9 Reasons I Used To Have Acne

Don’t make these acne mistakes.

I used to have acne.

Now, I don’t.

This post is my Sherlockian attempt to figure out why I used to have acne.

They say hindsight is 20/20, right?

Well, g’darn but I SO wish I had known all this when I was suffering from daily breakouts back in high school that were crushing my self-esteem.

Here we go:

1. I drank Seattle tap water.

When I was a kid, I remember people saying, “We’re so lucky in Seattle to have such amazing tap water!”

Now, I’m thinking, that’s such BS!

Yes, it’s nice to not get food poisoning from drinking the tap water, so I guess there’s that.

But fluoride and chlorine? Chlorine by-products? Nitrosamines? PCBs? Birth control pill residues? (Yep.)

These can all be major acne triggers, I believe.

As humans, I think we have a fundamental right to drink non-toxic water. Residents of Seattle (and lots of the developed world, really) are NOT given this right.

Mandatory water fluoridation is a crime against humanity.

It is a racket designed to turn a waste product (smokestack residue from aluminum and fertilizer factories) into $$profit$$. You, in turn, get acne and very slow heavy metal poisoning, so slow it looks like nothing is happening, and nobody can point the finger at the toxic drinking water.

And fluoride is a huge acne trigger…

Fluoride triggers acne by nuking vitamin A in the skin, corroding polyunsaturated fats into toxic lipid peroxides, destroying thyroid function, calcifying your pineal gland and making you melatonin deficient and spiritually less tuned in, using up your badly-needed antioxidants, and generally laying waste to your body because it is so toxic.

2. I took fluoride gel treatments at the dentist.

It’s good for your teeth, right?

Wrong. Horribly, terribly wrong.

Fluoride creates a hard, thin, brittle covering over your normal tooth enamel, which prevents your teeth from remineralizing properly (which is how they keep themselves healthy).

If you look at the “scientific studies” on fluoride, it sure looks like kids get fewer cavities from fluoride treatments, if you’re not careful.

But really, the fluoride just makes kids hit puberty sooner – because it screws up melatonin levels by calcifying their pineal glands – so it throws off the age statistics in the carefully manicured (read: fake) studies designed to make you think that fluoride is good for you, and not extremely toxic, which it is.

Kids that get fluoride reach puberty sooner, so they start losing their baby teeth sooner, and it looks like they don’t have as many cavities.

Kids that don’t get fluoride reach puberty later, so it looks like they have more cavities, because they still have all those baby teeth for longer.

All this horribly amoral distortial of science means mega profits for aluminum and fertilizer companies, and dentists.

And acne for you.

(And for me, before I knew better than to avoid fluoride like the plague.)

3. I ate Sunmaid raisin boxes.

Well, I ate the raisins, not the boxes, but still.

Sunmaid raisins (and non-organic raisins, in general) can have EXTREMELY high levels of fluoride, due to the pesticides (e.g. cryolite, or hexa-fluoro-aluminate) and fumigants (sulfuryl fluoride) sprayed on non-organically-grown raisin grapes.

I have Melissa Gallico to thank for turning me onto this problem, and fluoride and acne in general – you go girl!

These raisins are one the other reason I used to get migraines that would make me throw up (and then get breakouts the next day).

4. I ate Cup Noodles for school lunch, without my parents knowing.

Yes, of course I still packed a lunch (didn’t want to tip off my parents!), but I regularly bought a Cup Noodles as a major supplement to my ham-and-mayo sandwich on Oroweat bread.

Do you have any idea what’s in this stuff?

Enriched wheat flour (with added iron!), vegetable oil (acne bomb), MSG, disodium guanylate, artifical flavorings, hydrolyzed soy protein (acne trigger), and bizarre powdered food products up the wazoo.

No surprise that this added to my breakouts as a teenager. NEXT!

5. I didn’t sleep enough.

I slept maybe 7-8 hours a night. Seem good? It’s not.

If you don’t sleep enough, your body can’t produce enough melatonin to clear up your acne. (You only produce melatonin when it’s dark.)

Melatonin clears up acne because it’s one of the most powerful antioxidants your body has (right up there with thyroid hormone and glutathione).

Melatonin helps prevent the PUFA Zombie Apocalypse, by preventing the lipid peroxidation chain reaction of PUFA that leads to inflamed acne.

If you don’t have enough melatonin, because you don’t sleep enough (like me in high school), you get more acne, because your body can’t deal with the toxic assault of the modern world.

