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If you are actively breaking out, you MUST check all of your skin and hair products against the list of pore-clogging ingredients we have provided! This is critical to ending the acne cycle. CLEARstem serum will then heal your skin cells back to their original healthy state and minimize the trauma your skin has undergone so that healing happens faster, and hormonal acne will be minimized.

 We’ve touched on the anti-acne diet before, and it’s still one of the most frequently asked about topics! I wanted to do an updated piece on diet recommendations for your health and your skin! 

At San Diego Acne Clinic we spend a HUGE amount of time examining our patients’ diets. My 3 biggest eating tips for people are: 1. Hot water with lemon in the morning (alkalizes the body and stimulates digestion), 2. Digestive enzymes before meals to aid in food break down and maximize nutrient absorption, 3. Stick to the Low Glycemic Index. We’re going to focus more on #3 in this article because it is so dang critical to maintaining clear skin. The Glycemic index of food measures how quickly the sugar in a food item spikes your blood sugar (breaks down into glucose). Sometimes you grab a piece of fruit when you’re hungry and then you’re hungry again 20 minutes later and other times you can be sustained on one serving of veggies for hours. That has to do with the glycemic index of the food you’re consuming. We want foods to have a LOW glycemic index, so our body burns the calories slower, steadier, and without creating an unwanted spike in blood sugar. We want to avoid high glycemic foods (think soda & candy as perfect examples) because the sugar enters the bloodstream extremely quickly.

Why do we care?

 Blood sugar spikes cause inflammation in the skin! Affects other things too, but mainly your precious skin. Your happy complexion can become oily and broken out as a result of the sugar overload. Like, overnight. (PRO TIP: Alcohol is all sugar, so we generally stick to Tequila + Lime + Soda for getting the job done without a sugar overdose.)

 When it comes to structuring your meal plan, it’s important to get enough fiber, veggies, and clean protein. The Paleo plan is generally very low-glycemic but diets are not for everyone. I strongly feel that women need good carbs, and so do those who exercise regularly. We recommend clean, whole foods that you can pronounce rather than a specific diet. We have taken the liberty of crafting a sample diet plan for you below + you can get a ton of additional information on supplements and other important anti-acne diet tips on our skin nutrition page: https://clearstemskincare.com/skin-nutrition-anti-acne-diet/

THE IDEAL PLATE (see graphic): We want our plates to be bright, with a lot of color from different veggies and fruits! The more naturally colorful your plate is, the better. Ideally, your plate should hold 50% veggies, 25% protein, and 25% low glycemic carbs. Below is a useful chart of all the safest, LGI fruits & veggies. 

Here’s a sample of a great day:

Breakfast:

Large cup of hot water with plenty of lemon OR green tea with lemon. Avoid coffee if possible- it’s just not great for you and is dehydrating. 

Option 1: Whole grain rolled oats + berries, cinnamon, chia & flax seeds

Option 2. Gluten-free toast with almond butter, berries

Option 3: Cheerios (they’re gluten free!) with Almond or Flax milk 

Option 4. Veggies or brown rice with clean protein 

Snack options: Low glycemic fruits  and veggies (see chart!)

Lunch: Follow the Ideal Plate guidelines! Aim for about 25-30% protein to ensure that the meal is low-glycemic. That’s the easiest rule of thumb.

Dinner: Follow the Ideal Plate guidelines. Aim for about 25-30% protein to ensure that the meal is low-glycemic. That’s the easiest rule of thumb.

Dessert: Berries or oranges with cinnamon. Trust us, it’s delicious.

No matter what you eat, digestive enzymes are there to assist and provide universal benefit. When planning your meals it’s critical that you FEEL good and are nourishing your system with hydration and proper amounts of fiber, veggies, and good protein. We don’t like diets that interfere with your natural needs (like avoiding all carbs), and we know that every culture has dietary habits that are practiced from childhood, so if your system is used to eating a certain way and it’s not causing inflammation, go for it. There is no one size fits all, but there is an excellent framework provided by the Ideal Plate structure! Bon appetit friends. 

Love, Danielle & Kayleigh

 

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If you are actively breaking out, you MUST check all of your skin and hair products against the list of pore-clogging ingredients we have provided! This is critical to ending the acne cycle. CLEARstem serum will then heal your skin cells back to their original healthy state and minimize the trauma your skin has undergone so that healing happens faster, and hormonal acne will be minimized.

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Clogged Pores Be Gone https://clearstemskincare.com/clogged-pores-be-gone/ Fri, 24 May 2019 04:01:19 +0000 https://clearstemskincare.com/?p=1184 San Diego Acne Clinic & CLEARstem Skincare know how frustrating it is to battle with clogged pores. So here are some tips

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If you are actively breaking out, you MUST check all of your skin and hair products against the list of pore-clogging ingredients we have provided! This is critical to ending the acne cycle. CLEARstem serum will then heal your skin cells back to their original healthy state and minimize the trauma your skin has undergone so that healing happens faster, and hormonal acne will be minimized.

San Diego Acne Clinic & CLEARstem Skincare know how frustrating it is to battle with clogged pores. You’re probably doing everything to avoid clogging your pores, but somehow you keep waking up with new breakouts. Lame is an understatement. So here are some tips to help avoid breakouts:

  1. Wash off yo make-up girl! (And you hip, gender-fluid boys)

You don’t need to be a dermatologist to realize sleeping in your make-up is probably a bad idea. We’ve all been there when you get home from a long day or night out and all you want to do is hit the sheets and never get back up. But before you do, wash your face, even if it’s only 10 seconds! Leaving make-up on overnight can lead to inflamed, dull skin the next day as well as massively clogged pores. While you sleep, there are multiple hormones secreted in your body to help your skin heal and repair. When you sleep in make-up, your skin cannot fully rejuvenate itself. Celebrity dermatologist Dr. Lancer of Beverly Hills says, “Just like our internal organs, our skin is always at work. Skin is made up of water, protein, lipids, and different minerals and chemicals. Skin is also covered in pores, which allow us to sweat and secrete sebum, a natural lubricant that moisturizes skin and removes dead skin cells and other irritants from our pores. When you apply makeup, you block your pores from releasing sebum, which may lead to visibly larger pores and acne.”

