Case Study: Nicola’s Experience with Clear Skin Forever

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Here’s a great story from Nicola, a CSF customer from the UK.

Nicola purchased the Clear Skin Forever Master Guide, implemented many of our recommendations, and also got lots of help by reading through the CSF Forum (which you get lifetime free access to when you purchase the Master Guide e-book).

With that, I’ll hand the reins to Nicola to share her story! 🙂


Nicola writes on the CSF Forum:

I haven’t really posted on this forum since I was introduced to the Clear Skin Forever book, but I thought it was time to share with you some of the things that have worked for me.

First of all I want to say how great it is that people do post and share things here. For me the progress I have made is largely due to reading what people have written here and trying it for myself. I, like everyone else here, have suffered acne since teenage years. I got the usual dose of antibiotics and it cleared up, to a certain extent. Over the years though it came back with a vengeance and after trying nearly every treatment possible I found this forum. I read the book, I looked at this forum and decided to look at the different parts of my life. So, here is a short version of the results:

  • I read a post from someone who said that they had stopped washing their face and it made a difference. Now, as a woman and one who occasionally wears makeup, this was a horrific idea. Not washing off the dirt, grime and pollution that all magazines and beauty adverts say is lurking on our skin? Too disgusting to think about. But, I was desperate so one morning I just did it. I stepped into the shower and didn’t use shower gel or facial wash or soap on my face. And what a difference it has made!!! I realise now that a lot what I called acne was probably a reaction to the different products I used on my skin. I have never had it confirmed but a reaction causes redness and since my face resembled a boiled lobster, it made sense to me. When I stopped putting soap on my face the redness gradually disappeared. So, my new routine – shower as normal (shampoo etc) but I don’t wash my face. If I have makeup on, then I use an oil-based remover and wipe the excess (gently). And that’s another thing. I realised that all the scrubbing of dead skin cells to supposedly brighten the skin was actually causing more redness and irritation for me.
  • I use a good (natural as possible) moisturiser. Again I tried everything, including coconut oil but my skin was very dry and irritated, and a friend put me onto Dr. Hauschka products. They are expensive but the one face cream that I buy is worth every single penny. I had a heart attack when I saw how thick the cream was at the beginning and I dreaded the next morning seeing an outbreak again, but it hasn’t happened. It has calming ingredients; my skin hasn’t been so dry (and therefore I am not tempted to pick at it and make it worse!!). I use the rose day cream.
  • The other big change was visiting a Chinese Traditional Medicine practitioner for acupuncture. Again, through advice from a friend I went along, and I have to say she worked wonders too. She focused on my diet, what works for me as an individual and not just what I am told is healthy to eat. I only see her once a month for a check-up and if I am feeling a bit off (not necessarily with a break out) then she treats me.
  • I am more aware of my diet now. I believe dairy is a trigger for my acne, at least in the sense that I don’t digest it too well so the redness on my skin tends to come back.

I hope this helps someone. As I said, my turning point was reading the book and more importantly reading what has worked for people on the CSF Forum.


Thanks for sharing your story, Nicola!

I hope this inspires you, dear reader, and helps you decide whether the Clear Skin Forever program is a good fit for you.

As always, be kind to yourself! 🙂
-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. kaleigh phillips says

    Starting to use the “teccino” chicory root based coffee replacer and let go of the coffee drinking. What are your thoughts on this ? Different sources I found state it as good for the gut because the chichory fiber is a prebiotic. Any thoughts?

    • Devin Mooers says

      Hey Kaleigh! Prebiotic fiber can provide great food for beneficial gut bacteria for sure. It’s essentially a root brew decoction, which have been used medicinally for ages. I’ve started making herbal tea in the mornings from bulk herbs (goldenrod, calendula, chamomile, pine needles, fir tips, etc.), many of which we’ve collected ourselves (but many of which we get from the co-op). I definitely feel way better when I wake up, and am not so stressed out later, since dropping coffee!