Also, like I said earlier, fluoride calcifies your pineal gland, which is bad because your pineal gland is the only thing in your body that can make melatonin. And calcified pineal glands don’t make melatonin very well.

Now, I avoid fluoride like the plague, and I get 9+ hours of sleep regularly, because I know that’s what human bodies need to be healthy and acne-free.

Yes, it’s a crime for teenagers to have to get up at 6am to avoid detention. It’s likely that teenagers are biologically wired to be night owls.

That said, I could have turned off the dang lights and computer, and gotten my ass to bed earlier.

I literally did it ONE TIME, my whole high school career. I went to bed at 8:30pm, and actually woke up without my alarm the next morning. That morning was the only school morning I EVER felt well-rested in those four years.

I bet my acne was better, too, from all that melatonin production!

6. I played sh**tons of video games.

Video games are not inherently acne-causing, but there is a good reason for the stereotype that gamers tend to have acne.

Several reasons, actually.

These come to mind:

  • When you play video games, it’s so freaking exciting that you can’t be bothered to take a break to cook and eat real food. So, if you’re like me, while the next map is loading, you race downstairs to grab a box of Cheerios, get back to the computer just in time, then eat the whole box over the next 30 minutes of gaming, without even realizing it. (More on why Cheerios cause acne in a minute.)

  • Modern action/shooter video games are so stressful that they put you in a state of chronically high cortisol. That means your immune system can’t function well, and your body can’t repair itself well. That means more acne.

  • Video games are so addictive, especially compared to the dull reality of school, and after that, soulless cube-farm city life, that you just want to keep escaping back into the game. Voluntary insertion into the Matrix? Bring it on! You mean I can forget about my acne and groom my own residual self-image to clear-skin perfection in the digital world? HECK YES!

  • Video game screens throw off lots of blue light, which makes it hard to get to sleep afterward. I often stayed up late playing World of Warcraft or Battlefield 2 (I’m showing my age here), then tried to go to bed right afterward, which is impossible because I was so jacked up on blue light that I hadn’t started pumping out any melatonin yet. And melatonin is what makes you go to sleep! So I had to burn 45 minutes just laying in bed before I could actually sleep. (This is why I now ALWAYS wear blue-blocking glasses for 1-2 hours before bed every night.)

  • Computers and devices throw out loads of EMFs. Those EMFs make it hard for your body to detoxify itself properly. Your lymph gets sticky and doesn’t flow as well, which is bad for acne, because sticky lymph means toxins get stuck in your skin, causing acne, rather than moving out of your body quickly.

  • Any others? Probably. Video games are not a good lifestyle choice for me. I can’t say the same for you – maybe you can get around all these problems and have a healthy relationship with games, unlike me! Personally, I have to avoid them altogether, or I feel like my soul is being Dementored into the computer, and the real world has no joy in it because it does not move fast enough and does not give me enough dopamine to feel good. ACK. (This is why I want to move to living 100% electricity-free, eventually. Enjoy this website and my book while you still can!!)

7. I ate Cheerios and Oat Squares with 2% milk for breakfast.

Yikes.

You know, I thought I was doing good with these cereal choices. I really did.

My mom even made me look for cereal that had less than 12 grams of sugar per serving, and didn’t have any hydrogenated fat in it.

That’s a start, but dang. You know what these cereals actually have in them?

Cheerios, to start, are fortified with iron shavings. In fact, one serving has literally 45% of your daily iron! I usually ate 3-4 servings for breakfast daily. That’s so much iron that I should have been like Iron Man, but in reality I was just Acne Boy.

(If you didn’t know yet, excess iron can cause acne in several ways – read my post here.)

And Oat Squares?

Holy crap, I could not believe this when I looked up the ingredients recently. 90% iron per serving!!! OMG! I also took chewable vitamin C every morning, which made me absorb even more of that iron.

And Oat Squares also have yellow 5 and yellow 6, which are made from crude oil. WTF? Did Quaker Co.’s Department of Consumer Psychology team up with the Department of Food Engineering to decide that fakey yellow-brown oat squares looked more appetizing than just plain brown ones?!

Ugh…

After all this, it almost seems like the feedlot 2% milk I had on my cereal was the BEST part of my breakfast. The calcium in it probably blocked some of the iron. The estrogen and antibiotics and BCM-7 in it… well, no, those actually probably made my acne worse. Silver lining fail!

Hear ye, hear ye. There is a way to eat breakfast without getting acne, but Cheerios, Oat Squares, and feedlot 2% milk are not it. (Mom, if you’re reading this, I love you and forgive you!!)

