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Clear Up Your Skin: Part 1

Mar 28, 2012 BY Joy McCarthy

Our skin is our largest and most visible organ. So it's not surprising that the inside health of our body is directly reflected on our outer most layer - our skin. Each bite of food you eat and every sip of liquid you take literally turns into you day after day. In fact, your skin cells completely turn over and create a new you approximately every 28 days. So the YOU of today is not the same you as last month.

How's that for fascinating?

With that knowledge in mind, doesn't it make sense that rather than slathering more hydrocortisone cream or popping more antibiotics or worse, taking Accutane to fix your skin problems, you look at your diet? No offence to Dermatologists, but truly if they started talking to their patients about nutrition instead of writing prescriptions, they would have far fewer patients and much happier glowy sexy people!

I'm a classic example of a dermatology-failure. As a teen I had eczema on my hands and in the winter they would actually crack open and bleed (PAINFUL) - the prescription creams never resolved it. Once I educated myself on the healing benefits of food and supplements, I started taking an omega 3 in my smoothie, vitamin D drops and probiotics, plus changed my diet (over time). Guess what? My eczema completely disappeared.

In addition to this, for many years I had "dermatitis" under my nose. My dermatologist gave me a hydrocortisone cream for that too. I applied it every day religiously and it did nothing other than get worse! I asked her countless times what the root cause was and she never had an answer. She was always so quick to rush me out of her office with another refill of my prescription. Years later the redness is under control because I eat very anti-inflammatory diet and I completely stopped my ALL-Bran and Bran Flakes with cow's milk every morning. However, I suffer the side effects of years of abuse of those nasty creams.

I could give you Clearing Up Your Skin.

Be joyous,

Joy

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Mar 28, 2012 BY Joy McCarthy
25 Comments
Melissa   •   March 28, 2012

Ditch the dairy - does that include kefir?

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Joy McCarthy   •   March 29, 2012

I am speaking about pasteurized cow's milk here specifically. If you are not sensitive to dairy and you don't eat it every day then kefir is actually a very good food. The fermentation process puts tons of good bacteria back into it. However, everyone is unique and if you still find it bothers you it may be worthwhile to detox from it.


Judy Y   •   March 28, 2012

Hey Joy! Great post, and so true! Probiotics and Omega 3 work like a charm to help promote beautiful skin from the inside out! I was curious what the brand of Probiotics you use, as shown in your video? Thanks a bunch! Judy :)

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Kirstie   •   March 28, 2012

I'm so happy you did a post on this Joy! I had no idea that you had suffered from eczema as well. I had a major outbreak on my hands last October just like you explained in this post and that's when I knew I had to be more committed to a healthier lifestyle/diet. No dairy for this girl! :) Great tips love! Definitely reassured me that I'm on the right path. XOXO

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Joy McCarthy   •   March 29, 2012

Yes... for many years!


pat   •   March 29, 2012

Great post indeed. What brand of vitamin D drops do you use?

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Joy McCarthy   •   March 29, 2012

I like AOR. But there are many great D drop brands.


Jane   •   March 29, 2012

Would you recommend all of these things for teens with acne as well? Why vitamin D DROPS?

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Joy McCarthy   •   March 30, 2012

Studies show that vitamin D reduces inflammation and this can be at the root of acne.


Nadine urac   •   March 30, 2012

Hi Joy, great post! Do probiotics work for psoriasis as well and which brand do you recommend?

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Joy McCarthy   •   March 30, 2012

Yes absolutely. My fave brand is HMF Forte by Genestra. There are many great brands!


Andrea T.   •   March 30, 2012

Good post! I have suggestions too, but since you titled that "part 1" I'll wait to see if you talk about them in subsequent posts. Admittedly, I occasionally use the lowest possible dose of cortisone, and it works.

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Hilary   •   April 1, 2012

Hi Joy! I watched your video on supplements for skin, should one take probiotics on an EMPTY stomach, or with a meal? As well, I noticed you stated you completely stopped eating All- Bran Bran flakes with cow's milk. I recognize what's wrong with dairy and have cut it out of my diet about a year ago, but is there anything wrong with All-Bran Bran Flakes?

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Elena   •   April 3, 2012

My children eat cereal and milk (cow's) and would love an alternative. I have tried goat's milk as an alternative. I have looked for Almond milk but without success because it does not seem pure. 1. Is goat's milk ok and which brand of Almond milk is out there? Many thanks! By the way, your site has been life changing and totally inspirational!

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Elena   •   April 3, 2012

Does yogourt not contain probiotics or does this have to be taken in pill format?

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Clear up your skin part II | joyoushealth.ca   •   April 6, 2012

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Toffler @WorldVitae   •   April 12, 2012

Excellent point about cutting the dairy! This is one of the first things I always mention. Good suggestion about omega 3s and probiotics. I'm going to have to remember those!

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Julie Karanfilis   •   April 13, 2012

Hi Joy, I'd love to speak with you directly about few products that I use that I would LOVE for you to take a look at. (ingredient wise, nutrient wise). All pharmaceutical grade, 100% Vegan Certified, formulated without gluten, sustainable sourced, and perform amazingly. Would you be willing to have a look? I can send the information to you through email. Please let me know, Julie Karanfilis jkaranfilis@gmail.com

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GIGI   •   April 27, 2012

Hey Joy: what milk do you use? I like soy milk... Is that okay? also hemp milk. What do u think???

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Melissa   •   June 2, 2012

Hi joyous- I recently got my mother to try this cream for her psoriasis instead of the steroid creams she uses. I get that using creams won't get to the root of the issue but for people that are also looking for a good topical- I really am impressed by a line of products called clineral by teva (subsidiary of ahava). They use dead sea minerals to clear up chronic skin conditions like seborrhea , eczema, psoriasis and contact dermatis . There are no parabens or steroids but it's not every ingredient is natural. Curious what you think! The company will likely mail you samples from Israel. They really work.

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Joy McCarthy   •   June 2, 2012

I will definitely check them out Melissa! Thanks so much for telling me about this. Anything from the Dead Sea is incredibly high in alkalinizing minerals which is why it makes perfect sense that it helps people with those conditions -- particularly psoriasis. I just bought myself a dead sea mask that I cannot wait to try out. Chronic dehydration is a common cause of these types of skin problems too. So increasing water consumption and doing a heavy metal detox (with the advise of a practitioner) can also be extremely helpful for psoriasis.


Stephanie   •   June 10, 2012

What if you're a true dairy lover (milk, and cream in coffee, specifically) - what do you suggest as an alternative?

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Bryn   •   November 6, 2014

Hi Joy, What dose of D would you recommend for acne? Also, omegas break me out in cystic acne, even the best quality brands, why would this be? Solutions?

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   November 10, 2014

Hi Bryn, We don't usually recommend specific doses because we can't get a full client history over the Internet, so I'd recommend starting with the dose on the package and talking to a natural healthcare practitioner who has your full history for further recommendations. In terms of the omega-3s, do you also break out when you eat fish? And have you tried a plant-based omega-3, and do you get the same results with those? Kate - Joyous Health Team


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