You have to let your body do its amazing work of healing and repairing itself without interruption. Another thing to think about leaving make-up on overnight is the actually pressure of the pillow pushing the make-up deep into your pores. So take the extra minute to do your cleanse and (if your higher self allows it) moisturize as well. Because you KNOW you’ll regret it hardcore in the morning if you skip out on this self-care step.

2. “I thought hot water was better for my skin because it opens my pores”

You’re definitely not wrong, hot water will open your pores, but while it does, it’s also going to strip your skin of all its good, natural oils leaving you dry, red, and irritated. To get scientific on ya, your skin has 2 main layers (epidermis and dermis), and each layer can be broken down to smaller sub layers. The outermost skin we can visibly see is called the epidermis which contains 5 smaller sub layers as well. The very top layer of skin is known as stratum corneum; this layer does a lot of shedding and turning over of skin cells but also it is where your natural oils are held (that’s called the “acid mantle”) Acid Mantle would be a sick name for a rock band. But we digress. Your acid mantle is your number one defense again environmental factors (i.e. sun, wind, humidity, etc.). Hot water absolutely demolishes your acid mantle leaving you defenseless and dry. Keep water cold-ish to lukewarm when washing your face. No one likes to take cold showers, so we recommend washing your face in the skin either before you after you shower.

3. Exfoliation is a major key to skin success. But the right type.

There are 2 mains types of exfoliation; chemical and manual (ka “physical”). People use the term exfoliation loosley, but simply put, it’s the removal of dead skin cells. Exfoliating, and the general removal of dead skin cells,signals your skin to produce healthier, new skin cells without layers of useless, dead skin on top. By regularly exfoliating with an epic scrub like CLEARstem’s VITAMINscrub and/or CLEARity AHA/PHA acid serum, you are exercising your skin and allowing the waste material to be excreted. Chemical / acid / AHA exfoliation can come in the form of AHA’s (glycolic), BHA’s (salicylic), PHA’s (poly-hydroxy acids), retinols, or enzymes. This is the more targeted form of exfoliation and is specifically able to dissolve oil buildup (whereas a scrub helps eliminate dead skin particles). A scrub or clarisonic type device is a form physical / manual exfoliation, and both are important in your skin arsenal. Whether it be using a scrub, brush, or scrubbing cloth, this tends to be the “safest” way to exfoliate, although some of us go HAM and push way too hard or use particles that are way too harsh- we recommend passing the “baby test”. If it would make a baby cry, it’s unnecessarily rough and ill-advised. Think of a scrub more as buffering or polishing. Very soft and gentle removal of dead skin cells for longer periods of time will result in more effective exfoliation with the least amount of irritation, and literally acts as exercise for your skin.

4. Charcoal masks

Activated charcoal, so hot right now. The word “activated”, just gets you going right? It’s pretty useful. You can find it in basically every product from shampoo to toothpaste to moisturizers and masks. One of my favorite forms of it is a charcoal clay mask. Charcoal offers benefits such as removing dirt, pollution, and toxins from pores. It has magnetic properties that can pull dirt and toxins from clogged pores. The most common clay mask is the Aztec Healing Clay. This mask can be mixed with a little water, apple cider vinegar, and choice of essential oil for the perfect combination of de-clogging pores. Be careful with other DIY masks, though, as not all are acne-safe. For some reason, people are mixing glue and charcoal for a satisfying pull off mask that will absolutely piss off your skin. Also be aware of ingredients for a pre-made/mixed mask, manufacturer’s love mixing charcoal and coconut oil, which is a known pore-clogger. That’s like eating pizza on the treadmill. If you find yourself feeling a little extra oily, throw on a charcoal face mask to disintegrate the extra oil and avoid future clogs.

Almost every single skin type benefits form some amount of regular, daily exfoliation- the results are tied to the type, frequency, intensity, and the other aspects of your skin regimen.

When you’re ready to see instantly smoother skin, give our VITAMINscrub and our magic-in-a-bottle CLEARity AHA exfoliating serum a go.

You. will. LOVE. it. These two items were designed for all skin types; VITAMINscrub contains clay bits to pull out oil and just the right amount of texture beads (environmentally safe of course) to polish away dead skin cells. CLEARity is worth its weight in gold- it has specific a perfect acid blend of several well-loved skin-friendly acids, sitting in a perfect pH for max absorption, along with vitamin C bioflavinoids intense brightening. People with melasma write to us unprompted, thanking us for this serum as it lightens and heals skin issues like scars, breakouts, and hyper-pigmentation. (Melasma is the most serious form of hyper-pigmentation- if it can help that, it can do anything). Both items contain zero pore-cloggers, toxins, or inflamers. Fight breakouts and wrinkles at the same time- your time is valuable. The beauty is that all skin types will benefit from  the VITAMINscrub + CLEARity serum regimen- it’s the way you use it that will allow you to tailor it to your skin type and goals! Take our skin quiz at www.clearstemskincare.com to get tailored instructions- we got you!

Danielle & Ali, San Diego Acne Clinic & CLEARstem Skincare

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Ice Cream Worsens Acne https://clearstemskincare.com/ice-cream-worsens-acne/ Tue, 30 Apr 2019 02:40:27 +0000 https://clearstemskincare.com/?p=716 Summer plus ice cream equals happiness. For the soul, yes. For your skin, if you get acne easily, not so much.