8. I could not sh** worth a dang, and was chronically constipated.

Yes, I was anal-retentive at that age, so that’s part of it.

And yes, I played so many video games that I couldn’t be bothered to take a break to defacate, which worsened my tendency toward anal-retentiveness.

When you don’t poop good, your body builds up too much LPS (lipopolysaccharide), which is an inflammatory endotoxin made by your gut bacteria.

That means more inflamed acne!

If you poop more gooder, on the other hand, that means better detoxing, and less toxin buildup in your body, and less acne.

I used to take psyllium husk powder to try to help me poop better. That probably blocked some of the iron from the cereal, actually! Silver lining win.

9. I took fish oil (not refrigerated even!).

Fish oil is basically pure PUFA, and that means LOTS of fuel for the fires of lipid peroxidation.

Theoretically, very fresh fish oil – like, from eating raw fish – would give you stable, un-peroxidized, still-healthy omega-3s, which is a good thing in small amounts.

That said, fish oil that’s been extracted in a factory (oxidation), stored at room temperature (oxidation), stored in a bottle that constantly gets a refreshed oxygen supply every time you open it (oxidation), is going to be a cocktail of lipid peroxides.

That’s practically a recipe for acne!

If those oxidized PUFAs didn’t give me acne immediately, they probably stored up in my body, and then got dumped out whenever I got stressed out or angry (which was VERY OFTEN when I was a teenager in the tyranny of public school). That’s because cortisol causes your body to dump fatty acids to burn for energy. Not good if you’ve got a big reserve of PUFA stored up in your body (which is why you can get waves of detox breakouts for a long time after you start fixing your diet and lifestyle).

Fixing these 9 things didn’t clear up my acne.

It did help a ton, but I had to do a lot more things to eventually get totally clear. I really had to completely redesign my diet and lifestyle.

This is NOT EASY! Especially if you’re like me, and you have 20 years of toxic history. I didn’t even mention vaccines and antibiotics in this list… yikes. I got loads of ’em when I went to Africa as a senior in high school.

These toxins store deep, deep, deep in your body – in your bones, your brain, your pineal gland, your joints, your soft tissues, your eyes – I even detox iron through my earwax (it comes out in shades of yellow/orange/brown, a.k.a. rust! and sometimes green, from copper detox probably).

It took me 2+ years of doing iodine loading before I stopped getting fluoride headaches and transient breakouts.

I suffered through years of chronic fatigue and anxiety from iron overload and mineral imbalances, from raw veganism and long-time paleo.

I want to help you through this difficult process, and make it as low-stress and simple as possible for you.

My best approach to getting clear skin with smart diet and lifestyle changes is summed up in the Clear Skin Forever Master Guide. (You also get free lifetime access to our member forum with 3,000+ members, where you can et 1-on-1 support from me!)

How about you? Do you resonate with my story at all? Have you started thinking about your history of toxin exposure that might be the root cause of your acne?

Share in the comments below!

Hope you’re well,

– Devin

About Devin Mooers

Devin MooersHey! Over the past 10 years, I've developed a powerful system for clearing acne with a little-known diet- and lifestyle-based method, and I want to spread the love. That's why I started Clear Skin Forever back in 2011. I studied engineering and product design at Stanford University, and graduated in the top 5% of my class, but afterward, I decided to focus on writing about health, since I found it so fulfilling to help people clear their acne for good. Thanks for reading, and sign up for email updates to stay in the loop with clear skin tips! Also, be sure to check out our book if you haven't yet, all about how to fix acne permanently with diet and lifestyle changes. We've helped thousands of people get clear skin this way!

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  1. Idara says

    Awesome post! I love adding coconut oil to my steamed vegetables and my smoothies. I tried it on my face and found out the hard way that it breaks me out. But I haven’t had that issue with hemp and grapeseed oil.

  2. Idara Hampton says

    Thank you for explaining epigenetics so clearly. It’s very easy to follow. Congrats on clearing your skin. Your story is inspiring.

  3. Idara says

    This is such a well researched and well written article. B5 is great for the skin. I also love B6 and B12 for boosting energy, promoting a healthy luteal phase, and stopping PMS.

  4. Idara says

    Great post! Understanding hormonal imbalances isn’t always easy, so thank you for writing an informative and easy to follow article with helpful tips.

