PICTURES: Kashi Cereal Caused Me an Acne Break Out!

I grew up in the generation of working mothers and fathers, so I guess in a lot of ways, that’s how cereal became popular in my life.

In elementary school, cereal was the quick way to eat breakfast in the morning. It was fast, easy, and delicious. My parents always made sure that I had my favorite cereals ready for me in the cabinets. And it usually wasn’t just one brand either.

I loved Apple Jacks, Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Corn Flakes, Fruit Loops and … I can’t think of the rest. Didn’t really like Cap’n Crunch, Chex, or any of that wheat thin stuff. You know, as kids, who likes the healthy stuff?

Even as adults, who likes the healthy stuff?

So I thought I finally found the holy grail when I came across this new brand called Kashi because they had added fiber AND … get this, added omega-3!

Get the hell out of here!

My life was getting a little busy recently, a bunch of construction on my house, bills, and other chores so I thought, “Why not throw cereal into the mix?…

5 Steps | How To Stop an Acne Breakout NOW

This is a REAL email that I wrote to a close friend of mine who recently broke out pretty bad and had no idea what was going on. He called me while I was driving and I couldn’t hear him well so I told him I’d write him an email explaining what to do. To protect his identity, we’ll call him “James.” Though his name does start with a “J”.

He went to go see a dermatologist and naturally, the skin doctor prescribed him acne antibiotics. His acne got a little better, then worse. And oddly enough, he started complaining about weird itching on his back acne. The acne antibiotics stopped working, my friend was getting a little panicky about what was going on.

He didn’t know what to do. So when he found out that I was back from Ecuador, he called me for advice. All this happened in a few weeks.

Hey man,

So here’s what’s going on.

Most likely something changed in your diet or lifestyle that caused the initial breakout. So naturally, you did what most people do when they have no idea what’s going on: they turn to a dermatologist.

VIDEO: 1 Trick to Stop Eating Junk Food

Over the years, there were many times that I fell off the band wagon and binge ate on junk food. Then I broke out in pimples and would hate myself for breaking my own code.

Then I’d be good and eventually, a few days later or a couple weeks later, I would crack and eat a bunch of bad food. Again, I would break out with acne and get a bunch of acne scars.

Here’s what I found that helped me stop that vicious acne cycle.

MAKE A DECISION: THIS IS THE YEAR YOU BECOME CLEAR

Are you going REALLY going to make a decision and be the kind of person that clears their skin?

Or are you going to be depressed and sit around and do nothing?

Don’t be another one of the dozens and hundreds and thousands of guys that just stand and wait… or hopes that whatever you’re doing now will somehow magically start working?

If you want to know all the steps, top to bottom and front to back for how to clear your acne once in for all, then I have a hint for you …

Go get my program “Acne Free Diet”, which can you can download and be learning in just a few minutes…

It’s time for you to stop sitting on the sidelines and missing out on the acne free life you should be living.…

VIDEO: Does Exercise and Working Out Cause Acne?

In this video I talk about working out and whether or not exercise causes acne. The reason I made this video was for yeras I wondered whether or not building more muscle affected pimples. Here’s what I found.

THE SOLUTION TO YOUR ACNE

It’s questions just like these that I racked my brain for years!   I’ve been in your shoes before and it’s hard to really know what works and what doesn’t.  It just seems like there are so many acne products out there, it’s hard to really find out with ones are telling the truth and which ones are lying. I’ve bought a lot of them too, Clearasil, Murad, ProActiv, those are just to name a few that I’ve tried.  I used to have use a lot of acne products such as aloe vera, benzoyl peroxide, face creams, masks, etc… But these days, I barely even wash my face once a day sometimes, and I’m still clear. I’m proof that clearing your acne the healthy and natural way works. And it’s permanent too, I still have clear skin and I have no problems maintaining acne free, clear skin.…

VIDEO: Do Potato Chips Cause Acne?

If you’ve ever wondered whether or not potato chips or junk food cause acne, here’s the answer from Ray.

That’s right, this videos for you guys, if you love any of these chips below:

  1. Lay’s
  2. Ruffles
  3. Pringles
  4. Utz
  5. Kettle Brand
  6. Cape Cod
  7. Herr’s
  8. Wise
  9. Popchips
  10. Golden Flake

Watch the video below where I talk about whether or not potato chips cause acne and what to eat instead.

THE SOLUTION TO YOUR ACNE

The solution to curing your acne is to not focus on improving your health in the commonly accepted way.   Now, what I’m NOT saying is to not work out, not eat healthy, and not wash your skin.  That is NOT what I’m saying.  However, what I am saying is that what we believe now to be “taking care” of our bodies needs to be tweaked a little bit, especially if you have acne.  And that “tweak” that you’re looking for is exactly what How To Clear Your Acne is about.