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Summer plus ice cream equals happiness. For the soul, yes. For your skin, if you get acne easily, not so much. Or at all. Fret not, sweet friend, we’ve got some explanations and some real life suggestions for you!

Summer plus ice cream equals happiness. For the soul, yes. For your skin, if you get acne easily, not so much. Or at all. Fret not, sweet friend, we’ve got some explanations and some real life suggestions for you!

Ice cream, gelato, and similar dairy-and-sugar deliciousness have a profound and FAST effect on the mechanisms that trigger acne breakouts. First off is the dairy; while trying to clear your skin or avoid new breakouts, you simply must know that dairy is your enemy- primarily because of the hormones ( Insulin-like growth factor hormone along with progesterone). These are naturally occurring in dairy milk and both hormones influence sebum production in the deep hair follicles that line your jaw and chin, hence the painful, underground, even cystic acne that arrives the day after dairy. The kicker is that products are largely ineffective at preventing these breakouts  because they originate about ½ inch under the skin, far too deep for products to reach for prevention. The best solution for these breakouts is Benzoyl Peroxide with sulfur to tame the inflammation and dry up the sebum. But that leads to dry, peeling skin and doesn’t work well for darker skin types due to hyper-pigmentation that can come from the skin being too dried out topically. Why create a problem at all then? Not worth your precious time in our opinion. Opt for a sorbet and you’ll still get a dose of happiness without worrying what your skin will look like in the morning.

The other factor to consider with desserts is the sugar and chocolate content. As with everything, the devil is in the dosage. A bite or two here and there won’t plague your skin but a full serving will spike your blood sugar, which also triggers excess oil production and general inflammation. HINT: you’ll mainly notice sugar acne around your nose, inner cheeks, and potentially forehead. The nose is the first responder to sugar-induced breakouts, so if you see extra blackheads after a sweet attack, you’ll know you had a bit too much. But guess what? We like people to love life and go nuts once in a while! “Everything in moderation, including moderation” I always say. Here is what to do if you want to indulge and also want to minimize breakouts:

1) Chug water after sugary foods. A full liter ASAP is always a good help. Helps to dilute the sugar in your blood and keep body temperature & inflammation down.

2. Alpha Lipoic Acid supplements, about 400-600 mg taken prior to or just after indulging. This helps with detoxification and glucose (sugar) metabolism.

3. Get your Alkaline on. Organic celery juice, powdered wheat grass powder, other low sugar green drinks the next morning will help minimize inflammation and get the clear skin momentum back in your favor.

Pro Tip: Cashew or Coconut ice cream! Stick with whole ingredients, ones you can pronounce. Yes there will still be sugar but you’ll dodge the dairy disaster acne. Bon appetit!

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Thank You CLEARstem Fam, 2018 Letter To You https://clearstemskincare.com/thank-you-clearstem-fam/ Sat, 05 Jan 2019 01:46:32 +0000 https://clearstemskincare.com/?p=404 This year has been nothing short of amazing with you! Thank you for your support and we wish you and your loved ones lots of love, happiness, adventure, and growth in this new year.

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CLEARstem Fam,

Now that 2018 has officially wrapped up, Danielle and I sat down and reflected a lot about CLEARstem and YOU in this past year. It’s hard to find the words to express how incredibly grateful we are for each and every one of you. YOU are our people, the ones who make it possible to do what we love, educating about skin health and creating functional products that truly change lives.

Our brand was originally created from our own experiences. Danielle and I both spent years struggling with acne and our skin. The different aspects that played their parts were lack of education, using products with pore-clogging ingredients, receiving wrong advice, struggling with an auto-immune disease, and not knowing the right steps to take to heal and gain control of our skin.

  • Danielle took that path of diving deep into research, studying under some of the best skin specialists, and then opening up her own practice, San Diego Acne Clinic that serves hundreds of patients.
  • I took that path of studying everything I could find about nutrition and the effects on skin, toxic vs non toxic ingredients, setting up calls with experts in the field, becoming a Holistic Nutritionist, and working one on one with clients to guide them through the healing process.

When we found each other Danielle was working on developing products based on the experiences she personally had as well as the experiences her hundreds of patients had.  We set out to create functional products that truly met the needs of what both her patients and my clients were going through. There were many women dealing with cystic acne after going off birth control, and both men and women struggling with stress and hormonal breakouts, not understanding what products were breaking them out, desperately wanting hydrated and glowing skin, and just to feel confident in their own skin.

At the end of 2017 we launched our first serum. A serum with a nutrient-packed dose of moisture and collagen stem cells. We created it to be functional with your skin, to truly make an impact. It aids your skin with antioxidant defense, cellular health, hydration, and tone. Many of our client report a reduction is scars, skin damage, sun damage, and fine lines and an increase in brightness, even texture, and a serious glow! 

Though this may seem like a recap we have some pretty amazing things coming in 2019. You can expect new product lines, a curated online wellness shop, an increase in education, and one on one experiences!

This year has been nothing short of amazing with you! Thank you for your support and we wish you and your loved ones lots of love, happiness, adventure, and growth in this new year.

Here’s to making a difference!

Sincerely,

Kayleigh Clark

COO + Co-Founder

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CAFFEINE AND ACNE: Why Coffee Is Bad for Skin https://clearstemskincare.com/caffeine-and-acne-why-coffee-is-bad-for-skin/ Sat, 15 Dec 2018 20:23:09 +0000 https://clearstemskincare.com/?p=385 Caffeine increases the production of the stress hormone cortisol, which triggers oil production and inflammation of bacteria and the result is ACNE.

