Liquid Asset The single best product EVAH for your skin is not, in fact, an actual skincare product…

… It’s something you ingest.

I’m talking about cod liver oil. Again. Yep—lately, not a week goes by without me telling at least a couple of people (mostly in the comments here) about this best-kept beauty secret. So in case you missed all of that chit-chat, listen up, because this stuff is downright miraculous for acne and dull skin. AND for your overall health, including boosting vitamin D levels.

And you thought I was going to say fish oil, or probiotics! Nein and nein—it’s this bad boy right here that you need:

Green Pasture Cod Liver Oil The single best product EVAH for your skin is not, in fact, an actual skincare product...

First, let me give you the backstory

Before I discovered the CLO (as geeky health freak types like me tend to call it), I’d been seeking something—anything!—to deal with persistent hormonal breakouts, usually around the chin and jawline, that would crop up like clockwork at that time of the month. (Sound familiar?)

Birth Control Pills 300x221 The single best product EVAH for your skin is not, in fact, an actual skincare product...Although dermatologist-prescribed meds always worked for me (I’ve taken the pill, short courses of antibiotics and spironolactone—an anti-androgen medication that is prescribed off-label for acne), I just didn’t want to take anything pharmaceutical anymore because to me, the side effects of all that stuff are pretty scary.

And other derm treatments, like chemical peels, microdermabrasion, lasers and light therapies—all of which I’ve tried as a beauty ed—are stupidly expensive and the results don’t last. (Really, don’t even get me started on those…)

I’ve also had my blood tested and tried all kinds of naturopathic things—fish oil, probiotics, liver cleanses, you name it!—but none of them really made any marked difference. And after you dabble in all this stuff for a while, to no avail—even though the breakouts aren’t really that bad—you start to question WHY… why are the breakouts still happening and do I have a more serious underlying health issue?

Chances are, you probably don’t. You just are lacking certain nutrients that we don’t get in our modern diets.

And one of those happens to be vitamin A, which as you know, is in Accutane (a pretty scary drug in my opinion, despite what derms will tell you).

Why cod liver oil works for acne

The difference between the vitamin A in Accutane and the vitamin A in cod liver oil is that the latter is a natural, not synthetic source—and therefore carries less risk of toxicity in the body because it works synergistically with its other nutrients.

grass fed beef 300x197 The single best product EVAH for your skin is not, in fact, an actual skincare product...According to the Weston A. Price Foundation:

The claim that vitamin A in cod liver oil is toxic just doesn’t make sense in the context of traditional diets, which were very rich in vitamin A from liver, organ meats, seafood and the fats of grass-fed animals. The crux of Dr. Price’s research is that the diets of healthy primitive peoples contain about ten times more vitamin A than modern diets.

Doesn’t that make sense that we’d have a modern epidemic of acne now that we’re eating fewer of these foods?

I thought it was worth trying, at least, so I started taking this about six months ago. And oh em gee did I ever notice a difference in my skin. Not just in eradicating breakouts—I rarely get them anymore, and if I do, the blemish goes away very quickly and isn’t at all inflamed—but in the overall quality, texture and colour of my skin.

I glow, people! Really, I do—so much so that I’ve been asked what it is I’m doing differently and can they have some too!

It’s not just me who hearts cod liver oil

Reader Jenny started taking it and noticed similar results… and she also alerted me to blogger/vlogger Kandee Johnson, who calls it her “number one secret potion”:

My mom and BFF are also in on this and both noticed a glow and (in the case of my friend), NO. MORE. BREAKOUTS!

Other benefits of cod liver oil

sunscreen 221x300 The single best product EVAH for your skin is not, in fact, an actual skincare product...Anyone else take this as a kid? It turns out our mothers were right about it preventing sickness. I haven’t gotten any colds since I started taking this—and because it’s also a fantastic source of vitamin D, it’s replaced the need for those synthetic vitamin D3 pills I used to take.

(And on that note—just as the synthetic form of vitamin A can be toxic, so can vitamin D; that’s why the RDA of vitamin D is so low. You can ingest a much higher dose with cod liver oil if you simply follow the recommended dosage on the label.)

Taking cod liver oil is also a better idea than following that misguided advice floating around about getting our vitamin D from 10 minutes a day in the sun. It’s actually really difficult to do that, especially in the Canadian climate. Traditionally, humans have made up for the slack with foods (including liver, which I will bet you do not eat). Enter CLO!

Fun fact: I’ve read several testimonials from people taking CLO that they no longer burn in the sun!

The best type of cod liver oil

Ideally, you want to be taking a high-quality, fermented cod liver oil because the cheaper, highly-processed ones tend to be stripped of the very vitamins that make it beneficial (for your skin and health). I follow the recommendations of the Weston A. Price Foundation and they caution against CLOs that go through high heat processing.

My brand of choice is Green Pasture’s, and I actually take a cod liver oil/high-vitamin butter oil blend, which is said to be even MORE effective than the CLO alone. It’s available in capsules:

Green Pasture Cod Liver Oil Butter Oil Capsules The single best product EVAH for your skin is not, in fact, an actual skincare product...

As well as the traditional gel (in several flavours—cinnamon is the best):

Green Pasture Cod Liver Oil Butter Oil Blend The single best product EVAH for your skin is not, in fact, an actual skincare product...

But I’m a wimp and take the capsules!

HOWEVER. This is not to say you won’t see results from a less pricey and more widely available brand. Carlson’s is the one that seems to be pretty decent (Jenny, Kandee and my friend all take it and the lemon flavour isn’t too bad, apparently). You just have to be careful choosing because the vitamin A and D need to be in the right proportion, otherwise you could initiate deficiencies of either one in your body.

* Disclaimer: Please know that all of the above is just my opinion through personal experience—I’m not a doctor and definitely get medical advice if you suspect you might have a more serious skin or health condition. This is just what has worked for me, and lots of people I’ve shared it with.

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You can buy Green Pasture’s CLO/butter oil capsules here and gel here. Plus here are some other cod liver oil brands to check out:

Have your say

Are you dealing with skin issues like breakouts or dullness?
Ever tried cod liver oil? (Bet you will now!)
Doesn’t it drive you crazy when there’s a simple, inexpensive solution out there and yet NOBODY will tell you about it? My BFF and I call it The Acne Conspiracy.

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Nicki
Thursday, September 2/2010 at 1:20 pm

Thank you for this post. Funny – timing of this post is perfect. I have always fought acne my whole life (I’m 39 this year) and I am going through major breakouts right now! The horrible below the skin boils that are causing me pain, look huge and sore and I literally don’t want to leave the house. I’m a makeup artist and know products well and part of my job is to recommend products and skin care routine to my clients. I also enjoy using essential oils to help with any “issues” that I am having, but nooootttthhhinnnngg has helped. I am going for blood tests and wonder if my hormones are out of wack! But now, I am running out tonight and getting me some cod liver oil. I will let you know if it helps. Thank you again, I love your blog!!!!! I will post a link to mine and perhaps to my own little before and after. Thanks again so much, I really hope this helps! Warmest, Nicki

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, September 2/2010 at 1:51 pm

Oh my gosh I’m so excited for you to try this! Honestly – I am like you, I tried *everything* to no avail… thought it was a hormone issue as well but my bloodwork always came back fine. And I used to get the same kind of thing – always under the skin and painful.

The CLO will take few weeks to work so be patient. There are some other tips here on diet that might help too: http://www.westonaprice.org/ask-the-doctor/200-acne.html

Oh and I’m not positive but I *think* the higher-quality brands (like Green Pastures) will produce better results… just FYI before you run out to buy the Carlson’s. I mean, the Carlson’s has been good for a lot of people but just anecdotally I’m not convinced their results were nearly as dramatic as mine with the Green Pastures brand. I order it online and the service is really good – arrives here within 3-4 days. I did see it at Whole Foods in Toronto – but they only had it in liquid format and it was pretty pricey – around $70.

