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Acne Bootcamp Tips: (2 biggest requirements)

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

hey Everyone,

In an effort to prevent people from making mistakes, let’s dig deeper into the specific expectations of this new type of program.




1) The Focus of your photos.

In this program, know that the degree of focus on your photo can make or break your program. Crop the photos as much as you’d like to hide your identity. The only thing that matters is the focus.


To achieve more focus with any camera:

-Use as much light as possible. The bathroom is usually good, or try indirect sunlight that is coming into the house. Try both!

-Hold perfectly still. If you move, it can blur the details. You can hold the camera or prop it up on timer for more stability. (try propping it inside the medicine cabinet?)

Basic tip: try many angles, distances, and lights. Then choose your best shots for each area.


Let’s do an example together:

How many bumps do you see in this photo? Estimate or guess? Try it…


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Did you guess close to 704??



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(If you think the new zoomed visualizer is as cool as I do, please leave a comment about it. What was your original guess??)




and the second requirement is:



2) Time-Sensitive Emails:


It should be obvious to everyone that the Day 1 checklist from the “Ask Dr. Neal” section marks the beginning of your program. Any other use of the system without this checklist is considered reckless use outside of the program. (this should be obvious and is completely non-negotiable)


While checklists should be sent on day 1 regardless of photos, we will all be clear that you’re really not considered a participating client unless you skillfully capture a photo. Evidence is only way to prevent guessing, and guessing causes anxiety. (you can crop the photos to hide your identity. All photos, even the cropped ones, are NEVER posted without your written consent)


If you are delaying day 1 or follow up emails for any reason, it becomes obvious that your commitment to this rigid program is not present. In 2011, there is no good excuse for not finding internet access. There are free internet services available at coffee shops, computer stores, book stores, hotels, etc.


If read closely, this post will prevent all confusion and mistakes in this new type of practice.

-Dr. Neal


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11 Responses to “Acne Bootcamp Tips: (2 biggest requirements)”

  1. Patrick Says:

    hi dr neal ,I know i’m away this program because now I don’t used your product but can I try to use your analytics and you tell me a solution, I’m always waiting your program at all language.

  2. admin Says:

    hey Patrick,
    Acne is a scarring condition and not a situation where you want to wait for your future solution to become available. I recommend either finding a local doctor who cares enough to make it happen or getting a friend to help translate perfectly. you can use acne analytics anytime. The back and forth emails must have good reading and writing comprehension.

    Don’t hope and wait with acne. it scars.
    -Dr. Neal

  3. David Gow Says:

    Hello Dr. Neal,
    I am an 18 year old male. I have been struggling with moderate acne on and off for two years. Early in my junior year of high school, I had a minor case which I went on minocycline for (bad idea.) The oral antibiotic took away the problem pretty rapidly and did not come back until a year later. I have recently discovered that acne antibiotics kill pretty much ALL of the bacteria in the body.. including the beneficial bacteria. For that, I refuse to take any oral pharmaceuticals to temporarily rid myself of this chronic infection. Since it has come back, I have used all kinds of topical treatments: Clearasil, Acne Free, Ziana, Shiseido, and recently I’ve started using Lush Cosmetics due to the natural, herbal benefits. I have been getting aesthetic treatments every two weeks for the last two months. I have changed my diet drastically. I am 125 pounds and stand 5’10”. I am pretty slim, but very healthy. I exercise at least every other day. The supplements I take every morning are Omega 3, Calcium-Magnesium-Zinc, and a B-Vitamin. I wash these down with whey protein powder mixed with milk. I am sure that my acne is a hormonal reaction. Diary products, I have researched, are known to contain hormones. I have discontinued my consumption of milk and any other dairy products starting today. I do, however eat Activia yogurt for the probiotic benefit. As you can see, I am desperate for the solution to my problem. It has taken a real emotional toll on me. I am a very happy, social person and this is getting in the way of that. Please help. I feel confident that you can! 🙂

    -David Gow

  4. grazie garcia Says:

    hi dr. neal, i have this acne problem that i didn’t have before, i only got it earlier this year.. i am having this small bumps all over my face, and most are clustered on the sides of my face.. i don’t get them before, but now, it’s really taking a toll on my life, and it’s making me less confident.. i am now taking an oral supplement recommended by my derma, but its been two months and i don’t see any significant changes.. i am also using topical medicines along with it, these, i have been using before when i wasn’t having these bumps, but right now, it doesn’t seem to be working the way iit did before.. i want my face to really clear up.. i hope you can help me.. i’m form japan and i hope you can help me even without meeting me..