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Caffeine Causes and Worsens Acne – If You Are Acne Prone, Here Is Why You Should Switch to Tea

As I ironically write this from a coffee shop (don’t worry, I ordered tea), a morning cup of coffee or tea has been a tradition in most cultures for generations. It’s become routine for most at this point. But why are we filling our empty stomachs with acid first thing in the morning when we should be alkalizing? There is endless amounts of research that backs up caffeine being linked to acne, so I’m going to break it down for you.

Caffeine Increases Your Stress (Physiologically)

If you consume caffeine on a semi-regular basis, it increases androgen production (the “male hormones”) and causes your adrenals to artificially react. “Androgens cause our bodies to experience stress, which is directly linked to the overproduction of skin cells and clogged pores, as well as the release of the stress hormone cortisol,” says the Holistic Health Herbalist. She goes on to say, “Cortisol triggers overt amounts of oil to be produced on the skin. As more and more of this oil accumulates, germs and bacteria multiply in the clogged pores which causes white blood cells to rush to the infection. The resulting inflammation is called acne.” One study showed that a person who was stressed and consumed caffeine had a cortisol increase of 211%. That is a crazy increase! 

In addition to coffee, there are a range of foods and beverages that we consume on a daily basis that cause acne. If you suffer from acne, we strongly recommend that you look into an anti acne diet and review our list of pore clogging ingredients. By following these regiments, you will be well on your way to more clear and beautiful skin. Please be sure to also combine topical treatments such as our anti aging acne serum.

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Caffeine Causes Dehydration.

You thirsty. Most of us are chronically dehydrated anyhow (did you know that 3 Liters a day is what is actually needed for optimal skin? MORE if you exercise!) Now add caffeine to the mix and you’ve got to drink more water to account for that too. With so many environmental toxins getting into our bodies from food, water, products, and our modern environment, we need as much hydration as we can get just to help our bodies flush these things out. Give your system a break and only have coffee on the days you really, really need it.

Coffee Can Seriously Impair Mineral Absorption

If you’re deficient in zinc, selenium, or iron and drink coffee on a regular basis, chances are it’s the reason you’re deficient! Try to have coffee as far between meals if you can. One study revealed that coffee consumed with a meal or within an hour before or after a meal impaired iron absorption by 72%.

Coffee Has Mycotoxins From Mold

Probably one of the most concerning facts about coffee is that it contains toxins known as mycotoxin formed from mold that grows on the coffee crops before and after harvesting. Molds most commonly grow on coffee plants grown in lower altitudes with hot, humid climates. “Mycotoxins are terrible for acne and for your overall health. They can mess your immune system up and slow it down from responding quickly to bacteria and other invaders. They also mess up your sex hormone levels, mainly estrogen. Furthermore, they are cancerous.The good news is that not all coffees contain the same high levels of these mycotoxins. Coffees grown at higher altitudes are usually harvested and processed with more care, but as a result, they are also more expensive.” -Facing Acne blog

Is Tea Instead of Coffee Better?

Yes! We LOVE organic green tea, Pu-erh, and the Mushroom blends available now- plus they actually keep you focused for longer and you’re able to stay happy & productive while avoiding the coffee crash. If you just need that bit of caffeine in the morning, tea is a great substitute. Plus there’s literally hundreds to choose from (so fun!) and you can get actual health benefits (check out the dandelion-infused brands which help with liver detox). Teas with higher caffeine levels can still impair your body’s ability to absorb minerals, but overall is far better for your skin, mind, and well being. Being non-acidic and no caffeine, herbal tea is your best bet packed with many benefits- enjoy!

Ali Acosta & Danielle Gronich, SD Acne Clinic for CLERstem Skincare

 

 

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Why Biotin Is Breaking You Out https://clearstemskincare.com/why-biotin-is-breaking-you-out/ Fri, 30 Nov 2018 21:56:21 +0000 https://clearstemskincare.com/?p=375 Biotin in excess is very dangerous for acne prone people. What to do if you’ve been taking Biotin and are seeing more acne? Stop taking immediately and begin a daily exfoliation regimen to account for the excessive skin; we recommend the Antioxidant Scrub and a Mandelic or Polyhydroxy Acid serum

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Biotin Can Contribute to Huge Acne Breakouts in Those Who Are Acne Prone

Hey hey! Want to help your skin? Seems only natural to snag those “Hair, Skin, and Nails” vitamins you’ve seen at CVS. Please don’t- if you have acne-prone skin this will make things go south very quickly for you. How? WHY? Glad you asked, here’s the deal. Acne is inherently linked (if not directly caused by) a genetic predisposition called “Hyper-Keratosis.” Keratin is the outermost layer of your skin (it’s those white flakes that come off when you scratch). “Hyper” means “excessive amount.” “Keratosis” is the term used to denote the keratin-production cycle. Put it together, acneic skin is fundamentally linked to a excessive amount of keratin alrCLEARstem explains how biotin can flare up breakouts in those who are acne proneeady present in our skin. Those of us who are prone to acne have a genetically high abundance of this surface protein which makes it naturally more difficult for our sweet pores to remain free of clogs. We produce up to 5X more than those lucky bastards who never break out. People who have acne generally also possess a higher level of oil, but the hyper-keratosis is the driver when we speak on aggressive, cystic, or inflamed acne. Biotin makes this abundance shoot into massive overdrive even more, which will make any clogs become buried further into your skin, likely leading to cystic acne very quickly. Biotin is like adding gasoline to a fire, except it’s so counterintuitive that we don’t make that connection (until a few weeks later after we start to see keratosis-pilaris bumps pop up on our arms.) Same thing can happen when taking collagen supplements, just be aware!