I take 2-3 capsules a day just fyi.

Anyway – good luck Nicki! Please let me know how this works for you!

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Nicki
Friday, September 3/2010 at 8:13 am

So I went out last night and grabbed a bottle of the Carlson brand so that I can at least start taking it right away – I’m desperate – which I started last night. I will order the CLO brand that you recommend. And I’m glad that you mentioned the caps as I wasn’t sure if they were as effective as the liquid form.
I will send you a message when I post a link to your site on my blog later today!
Cheers to clear, radiant, glowing skin and to sharing advice!!
Nicki

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nicki
Friday, September 3/2010 at 9:20 am

Here is my post linking to your post and I have even included a before pic – ugh! But I am on my way!!!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, September 3/2010 at 10:11 am

Heading over there now to read! Sending positive thoughts your way… really hope you get good results with this Nicki!

chris
Monday, January 6/2014 at 10:45 am

Hi Nicki.
I am a registered medical aesthetician with many years of experience. I would first rule out medical conditions such as thyroid disease and Celiac, as well as hormonal imbalances. Cystic type acne that occurs on the lower face is usually a sign that hormonal issues are the culprit. Also, keep in mind that stress and lack of sleep contribute to skin conditions and that diet plays a huge role. Many medications also cause acne.
My own personal experience has shown me time and again that if one has persistent acne which cannot be treated effectively, that the cause is either hormonal, or related to Gluten intolerance. I am picking out these two simply because they are the most common reasons that I have found. I have had many clients over the years whose acne disappears after they remove gluten from their diet. Of course, women we do experience many hormonal dips and surges throughout our lives so I would look at that first. There are “women’s clinics” which specialize in all things related to hormones.
I am a strong believer in fish oils, (omega 3′s) and especially those found in krill oil. Castor oil is known to be beneficial for skin and hair.
Research your products and make sure you are getting one that does not have additives and colors.
Just as an added note: I was getting some early wrinkling under my eyes when I was in my 20′s. I have very fair, delicate skin. I had a very strong peel done just in that area. It took several weeks to look normal but 20 years later, I still have no lines there. I have seen very positive results with peels. Remember that the surface cells of your skin are “dead” and they clump together giving the skin a dull appearance. Removing this by exfoliation will encourage cellular regeneration.
Good luck with the castor oil.

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chris
Monday, January 6/2014 at 10:56 am

Sorry, I referred to “castor oil” in my previous reply to Nicki, instead of Cod Liver Oil. My apologies.

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solorange
Thursday, September 2/2010 at 1:54 pm

great article! have a few questions if you don’t mind…

1 – does green pasture ship to Canada?
2 – how long did it take for you to start seeing results?
3 – do you take regular fish oils?
4 – would love your thoughts on microdermabrasion, peels, etc. you alluded to it in the article, but I don’t know enough about the pros/cons to make an educated decision

many thanks!!!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, September 2/2010 at 5:49 pm

Hi! Answers:

1. Yes they ship to Canada. You can order here: https://www.greenpasture.org/retail/checkout.php?s=products
I live in Toronto and anytime I’ve ordered it’s only taken 3-4 days to arrive and NO custom charges or duties!
As I said above, you can also find at Whole Foods – but they only have the liquid.

2. Can’t really remember – could’ve been anywhere from 2-4 weeks, I think? It will be gradual…

3. I used to, but not anymore – you can get the omegas/EFAs from CLO. (See here: http://www.westonaprice.org/know-your-fats/553-fatty-acid-requirements-for-women.html)

4. I just don’t think microderm and peels are necessary. While a bit of exfoliation is okay (say 1-2x a week) these methods are just too harsh and irritating. I know derms love them but I’m not convinced. Over time, if you do them regularly, I think they can make your skin really thin and fragile – and more susceptible to aging because it’s become more vulnerable to environmental assaults. I mean, it just doesn’t make sense to me that we “need” to put 40% glycolic acid on our faces to burn off the top layer—not unless you’ve had serious sun damage (and even then, lasers like Fraxel are a better choice).

I am 100% convinced that the CLO is a way more effective and safe choice for improving the look of your skin. Let me know if you try it!

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solorange
Saturday, September 4/2010 at 11:10 pm

Thanks!

I, too, have tried everything (including the dreaded Accutane, which made my life a living hell) and can’t wait to try CLO. Will let you know in about a month if I’m glowing :)

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, September 8/2010 at 3:48 pm

Yes, please let me know if you get results from it! Sending good skin vibes your way… :-)

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Delilah S. Dawson
Thursday, September 2/2010 at 1:55 pm

Thanks for this post! My skin is going crazy, and I’ve already ordered CLO. Can’t wait to try it!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, September 2/2010 at 5:50 pm

Awesome! Please come back and tell me how it works for you!

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Johanna
Thursday, September 2/2010 at 4:14 pm

I’m from Norway and we’re traditionally forced as children to drink a spoon of that stuff everyday. My mother sure did. I think it had something to do with some vitamins we don’t get naturally up here and then the government recommended that we drink that everyday in the 70s or something. :) The most popular brand was founded in 1854 http://www.mollers.no/index.aspx

I actually googled it to see what it was in norwegian and went “Ahhh!” when I saw that it was (what we in norwegian call) tran.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, September 2/2010 at 5:54 pm

Wow – 1854? That’s crazy! It’s funny how CLO was widely used all around the world from then right up until maybe the 1980s (I took it as a kid). Then for some reason it fell out of favour and NOBODY takes it now….people just talk about fish oil these days. It’s strange—and such a shame!
Anyway, doing my part to bring it back in fashion :-)

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Johanna
Thursday, September 2/2010 at 5:59 pm

Well that’s good, it’s still very popular here. I mean even the one kandee drinks is norwegian. :P

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Misschris
Thursday, September 2/2010 at 5:29 pm

Hi!

I’ve also started taking fermented cod oil following your post, I am still waiting to see results but I’ll be patient and continue to see what happens. I bought my bottle (only the CLO, not the one mixed with the butter oil) from a small store in Ottawa (Mother Nature on Richmond Rd.). The owner did confirm that to her knowledge, Green Pasture’s CLO was the best on the market.

She also gave me this website for a clinic in Alberta that ships Green Pasture’s products Canada-wide. Not sure if it’s cheaper/more expensive than ordering from the U.S, but it’s always good to have an other option! (Michelle, looking at the price list and from your experience, could you tell which option looks to be more affordable?)

http://www.familyherbalclinic.com/products.html#green

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, September 2/2010 at 6:04 pm

How long have you been taking it and what brand is it? I’m thinking you’re right (and as I mentioned above) – the brand you take makes a difference in the results you see, and probably the butter oil makes it even more potent.

Darn! Or maybe you need to increase your dose…?

I think I remember reading about Mother Nature, as well as the Family Herbal Clinic, when I was sleuthing around where to buy this stuff. Family Herbal Clinic sells the caps for $54 but they’re only US$47 from Green Pasture direct, plus you get a discount if you order more than 5. (I’m obsessed so that’s what I do now.) The order comes pretty quickly and there are no customs/duties charges so seemed easier to order from the US – plus our $ is pretty good against the US right now.

I hope that helps! Let me know if you try the Green Pasture’s!

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Lorra
Friday, January 7/2011 at 5:13 pm

They are 46 tax and shipping included, to ON now…so there has been a price reduction and again a discount on bulk orders.

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Jenny
Thursday, September 2/2010 at 9:28 pm

Great article Michelle! Thanks for linking to my blog! I would not have known about the CLO without your recommendation :) – thanks! I’m still taking my cod liver oil daily and loving it!!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, September 3/2010 at 9:23 am

My pleasure! So glad you’re still loving it as much as I am! :-)

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janis
Friday, September 3/2010 at 12:10 am

But does consuming these pills result in weight gain, since you know, it’s oil (i know its healthy oil but im worried about the weight gain!).