  5. Tale Says:

    Hi Dr Neal.
    I just moved To the USA about 4 months ago, my skin did not relate well to the whether and I broke out so much so fast (3-4 pimples a day) in the last 3 months. I managed them now bye taking some pills orally and visiting a dermatologist. Now I only have 3-4 pimples on my face instead of over a 100. However, my face looks so ugly because I have acne marks all over my forehead and cheeks. Should I purchase your products or is it too late? The scars I have are the type of scar that give a bumpy look to my face, forehead and chin and it’s not smooth at all. The scars are not flat and they have made me look so ugly.

  6. admin Says:

    hey guys,

    You can find me on the “Ask Dr. Neal” page.

    I’ll be here,

    -Dr. Neal

  7. vaishali patel Says:

    hey Dr Neil i have been having acne problem since i was 15 and i have tried EVERYTHING and nothing has worked on my face. due to my old acne on my face it has caused bad deep scars on my face causing big pores open. i am now 21 and i am getting married soon so i want to fix this problem ASAP bacause i had lost hope on this but i saw your videos posted on you tube and this encouraged me to give a last try. since i am from Australia do you do online selling?
    waiting for your mail
    thanks

  8. Kimber Says:

    Hello Dr. Neal. I have been struggling with a cystic acne since 2007. It’s not severe but very mild. I have tried “everything” from pro active, drug store brands, and even oral medication from my dermatologist. I accidentally ran across your website and decided to check it out. I like what I see so far, but I have a few questions. According to the skin types recommended for each product, I would need the moderate care. I really hope this helps me… If I decide to order your products, what am I required to do?

    Thank you for your time

  9. admin Says:

    hello,
    sorry to hear of the continuing activity.
    The “how to be a good client” section of the blog and the instructional videos on the home page will detail everything that is expected in this program.

    I’ll be in the “Ask Dr. Neal” section,
    -Dr. Neal

  10. Nicole Says:

    I’m 13 years of age 8th grade . I’ve been struggling since 4th grade 9 years old ! I’ve tried everything pills lotions masks creams . Nothing worked !help !

  11. admin Says:

    hey Nicole,

    see the “Ask Dr. Neal” page if you need any help.

    -Dr. Neal

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The Lethal Sofa.

Friday, August 26th, 2011

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We love to demonize things. It probably serves as a quick and easy way to decipher good from bad at a glance.

Although I’m usually against this simplistic habit, I’d like to demonize something today in an effort to increase consciousness of our overall wellness.


The basic concept is that humans require constant movement to stay internally balanced. Over the past 20 years of investigation, I have learned that movement is the most powerful element of health.


With this in mind, it becomes obvious that sitting at the computer or in front of the television is directly affecting your health in a negative way. Unless celebrating and relaxing from a great physical adventure, the sofa can act as one of the primary aggravators of the common ailments we see in our culture. (Type 2 Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Depression, Anxiety, Joint Pain, GI problems, and every other ailment regardless of the original trigger or source)


Here’s a method to help solve this problem while at home:

Try to look at your couch as a type of dessert. Something that needs to be earned and celebrated after a mind blowing physical experience. Know that this “dessert” is inherently not good for your body chemistry but when earned, is a beautiful way to balance the recent activity. If no activity is done, I promise your sofa will aggravate every health ailment you will ever come across.


I made this video to offer an option to the couch while watching TV. If this video is memorized, you can use the lessons from it anytime you’re in the family room.


Feel free to experience and join in the demonstration while memorizing the sequence for later use…




Hope this video helps our culture stay in balance.

be well,
-Dr. Neal


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Dr. Neal’s Rosacea Bootcamp™

Sunday, August 21st, 2011



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hey Everyone,

In a prior post entitled “The Epidemic Misconception of Rosacea”, I mentioned that many highly motivated people with a classic presentation of rosacea are still failing the standard of medical care.