Biotin is a water-soluble B-vitamin, it’s B7 to be specific. Thankfully it’s water-soluble so we can flush out the abundance fairly quickly, unlike excessive Vitamin D which gets stored in our fat cells and takes a bit longer to excrete. The devil is in the dosage, as with everything, but standard Biotin supplements can have as much as 10,000 mcg. The RDI (normal daily amount a human should consume) is only 30 mcg. See what we mean by “the devil is in the dosage”? 10,000 vs. 30. That’s insane, and it will accelerate your acne VERY quickly, often leading to cystic lesions that leave aggressive scars and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (“PIH” / dark marks). It’s critical to note that supplements have side effects too; the additional side effect of taking a supplement like this is that it competes with and distorts the receptor activity for other B-vitamins, like B5 (Pantothenic acid) which is crucial for skin and adrenal health. There is ALWAYS a side effect with supplements, please remember this and instead focus on getting your nutrients from your food. Eggs are a natural source of Biotin, and the amount with not backfire on you the same way a supplement will.

What to do if you’ve been taking Biotin and are seeing more acne? Stop taking immediately and begin a daily exfoliation regimen to account for the excessive skin; we recommend the Antioxidant Scrub and a Mandelic or Polyhydroxy Acid serum to physically uncover the pores and clear out the material clogging the follicle. The Scrub helps with the excess skin, the acid serum helps dissolve oils and sebum. It’s a one-two punch that is extremely therapeutic for skin that has been bombarded with more material that it can reasonably shed! Hydration is also key; an aloe based moisturizer can help restore tranquility as it’s rebounding while the CLEARstem signature serum will restore proper barrier health, halt inflammation, and reverse scar tissue. Aim for a gallon (4 liters) a day of water to speed up healing exponentially. You got this, and we got you. Cheers from CLEARstem and San Diego Acne Clinic.

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How Anxiety Causes Acne and What You Can Do About it Now! https://clearstemskincare.com/how-anxiety-causes-acne-and-what-you-can-do-about-it-now/ Fri, 09 Nov 2018 21:52:13 +0000 https://clearstemskincare.com/?p=362 Struggling with anxiety and depression is tough enough, the last thing you need is to add the stressor of acne on top of it.

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Anxiety Can Cause Major Acne – Expert Tips on How to Combat Acne for Anxiety Sufferers

By Danielle Gronich

Depression and anxiety affects  the majority of American adults in one way or another. Multiple medications have been linked to causing mild-cystic acne with the main ones being Lithium, Wellbutrin, and Lexapro.  If you are reading this, you are like the rest of us who battle anxiety from daily requirements, demands on our time, the need to take care of our bodies, and the desire to be our best self. If you are battling with your acne as well, our heart goes out to you. Let this article give you some insight into how depression, anxiety, and some of the treatments themselves can affect your skin. Before you continue reading, please give yourself a genuine compliment, and smile. Even if you are reading this alone, smiling increase happiness instantly.

Lithium is mainly prescribed to combat bipolar disorder. Acne is a side effect that affects one-third of its patients. Doctors aren’t entirely certain why the antipsychotic drug causes acne but Dr. Amy Derick of Illinois speculates, “Lithium probably simulates in some way what the skin would experience when it has a bacterial infection.” This simply means when lithium is taken, it stimulates the neutrophils (white blood cells) to move from the bloodstream to the skin. Neutrophils are usually the first on the scene when a bacterial infection occurs. Which in turn causes inflammation and tricks the skin into thinking its under bacterial attack and creates pimples.

Wellbutrin is well known for helping patients struggling with depression, but as a stimulant it’s also very well known for causing cystic inflamed acne. 

Anxiety Can Cause Acne, CLEARstem experts give tips on how to get rd of it

When I tok Wellbutrin after college my chin, neck, chest, and spinal cord erupted in painful cysts- within five days. Men and women up to 80+ years old have reported getting acne from Wellbutrin. Wellbutrin works to lower depression by raising testosterone, similar to anabolic steroids. In fact, it raises testosterone by so much bodybuilders actually take it before competitions to bulk up. So unless you are a bodybuilder with no skin concerns please ask your doctor for other non-acne causing solutions. Or better yet— look them up yourself and start seeing what makes sense for you. Nutrition and exercise are critical here.

15% or more of people struggling with depression and anxiety suffer from insomnia. Which as we learned in the last blog post, lack of quality sleep will aggravate acne. Lexapro’s side effects also include weight gain and indigestion, which both can increase the chances of your skin breaking out. Did you know that Serotonin (the neurotransmitter responsible for feelings of Calm and Peace) are dramatically affected and depleted by modern day technology and modern day adulthood. This happens on a daily basis, especially for those of us who wake up to an alarm. Anxiety can literally start the minute you wake up. This constant tug of war on our senses is what creates most people’s’ depression, and if you get acne, it makes the anxiety double. When your anxiety doubles guess what happens to your acne? The inflammation doubles. Cycle repeat.

If you have ever broken down and cried in front of your bathroom mirror the way we have, you know exactly what we are talking about.

Now is a good time to force a smile :)!