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, September 3/2010 at 9:27 am

Well if you’re taking the recommended dosage it’s the equivalent of 1-2 tsp, which isn’t a lot at all. Personally, I’m not too worried. I just finished a book called “Eat Fat, Lose Fat” which you might want to check out as well – it talks about how eating the right fats can actually support weight loss, which is pretty neat.

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H.
Friday, September 3/2010 at 1:34 am

I really like your blog and don’t want to be mean but I think you are wrong to assume that natural Vitamin A carries less risk than synthetic ones. This was taught to me in a developmental anatomy class:

In normal development, retinoids (Vitamin A) are made by the embryo itself but its concentrations is tightly regulated both spatially and temporally. This tight control is important for morphogenesis (formation of body parts, such as limbs, face and organs). If an embryo has ‘natural’ retinoids at the wrong place or wrong time, it could become deformed. This has been shown in many rodent experiments. The toxicity of retinoids is not a matter of ‘natural’ versus synthetic, but a matter of concentration and its spatial and temporal regulation.

Cod liver oil has far less vitamin A than, say Acutane, which probably explains why cod liver oil taken during pregnancy doesn’t often cause birth defects, whereas Acutane causes birth defects almost 100% of the time. But still, women should consult a doctor about cod liver oil if they plan on becoming pregnant.

Another thing is I don’t think anyone should trust Weston A. Price Foundation’s views on nutrition. On their ‘About us’ page, they say that their goal is to disseminate the research of Weston A. Price, who was a dentist who lived from 1870 to 1948. Back in his day, scientific experimentation wasn’t very advanced and he mainly based his conclusions by correlating diets with health in different ethnic/geographical groups. There are many confounding factors in his method because health doesn’t depend on diet alone. Genetics, environment and lifestyle also have important roles. And plus correlative data is never conclusive because it doesn’t show cause and effect. Current scientific evidence contradict a lot of what Weston A. Price claimed. Stephen Barrett, a living American physician, has done an article on Weston A. Price on his website, quackwatch.com: http://www.quackwatch.com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/holisticdent.html Take a look to read more about why Weston A. Price Foundation shouldn’t be trusted.

I’m all for cod liver oil, but I just think it’s Okay to trust doctors and the FDA more than pseudoscientific sources.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, September 3/2010 at 9:56 am

Hey – thanks for your comment, and don’t worry about being mean, you weren’t! Debate is good.

Re: toxicity – I’m sure many things, including CLO, are toxic if you consume enough of them. Even water! But no, I still believe CLO (which carries no warnings on the label) is much less risky than synthetic vitamin A (which requires blood tests, can damage your liver and cause birth defects…).

As I mentioned above, it has to do with the vitamin A and D ratio – here’s a quote on this:

“….Recently, however, cod liver oil has come under attack. After issuing a series of newsletters criticizing the use of cod liver oil because of its vitamin A content, Dr. John Cannell, through the Vitamin D Council, wrote a commentary entitled “Cod Liver Oil, Vitamin A Toxicity, Frequent Respiratory Infections, and the Vitamin D Deficiency Epidemic” published in the November, 2008 issue of the Journal of Otology, Rhinology, & Laryngology.1 Cannell and co-authors claim that vitamin A intakes above the most minimal levels increase mortality rates, increase vulnerability to infections, cause osteoporosis, and antagonize the beneficial effects of vitamin D.

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“What the scientific literature shows, however, is that vitamins A and D work as partners rather than antagonists. While there is no solid evidence linking vitamin A to increases in mortality or higher rates of infection, vitamin A does cause adverse effects such as bone loss when it is not provided with its molecular partner, vitamin D. Since cod liver oil provides both partners together, it developed a long and successful history as an important therapeutic and prophylactic supplement. Many modern cod liver oils are deficient in vitamin D and should be avoided, but those providing adequate vitamin D continue to provide an important natural food source of the fat-soluble vitamins.”

This is why I suggested taking a really high quality brand like Green Pasture’s. I’m honestly not sure about how safe others are (the WAPF certainly doesn’t recommend many brands).

And yes, of course I agree with you that anyone who is pregnant or trying to conceive should check with their doctor – that goes for any supplement, not just CLO.

As for the WAPF – I had a look at your link and it’s addressing dentistry not nutrition so think it’s irrelevant to this discussion (and I’m not convinced QuackWatch is not backed by pharma interests). I know a lot of people discount the WAPF because Dr. Price was a dentist but through personal trial and error I’ve come to follow many of their nutrition recommendations and found them to be quite sound. I don’t need a doctor to tell me to eat something when I know from my own body that it’s doing me good. After all, it’s simply going back to what humans have traditionally consumed for hundreds of years before we got on to this processed foods kick.

While there is much to applaud doctors (and the FDA) for, the accepted treatments for acne and other skin issues can be expensive and in my opinion, sometimes quite harmful and unnecessary. (I’m talking about the pill, Accutane, spironolactone, etc.) Those are serious drugs.

And honestly – I’ve never met a doctor who knew much about nutrition (even naturopaths all seem to all push soy and protein shakes, neither of which I think are healthy)…. so all of this is me doing my own research and hoping that I can help some people by sharing it here!

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Maria
Thursday, August 25/2011 at 5:23 pm

Just out of curiousity, as a vegan and somebody who has been consuming soy for years, what effect do you feel it has on your body?

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, October 3/2011 at 6:56 pm

The soy messes with your hormones. Fermented soy is ok but unfermented is not. I know of a few people who’ve cleared up their skin after quitting soy. There is some good info here: http://www.frot.co.nz/dietnet/basics/soy.htm

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chris
Friday, September 20/2013 at 11:52 am

I am surprised and concerned to see a lot of the comments written here. EVERY person’s skin is different and every person’s reaction to a product will vary.
Chemical peels can be very effective in most cases and I highly endorse their use. Proper skin analysis should be done before any treatment and a history taken to ensure that there are no contraindications. A properly applied peel with prescribed after care protocol can have long lasting results. Sun protection following peels is critical. As for microdermabrasion, again it suitable for only certain skin types and for those who have rosacea, this condition can become worsened. Personally, I prefer peels to micro.
Vitamin A cream is a prescription topically applied DRUG which has numerous side effects. In some cases they can make acne worse and increase facial hair growth. Depression is reported as a side effect in the product insert.
If you are having continued breakouts and it’s not due to a hormonal imbalance then look at your diet. GLUTEN is a huge culprit when it comes to the persistence of acne especially for older women.
My recommendations are:

*SPF used religiously. (make sure you are getting adequate Vit. D)
*Water – 2 litres per day
*Green veg. and antioxidant fruits such as blueberries
*Cut gluten and sugar (gluten can be found in skin products and sugar is considered by some to be a harmful drug)
*Routine: Cleanse, tone, moisturize (if you are oily and constantly using drying products your skin’s response will be to produce more oil because you are stripping the natural barrier)
*Supplements: Omega 3′s, Vit. D, Vit. C, B12, zinc and iron

There are other medical conditions such as thyroid and celiac disease which can cause acne. There are 85,000 new chemicals in our environment that assault our skin and bodies every day and 87% of skin damage is caused by environmental factors. Your diet may be healthy but these chemicals will do damage in any case. If you do decide to take supplements, look for some that do not contain a lot of fillers, colours and other ingredients, such as wheat, soy, dairy, gluten, sugar, etc. Aspartame and other artificial sweeteners are toxic and contribute to free radical damage that causes aging of the skin and body as well as affecting brain function. Stevia is considered a safe sugar substitute.
Don’t forget exercise and proper sleep. It’s not easy to fit everything in and supplements and gluten free foods are expensive and it can be difficult to adhere to at first. However, if you have celiac disease, for example, you have no choice but to cut out gluten.
Using a cleansing system will assist in removing toxins and chemical substances from your body and therapeutic massage also promotes lymphatic drainage as well as relaxing muscles.
Try dozens of products if you will but don’t forget, healthy skin starts from within. Your dietary intake is key.
My opinions are based on my own research and experience and are not intended to take the place of a medical doctor or dermatologist’s advice.