  5. wendy says

    There is no official link between iron and acne in science research but antidotally I believe there is. My daughter used prescription acne creams for a couple of years with only modest improvements to her skin. She recently was prescribed an iron supplement, her iron levels were on the low side of normal, because of her low energy state and, voila, Not only does she feel more energetic, her face is very noticeably improved and much smoother in, just days. She is a big meat eater. Who knew iron can be hard to absorb?

  6. Srey says

    I love this post! I recommend this book “inheritance” by Sharon D Moalem. It talks a lot about genetics, and could be helpful to understand more about epi genetics, and our human genome.

  7. Mike says

    Why do you say that coffee negatively affects muscle since there is like a bunch of evidence that shows the caffeine from the coffee actually helps build muscle and burn fat. Of course this is when you take black coffee without any sweeteners. I have read so many articles that talk about consuming coffee in a fasted state leading to positive muscle gains you can find them easily too

    • Devin Mooers says

      Hey Mike! Interesting point here. I found this study:

      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2257922/

      …Which says that you habituate to the caffeine in a few days’ time, meaning your morning coffee no longer stimulates over-production of cortisol once you adapt to drinking coffee daily. However, the study still found that a 1:00 PM cup of coffee boosted cortisol levels higher than normal (though the study only ran for 5 days of caffeine habituation). My personal experience is that coffee just makes me more stressed out in response to stressful events, which includes cortisol release. But I haven’t read the articles you have about fasted-state coffee drinking leading to muscle gains – I wonder if this is just due to metabolic rate increase from the caffeine? In any case, if coffee floats your boat and treats you well, go for it!

    • Devin Mooers says

      Hey Julie! I’m not totally sure on this. That still sounds like a good range. I was going based on a Dr. Mercola article, which I can no longer find (the link is broken). I am far from an expert on what ideal ferritin levels should be!

    • Rhonda says

      I will interject with a personal anecdote about Ferritin levels. I have a genetic disorder called Hemachromatosis. It causes iron from the food I eat to get into my organs and my body can only release it through phlebotomy (donating blood). My Dr noticed a high ferritin level and high liver enzymes on a blood panel and on a hunch she ordered a DNA test for this. If you are suspicious that your ferritin levels are out of whack, ask for this test. This condition is very common especially if you are of Irish or Scottish descent. It’s a lifelong condition but the remedy is easy because you just have to have your levels checked regularly and donate a pint of blood to balance your levels. I am so grateful my doc was smart enough to call for this test. Having this disorder and not taking care of it can lead to liver damage and heart attack. It’s hereditary and if you do have it, all of your nearest relatives should test for it too. Hoping it’s not the case for you, and wishing you all the best!

      • Devin Mooers says

        Kudos to your doc for finding this!! I’m so glad you know now. I had a genetic test done a few years ago, and ruled out hemachromatosis (at least current knowledge of it). So I guess it was just from my diet. And I do have a fair amount of Irish + Scottish in me. Go figure! Great thing to check for, though, as you just found out!

  8. Katy says

    I’m 25 and I have very irregular periods (which have never been regular) and acne since puberty. I got literally all my hormones checked and everything came out normal. Does anyone have an explanation for this?

    • Devin Mooers says

      Hey Katy! I don’t put much stock in hormonal tests, blood tests, saliva tests, or related “snapshot” health tests. I don’t think they’re a very accurate reflection of long-term reality, and don’t often give very useful information for clearing acne (in my experience). The fact that you have irregular periods right away shows that something’s up with your hormone levels, and/or some basic nutrient levels like vitamin A, utilizable iron (don’t go taking iron pills though!), and/or maybe some toxin overload issues. There are lots of things that feed into having a normal cycle, and a hormone test isn’t going to tell you what needs to be fixed.

      Are you drinking fluoridated water, do you know?

      Also, do you want to give an overview of what your current diet is – the more detail the better! – and any pills/supplements you’re taking? I can see if anything jumps out!

  9. Johnny Cox says

    Hi. Im going to say that Im afraid to eat coconut because of acne. Chocolate of any kind gives me acne too. Even fish oil. All these oils do it to me. I used to suspect leaky gut causing me breakouts. All these oils ruin my skin. Whey concentrate and isolate too! Someone said “keep eating the Extra Virgin Coconut oil, It’s just die-off!! It will stop soon” But it does not stop. I get brutal acne from it. Tempted to try again after reading this, but it scares me. My acne is so painful..