Because here is what you can do IMMEDIATELY to start feeling like a happy human again:

  1. SLEEP: Be fully asleep by 10:00 and set a peaceful alarm for 7.5 hours from then. That’s a 5:30 rise. But get this it’ll be EASY because the human sleep cycle is increments of 1.5 hours. Set alarm for either 6 hours (1.5 x 4) or ideally 7.5 hours. You’ll wake up to it as you exit REM cycle. Leave no light on while winding down and eliminate all caffeine by noon. Your regenerative hormones start working by 10:00 but not if you are still up. When your body does not regenerate properly, it is generally impossible to beat depression or anxiety. Your skin would stay in a constant state of turmoil.
  2. HYDRATION: Drink Water. Drink a full, luscious glassful right when you wake up. Get yourself a gallon jug, or a Hydro flask that is 1Liter  minimum 4 Liters equals 1 gallon so you pick. 1 gallon of water is the ultimate secret for clearer skin. Acne directly calms down when your body is properly hydrated with minimum 1gal water per day, but it directly stops healing when you’re not getting that. If You are not measuring your water, then you are not drinking enough. We have found that patients who all thought they were drinking enough water were only getting about 1/4 of the amount they need. CHECK YOU PEE color, it should be mainly clear with a slight hint of yellow. Anything darker than that means you are dehydrated. Period.
  3. DIETING: AVOID DIETS. Diets are a man-made cheat code for folks who don’t care about their bodies. You must learn what humans eat, how digestion works, and how dieting increases cortisol which is our stress hormone. This same stress hormone also changes the very composition of your skin’s oil, making it thicker, stickier, and nearly impossible to dissolve without using harsh chemicals. And for the love of God get some fiber in your diet first thing in the morning. Can’t stress this enough. It will help manage your blood sugar and cortisol levels
  4. NUTRITION: GO FULL ORGANIC everything in your shopping cart. When dining out you may have little control over the source or quality of your food ingredients, but you still need to live your life and have fun! That’s why everything that you purchase from a store needs to be the very best quality nutrition. It is not expensive and organic veggies are DELICIOUS if you use this basic cooking start point! (Organic garlic + organic olive oil + sea salt). The organic rule has everything to do with self-respect and Going full organic is not some hippie nonsense. And it’s not something you can afford to ignore if you care about your life and mental health. Self respect and self love start with what you choose to feed your perfect mouth each day. This is the easiest biggest step to beating anxiety and feeling like a happy human again. We care about you— so no fucking excuses please. Many thanks.
  5. EXERCISE: Bounce a ball, dance in your room, go for a 12 minute walk, do yoga or pound weights— just do something. Exercise is mandatory for a healthy mind, we are simply programmed for it and the same way our car will break down if you don’t change it’s oil, your metabolic and mental systems with fail together and drag your other body systems down with it.
  6. ATTITUDE: Always find the most positive outcome to anything! Try it first as a game and then watch yourself get Pro! (Ex: You are stuck in traffic and stressing a bit because you’re going to be late to work —> “Hell ya, I just scored extra time to play my favorite song!” Then crank that song, roll down your window and say hi to your best friend, fresh Oxygen.your day just got 10x better and your skin is stoked.)
  7. CHECK IN WITH YOU: Ask yourself what the nature of your anxiety is. Could it be simple procrastination that has spiraled out of control? Is it stress about money? Identify and SEPARATE the sources so they don’t gang up on your mind.
  8. MEDICATION: Research 5HTP as a potential alternative to Lexapro and Wellbutrin or most other pills. This is the natural building block of serotonin that your body uses to also make melatonin among other things. Prescription pills mess with serotonin levels by preventing re-uptake, but they distort the other natural processes of this vital Nero transmitter, not to mention wreaking havoc on got health, we’re 90% of serotonin is generated and used to connect with her mind.

Struggling with anxiety and depression is tough enough, the last thing you need is to add the stressor of acne on top of it. If you are prescribed an acne causing medication, please consult with your physician and esthetician to determine the best route to clear skin and clear mind.

If you’ve read this far, chances are you know that something is just not right inside. Trust yourself- your body is trying to communicate with you.

We sincerely hope that you allow these 8 remedies to resonate with you. Follow 1 of these suggestions this week and when it works, do another. We all have to start somewhere. Get on board you will see a drastic difference in your acne, your skin tone, and your vitality as a person.

Yours in skin, life, and soul.

CLEARstem & San Diego Acne Clinic

About Danielle Gronich is a skin care and acne expert who has been giving people clear skin for decades in her San Diego Acne Clinic, after they have lost all hope of being acne free. She is also the scientist behind our CLEARstem serum, a on-of-a-kind stem cell serum that does miracles for your skin. You can learn more about Danielle here.

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How the Glycemic Index Affects Your Skin https://clearstemskincare.com/how-the-glycemic-index-affects-your-skin/ Wed, 17 Oct 2018 20:32:34 +0000 https://clearstemskincare.com/?p=353 Spoiler Alert: DARK Chocolate that has no added sugar does not cause acne and is actually really good for you! We love the Midnight Chocolate by Eating Evolved.

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How the Glycemic Index Affects Your Skin

We’ve been told many times that “greasy french fries and chocolate cause acne” but in reality the cause of acne in regards to nutrition is how certain foods are affecting your blood sugar AND YOUR HORMONES. Foods that have a High Glycemic Index (GI) are quickly broken down by the body and cause rapid spikes in blood sugar levels.  When blood sugar spikes it can lead to inflammation AND INCREASED OIL PRODUCTION, which plays a major role in acne.

Spoiler Alert: DARK Chocolate that has no added sugar does not cause acne and is actually really good for you! We love the Midnight Chocolate by Eating Evolved.

When you eat high glycemic foods it can also quickly increase hormones AND TRIGGER AN ENZYME PROCESS INVOLVING SOMETHING CALLED 5-alpha reductase- this in turn gives us thick acne that forms deep under the skin in our hair follicles (mainly near the chin, mouth, and lower jaw). DAIRY AND WHEAT PRODUCTS CAUSE THIS REACTION WITHIN A FEW HOURS OF CONSUMING.

If you are prone to acne or looking to clear your skin, ditching foods that are high on the glycemic index is imperative, ESPECIALLY AT YOUR FIRST MEAL. RULE OF THUMB- MAKE SURE EVERY MEAL IS AT LEAST 50% protein : Carb. This will ensure minimal blood sugar spikes. Best snacks are ALMONDS, AVOCADO, APPLES, Organic jerky, ROASTED BEANS FROM ENLIGHTENED, to name a few. Being more mindful about the glycemic index of the foods you eat will help you take control of your own skin and reduce acne flare ups.