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H.
Friday, September 3/2010 at 1:48 am

Oh here is a pretty good blog on nutrition: http://infiniteblogging.wordpress.com/ The owner has a master’s in nutrition and has fairly moderate views on things (not completely hippie but not pro-big-corporations either).

She wrote about Weston A. Price as well: http://infiniteblogging.wordpress.com/2008/03/30/things-that-annoy-me-about-nutrition/

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, September 3/2010 at 10:07 am

Thanks for the link – what she says is true (about the info not being published or peer reviewed) but I guess I’m just looking at the big picture – that *of course* the things our grandmothers would have prepared would be healthier than the stuff in modern diets: fake milks, fake meats, sugary candy, etc. Call me crazy!

Anyway, just because a study doesn’t exist to “back up” a point of view doesn’t mean it’s invalid. Many if not most studies are backed by pharmaceutical companies who want to profit off drugs (as they should) not foods that can’t be patented. Conducting a study is also very expensive and that is prohibitive.

But you know, as I said this is just my point of view. If you feel you need someone with “credentials” to give you nutritional advice, that’s fine too! :-)

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Lindsay
Friday, September 3/2010 at 1:09 pm

I was so enraptured in this post, I read the whole thing on my phone. I don’t really suffer from acne, but the “glowing skin” benefit really struck a chord with me. Especially with winter coming up.

I started taking the Glow capsules made by Greens. Do you know them? They contain some fish oil (sardine and anchovy) but not nearly as much as taking a cod liver oil capsule, obviously.

Anyways, I’ve definitely noticed a different in the appearance of my skin. And people have noticed too!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, September 8/2010 at 4:15 pm

Yes I think I know what you’re talking about – O3mega+ Glow, right? http://www.genuinehealth.com/skin-beauty/o3mega-glow.html

That’s awesome they are working for you!

I took them as well (I also tried the Perfect Skin line from the same company) for maybe 1-2 years but never noticed a difference. Weird!

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QuiteLight
Saturday, August 27/2011 at 12:22 pm

I take the “Daily Glow” multi. When I started the first time, I took it with the Perfect Skin capsules, and I really noticed that the Perfect Skin made a big difference. Breakouts passed faster, skin condition lightened. However, at $70/month for the 2, it was breaking my budget.

I decided to start with just the Daily Glow multi again (found it on sale, missed having a multi), and even on it’s own, in about a week I really noticed my skin perked up. My skin is so much better than when I tried it the first time (switched to natural products & treatment creams), and still there was a noticeable difference.

I added the CLO this month (thanks again, MIchelle) & WOW! After a month, clearer, brighter, less redness, and zits pass so quickly! I am still getting some zits, but those are due to external sources (my guy didn’t shave for a week but was still smoochy, heehee!), and friction from my motorcycle helmet (I commute daily on my bike). So passing fast is appreciated!

Think it will help with dryness in the fall, Michelle?

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, October 3/2011 at 6:59 pm

Wow amazing! Maybe combining CLO plus fish oil is a way to super-size the effects… I’ll have to check this out! I think the CLO should help with winter dryness – the Weston A. Price organization calls it the first line of defense for any skincare issue, including eczema, so it would follow that it’d have an impact on regular dry skin as well.

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QuiteLight
Tuesday, October 4/2011 at 8:52 am

The Daily Glow Multi isn’t a fish oil (different from Omega Glow), just a good multivitamin with extra minerals etc. that help the skin. I do get a dose of omegas from the Udo’s 3-6-9 Oil I put in my smoothie every day, & the walnuts I snack on, though.

My skin dryness is lots better already, but I’ve changed so many things I’m not sure what is responsible; almond oil in my oat paste cleanser, CLO, Not using a lot of chemical products, big changes in diet…

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Marie
Friday, September 10/2010 at 8:55 pm

Funny you mention the line ‘Perfect Skin’ from Greens; I have been taking them for over a year now and they have not helped my skin out at all and am still getting breakouts and painful spots, so maybe the cod liver oil is another option and added hope for a natural solution.
Thank you for sharing, your posts are great!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, September 13/2010 at 1:34 pm

Yeah – I noticed absolutely nothing (both in my skin and rest of body) with the Perfect Skin line. I think the cod liver oil is far superior… not sure why everyone is on this fish oil craze lately!
I think it will definitely help your skin – if you try it, please come back and let me know how you get on! There are some other good nutrition tips for acne here: http://www.westonaprice.org/ask-the-doctor/200-acne.html

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flo
Saturday, August 25/2012 at 7:30 pm

In the 80s there was a huge media blitz about the high levels of mercury in cod liver oil. Everyone stopped using it. My brother took it everyday during his childhood to relief his swollen, red eyelids. It was a staple in The Netherlands then. Now, it’s making a comeback because it’s possible to buy purified forms. I just started taking it a couple of weeks ago, but I haven’t noticed any changes yet. I’m sure it’s good for me though!

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Sarah
Sunday, September 12/2010 at 9:11 pm

Hi Michelle,
I just came across your blog this summer and love it! I’ve just started taking the Carlson brand, so here’s hoping it works. I got hit pretty hard with acne in my mid twenties and have tried everything, including Accutane. It worked, but now, more than a year after being off it, the acne has come back. It’s mostly concentrated around the sides of my chin and jaw line with some cystic and lots of under the skin bumps. Did you have this kind or was yours pretty mild? Just wondering how much the cod liver oil will help with that type of acne.

Thanks!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, September 13/2010 at 1:48 pm

Oh no – I’ve heard other people have the same experience on Accutane… for some people it works for a year or so and then comes back. Yikes! That’s a lot to put your body through for only a few months of clear skin. I really disagree with derms on this one.

I definitely think the cod liver oil will help you because like I said, it’s a natural form of vitamin A, which is the ingredient in Accutane you already got results from… the difference is with cod liver oil you can take it for life! (And it has lots of other amazing health benefits…unlike a drug.)

I think when adult females get spots they are usually the under-the-skin kind and typically around the chin/jaw area so yes, this is what I’m talking about. (Although I think it should help with any type of acne… assuming it’s not caused by your makeup or not washing your face, etc.)

See how you go with the Carlson’s, but as I mentioned above – I’d strongly consider splurging on a brand like Green Pasture’s for best results, especially if your acne was serious enough to warrant a prescription treatment like Accutane. I just don’t think you’re going to see as dramatic of a difference with Carlson’s or any of the mainstream CLO brands.

I’d also think about doing some liver work since Accutane does affect the liver and that, in turn, will affect your skin. Milk thistle would be a good supplement for you as it helps to repair liver cells.

Keep me posted Sarah!

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Dee
Friday, October 8/2010 at 6:34 am

Have you tried taking fish oil? If yes, which is better? I read in a blog that fish oil is better than cod liver. So now, I’m quite confused! :)

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, October 8/2010 at 1:32 pm

Hi Dee! I have tried fish oil for years, but it didn’t do squat for me. One commenter above said she noticed a difference, but that’s the only person I know of who noticed anything. Yes, even with the fish oils that are marketed for acne (eg Genuine Health Perfect Skin).

