to see the skin-clearing-results of these herbs in as little as a week!

These herbs can treat acne by restoring hormonal balance, killing off bacteria and reducing inflammation. They have far fewer side effects than conventional medication, too. Chances are, your skin will repay you in kind for not simply ravaging it with strange chemicals-and your wallet and overall health will thank you, too.

Many people struggle with these common skin conditions. When it comes to acne, psoriasis and eczema, as a naturopathic doctor, I often see that underlying imbalances in the body contribute to skin issues. Frequently I find that skin complaints are related to the body’s impaired detoxification ability, hormonal imbalances, inappropriate immune responses or digestive disorders.

Here are some of the tips and recommendations that I have found to be the most helpful for people dealing with skin issues.

Amanda Box, N.D.Amanda Box is a Traditional Naturopath and a graduate of Clayton College of Natural Health. She’s been in the health and wellness industry for over 12 years and currently practices naturopathic consulting in the Kansas City, Missouri area. Her passion is helping others achieve wellness of the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. If you don’t have a good local naturopathic practitioner to turn to for your personal needs, Amanda does phone consultations! She can help you with weight loss, detox/cleansing, acute and chronic illnesses, skin and body care, grocery shopping, pantry overhauls, and more! Visit her blog “My Life in a Healthnut Shell” at http://amandabox.blogspot.com/ for contact info.


[1] https://www.aad.org/dermatology-a-to-z/diseases-and-treatments/a—d/acne

What’s Causing Your Acne?

How To Have Soft And Smooth Skin

by Dr. Scott Saunders, M.D.

As it turns out, acne is caused by a number of hidden triggers. Toxins, food and hormones can change your face from soft and smooth to breakouts.

  1. Acne is caused by toxic overload of the liver with certain toxins.  These organic toxins include mostly dioxin, BPA, and pesticides. As a result, the liver may not be able to adequately purify all toxic substances that enter the body, so these excess toxins either end up stored in our fatty tissue or eliminated through one of the bodies seven elimination channels – one of these being the skin.
  2. Foods also trigger acne. The primary foods that cause inflammation are omega 6 oils and sugars.
  3. how to have soft and smooth skin 2Some artificial sweeteners also exacerbate acne.
  4. Steroid hormones such as cortisol (stress) tell your body to produce more pore-clogging oil.
  5. Puberty triggers significant chemical activity that can play with one’s hormonal balance, causing the appearance of acne and other skin blemishes. Hormonal activity doesn’t just cause acne for teens (males with too much testosterone); women with PCOS have hormonal imbalances that frequently cause acne.
  6. Acne is really not due to washing, or lack thereof. It’s not the outside, but rather the inside. As Jesus said, “Cleanse first that which is within… that the outside… may be clean.”[1] Thus, drugs, scrubs, gels, pastes, exfoliants, soaps, etc., may improve the symptoms, but do not address the problem.
  7. Acne is not an infection, but rather an inflammation of the glands of the skin. Killing the bacteria on the skin can relieve the inflammation for a short time, but, doesn’t address the problem.

The key to healthy skin isn’t just dealing with the symptoms — like lathering on potions and lotions, popping and pricking pimples, or taking antibiotics or strong liver damaging medication. The way to totally relieve the problem of acne and have clear, clean, smooth, beautiful skin is to get rid of inflammation. This may be different in different people, but here are some ideas that really work to douse the fires of inflammation.

5 Ways to Get Rid of Acne Naturally

1. Detox program.

The purpose of detox is to give the liver what it needs to get the normal toxins out of your body.

In order to this, you need the right high-nutrient and low-toxin foods. Be careful of protein powders or smoothies, as they often contain sweeteners that can make the problems worse. In my office we carry a Standard Process Whole Food Detox Kit that works very well. You can also get Nourish Greens or other powders that add nutrition without toxicity.

The best detox, if you don’t want to use powders or pills, is to eat ONLY organic, raw vegetables, and organic, grass-fed beef, chicken, or wild fish for four weeks. Some of the vegetables may be cooked, like spinach. It’s best to eat an up to 9 cups per day. It is a must to include brassica vegetables like broccoli, kale, and Brussels sprouts. Avoid the starchy foods like potatoes.

2. Cleanse program.

A cleanse program takes the toxins out of the body. Using up the glycogen in the liver and muscles so you use up fat for energy does this. It always requires a limited diet, or fasting. Some cleanse with only water, but there are MANY different cleanses (juice fast, Master Cleanse, broth cleanse, etc.).   This can be done one week at a time over many months, and then once or twice per year.

I prefer the broth cleanse because it adds easily absorbable nutrients and minerals without any sugars, allowing the body to get rid of inflammation. To follow this protocol, drink only broth, about 2 quarts per day, for one to four weeks, depending on the need.

The key to an effective cleanse is to have an empty stomach, which allows more anabolic metabolism, lowering the catabolic hormones and inflammation. You will lose about a pound per day, so don’t overdo it.

3. Sweat

It is essential to sweat regularly to remove toxins and keep the lymph system in circulation. Some sit in a hot box and sweat, but it’s best to heat the body from the inside with exercise.

4. Ongoing diet

The food you eat should change to avoid toxins such as bad fats and sugars.

  • Good fats come from grass-fed meats, avocado, coconut, olive oil, and so forth.
  • Make your own dressings for salads.
  • Have lots of greens every day.
  • Avoid grains such as pasta, breads, cereals and the like.
  • Avoid sugar in any form. Avoid the taste of sweet because they are all toxic. Berries are fine if you need something sweet. You may also have an occasional orange or other organic fruit.

5. Stress reduction

While you cannot avoid stress because it comes from change and change is inevitable, you can mitigate its effects by following a few principles.

  • Exercise regularly. Work out enough to tire so you make endorphins.
  • Have a hobby in which you lose yourself.
  • Have goals, and work to achieve them.
  • Avoid stimulants such as drugs, caffeine, and sugar.
  • Get enough sleep: go to bed early, and get up early.
  • Make connections with others: close friends, family, spouse. Love is the best stress reliever.

By following these principles, not only will you get rid of acne and have clear, smooth skin, but you will improve your life in so many ways! It will prevent and get rid of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes – the three biggest killers in America!


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scott-saundersDr. Scott D. Saunders, M.D. is a practicing physician, specializing in preventative health care, who utilizes eclectic health care for the whole family, including conventional, orthomolecular and natural medicine. He is also the medical director of The Integrative Medical Center of Santa Barbara in Lompoc, CA. He went to UCLA medical school and is board certified in family medicine. View natural remedies with Dr. Saunders at: http://drsaundersmd.com



[1] Matthew 23:26

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