Archive for January, 2010

Witnessing Transformation

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Watch and listen closely as 7 years of a losing fight comes full circle for this brave woman.
(this video is her gift to the world)

Part 2

One of the many missions of this project is to bring awareness to the subtle suffering that is all around us at work, in the family, and with friends.

More important than the awareness is the vivid proof that all of these chronic ailments are beatable with the proper weapons and focus.

This spotlight case illustrates many of the emotional issues that were posted up here last year.

Specifically:

Control Issues
The Agony of Defeat
Baffled by Prior Failure
Vegetarians with Acne

(see the Emotional Issues Category of the Blog)

When a young intelligent woman has tried all acne medications, eats an amazingly balanced diet, dances all week, and is surrounded by comforting people…, it is truly BAFFLING to her why she would still get acne every single day. When this goes on for 7 years without a vacation, many people begin to crack under the cummulative heartache of the defeat.

Mild persistent cases can ruin lives in subtle ways that onlookers will never understand.

It’s the subtle moodiness, lack of interest, or desire to go back home to bed that chips away at our entire society.

My goal is to both bring awareness to these emotional reactions and then to open doors to the real possibility of transformation.

In this case, note how the emotional issues are amplified by prior failure despite enormous efforts.

(Acne patients are often times the most motivated people around.
Awareness of ongoing struggles despite great efforts will hopefully rise from this video project)

Be well,

-Dr. Neal

©2010 “Witnessing Transformation” by Dr. Neal Schwartz

5 Responses to “Witnessing Transformation”

  1. Terrhea W. Says:

    I am a 44 year old woman who has had acne since I was a teenager. The only time I had a vacation from it was the 9 months I was pregnant. My son is 21 years old now and I still have acne outbreaks like a teenager. Since I have tried everything including chemical peels, but not Accutane which I hav thought about doing. If I am on your product and get cleared up, will I have to use it for the rest of my life to stay clear?

    Thanks,

  2. joel Says:

    Dr. Neal I would like to see your face, post your picture. WE want to see who you are.

  3. admin Says:

    hello,
    There’s a couple videos of me in the crossfit section. more to come this year…

  4. priya(pree-ya) Says:

    I recently just turned 19 and started developing acne after I graduated fom high school.I am an athletic female, who plays competitive soccer, have a outgoing personality, and try my best to love the skin I am in. But not when you have this disturbing insecurity. I used to have the clearest skin ever!since I developed acnic skin my friends would ask me what happend to your skin? It used to be flawless. I never really know what to say. I figured it was because of hormones, or stress since I’m on university. When I say my skin went fom being so flawless to acnic, on a scle out of ten I considered my skin to be aroung 4 or 5. So then I went to my doctor and he gave me some antibiotics, and benzaclyn cream which barley helped.I’ve tried every OTC product out there.Then I went to my dermatologist and he prescribed me retin A.which cases my skin to flake, dry, and irritate. I definetly saw a difference, but I still get sudden break outs, that’s all I am using right now. Plus I’ve been to spas and they sold me some dermilogica medibac clearing system that is going okay but I’m just using it because I didn’t have any faith in anything else. I even considered getting laser treatments, but I always makesure to reasearch everything. That’s when I came across the miricicle clearing system acnepractice!!! I haven’t used it yet, but I have seen the case studies and it makes my jaw just drop! I live in vancouver, Canada, and want to get on this clearing bootcamp system asap! I want to start feeling confident about myself again and get out there without feeling insecure and feeling like everyone Is staring at my face. Thank you. 🙂

  5. Veronica Says:

    Hello Dr . Neal!!
    I stumbled across the testimonies from using your products on Youtube when searching for a product that would eliminate an acne problem that i have struggled with since I was in 5th grade. I am 30 now and have 3 kids of my own I really want to believe that this will work for me too!! Please convince me and my husband to use this product and to be assured that it will work for me too!!
    thank you!!
    veronica

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Food and Acne: (the biggest controversy since sliced bread…)

Monday, January 25th, 2010

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This is likely a long-awaited post.

I will share with you my firm stance on the issue of food and acne as an innovator in the field and a lifetime sufferer.

Let’s review first why there is such a controversy to begin with:

-For several decades, Board Certified Tenured Dermatologists have held an adamant stance that “diet is not related to acne” based on multiple studies that have failed to prove any correlation.

Aside from possibly Milk and Iodine, you will very rarely hear from a dermatologist or Family Practitioner that food and acne are related.

On the other side,

-you will hear from a huge group of acne patients that some foods trigger worse episodes than others. You will also hear from some sufferers that mild or extreme dietary changes lessoned or even stopped their breakouts.

So it seems we have a problem here??

Either the most credentialed skin care specialists on the planet are completely incorrect or patients are completely deluding themselves??

Dermatologists, who mostly have not had decades of active acne are saying “No” and lifetime sufferers are saying “Yes”

FAQ:

“So Dr. Neal, what’s the real story with Diet and Acne??”

Many people have asked me this question and I believe now is a good time to end this confusion once and for all.

As an innovator of this field, I present to you:

Dr. Neal’s Clinically Derived, Non-Theoretical, Firm Stance on Diet and Acne:

Before getting into this very emotional topic, allow me to first preface by saying I always try to eat very well and recommend conscious eating and living to everyone around me.
Today we are going to be talking about the common mistake of living life with “fears of certain foods”

Here’s the situation:
Many people come into my office scared of eating pizza, chocolate, caffeine, salt, citrus, breads, chinese food, gluten, soy, greasy food, french fries, hamburgers, and many more specific foods. When I ask, they tell me that these foods make them breakout worse than when they avoid them.

