Can Hypnosis Clear Your Acne?

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It's safe to say women go to extraordinary lengths to get clear skin—from lasers to chemical peels and even masks of raw egg yolk. Trial and error is a fact of the acne-ridden life. And while a trip to the dermatologist is usually the foolproof way to banish breakouts, one woman says it wasn’t until she saw a hypnotist that she started to see real results in the health of her skin.

Lorac founder Carol Shaw claims her skin cleared simply, with the power of her mind. After three classes with famed hypnotist Pat Collins, Shaw says her cystic acne disappeared. "'What the mind creates, the mind can heal.’ And [Collins] put her hand on my forehead and gave me some suggestions in my ear, and it was like Jesus had touched me," Shaw said about the experience.

So how do you use the power of positive thinking to magically give you flawless skin? Very astute question. Shaw says that she gave up on creams and prescriptions and every morning and night she performed mantras in the present tense, like: "The pimple’s are disappearing; I have beautiful clear skin. My skin is clear." It was also important for her to start visualizing herself with the clear skin of a model.

Maybe our adult acne really is all in our heads. Would you try self-hypnosis? If not, these more traditional acne treatments might help clear up your skin.

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