  2. Sam says

    Hi Devin,

    How low PUFA diets do you recommend? Do you think you can get all the PUFAs you need from eating beans, whole grains and whole milk? I have always felt terrible every time I have eaten seeds, fish oil and other EFA supplements.

    • Devin Mooers says

      Hey Sam! Yeah, definitely. Very low PUFA is good. It’s all about quality and freshness with PUFA – most fish oils, seeds, supplements, etc. are totally rancid by the time you ingest them. Yes, the Inuit traditionally eat tons of seal blubber (high in PUFA), but it’s extremely fresh and non-oxidized when ingested, and they also eat thyroid glands of seals, which provides loads of iodine and thyroid hormone to block lipid peroxidation of that PUFA.

      How do you feel with raw oysters, have you tried that? They’re a prime acne-busting food, with lots of zinc and also super-fresh DHA.

  3. Brooke Turley says

    Ok, you’re officially talking crappy science, in light of this article about marigolds and chickens. Apparently it very much does indeed improve eggs to have marigolds in the chickens’ diets.

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/scialert.net/fulltext/amp.php%3fdoi=ijps.2017.11.15

    I certainly hope that no one has gone and altered either their own diet or that of their poultry, just because of your half-baked scare tactics. Good grief. “ Fake orange” in nature, indeed.

    • Devin Mooers says

      Hey Brooke! Wow, color me (majorly) wrong. Thanks for pointing this out! That was really sloppy – I don’t know what I thought that marigold color would not be related to an antioxidant carotene. Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy. I’m sorry about this carelessness – I have removed this from the post after following up on the articles you linked! I will try to be more careful next time.

  4. Brooke Turley says

    Hi, I hate to burst your anti-marigold bubble, but the thing is, marigolds are orange themselves due to caratenoids! They’re full of nutrients, actually, and there’s no such thing as “fake orange” in nature.

    (Unless I count the time that my dad consumed massive quantities of beta-carotene in his heroic search for a natural “fake tan”. That time, “fake orange” definitely fit the bill.)

    Here’s an article that details the nutritional profile of marigolds:

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1756464612000734

    • Devin Mooers says

      Hey Brooke! (Just duplicating the response here to your other comment) Wow, color me (majorly) wrong. Thanks for pointing this out! That was really sloppy – I don’t know what I thought that marigold color would not be related to an antioxidant carotene. Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy. I’m sorry about this carelessness – I have removed this from the post after following up on the articles you linked! I will try to be more careful next time.

  5. tom hennessy says

    Researchers in a recent study took 60 women with hyperandrogenemia which has cystic acne as a major symptom, and reduced the iron in 30 by phlebotomy, and gave the ‘standard of care’ to the other 30, found, phlebotomy to reduce iron levels was as effective as the drugs used in the ‘standard of care’.

    Effect of phlebotomy versus oral contraceptives containing cyproterone acetate on the clinical and biochemical parameters in women with polycystic ovary syndrome: a randomized controlled trial. J Ovarian Res 12, 78 (2019).

    https://doi.org/10.1186/s13048-019-0554-9

    There seems to be more to the iron than we fully realize ..

    • Devin Mooers says

      Hey Tom – whoa, that’s fascinating! Great find! Amazing that phlebotomy brought on normal menstruation in 44% of subjects – I bet if they also added 3,000 IU of retinol, it would have improved results even more (vit. A boosts ceruloplasmin production to bind excess free iron).

    • Sean says

      Hey Rey, do you consume Magnesium through supplements or are you making an effort to eat Magnesium rich foods?

      (just curious)

  6. Luo says

    Stress can induce a series of negative effects on the human body. Many people are easily depressed under pressure, which has a bad influence on the treatment of acne.
    Some people overeating under pressure, too much sugar can easily induce acne.
    And stress can make people unable to sleep, and lack of sleep has too much effect on the skin.

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