There are a lot of you out there that have been using Retinols in one form or another and are concerned about toxicity out-weighing the results you are achieving. Well, for someone who has seen first hand what the damage has done over the years, I 100% agree with your concerns. Not only are certain Vitamin A creams and oral prescriptions toxic to the liver, they also disrupt and harm your natural production of melanin. Vitamin A creams also causes constant sloughing of surface skin, which ends up stressing the top layers, resulting in irritated, inflamed skin. Rosacea is at an all time high these days and yes a lot has to do with diet, but a good percentage is caused by stressed out skin tissue that goes beyond the stratum corneum, our outermost skin layer.
The skin is the largest organ and a reflection of what is going on internally. Every skin condition is a symptom of something going on inside the body. Prescription drugs and chemicals only put a band-aid on what your skin is trying to tell you. Whether it being as simple as cleaning up your skin care products to all natural, diet or emotional stresses, these are all potential culprits to why you have a reoccurring skin issue in the first place.
Your body works in conjunction with your eliminating organs, constantly cleansing and purging out metabolic toxins from within the skin layers and the body via, liver and kidneys. So keep in mind that you may experience some skin “detoxing” while switching over, but it will be well worth it in the long run- I promise!
I have had many clients successfully get off their retinols and I hope these tips will be helpful! Whether you want to ween yourself off of your creams and/or orals slowly or just go cold turkey- I think I will leave that decision up to you, you know your body best! Weening may take a bit longer, as your body and skin will still need to work out the toxins before completely regenerating.
Keep products to a bare minimum and find a healthy alternative to replace your retinol cream. If you were using Vitamin A for acne and oily skin, find a spot treatment like a melaleuca serum or grapeseed, jojoba and lavender oil are very light weight and close to your own natural oils, therefore tricking your skin not produce more.
Never ever use harsh cleansers that make your skin feel dry. These types send a message to your brain to produce more oil and the end result being an oil slick within an hour or two.
Use gentle cleansing products! If you can tolerate and like oils, I would stick with Jojoba or Grapeseed. Organic and cold pressed to remove make-up. I also have a wonderful Gel or Lotion Cleanse, for those who prefer a lighter feel.
Use an alcohol free toner, hydrosol, aloe or witch hazel mid day as a blotter to help keep oil at bay.
Eat clean whole organic foods. No, you really don’t need to go on some radical cleanse and starve for a week- unless that is your thing! As long as you are eating mindfully and eating 95% of the time whole organic foods and mostly veggies, your body and skin will love you for it.
JUICING, JUICING, and more JUICING! This is my secret clear skin potion. I can clear any breakout patch and see a big difference within 2-3 days when I juice. 1-2 juices a day with healthy meals.
You can find healthy veggie juices in most health food stores and thankfully juice bars are popping up everywhere too. I am a bit addicted :)
Vita Mix is the greatest blender for juicing your own, with a plethora of wonderful, drinkable recipes online. But any blender or juicer will do.
Juicing and drinking lots of water are essential to the detox process and help the body get rid of toxins much faster.
Good Fats = Glowing skin Get enough good fats in your daily diet.
Fat does not make you fat, really! Healthy oils like coconut, olive and avocado, nuts, seeds, avocados are all essential to build healthy cells and brains and regulate hormones.
Vitamin B’s (B complex) A deficiency in vitamin B1-12 can exacerbate acne and I believe a very important vitamin to take on a daily bases. It is also known to help calm the nervous system when taken every day.
Vitamin D 3 is vital for cell growth, skin repair and free radical fighter
Zinc for those with acute acne and good to use while detoxing, as it is a powerful anti-oxidant.
Magnesium Antioxidant and essential amino acid helps calm stressed skin and nerves, promoting restful sleep when taken at night. Natural Vitality makes a CALM powder (drink) that contains your daily dose. It is also great to take Magnesium (I take M. orotate) one week before my period to help with cramps and PMT. Make sure to stay away from excess sugar at that time too!
Probiotics, cultured, fermented foods are the key to gut health, clear beautiful skin and overall wellness. Make sure to get these in your diet every single day.
Gluten, sugar, processed dairy, and everything processed are all culprits to digestion (gut) issues- so steering clear of these while detoxing will also do the body good.
Your skin regenerates itself every 28 days or so, so be a bit patient, clear glowing skin will happen!
Stick with a simple skin regime until your skin is clear.
Cleanse, moisturize and a good spot treatment should do the trick.
If you have inflamed skin, you may need a healing slave or only use one oil product, it depends on the severity of your condition.. I can certainly help with that too!
Be good to yourself and be happy! Your emotions and how you feel about yourself is another vital key to a healthy skin body and spirit. Read soul lifting books, meditate, exercise, do what you love to do <3
Feel free to emil me with any questions or concerns: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are Some of My Favorite Resources:
Mala for safe, organic and custom blended skincare.. of course :)
https://avivaromm.com has a great newsletter with loads of health tips and recipes
https://www.cleanprogram.com/cleanse Health tips, recipes on Clean eating and I love their protein and green powders.
https://www.floliving.com Great tips on how to get your hormones back in check
http://www.foodmatters.com More health and wellness information
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ Check your current cosmetic products for toxicity