Smearing Your Face With Avocado & Papayas, Dabbing Your Skin With Pineapples & Green Algae, Fixing Acne Forever & Much More With Dr. Trevor Cates.

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Ever consider grabbing an avocado or papaya from your kitchen and smearing it all over your face?

How about mixing up some pineapple and green algae to dab on your skin?

Or how about this…did you know the first signs of nutritional deficiencies actually show up on the skin?

My guest on today's show, Dr. Trevor Cates, just wrote a fantastic book called “Clean Skin from Within: The Spa Doctor's Two-Week Program to Glowing, Naturally Youthful Skin“. In it, she presents guidelines and recipes to transform your skin from the inside out. She explains the “why” of what’s happening, and how you can remedy problems. She opens by showing how to identify your skin type to reach the root cause of problems. From there you’ll learn how to create nourishing foods to create a clean mind, clear skin, and healthy body. Collagen-boosting bone broths, antioxidant-rich salads, and delicious smoothies are just a few things on the menu. You’ll also be able to whip up all-natural cleansers, toners, exfoliants, and masks…

…and get new skin within two weeks flat.

Dr. Cates is a nationally recognized naturopathic doctor. She is also known, as “The Spa Dr.” and was the first woman licensed as a naturopathic doctor in the state of California, appointed by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to California’s Bureau of Naturopathic Medicine Advisory Council. She has worked with world-renown spas and sees patients in her private practice in Park City, Utah with a focus on graceful aging and glowing skin. She has been featured on The Doctors, Extra, First for Women, Mind Body Green and is host of THE SPA DR. Podcast. Dr. Cates believes the key to healthy skin is inner and outer nourishment with non-toxic ingredients.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Why it was skin issues that first got Ben and his wife to begin eating healthy…[11:50]

-Why some of the first signs of nutritional deficiencies can show up in our skin…[16:10]

-The five different skin types, and how to figure out which one you are…[19:40]

-The two favorite natural ingredients for the skin that Trevor talks about in her book…[25:13]

-Why water is not the correct pH for the skin and why you want something more acidic on your skin…[30:20]

-How digestive enzymes from things like pineapple can be used to help turn over dead skin cells more quickly…[33:20]

-What sea buckthorn does for your skin, where you get it, and why the “omega-7” in it is so important…[41:25]

-How to ensure that your bone broth is high in collagen…[44:30]

-Why mineral oil is something that should be avoided…[46:30]

-The five natural ingredients for your skin that you can get straight from the kitchen…[52:00]

-Why Trevor smears papaya all over her face, and an easy recipe with papaya, oats and yogurts that can make your face and skin look amazing…[56:55]

-A simple coconut milk grape juice cleanser recipe you make with just three ingredients…[59:40]

-And much more…

Resources from this episode:

Clean Skin from Within: The Spa Doctor's Two-Week Program to Glowing, Naturally Youthful Skin

The Greenfield Anti-Aging Skin Serum

Dr. Loren Cordain's Dietary Cure For Acne

Dr. Trevor Cates full line of skin care products

Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dr. Cates or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!

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  2. Beauty Tips for Face says:

    nice tips

  3. Cathryn Hackett says:

    Hi Ben,

    Cat here from Australia, love your podcast! It’s my health and fitness bible :D

    I also have pityriasis versicolour and find it so challenging to get rid of; I’m passionate about natural alternatives for my skin but have had to revert to Selsun Yellow (dandruff shampoo loaded with chemicals!) to remove this stubborn fungus. So, I am super happy to hear you have found a natural alternative with the oregano herb. Yay! I just wanted to check – did you dilute the oil before you rubbed it on your back? How much did you use at a time? And how long did you leave it on for before washing it off?

    Really appreciate your advice.



  4. Rose Nicholson says:

    Great podcast! My son has vitiligo and I am curious what Dr. Cates recommends for this autoimmune skin disorder. We have done a gluten and dairy-free diet for a year with daily probiotics. He has used prescription protopic. So far no changes. Thanks for always sharing new and wonderful information through your podcasts!

  5. Kate says:

    Thanks for this episode. How much zinc & EFA do you recommend to address Keratosis pilaris?

    1. That is a tough question, because I would need to see your blood/labs. I'd be happy to help you via a personal one-on-one consult. Just go to and then choose a 20 or 60 minute consult, whichever you'd prefer. I can schedule ASAP after you get that.

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