So what is the Glycemic Index?

The glycemic Index is a system of measuring how fast your blood sugar rises after eating specific foods. The index ranges from 0-100. The higher the glycemic index, the more prone you are to acne, inflammation, weight gain, diabetes, and other inflammatory related diseases. Foods with a zero-glycemic index are those without carbohydrates such as eggs, meat, fish, and nuts. High-glycemic index foods (ranked 70 and above) are those such as table sugar, heavily processed foods, breads.  

What foods have a high GI and lead to breakouts?

High Glycemic foods (70-100): bread, bagels, white rice, cereal, crackers and rice cakes, instant oats, sweetened desserts, candy, pastries, and baked goods, foods containing white flour, processed foods, ice cream, canned beans, sugars such as table sugar, maltodextrin and maltose, pretzels, fruits such as dates, watermelon, kiwi, and vegetables such as white potatoes, parsnips, and pumpkin.

If you are struggling with acne, what foods are good to eat?

Low glycemic index foods take a longer time to digest causing only a small, slow increase in blood sugar. This makes them a great choice for clear skin!

Low glycemic foods (55 or less): apples, oranges, berries, organic grass fed protein, chickpeas, lentils, and other vegetables such as cauliflower, butternut squash, greens, zucchini, quinoa, non-canned beans, nuts such as cashews and almonds.

Medium glycemic foods (56-69): sweet potatoes, peaches, oranges, pineapple, rolled oats, wild rice.

Be mindful when consuming medium glycemic foods, you can certainly include these in your diet but we recommend no more that 1-2 medium glycemic foods a day.

Glycemic Index Chart

If you feel confused just google search the glycemic index of your food or create meals around the chart we made below for you! This is an easy way to create low glycemic meals to keep your skin clear!  

LOW GLYCEMIC INDEX (Less Than 55)

Fruits

Apples

38

Apple juice

40

Apricots, dried

31

Bananas

54

Blueberries

25

Cherries

22

Coconut

45

Cranberries

45

Cranberry juice

50

Figs, dried

40

Grapefruit

25

Grapes

53

Orange juice

53

Oranges

44

Pears, fresh

53

Plantains, raw

45

Plums

55

Strawberries

41

Vegetables

Artichokes

20

Asparagus

15

Bamboo shoots, raw

20

Beet greens

20

Broccoli

15

Broccoli rabe

10

Brussel sprouts

15

Butternut squash, baked

50

Cabbage

10

Carrot juice

45

Carrots, raw

47

Cauliflower

15

Celery

15

Collard greens

20

Cucumber

15

Eggplant

15

Garlic

30

Green beans

15

Hubbard squash, baked

50

Kale

15

Leeks

15

Lettuce

15

Lima beans

46

Okra, raw

15

Olives

15

Onions

15

Peppers

15

Pickles, dill

15

Turnip greens

10

Turnips, boiled

30

Snow peas

15

Summer squash

15

Tomato soup

54

Tomatoes

15

Spinach

15

Summer squash

15

Watercress

10

Zucchini

15

Grains, Breads & Cereals

Barley

25

Basmati rice

50

Brown rice

50

Chickpeas

33

Matzo bread

40

Quinoa

53

Vermicelli

35

Nuts and Legumes

Almonds

15

Black Beans

30

Broad beans

40

Butter beans

43

Cashews

23

Chickpeas

33

Fava beans

40

Horse beans

40

Kidney beans

41

Navy beans

54

Peanuts

14

Pinto bean

39

Split peas, yellow, boiled

45

Snacks & Sweets

Honey

55

Hummus

6

MEDIUM GLYCEMIC INDEX (between 56 and 69)

Fruits

Apricots, fresh

57

Cantaloupe

65

Fruit cocktail

55

Mango juice, unsweetened

55

Mangoes

56

Oranges

63

Orange juice

55

Papaya, fresh

55

Peaches, fresh

60

Peaches, canned

67

Pineapple

59

Raisins

64

Vegetables

Marrowfat peas, dried

56

Peas, green

68

Sweet potato

61

Oatmeal, rolled

58

Pita bread

57

Quick-cooking porridge

65

Wild rice

57

Dairy and Dairy Alternatives

Mayonnaise

60

Nuts and Legumes

Black-eyed peas

59

Chestnuts

60

Lentil soup, canned

63

Pinto beans, canned

64

HIGH GLYCEMIC INDEX (70 and higher)