    • Devin Mooers says

      Hey Johnny! Really sorry to hear about your experience with so many oils/fats giving you acne. Huge bummer! Frustrating not to know whether it’s from die-off or detox, or just an adverse reaction. (I will say that whey isolate/concentrate both give me acne as well!)

      Couple questions… are you using organic coconut oil, or non-organic?

      Also, do you want to post a mini diet overview right here? I can see if any major red flags come up.

      Finally, are you drinking fluoridated tap water? (And/or using fluoride toothpaste?) Wondering if these fats/oils might be causing a detoxification of fluoride, causing transient acne.

    • Devin Mooers says

      Hey Ashley! I think it’s okay in really small amounts as a garnish or flavoring, but it’s very high in PUFA so I wouldn’t make it a main cooking or salad oil. Toasted sesame seed oil is even a bit more risky because of the toasting process damaging more of the PUFA (and the protective vitamin E found in raw sesame oil).

      What are you wanting to use sesame oil for? Maybe I can suggest a skin-friendly alternative!

  10. Kris says

    Hi Devin,
    Great research, thank you for linking the sources. I’ve suffered with back acne for years. I eat a mostly plant based diet, so I’d call myself a flexitarian (95% plants, 5% grass fed-organic animal). Before that I did mostly Paleo, therefore lots of fresh plants, but still a lot of organic meat/poultry.
    From recent testing, I have low iron stores (ferritin), normal iron (since I suppliment), and low iodine (I now supplement—-boyfriend has shellfish allergy…). I take vitamine A and Magnesium as well.
    I’m game to try anything thats humane and organic even if its not a plant based suppliment, but I would be interested in the Frankin-rice you mentioned since I try to avoid dairy due to an intolerance (causes me inflammation and IgG testing shows markers). If the colostrum is derived from cows or colostrum is from humans, wouldn’t in theory the human one be closer to what we need? Albeit odd to consider!!
    I’ve also looked for a non-bovine ferritin supplement, but it seems I may need to take the bovine one as the plant ones are just more iron (leading to excess). I just want to be humane in my choices, with no added hormones from the cows, etc. With all that said—I’m open to anything—as my skin and other health issues are the number one priority! Any product tips would be greatly appreciated. I use Pure Encapsulations too. 😊 Thank you!

    • Devin Mooers says

      Hey Kris! Sorry for the epic delay on this, I haven’t checked blog comments in a long time. My fault!

      How low is your ferritin? Did you get liver enzymes checked? It’s quite possible to have low ferritin, but also have an overload of unusable iron stored up in your liver. Taking additional iron supplements on top of that, if that’s the case, isn’t a very good idea. Liver enzymes (and/or GGT) can help point to iron overload in the liver. (See my iron article for more info on tests.)

      What kind of iron are you supplementing with?

      Doubt you’ll find human-sourced colostrum, though it’s an interesting idea! 🙂

      Are you interested in lactoferrin for reducing your iron levels, or for boosting your ferritin? There are definitely other, more effective ways of modulating ferritin, I think (see the iron article linked above for way more info on all the iron stuff, including why I think many people may have an iron overload problem even if ferritin levels don’t show it). I’d target the iron-utilization-boosting nutrients listed in the iron article, personally.

      Also, how much iodine are you taking? What form?

      Finally, have you thought about A2 milk as a skin-safe dairy option, that would give you some lactoferrin in a whole food form?

  11. Donna says

    I actually test low for iron. My Tibc, Total Iron, Iron Saturation, and Ferritin are all low.
    It was recommended for me to take Lactoferrin with an iron supplement to properly increase my iron.
    I’m confused about your article because it makes me second guess my situation. You don’t believe ANYONE is actually low in iron?

    • Devin Mooers says

      Hey Donna! How low are we talking on these numbers?

      I definitely think there are a small number of people who are actually low in iron, but I think it’s probably a lot fewer people than most doctors think. Often, if you have iron dysregulation, excess iron gets stored up in your liver, which doesn’t show up one these blood tests. If you’re lacking in one of the co-factors necessary to use iron properly (vitamin A, molybdenum, vitamin C, copper, ceruloplasmin, vitamin B12, etc.), you can get excess iron deposits in the liver combined with low circulating iron. When you add a plain iron supplement on top of that, without addressing the deficient co-factors, you can worsen the problem. Did you happen to get your liver enzymes and/or GGT tested? That can sometimes indicate excess iron storage in the liver. But keep in mind I have zero clinical experience in all this and just going based on the all the research I’ve read (and my own iron overload problem).

