Magnesium and Acne – Why Your Skin Needs More Magnesium

Magnesium can help many of the underlying causes of acne.

Sad fact: if you’re reading this and you’re human, you’re probably magnesium deficient. (If you’re reading this and not human, you’re probably an alien with nutrient vats with squiggling life forms in them. Erm… you might be fine.) For the rest of us sentient beings the magnesium situation is grim: anywhere from 50% to 80%… Read More

Coconut Oil and Acne: Does Coconut Oil Help Acne?

Can coconut oil help acne? And if so, how should you use it?

Coconut oil. Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve probably realized that coconut oil is a huge fad right now. They say it’s a “healthy” fat (Gasp! Is such a thing possible?), and that it can even help you burn fat. Some people even blend it into their coffee (I’m talkin’ about you, Dave Asprey)…. Read More

Turmeric for Acne: Does Eating Turmeric Really Help Acne?

Can turmeric help acne? If so, what's the best form to use?

Good grief. Turmeric teas. Turmeric sauces. Turmeric pills. Turmeric pastes. Turmeric masks?? Seems like the Web is chock-a-block with turmeric remedies for just about everything. If you can think of an ailment, the Web says (in its best Greek dad voice): “Put some turmeric on it!” What gives? Well, people have been eating turmeric as… Read More

Green Tea and Acne: Does Green Tea Really Help Acne?

Matcha green tea is high in EGCG, which can help acne.

Okay, here’s the deal. Green tea has some pretty cool acne-clearing effects. Is green tea better than coffee for clearing up your skin? Definitely. Is it better than black tea for acne? Yep. Is it better than white tea? Maybe not… (read on). That said, is drinking green tea going to clear up your acne… Read More

Peanut Butter and Acne: 5 Reasons to Quit This Acne Trigger

Delicious peanut butter... an acne trigger disguised as a health food!

Peanut butter tastes ridiculously amazing, right? Nothing quite like the salty, peanutty taste… Reese’s peanut butter cups, PB&J’s, Thai peanut sauce… even “ants on a log.” So good. And amazingly, you can trace the roots of a jar of Jif back to the Aztecs. They were grinding peanuts into a paste well before Shakespeare was in… Read More

Acne and Vitamin A: Does Vitamin A Help Acne?

Carrots

Are you ever confused by claims like these? “Vitamin A is a miracle vitamin for your skin!” “Eating Vitamin A-rich foods is dangerous!” “Vitamin A cures acne!” “You should never take vitamin A supplements because they can be toxic!” “You can get all the vitamin A you need from carrots and other yellow-orange vegetables!” If… Read More

Coffee and Acne: Does Coffee Trigger Acne?

Coffee Can Trigger Acne

Ahh, coffee… it’s a magical drink. But there’s a catch! It might be worsening your acne. This turns out to be a pretty complex issue… I was actually drinking one cup of coffee a day until I started researching this article. Okay, let’s dive in to the research. Want to listen instead of reading? Check… Read More

Whey and Acne: Does Whey Protein Cause Acne?

Whey and acne

So you’re taking whey protein for muscle building. Hey, I get it! I’ve been there. You’re probably breaking out with some acne, too. And you’re wondering, “Could whey protein be causing my acne?” And the answer would be, yes! At least, it’s definitely contributing to your acne, and here’s why. What is whey protein, anyway? I’ll… Read More

Acne and Inflammation: How to Reduce Redness and Swelling

Acne and Inflammation

You know the red, swollen pimples you get sometimes? The ones that really hurt when you touch them? Sometimes they’re right at the bottom of your nose, and just chewing makes them hurt? These pimples hurt because they are swollen and inflamed. Good news is, you can reverse this process. Okay, so what is inflammation, anyway? Simply… Read More

Milk and Acne: Does Milk Cause Acne?

Milk and Acne

Have you heard about this yet? If you eat milk, cheese, ice cream, or any other kind of dairy, and you have acne, this blog post could be the most important thing you read all week. In fact – and I’m not exaggerating here – removing milk and dairy products from your diet is probably… Read More