(should I believe them??)

Since female acne patients can accurately describe worsening of their condition before menstruation, why wouldn’t they be able to accurately describe worsening with other changes in life???
This is one reason i trust the story of my patients who speak of breakouts with specific foods.

The other reason is because I already know that when my own skin is already out of control, dietary changes affect my oiliness and skin activity as well.

Note** the key detail in the above statement is “when already out of control”

To understand chronic conditions on the next level, It’s important to first teach the difference between an “Aggravating Factor” and a “Cause”

This is a very important distinction:

“Aggravating factors” aggravate existing conditions.
“Causes” bring on a afflicton that would not have occurred otherwise.

If an aggravating factor is strong enough, it can bring an asymptomatic person to a state of symptoms. However, these factors are still not considered “causes” when dealing with common chronic conditions of life. All Chronic conditions have no real root cause as they are a part of a spectrum of humanity. We are all predisposed to them at varying levels on the bell curve of predisposition.

(i.e. aggravating factors can only be the straw that breaks the camel’s back in the case of chronic human conditions)

I’ll use an example to illustrate an “Aggravating Factor”:

” Billy usually has no problem eating spicy foods. However, since his stomach has been acting up lately…, he decided to skip on the hot sauce today.”

In this example, the hot sauce is a known aggravating factor that only plays a significant role when there is already an irritation or inflammation present.

The same is true for Acne:

If there are foods in your life that you are avoiding because you know they will worsen your acne, you may be making a wise decision to avoid this loaded aggravating factor. However, here’s the part of the story you have yet to experience….

If you were to “Totally Inactivate” the skin at a much higher level, you would be able to eat any individual food without fear or consequence to your skin.

How am I so sure of this??

Because the majority of patients you see in the videos let me know they were scared of certain foods before entering the program. When completed, I ask them if they are still scared of “greasy foods” for example, and they tell me, “I can eat whatever I want without fear.”

(similar to the upset stomach conversation. When Billy’s stomach feels resilient and strong again, he can eat spicy foods without fear or consequence.)

I’ll bullet point some facts from the office to help summarize the reality here:

–Food can act as an “Aggravating Factor” of any active inflammatory situation including acne.

–Doctors who say Food has absolutely nothing to do with acne most likely have never had 10 years of acne. (they are quoting studies)

–Holistic practitioners and enthusiasts who hype up dietary changes as the “Cure” for acne are hurting many people by creating confusion, false hope, and needless scarring from wasted Time.
(improper focus on aggravating factors alone)

–Eating consciously does affect every system of the body including the skin.
(think aggravation and allieveiation rather than “Cause” and “Cure”)

–In contrast, eating unconsciously can have a cumulative negative effect on the look and behavior of the skin.

–When “Totally Inactivated”, you can eat whatever you want without immediate fear or consequence to your skin.

–If food still “breaks you out”, your skin is not in great control at this moment.

–All cases can be totally inactivated and freed up from fears of living and eating.

–And of course, no case is special. (acne is clearly a self-victimizing condition)

Bottom Line:

**Although foods may aggravate your current skin situation, they are neither the cause nor the cure regarding the chronic human condition of acne.

**Healthy eating is always recommended for countless reasons. (primary being energy, mood, and wellness consciousness)
However, when the skin is “Totally Inactivated”, you can eat any individual food without immediate fear or consequence.

**If you are still scared of foods, your overall chronic condition is not in great control.

hope this helps,
-Dr. Neal

©2010 “Food and Acne: (the biggest controversy since sliced bread…)”
by Dr. Neal Schwartz

7 Responses to “Food and Acne: (the biggest controversy since sliced bread…)”

  1. Kristen Says:

    Hi Dr. Neal,

    Loved your website, great information, amazing results~

  2. ANA GARCIA Says:

    GREAT INFORMATION LOVE IT. Have not tried your product yet but i am so excited to start,

  3. Ethan Bigham Says:

    very helpful

  4. alejandra cerrato Says:

    this has helped me because i would always be really scared to eat greasy food chocolate and all
    great information & very helpful

  5. Whitney Hicks Says:

    Hello I am Whitney. I am 18 years old and has suffered acne ever since i was in middle school. I have been to many derms and My skin has improved but i still breakout alot. I asked each derm is food a trigger to acne and they say no but you shoulf eat a well balanced diet and not eat much greasy foods. With that statement i already knew food triggered acne. Everytimei ate greasy foods or sugary foods my skin start getting oily then the next day i have a few pimples on my face. I know food triggers acne

  6. admin Says:

    hello,

    check out the video in this category entitled, “Understanding Food and Acne” Let me know if it helps clear up all food related conversations.

    -Dr. Neal

  7. Kat Says:

    Thanks Dr. Neal,

    I’ve just discovered your site and I am a believer. This explanation makes complete sense to me. I went to a new dermatologist a few weeks ago, with lots of questions about the foods I was eating and supplements I was taking. He didn’t listen – just said that food and supplements had nothing to do with acne. This was confusing and frustrating to me, because I knew that there were correlations in my own case. Now I understand better about aggravating factors and causes (and I also realize he is probably not a long time sufferer, as I am). Many, many thanks. And blessings to you!

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Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

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