  12. jay,s says

    hi, suffering from acne for 20 years and a rediculolus amount of money spent on “solutions”i tried a newer supplement that’s called acne block that contains lactoferrin,found it on amazon.. it actually was/is one of the only supplements I have tried that actually helped..

    • Devin Mooers says

      Great to hear you got good results from lactoferrin! The science is sound behind why it works, helping to reduce iron overload. Good stuff.

  13. Sara says

    Would eating liver or taking a dessicated liver supplement cause iron overload? I would like to get more vitamin A, but am concerned about the extra iron I would be getting.

    • Devin Mooers says

      Hey Sara! Wise to be cautious about this. Do you have reason to suspect you have existing iron overload? Curious about that, I’ve suspected that in myself for a while now, and have been avoiding liver for that reason. I’m taking Pure Encapsulations vitamin A instead.

    • Sarah says

      Suggesting vegans/Vegetarians have a greater risk of iron deficiency is incorrect. There are at least as many meat-eaters as vege people deficient in Iron. Meat is not an efficient source of iron for human beings. Cutting out animal products goes along way in clearing up acne.

      • Devin Mooers says

        Hey Sarah! I actually agree with your first point now, but differ in the second. I think many people, vegeterians and meat-eaters, have an iron overload problem. This is pretty new to me, but the research seems sound. Turns out you can have anemia AND iron overload, due to iron getting deposited in your liver, but a lack of nutrients that are required to put iron into hemoglobin, like vitamin C, vitamin A, molybdenum, and copper. I also think the research strongly points to heme iron from meat being an excellent source of iron – much more absorbable than plant iron – but I now think eating too much meat leads to iron overload, because your body can’t shut off absorption from heme iron like it can from plant iron. If you’re curious to learn more, I just posted a huge article on iron and acne two days ago:

        Iron and Acne

        I think this is really an unusual perspective, and the opposite of what most people will tell you! Curious to hear your thoughts! 🙂 (I’m actually eating mostly vegetarian these days, due to trying to reverse my iron overload problem, and, yes, the environmental impact.)

  14. Taylor says

    So if I maintain a Paleo/Whole 30 diet that includes high quality meats and seafoods and I do not eat any of the iron-fortified foods or foods that inhibit lactoferrin – my body should be creating lactoferrin on it’s own in a healthy manner and I likely do not need to supplement it, correct?

    • Devin Mooers says

      Yep, exactly! Historical iron overload can be an issue, less so for menstruating women due to the continual iron dumping outlet. Bloodletting was effective back in the day for many diseases due to iron removal! Men don’t have such a built-in iron removal system (perhaps explaining why men tend to live shorter lives than women – iron buildup!). I’m not 100% sure how effective lactoferrin supplementation is for addressing built-up iron overload. Morley Robbins (gotmag.org) is the guy to read about on all the iron issues.

  15. Christina says

    I’m confused. I was just about to purchase some FCLO for my teen daughter to help her with her acne and now I stumbled across your reply where you state you no longer recommend FCLO! Why the change?

    • Devin Mooers says

      Hey Christina! Sorry about the confusion here – I wish we could keep the same recommendations forever, but our knowledge (and the science, and reader experience, etc.) forces us to change our recommendations now and then, and it’s hard to change everywhere all at once! We changed this recommendation because FCLO is basically pure PUFA (polyunsaturated fat), which is more susceptible to lipid peroxidation than other fats, and this is a major contributor to acne, we now believe (lipid peroxidation). The vitamin A in FCLO tends to be very beneficial, but you can get that vitamin A from eating liver, taking desiccated liver capsules, or taking a vitamin A supplement such as this one by Pure Encapsulations. We now think it’s best to reduce the total body load of PUFA as much as possible, rather than trying to boost omega-3s, for instance. Does this make sense?

    • Devin Mooers says

      Hey Sam! That’s actually a really good idea. We currently do not recommend taking FCLO or cod liver oil – we’ve updated our book but haven’t found the time yet to update our cod liver oil blog post – we’ll do that soon! We recommend taking desiccated liver capsules or eating grass-fed liver regularly, or taking a vitamin A supplement like this one:

      Pure Encapsulations Vitamin A 10,000 IU

      Taking vitamin E is a great PUFA defense strategy when you’re eating out at restaurants or for some reason consume a large amount of PUFA. We’re working on a “PUFA Shield” supplement that incorporates full-spectrum E along with some other lipid peroxidation blockers to make it easier for travelers, folks who eat out a lot, etc. to avoid the worst PUFA effects on acne.

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