From what I’ve read and experienced personally cod liver oil is far superior to fish oil. ***But when I say cod liver oil I mean a high-quality one like Green Pasture’s with the proper ratio of vitamin A and D***

Do you have a link to the article you were reading? Would love to understand why they say the opposite. Maybe they are comparing fish oil to the cheaper cod liver oils which are all highly processed and therefore damaged from the heat, making them rancid… Those are definitely bad.

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Gwen
Monday, October 11/2010 at 10:41 pm

Thanks so much for this post! You described exactly how I am feeling in dealing with my skin. The last few months my skin has gone out of control :(.

I’m seriously interested in the Green Pastures brand. Can’t decide whether to go for the butter oil-cod liver oil blend or just the straight cod liver… You mentioned your friend takes it and has had good improvement with her acne? Which does she take and does she take the capsules or the liquid form?

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, October 12/2010 at 5:10 pm

Hi Gwen! My friend takes Carlson’s… I take the combo CLO/butter oil blend from Green Pasture’s. I haven’t taken the plain CLO from Green Pasture’s yet so hard to know how they would compare.

Maybe someone on this thread has taken it though and can chime in?

I’m guessing there wouldn’t be much of a difference but I could be wrong. I think the main thing is to take the right dosage, which can be a matter of trial and error. I play around with mine – sometimes I take 2 capsules, but around PMS time (when I’m more prone to breakouts) I double it.

There is some debate on what is the “right” dosage but here’s the info from the Weston A. Price foundation:

* Children age 3 months to 12 years: 1/2 teaspoon or 2.5 mL, providing 4650 IU vitamin A and 975 IU vitamin D.
* Children over 12 years and adults: 1 teaspoon or 10 capsules, providing 9500 IU vitamin A and 1950 IU vitamin D.
* Pregnant and nursing women: 2 teaspoon or 20 capsules, providing 19,000 IU vitamin A and 3900 IU vitamin D.

Here’s the post with more info – http://www.westonaprice.org/cod-liver-oil/238.html

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Lissa
Wednesday, July 27/2011 at 3:39 pm

Hello,

Actually it should be noted that the recommended amount of daily vitamin A for pregnant/ lactating women is 5,000 IU. The amount specified above is far more than any medical organization has advocated to safely consume in pregnancy/ lactation.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Saturday, July 30/2011 at 10:46 am

That’s vitamin A in isolated form. I’m talking about vitamin A as it occurs naturally in FOOD, i.e. a high-quality cod liver oil. Obviously I have a disclaimer here that I am not an MD and everyone needs to do their own research and make their own medical decisions, however, there is some excellent information in this article on the Weston A. Price website should you wish to educate yourself further.

Here is an excerpt:

“Please note that these recommended doses are 2-5 times greater than the U.S. RDA for children, 4 times greater than the U.S. RDA for adults and 8 times greater than the U.S. RDA for pregnant women. The RDA values are based on studies conducted in the general population, which is now recognized to be largely deficient in vitamin D. For a discussion of studies showing that vitamin A consumption up to 30,000 IU per day by pregnant women does not result in a greater risk of birth defects, see Vitamin A for fetal development. This article also describes the vital role played by vitamin A in the development of the fetus. Pregnant women may wish to consult their health practitioner about taking cod liver oil during pregnancy.

Individuals under stress or wishing to use cod liver oil to treat a disease condition may take much larger doses, even up to doses providing 90,000 IU vitamin A per day, for a period of several weeks.

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Kate
Wednesday, October 13/2010 at 12:53 pm

Ok, Michelle. After reading your shout outs to CLO for the last few months, I finally hit up the big carrot and got some reputable (Carlson’s – what what!) cod liver oil. I take it once a day and my skin has been looking amazing!

I may eventually splurge on the Green Pasture brand just to compare but Carlson’s seems to be a fine brand. It’s a high quality, purified, high-concentration formula . . . apparently they only use cod from the “unpolluted cold ocean waters in norway.” Hmm…

I’ve also been taking . . . I think their called Noni Pills. Hawaiian fruit extract, basically. They are supposed to aid digestion – a friend of mine recommended them when I asked her why her skin was lookin’ so “glowy”.

I’ve stepped up my skin care regime a bit recently & I’ve been eating super healthy, but I still think the CLO is a factor. The other components have cleared my skin, but I think the CLO takes credit for the dewy/glowy aspect.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, October 15/2010 at 5:30 pm

OMG! Yay! Thank you so much for coming back here and letting me know this… I am just thrilled that it made a difference for your skin!

Good to also get a testimonial about Carlson’s as I know people have been balking about the price/availablity of Green Pasture’s. The only reason I have been a bit cautious about Carlson’s was because of the info here: http://www.westonaprice.org/cod-liver-oil/238.html But that said, I JUST noticed that it is listed in the U.S. section (not Canada) under “Good” (not “Best” which is where Green Pasture’s is)… so it’s probably just fine for skin purposes. I didn’t realize it was there or I would’ve said that in the post. I feel better about it knowing that the Weston A. Price foundation sort of endorses it.

Interesting to hear about Noni pills! I’m gonna look those up. I think I remember reading something about Miranda Kerr drinking noni juice….

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V
Wednesday, October 13/2010 at 6:24 pm

Hi I just came across ur blog from following WH_beauty on twitter and OMG I have been reading ur blogs and found that you have been very informative. I have been struggling with acne since puberty (now i’m 22) and been to a handful of dermatologist that would always prescribe something. So after reading this blog I think I’ll try CLO since I’ve already tried accutane and the pills. I might as well give this a shot since it’s not prescribed. My question: is purchasing Green Pasture’s CLO online the only choice? can I get this from a store in US?

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, October 15/2010 at 5:34 pm

Hi V – welcome! I hope CLO will help you – I think it should!

Here is the list of recommended brands available in the U.S.:

In the United States

BEST (Available Online/Mail Order):

* Green Pasture Products: Blue Ice High-Vitamin Fermented Cod Liver Oil, (402) 858-4818, greenpasture.org
* Dr. Ron’s Ultra-Pure: Blue Ice High-Vitamin Fermented Cod Liver Oil, (877) 472-8701, drrons.com
* Radiant Life: Blue Ice High-Vitamin Fermented Cod Liver Oil and Premier High-Vitamin Cod Liver Oil, (888) 593-8333, 4radiantlife.com
* Azure Standard: Blue Ice High-Vitamin Fermented Cod Liver Oil, (541) 467-2230, azurestandard.com
* Natural Health Advocates: Blue Ice High-Vitamin Fermented Cod Liver Oil, 888-257-8775, building-health.com/
* See our list of local chapter leaders and members who sell fermented cod liver oil.

GOOD (and available in Stores):

* Carlson’s soft gel Cod Liver Oil 1,000 mg capsules
* NOW double strength Cod Liver Oil capsules
* Sonne’s Cod Liver Oil
* Twin Labs Cod Liver Oil

Since some people have had good results with the Carlson’s maybe you want to try that since it’s available in stores.

I don’t know where Green Pasture’s is sold in the U.S. – you’d have to contact them directly to ask as I can’t find a store listing on their website.

I hope this helps! If you try it please report back! :-)

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abida baidar
Monday, October 18/2010 at 5:24 pm

michelle, hay can you help me gave me guide line related to CLO m very worried about may skin delneass and light dark compelection next year may marrage date is finallized what i do?

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, October 19/2010 at 4:34 pm

Hi – trying to understand your question. Do you mean you’re worried about CLO changing your skin tone to go darker or lighter? Don’t worry, it won’t do that at all… what it does is give you a healthy “glow” and reduce inflammation and acne breakouts.