What every acne sufferer must learn, especially the ones that are really fit and health conscious yet still can’t figure out why they still have acne, is that there is a DIFFERENT KIND OF TAKING CARE OF YOUR BODY ROUTINE for us.…

VIDEO: 3 Acne Tips for Summer Tanning

It’s hot and you want to get your tan on.

Maybe it’s because you’re trying to cover acne scars and left over red blemishes from pimples.

Or maybe it’s because you were like me (years ago before I figured out how to cure my acne) and for some damn reason, every time you’re about to go to a party or meet some cute girl, you get a pimple and you’re trying to figure whatever way possible to make this pimple less visible.

Either way, here’s a video on what I learned over the years of experimenting with acne and tanning in a way that you can clear your acne naturally. Tips #1 and #2 you might have heard of, but I BET you haven’t heard of tip #3

THE SOLUTION TO YOUR ACNE

I, and thousands of other people, have spent years of our lives suffering from acne.  And I mean REALLY SUFFERING from having acne.  And it’s just a handful of us that finally found the secret to be able to free ourselves from those dark days when we hated the reflections of ourselves in the mirror.…

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6 Lessons I Learned from Acne

@&^!(#&!.

I was 16 years old and depressed. I had these blackout curtains and most of the time would locked myself in my room with all my lights off but one desk lamp … just enough to see my outline.

It seemed so long ago, I’m going to be 30 years old at the end of this year, but I still remember it so vividly.

It was hopeless.

I was lonely.

I felt undesirable, frustrated, unwanted … ugly.

UGLY. Really ugly.

I would use the restroom and leave the lights off. It was better than reminding myself of the hideous acne pustules and red blemishes I had covering my forehead, jawline, nose … hell, everywhere.

I hated acne.

FUCK ACNE. I was so angry.

I remember this one night (among many nights) when I was standing in the dark, in front of the bathroom mirror, trying to imagine myself with clear skin with the little moonlight that shined through the window …

I remember realizing … I can’t even get angry because I feared breaking out with more pimples.

I asked myself:

“What was my anger going to do?

Sneak Peek of the program

Ray’s in Ecuador

Some of you have noticed that this website hasn’t had any new acne posts or articles for the past several months. So what’s going on?

Well, I’m leaving for a trip in September 2014 and I’ve been trying to stay away from technology and being a workaholic for the last … well … a while.

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN UP TO, RAY?

That means, no TV, no internet, no music, and even no books. And if you know me, you know I love reading. Plus, this also means going vegetarian.

I know I teach a lot about eating clean and healthy on this website, but even for me, not eating meat is a tall order.

WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS?

I’ve hit a point in my life where I’m looking for something. Now, I’ll talk more about what this is when I get back, but this is definitely something that I need to do … for me.

Sorry guys, you’re going to have to wait a little. But I promise you things will be EVEN BETTER when I get back.…

Fun app to see you look like with clear skin

So I found this iPhone app the other day called “Facetune.” The fun thing about this app is that you can clear your skin, whiten your teeth, and do some simple touch ups.

You might like this app because … of course, you can see what you look like if you didn’t have acne and you had clear skin.

I think it’s great motivation to see how handsome (if you’re a guy) or beautiful (if you’re a girl) you will look once you clear your skin!

I tried it on a high school graduation picture that I had to see what I could’ve looked like when I had acne. And this picture wasn’t even when my acne was the worst! Plus, it’s a high school graduation photo, so … the photographers definitely touched things up a little bit before they sent it back (I could tell, my acne was worse than this senior year).

BEFORE & AFTER

Ray Before After High School Graduation Ray Before After High School Graduation1

Pretty cool huh?

Man, I would’ve been so much happier if I had skin like that during high school!

Look at that AFTER picture!…

3 Reason Why Clear Skin People Don’t Understand Acne

I think one of the worst things about having acne is that people with clear skin just don’t understand.

And sometimes I wish I had was “fat” instead, because at least then people could relate a little. However, I don’t think most people understand what it’s like to have tried everything yet still have a face covered in pimples.

Here are 3 scenarios you’ve probably encountered if you had acne:

HOW YOUR FRIENDS DON’T GET IT

SCENARIO #1: NEW PIMPLE

What Happens: When you tell your friend about this crazy huge new pimple that’s bothering you and your friend says, “Where? I can’t tell.”

What We See: What I heard here was that I had so many pimples, one more didn’t really make a difference.

SCENARIO #2: YOU NEED SOME REASSURANCE

What Happens: You ask your close friend, “Hey, how bad is this pimple? I don’t know if I want to go out tonight.” Your friend say, “It’s not that bad, I can’t even tell.”

What We See: Now I know my friend was just trying to be helpful, but sometimes I think I just needed the truth.…