Friday, January 11, 2013

How to Treat Acne and Clear Up Your Skin

Ever since I was a teenager, I've always struggled with that damn acne on my face.  Sometimes it'll be really bad, other times it'll clear up and I'll finally think I'm growing out of it.  But it never fails to return.  Over the years, I've experimented with just about everything under the sun to treat it (including the sun itself actually).  Just off the top of my head, and remember that this goes all the way back to the late 90's...

Stridex pads, Oxy pads, Swiss apricot scrub, probably 5 different types of Clearasil, all varieties of that white spot-treatment cream you put on at night...

More recently I've tried the hippy route and experimented with different combinations of castor oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, the cod liver oil / butter oil blend...

I've tried washing it once a day, twice a day, after each meal, every other day, two days a week, once a week on Mondays at 8:00 am sharp... 

I've also tried for as long as I can remember to find a dietary connection to acne.  First I thought it was dairy, then gluten, then alcohol, then carbs, then vegetable oils.  There were several occasions when I would eat super healthy for weeks and struggle with acne, then go out and party one night, stay up late and drink alcohol, and wake up the next morning with a face clearer than I'd seen in weeks.  What gives??

Never mind the hair... focus on the acne.  It wasn't excessive, but it was just enough to be a problem.  I can remember this night specifically... it definitely ruined my confidence.  No one wants to deal with that.

In the end, after all those years of experimentation and wasted money, I ended up right back where I began... frustrated, confused, and clueless...

...until recently.  I've been experimenting with something for several months now, since early November, that has worked extremely well for me.  It hasn't cleared up my skin completely, but it's made a big difference.  I rarely break out anymore, but even when I do get the rare pimple here and there, it'll be gone in just a day or two.  It's pretty incredible.

And you're not going to believe what it is.  It's so simple, so obvious in hindsight, that I can't believe I didn't figure it out sooner.  It might seem counter-intuitive at first, but it will all make sense when I'm through with you.  Are you ready??  Here's the secret...

Do nothing.

You heard me.  Don't do anything.



I call it the Kunu Protocol.  I've completely given up cleaning my face.  I don't use face wash, soap, cream, oil... I even avoid putting water on my face!  And yes, that means I shower less.  Those of you who know me in real life, have you noticed?  Didn't think so. 

The most recent picture of me from New Year's Eve, with far less acne.  Cherish this selfie, you may never see another.

If you think about this for a minute, it actually makes sense.  Look at it from a historical perspective, as I like to do.
First... look at modern hunter-gatherers or even small-scale agriculturalists... people isolated from modern society.  They don't suffer from acne. According to the research of Weston A. Price, acne happens concurrently with the introduction of modern, processed food.  It's a disease of civilization.
Hence... humans likely never suffered from acne in hunter-gatherer times, accounting for nearly all of our 2.5 million years on this earth.
Did our ancestors use Clearasil?  Did they wipe their faces with Stridex pads?  Apricot scrub?  No.
Did they rinse their faces with water twice a day to keep them clean?  Doubtful.
Did they think about cleaning their faces at all??  I don't think so!

Look, I'm no expert on the skin and acne, but this is what worked for me.  It just makes sense:  Stop dousing your face with chemicals and water, and let your skin do its thing with its natural oils.  Our faces weren't designed for this beating! 

I know the Kunu Protocol isn't sexy.  It's not glamorous, nor exciting.  You've probably never heard of it before, because it doesn't make anybody any money.  But the bottom line is it works.  Why not try it, you have nothing to lose!


What about you guys?  What are your thoughts on this minimalist approach?  And what skin care strategies have worked for you?

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  3. My chiropractor recently told me that the eczema on my arm is probably caused by an allergy, and that is my body's way of getting rid of this toxin. So I'd been thinking maybe something similar goes on with acne. I started having really bad acne in 5th. My sisters and I have tried everything too. what worked for me is when I went on birth control. Although after a few years, it's kinda back. It's hard to tell what causes it. Sometimes I can tell it's stress, or I'll go back to San Antonio and all of a sudden I will really break out. I also can get pretty bad backne or chestne. Starting last year, I've been buying facial wipes and been using those every night. It's actually helped pretty well. The only reason why I think our faces would "need" all the cleansers and stuff is because what our skin is being exposed to nowadays - pollution. I used the 3-step system - cleanser, toner, moisturizer - and it helps clear my clogged pores, which are visible, especially when I wear make-up (which isn't often). I think there should be more research conducted on acne.

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  4. I can remember to find a dietary connection to acne. First I thought it was dairy, then gluten, then alcohol, then carbs, then vegetable oils. There were several occasions when I would eat super healthy for weeks and struggle with acne, then go out and party one night, stay up late and drink alcohol, and wake up the next morning with a face clearer than I'd seen in weeks. What gives?? Acne

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