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Nicki Traikos
Tuesday, October 19/2010 at 1:28 pm

Time for my feedback! I ran out immediately after reading this post and bought myself some Code Liver oil. I opted for whatever I could get my hands on and ended up with the Carlson’s. I have to say within 2 weeks, all of my sore, swollen and inflamed spots diminished greatly. I am not spot free, but I no longer get any of the really bad growths that nothing seems to shrink and my skin in general looks clearer and more radiant. I will have to post an after shot. Thank you again so much for sharing. You offer really informed information too. Cheers to beautiful skin!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, October 19/2010 at 4:37 pm

AMAZING! Thanks so much for posting your testimonial, Nicki – I am thrilled for you! You’re right – the CLO is amazing for reducing the inflammation/swelling. If it’s only been 2 weeks, your skin should keep getting better and better. YAY!!! :-)

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kat
Wednesday, October 20/2010 at 2:19 am

Hey Michelle, Thanks for this information! I had mostly clear skin until about 3 months ago when I started to develop bad acne at age 25. It’s non-stop now and really getting me down. I’m now thinking maybe I should go have a blood test for hormone levels!

Regarding your friend who’s skin cleared up, how bad was her skin and how clear is it now? Looking for a little hope! The fact that it’s just been so bad for 3 solid months is really getting me down and starting to scare me a little!!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, October 20/2010 at 2:20 pm

Hi Kat! Getting your hormone levels checked isn’t a bad idea but I’ve gotta say that everyone I’ve met who *thinks* that is the problem still sees results from the CLO. As for the condition of my friend’s skin – it’s hard to say “how bad” it was because everyone’s perception of acne is different. Personally, I used to get a lot of so-called “hormonal” acne along the jaw line and now that I take CLO I rarely do except for the odd spot here or there around my period. I think that’s pretty dramatic. (I still will break out a bit when I eat too much sugar + hydrogenated oils, so def check your diet as well…. CLO won’t compensate for a bad diet.)

Is there anything that has changed in the past 3 months that could be a factor? Either way I still think CLO is worth a shot – I think if you get a high-quality one like Green Pasture’s the results can be very dramatic. But lots of people are saying Carlson’s works great too.

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Kat
Thursday, October 21/2010 at 12:48 am

Thanks Michelle. I ordered the Green Pastures cod liver oil capsules. Do you find scars/marks if you do get blemishes go away faster now taking the CLO?

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, October 21/2010 at 2:17 pm

You mean the post-inflammatory pigmentation, right? I’ve definitely noticed it goes away faster now. I think it’s because Vitamin A is really important for “wound healing”. Here’s something I found on lef.org:

Vitamin A. Vitamin A is indispensable for normal growth and differentiation of the skin, making it significant in wound healing . The presence of vitamin A increases the strength of scar tissue. Vitamin A is required for an adequate inflammatory response and has been used to counteract the catabolic effect that glucocorticosteroids exert on wound healing (Ehrlich HP et al 1973). The improvement in wound healing from vitamin A supplementation is also attributed to an increase in collagen cross-linking, which results in higher tensile strength (Seifter E et al 1975).

That said, in addition to CLO I’m also using a really great brightening treatment called Lumixyl (avail at derm’s offices) … so probably the combo helps.

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laila
Sunday, June 26/2011 at 10:31 pm

Hello,
I hv been using Cod liver gel capsul like about a month but didn know about how much i need to take as ma frd told me only one is enough :( but ur blog really helped me understandin the benifits of the cod liver thankz a lot:)
I want to ask u about melasma. I got these brown spots like 2 or 3 years ago i neva had them before:(( i tried everything like EVERYTHING :(( plz plz help me with it…. is cod liver ll help me with this?? and also want my complexion to be a little ligther??

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, July 15/2011 at 7:41 pm

Melasma is one of the most difficult skin issues to correct unfortunately. You can try a hydroquinone cream (eg Ultraquin) either over the counter or prescription. Retinol and glycolic acid (e.g. NeoStrata HQ = glycolic + hydroquinone) can also help. Make sure to protect against sun with sunscreen SPF 30 or higher.

There are stronger things at the doctor’s office eg. Lumixyl, SkinCeuticals’ Pigment Regulator, prescription retinoids, prescription hydroquinone (concentrations higher than OTC which is 4% maximum), etc. If it’s really bad you could do a Fraxel laser treatment but that’s quite pricey and sometimes the problem returns.

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Kate
Thursday, October 21/2010 at 4:19 pm

Also, for redness/scarring I would recommend Derma e Scar Gel (available at some Shoppers and Health Food stores – I get mine in Kensington).

It’s a product I always go back to when I have skin issues. I also think the combo of CLO, a few good products and healthy diet = good skin. When I fall off the bandwagon my skin flares up . . .

Here’s some info: http://www.makeupalley.com/product/showreview.asp/ItemId=75229/Derma_E_Scar_Gel/Derma_E/Moisturizers

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, October 24/2010 at 1:27 pm

Cool – thanks for the reco… I have seen that brand at Shoppers often! I think I have one of their moisturizers but not this one. Good to know!

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Kerry
Saturday, October 23/2010 at 8:09 am

Hi Michelle – I started taking the Green Pasture’s CLO/vitamin oil blend capsules about three months ago. The reason I found your blog is that I realized (after three months!) that the bottle says “refrigerate after opening” on the back!! It has been sitting on my counter this whole time and now I’m afraid it is ruined. I’ve been looking around online to see if I need to ditch this bottle and start a new one but can’t really find a lot of info. In your research, have you found any information about this? I really don’t want to throw away the rest of the bottle, but if it’s not going to work correctly anymore, I will!

Thanks for your help!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, October 24/2010 at 1:25 pm

Hi Kerry – I think it should be ok, I found this post on the Green Pastures website: http://www.greenpasture.org/community/?q=node/174

If in doubt you could just contact them directly – I know they answer a lot of Q’s on the Weston A. Price foundation website as well.

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Sara
Sunday, October 24/2010 at 2:32 pm

Thanks for this! Immediately after reading I ran out to my local health food store and purchased Arctic Cod Liver Oil in orange flavor (it doesn’t taste so bad chased with OJ) I’ll have to order the brand you recommended on line. I have high hopes this will work for me, too! I tried Retin-A from my derm that only made my breakouts worse but for fading dark spots I found an inexpensive cream by Ambi that contains Hydroquinone that seems to be working.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, October 26/2010 at 6:10 pm

Awesome Sara! Please let us know if the Arctic brand works (so far we just have testimonials for Green Pasture’s and Carlsons). I hope it does!

As for dark spots – CLO should help them heal. I know derms love Retin-A for everything but it’s so drying. It should work better than anything over the counter though, if you can stand it. Maybe try using it every other night or a couple times a week – apparently your skin will eventually develop more tolerance but you have to build up slowly.

I’m not a fan of hydroquinone products just because that ingredient is very toxic. More info here: http://thegreenbeautyguide.com/?p=102

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Sara
Tuesday, October 26/2010 at 10:06 pm

I’ve stopped using Ambi containing hydroquinone. I had no idea it was linked to cancer!! Thanks for sharing the information. I’m shocked hydroquinone is sold OTC at the drug store and more surprisingly that Allure Magazine lists Ambi Fade Cream as a best of beauty award winner…shows how much they know. Thanks again, Michelle! Here’s to clear skin with CLO that’s actually good for you.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, October 29/2010 at 3:22 pm

Hey Sara – you just inspired a new post on this very topic (hydroquinone). So maybe some additional info/ideas here: http://beautyeditor.ca/2010/10/27/why-hydroquinone-is-bad-for-you-albeit-effective-and-the-whiteningbrightening-line-i-recommend-instead/

I think Ambi is probably ok if you use it sparingly and not for more than 6 months… but I personally don’t feel that comfortable using something with that many warnings!

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sarah
Thursday, October 28/2010 at 5:35 pm

How did you get the Green Patsures version from the states? If you could email me.

Thanks

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sarah
Thursday, October 28/2010 at 6:32 pm

Nevermind, saw you answered this already.