Today, a thoughtful client has contributed to the movement with before and after photos of her long standing Rosacea. Please show this video to your doctor to get everyone up to speed on what is now possible beyond the cookbook algorithm of metronidazole, tetracycline, and other Rx topicals.

Original email inquiry:


Hi Dr Neal,

I wonder if you have success at treating rosacea like you do with acne.

I’m 51 and have had continual rosacea for about 3 years. Looking back, I remember bouts of ‘weird acne’ that I now know were rosacea. When my son was born (now 19) I remember a patch on my chin.

It’s getting worse. When it began a few years ago, I would get a couple of new spots (on cheekbones or nose), then have a few quiet days, then a couple new spots, a few quiet days etc. Now there are new spots every day and the places on my cheeks which are prone to rosacea are getting larger. I’m starting to get spots along my upper lip. I used to only get spots under my nose on the right side, but now it’s moving over to the left. A patch is starting on my jawline.

I eat well (organic vegetables juiced every day, nearly vegan diet, minimal sugar), meditate, exercise all the time (xcountry skiing, road bicycling, Bikram yoga (I had rosacea before I went to Bikram, so it’s not the heat), hiking, regular yoga) ..I don’t know how I could improve my lifestyle. Well, I do eat chips sometimes!!

I’ve tried special soaps, jojoba oil, Rosacea-Ltd-III mineral conditioners, essential oil therapy, and am now using a 1% Dalacin antibiotic treatment, all to no avail.

Can you help? Thank you so much

ps I also get the associated blepharitis on and off.








She used the Mild Starter Kit.

Thanks to her generous contribution, the movement continues today.
-Dr. Neal


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Wellness Tips: Muscle and Joint Pains

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011


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I’m going to continue mixing in these general wellness tips into the blog in an effort to get our culture back into energetic balance.


It’s amazing how common physical ailments can completely overwhelm lives in a downward spiraling manner. In today’s wellness tip, I’d like to address all non-emergent musculoskeletal problems.


While nothing here will sound altogether novel at first, the emphasis and priority of actions can be make or break. Details are everything in the art of medicine.


When someone tells me, “I have knee pain” for example, I usually ask them, “How many times have you iced it in the last 24 hours”


It’s often a rhetorical question as most people forget that ice is one of the most powerful weapons available. Even if they do remember, they often can’t find an easy and quick way to make it happen in their busy schedule.


So while telling someone to use ice on and off all day is not a new idea, if they aren’t motivated to actually do it, it’s completely new for them regarding this particular ailment. (another example of knowledge vs. action)


If you are having muscle or joint discomfort, try icing 5 times in a day on and off. Remove it after 10 minutes or until it’s too cold to handle.

Details: Try pinpointing the exact tender spot with your finger and then focus the ice pack in that specific area. Ziplock bags, paper towels, blue gel packs, and frozen peas are all options to dial in the exact temperature and location.


If you are having any non-emergent muscle ache or joint pain, here’s a quick recipe to try today:


1) Ice multiple times a day as mentioned above.

2) Ibuprofen with food as recommended on the bottle or by your physician.

3) Home Physical Therapy: The act of safe strength training to relieve pain is another powerful underutilized weapon. Try to find exercises that do not cause irritation to the affected muscle or joint. Try strengthing muscles that are in the surrounding area to increase blood flow and to give support.

4) Cardio: If your legs are injured, make sure to find an arm bicycle, ab class, pool class, or any upper body exercise that will give you a minimal of 30 minutes of cardriovascular activity per day. The act of moving blood, bringing nutrients, and removing wastes through cardiovascular exercise is the fastest way to heal any ailment.




Bottom Line: Ice is one of the most powerful and underutilized weapons in musculoskeletal medicine. Sitting on the sofa makes joint and muscle pain worse as the sluggish blood flow slows down any healing or balancing process of the body.


hope this helps,
-Dr. Neal


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“Allergic” to Benzoyl Peroxide??

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Quick post to clear up any confusion: The Acne Practice has been completely inactivating acne for those with allergies to benzoyl peroxide since 2006.

Here’s an example of a woman who is both pregnant and specifically allergic to Benzoyl Peroxide:







As a reminder, there is no acne situation that is not beatable. There is no allergy, medical condition, sensitivity, or special situation that has not already been figured out around here.

-Dr. Neal

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