RANT: Stop Skin Break Outs!

I suffered (and still do) with annoying acne breaks outs most of my life
I have tried birth control, antibiotics, topicals, retinA, regular facials, topical bat feces (just kidding, but I felt like I had tried everything!)
Finally a Naturopath told me what I kinda’ already knew:
Your skin is a filter and when the organs (liver, kidneys and bowels) that normally do your filtering (of chemicals and toxins and hormones) get over worked, then those things build up in the skin.
Soooo the best things you can do for your skin:
#1 water water water water and then some more water (filtered) to flush out the bad and plump up your skin cells
#2 eliminate anything toxic:
sugar free chewing gum, canned beverages (they are full of  chemicals, even if they say “no preservatives” etc, they still have artificial ingredients),  anything with ingredients you don’t recognize or can’t pronounce, non-natural cleaning products and skin care products with dyes, fragrance or parabens, etc)
#3 more leafy greens:
celery, cucumbers, spinach, kale, etc—to detoxify your body. Are you tired of hearing me say it? Greens are so good for you! Anti-aging, cancer fighting, healthy delicious greens!
#4 consider doing a cleanse :
I have a favorite 2 week cleanse by Integrative Therapeutics or try daily detox with Yogi DeTox tea and Hepasil from USANA
#5 de-stress. We are all go go go all the time, which cranks up your cortisol (stress hormone) which can wreak havoc on your body. Salt and sugar cravings, poor sleep, irritability and skin break outs ensue. So relax, breath, go for a walk, sit and do nothing (when’s the last time you just did nothing!?)

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

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