Also seen someone say “I think you can trust doctors and the FDA”.

The FDA? Are you serious there run by special interests.

Sure some doctors are trustworty but there some that dont care and just prescribe anything. A married couple, who were doctors, just got busted for exactly this as there negligence led to several deaths.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, October 29/2010 at 3:24 pm

I know, that made me laugh too! I’m also a skeptic when it comes to the FDA and even lots of things doctors tell you. And dentists! Bah – they are the bain of my existence right now.

If you try the CLO, please come back and let us know how it worked!

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Lindsay
Friday, October 29/2010 at 4:13 pm

Hi Michelle – I have been all over this post since discovering it a couple of weeks ago. Immediately ordered the COD/Butter Oil capsules from Green Pastures which I received a week ago. I’m currently taking 2 capsules a day, but I note you double up during pms week, which I think would be a wise move for me too. Perhaps I will finally be able to go off the Diane 35 which I have been taking for years to treat hormonal acne – here’s hoping.

Just wanted to mention, I noticed on the Green Pastures order form that they sell Raw Virgin Coconut Oil. I bought a jar of this too. It makes an awesome skin moisturizer/hair and scalp moisturizer – really softens your skin without being greasy and smells divine. This is the website where I found out about Virgin Coconut Oil:
http://www.drbenkim.com/podcast/clear-healthy-skin.htm
It’s also an excellent cooking oil – I can’t decide whether to store it in my bathroom or my kitchen!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, November 2/2010 at 9:33 pm

Yay Lindsay! Keep me posted on how it goes. I’m not too exacting with my dosage but yeah, something like 2-4 a day is what I usually do. I actually found some more info here that suggests 3 per day is the correct adult dosage. http://kellythekitchenkop.com/2008/10/fermented-cod-liver-oil-series-part-2.html It’s kind of confusing… I think a matter of trial and error.

Oh and I LOVE coconut oil! I haven’t used it on my face for fear of breaking out, but maybe I’ll give it a go. I’ve been reading a book called Eat Fat, Lose Fat that recommends eating a few spoonfuls a day – apparently it suppresses appetite and speeds up metabolism to assist with weight loss! Amazing.

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gwen
Monday, November 1/2010 at 6:11 pm

Sorry if you’ve already mentioned this, but I was wondering…

How long was it before you could see noticeable effects of the cod liver oil? And then how long was it when your skin became essentially clear?

I’ve been taking Green Pastures CLO capsules for about 2 weeks now and I’m not sure if I’m really seeing a difference…

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, November 2/2010 at 9:37 pm

Hi Gwen, I would give it about a month I think. And just to be clear (zing!) I’ll still get the odd spot or two around PMS time… or when I’ve been bad (drinking alcohol, eating hydrogenated oils, stressed out etc). But these don’t really bug me as they heal quickly and aren’t so inflamed.

If you’re not seeing results maybe take a look at the rest of your diet – what are you eating? Are you taking any medications, other supplements? How many CLO caps are you taking daily?

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gwen
Tuesday, November 2/2010 at 11:00 pm

I’m taking 6 capsules a day in order to get the recommended 10,000 IU of vitamin A. I’ll probably reduce it once I’m happy with my skin. I actually just ordered the butter oil/CLO in cinnamon tingle gel.

My skin is looking a little better – scars seem to be fading quicker and I haven’t gotten anymore cysts, but I have still gotten some smaller breakouts. I’m just not sure if it can be attributed to the CLO or that it’s now the week after my period when my skin usually gets clearer. Or that I think I was breaking out from stress anyway.

Sigh, I don’t know. I’m just tired of crappy skin and want this to work!!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Saturday, November 6/2010 at 2:40 pm

Oh ok gotcha. Thanks for bringing the dosage thing up Gwen. I’ve actually been researching it this morning and it’s very confusing trying to figure out the vitamin A amount in the capsules vs the liquid.

I found this info here:

The high-vitamin fermented cod liver oil is sold as a food so does not contain vitamin levels on the label. However, after numerous tests, the approximate values of A and D have been ascertained at 1900 IU vitamin A per mL and 390 IU vitamin D per mL. Thus 1 teaspoon of high-vitamin fermented cod liver oil contains 9500 IU vitamin A and 1950 IU vitamin D, a ratio of about 5:1.

Based on these values, the dosage for the high-vitamin fermented cod liver oil is provided as follows:

* Children age 3 months to 12 years: 1/2 teaspoon or 2.5 mL, providing 4650 IU vitamin A and 975 IU vitamin D.
* Children over 12 years and adults: 1 teaspoon or 10 capsules, providing 9500 IU vitamin A and 1950 IU vitamin D.
* Pregnant and nursing women: 2 teaspoon or 20 capsules, providing 19,000 IU vitamin A and 3900 IU vitamin D.

Please note that the fermented cod liver oil contains many co-factors that may enhance the body’s uptake and usage of vitamins A and D; in fact, many have reported results equivalent to those obtained from high-vitamin cod liver oil with half the recommended dose, that is ¼ teaspoon or 1.25 mL for children age 3 months to 12 years; ½ teaspoon or 5 capsules for children over 12 years and adults; and 1 teaspoon or 10 capsules for pregnant and nursing women.

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I might break down and order the oil now because it’s looking like the caps aren’t all that cost efficient… and now that I know I’m not getting the recommended dosage, I want to increase it.

I’m glad your skin is looking better. I would give it another coupel of weeks if it’s only been two so far. There is also more info here on diet and acne that you might want to look into: http://www.westonaprice.org/ask-the-doctor/200-acne.html

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Gwen
Monday, November 8/2010 at 2:21 pm

I had a hard time trying to find information on the amounts as well. But digging through the Green Pastures website I figured out the capsules are MUCH more expensive. I did order another bottle of the capsules though because they’re convenient for travelling and whatnot.

Also, even though high vitamin fermented cod liver oil is more expensive per bottle than the Carlson’s, it’s actually more cost efficient. You’re getting a lot more vitamins and will definitely end up spending less because you will not need to take as much.

Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, November 18/2010 at 6:25 pm

You’re right Gwen and I agree, I feel like I’m giving my body lots of good nutrients with the expensive fermented CLO so I don’t mind spending the extra money on it. Although seems from these comments that some have had good results even with other brands.

Please keep us posted on how you do!

serena
Friday, February 10/2012 at 10:17 am

i’m confused about the logic of this dosage. on the liquid green pasture bottle it says the recommended dosage is 2ml which equals a half a tablespoon. This would translate to at most 4 capsules. Taking 10 capsules a day seems like an overdose. I don’t know about the other brands but it seems maybe the vitamin content of the green pasture brand is more concentrated requiring a smaller daily dosage. I could be wrong.

Emily
Tuesday, November 2/2010 at 6:03 pm

I started taking Green Pastures CLO/Butter Oil capsules about 2 weeks ago (2 at breakfast) along with Carlson’s 1000mg capsules (2 at lunch, 2 at dinner) and WHOA! Let me tell you. My skin has improved so much. I had quite a few cysts, a couple pimples and tons of whiteheads along with bumpy, uneven skin.

Things have improved so much for me in just two weeks. Right now I still have about 5 small whiteheads, but the texture of my skin is sooooooo much smoother.

I can’t wait to see what my face looks like in 6 months or a year. Some of the red marks from a summer full of breakouts are already starting to fade!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, November 2/2010 at 9:41 pm

Woot woot! That’s awesome Emily! Interesting that you’re doubling up with the Carlson’s… maybe that’s a money-saving technique for those of us being bankrupted by Green Pasture’s.

And no doubt you’re getting such great results so quickly because of the high dosage. Just do me a favour and make sure you’re not OD’ing on the stuff, ok? :-) There is info on dosing here: http://kellythekitchenkop.com/2008/10/fermented-cod-liver-oil-series-part-2.html I believe you’re not supposed to get more than 10,000 IU of vitamin A daily.