Fruits

Dates

103

Kiwifruit

75

Watermelon

72

Vegetables

Parsnips

139

Pumpkin

107

Rutabaga

103

Potato, instant

121

Potato, mashed

100

Potato, microwaved

117

Potato, white, baked,

85

Grains, Breads & Cereals

Bagel

72

Bagel, white

103

Barley flour bread

95

Bran buds

77

Bran Chex

83

Bread stuffing

106

Cheerios

106

Cocoa Pops

79

Corn Flakes

81

French baguette

136

French bread

95

Gluten-free bread

90

Gnocchi

95

Golden Grahams

102

Grape Nuts

75

Hamburger bun

87

Kaiser roll

104

Life cereal

94

Muesli

80

Muesli bars

87

Oat kernel bread

93

Oatmeal, instant

79

Pita bread, white

82

Pumpernickel bread

71

Rice cakes

82

Rice Chex

127

Rice Krispies

117

Rice, brown

79

Rice, instant

128

Rice, white

83

Rye flour bread

92

Shredded Wheat

75

Special K

77

Tapioca, boiled with milk

115

Total

109

Water crackers

102

Waffles

109

Wheat bread

97

White bread

70

Dairy and Dairy Alternatives

Ice cream, full-fat

87

Ice cream, low-fat

71

Tofu, frozen dessert, non-dairy

164

Nuts and Legumes

Black bean soup

92

Green pea soup, canned

94

Kidney beans, canned

74

Lentils, canned

74

Split pea soup

86

Snacks & Sweets

Cake, angel food

95

Cake, pound

77

Corn chips

105

Corn syrup

90

Croissant

96

Doughnuts

108

French fries

75

Gatorade

78

Glucose

138

Graham crackers

74

Jelly beans

80

Life Savers

70

Maltodextrin

95

Maltose

152

Nutri-Grain bar

94

Oatmeal cookies

79

Pastry

84

Popcorn

72

Pretzels

83

Shortbread

91

Stoned Wheat Thins

96

Sugar, table

89

Vanilla wafers

110

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7 Things To Avoid If You Want Clear, Glowing Skin https://clearstemskincare.com/7-things-to-avoid-if-you-want-clear-glowing-skin/ Mon, 24 Sep 2018 23:43:17 +0000 https://clearstemskincare.com/?p=318 Researching about clear, acne free skin can be a bit overwhelming. There are thousands of articles and advice. Let's keep it simple. Here are 7 tips that really work.

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Researching about having clear, acne free skin can be a bit overwhelming. There are thousands of articles and advice telling you so many different things. So let’s keep it simple. As an Acne Expert and Holistic Nutritionist here are my top 7 things to steer clear of if you have acne.

1. Picking, Popping or Squeezing Your Pimple

This is the number 1 no-no but also the hardest for people to give up. We get it, something irritates you on your face and you just have to go at it. But are you ever happy ever? Picking, popping, or squeezing when not extracted by a professional always makes it worse, leaving the healing process to take twice as long. By popping a pimple you can actually spread bacteria causing more pimples to show up. It also leads to increased redness and infection. Just avoid touching a pimple at all costs!

2. Pore Clogging Ingredients

When purchasing makeup, skincare, and hair products many of us just look at the words on the front of the bottle, aka the marketing. Some of it is true, some of it false. You need to take control over your products and know what to avoid so they aren’t leading to additional breakouts. We made it easy for you!  Check all of your current products against our Pore Clogging Ingredients list. Now you can save this as your holy grail list to check all products before purchasing!

3. Dairy

If you have chronic acne this should be the very first food category to cut out. Acne is an inflammatory condition which means foods that cause excess inflammation can cause or worsen acne. This includes dairy. The hormones in dairy can react with the hormones in your body increasing the production of sebum (the oil that clogs your pores). I addition, whey and casein both release a hormone in your body which is known to trigger breakouts. We recommend switching to an unsweetened coconut, almond, or cashew milk for your morning coffee and checking all places where dairy might hide such as in your nutrition bars, protein powder, and salad dressings. We have created a best anti acne diet page and skin nutrition advice that you can follow to decrease inflammation in your skin and avoid triggering breakouts.


4. Sugar

Along with dairy, sugar causes inflammation. This can make already existing acne worse as well as cause new breakouts. When you eat sugar you cause spikes in your blood sugar and insulin levels which in turn causes spikes in the hormones that lead to acne. Examples of sugars are: bread, crackers, cereal, white rice, white flour, pasta, soda, sweeteners such as cane sugar, honey, agave, maple syrup.
We recommend eating low-glycemic whole foods for clear skin. This will help to balance out your hormones and blood sugar levels. The holistic approach doesn’t happen overnight, eating clean food consistently will be the key to healing.

5. Certain Supplements

Surprisingly enough, some supplements can actually cause acne, especially if it is a supplement your body does not need.
B12- Though a very necessary vitamin for you body, if you are already getting enough B12 through nutrition, excess vitamin B12 has been shown to throw off the skins natural bacteria leading to breakouts.
Biotin – A vitamin that is marketed as one good for hair, skin, and nails can actually be one of the worst for causing acne. Biotin is naturally produced in the body and many of us produce the correct amount. Supplementing with it can be unnecessary and lead to acne. Check your multivitamins, powdered drink mixes as well as hair products because many contain biotin!
Multivitamins – These are a mix of vitamins we may need but also many we might not. A big trigger is iodine which is directly linked to acne. Most multivitamins also contain B12 and Biotin which we already talked about. We recommend supplementing with specific vitamins you need rather then packaging it all into 1 and risking and increase in vitamins you don’t need. Look out for our future articles on best anti acne supplements.


6. Stress

Easier said than done right? When you get stressed out you raise your cortisol levels. When that happens your immune system is suppressed and your oil glands begin to produce more oil, leading to breakouts and many times cystic acne. Though you can’t get rid of all stress (because stress is important for survival) you can learn to manage it! Find what works for you, maybe it’s taking a walk, going to yoga, taking deep breathes, calling a friend. Whatever help you lower your stress levels!

7. Hot Showers

We call this “shower burning” your skin. Hot showers actually damage your skin cells and tissues by causing tiny tears in the skin leading to breakouts and infections. If you already have acne, hot showers will make it worse by aggravating it and causing your acne to spread. Worst of all you will dry out your skin by burning away your skin’s natural oils that protect your skin. This not only increases the aging process of the skin but then sends a signal for your skin to overproduce oil leading to more breakouts. All in all, hot showers are a big NO. Stick to cool water for your face and warm water on the rest of your body.

Also be sure to check out our awesome CLEARstem serum that will help heal your skin and it’s acne safe. Our plant stem cell serum will also heal acne scars, moisturize your skin as well as add anti-aging properties, for healthy skin that is calm, bright and glowing.

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