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Jessica
Friday, November 5/2010 at 7:07 pm

Will this also help with acne on other parts of the body? Back, chest, arms?

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Saturday, November 6/2010 at 1:12 pm

I can’t see why not, since it’s working internally. It should have an effect on the skin all over your body.

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Freya
Thursday, November 11/2010 at 9:00 am

I’m a vegan, eat very healthy, drink 3 litres of water a day etc etc, and my skin is dreadfully oily, lumpy under the skin spots, blackheads and whiteheads in the tzone, and nasty red spots as well.

I feel like I’ve tried everything, do you have a vegetarian/vegan substitute for CLO? And won’t consuming oil make me oilier? Thanks for your help!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, November 14/2010 at 4:48 pm

Hey Freya – no, consuming oil shouldn’t make your skin get oilier, as long as it’s the right kind of oil. Healthy fats like CLO, butter, coconut oil and moderate amounts of olive oil (**as long as you don’t heat it**) are really good for you AND your skin. Besides this whole CLO/acne thing, fat nourishes dry skin and gives you a glowy, plumped-up look.

But “bad” fats – ie. too many polyunsaturated oils or any hydrogenated oils at all (otherwise known as trans fats) you should stay away from like the plague. I know I can definitely see it in my skin when I over-eat anything hydrogenated… most processed foods contain them and I will always break out.

As for a vegan substitute for CLO – unfortunately I don’t know of anything comparable. It’s the vitamin A that helps your skin and while you can get it from plant sources, they’re just not as well absorbed by the body compared to animal sources eg. CLO, eggs, liver, butter, etc. The only thing I can think of would be to eat more of vitamin A-rich plants (dark green and yellow vegetables and yellow fruits, such as broccoli spinach, turnip greens, carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, cantaloupe, and apricots). But I have no idea how much of a difference – if any – this would make for your skin. And I would venture a guess that it’s exactly because your vegan diet is depriving your body of absorb-able vitamin A that you’re having skin issues. :-(

If you’re at all open to the idea of taking CLO, they do make it in pill form so you wouldn’t have to taste anything ‘fishy’ at all – it’s quite easy to pop ‘em down. Hope you consider it!

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Stefanie
Tuesday, November 16/2010 at 7:28 pm

Hi!

Just wanted to come back to this post and comment with my experience. I’ve been taking CLO, generic London Drugs brand once a day since you posted this and I am LOVING it. I won’t say I never get blemishes anymore but now when I do (which is much less frequently than before) they are very small, only stick around for a day or two, and don’t get inflamed! I’ve also been thrilled to note that my usually-weak, thin fingernails are harder, thicker, and the whites are whiter. I am so pleased with the results; thanks for this article!

Stefanie

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, November 16/2010 at 11:18 pm

Oh my gosh WOW! That is amazing to hear Stefanie. Thanks so much for coming back and posting about how it’s worked for you. I’m so glad! (and good to hear even the generic brand has an effect…how wonderful!)
As for nails… I thought mine were getting stronger from Nailtiques, which I posted about the other day… but maybe you’re right – could be the CLO too!

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Jessica
Wednesday, November 17/2010 at 11:40 am

Hey Michelle, as I love everything you post here, I decided to give a try on the CLO. The only thing is I have no idea of the amount of capsules I should take a day? And do you take them all together or twice a day? Thank you so much. Love ur blog and tips haha ahh Im from brazil btw, just thought I should say it :)

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, November 18/2010 at 6:30 pm

Very good question and there isn’t an easy answer… overall they say you can take 10,000 IU of vitamin A per day, but pregnant/nursing women and those recovering from health issues can go up to 20,000 IU. (I *think* acne might qualify as a health issue…)

If you’re taking Green Pasture’s fermented CLO capsules the recommended serving on the bottle is 2 caps a day but this doesn’t get you to the 10,000 IU. Instead follow this chart:
* Children age 3 months to 12 years: 1/2 teaspoon or 2.5 mL, providing 4650 IU vitamin A and 975 IU vitamin D.
* Children over 12 years and adults: 1 teaspoon or 10 capsules, providing 9500 IU vitamin A and 1950 IU vitamin D.
* Pregnant and nursing women: 2 teaspoon or 20 capsules, providing 19,000 IU vitamin A and 3900 IU vitamin D.

That means the caps are SUPER expensive for what you get.. although convenient. This is why I just ordered the liquid.
One thing to note however is that apparently the fermented CLO is so effective, you may actually be able to get by with less and still see results. So it’s really a matter of experimentation. Maybe start low and if you’re still not seeing results after about a month, increase your dosage.

I hope that helps!

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t
Friday, November 19/2010 at 6:24 pm

Michelle, I’ve been taking CLO for about a month now (just finished a Carlson’s bottle) and I must say – SKIN LOOKS FANTABULOUS!! I’m very lucky to be genetically blessed with my skin anyway (thanks Jesus, ma, pa) but now that I’m looking at 40, I DEF see lots of changes (d#mn you hormones, aging and harsh environment) that I never had to deal with before. CLO has given me that glow you mentioned and the dry skin issue has greatly improved. I’ll never have the skin I had as a twenty-something….but the vain b#tch in me is happier (and looks better, too, lol!)

Thanks Michelle for the CLO, the advice and info, and your awesome blog!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, November 22/2010 at 4:49 pm

Hurrah! Thanks so much for coming back and letting us know how it worked for you. SO GLAD you are experiencing that elusive “glow” I was talking about. Great to know it helps with dry skin too… not just for those of us who have acne-prone skin.

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Jess
Monday, November 22/2010 at 10:40 am

Hi, Is CLO as good for people who live in tropical/warm weather?? Thanks

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, November 22/2010 at 4:50 pm

Hi – since you’re ingesting it orally—not applying topically—climate shouldn’t make any difference. You should still see great results!

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Sara
Monday, November 22/2010 at 5:07 pm

Michelle! I finished my first bottle of Green Pasture’s CLO. I ordered the Cinnamon Tingle gel which arrived in liquid form but solidified in my refrigerator. I took a tablespoon religiously every morning and thankfully the cinnamon does a great job of masking the fishy taste. The thick texture was what I struggled with but it was worth it. I’m already seeing results. I’m on my second bottle (capsules this time). I’m amazed and happy to say the appearance of my skin is looking radiant and those blemishes around my mouth and chin are improving every day. It’s the CLO. Thank you!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, November 22/2010 at 7:55 pm

Awesome awesome awesome!!! So happy for you. I just started my own bottle of the cinnamon gel a few days ago – wanted to step things up with my dosage because I got a bad breakout from testing out the Oil Cleansing Method on my skin (not sure if you read that post but if you’re acne-prone I recommend staying far, far away!). I’m taking 2 tsp a day, just melted in a bit of hot water so I can shoot it down and then chase with a lemon slice.

I will decrease my dosage once my skin is back on track… I was doing 2-4 capsules a day before and it seemed fine (and much easier on the tastebuds!). I wish the capsules were more cost effective though… you have to take so many to equal the amount you get in the gel.

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Jess
Sunday, November 28/2010 at 8:31 pm

Hi Michelle

I just purchased the Green Pastures capsules after reading your post and researching a bit online. Thank goodness Green Pastures is available in Australia (I couldn’t find any other alternatives that were of the same quality).

After having pretty good skin throughout my teenage years, my skin went into meltdown (hello adult-acne!) about a year ago and I’ve spent so much money on various skin care regimes (not to mention being so self-conscious of it) that just haven’t gotten rid of it.

Fingers crossed the CLO does wonders, I’ll check in again and let you know in a month’s time.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, December 1/2010 at 6:04 pm

Awesome! It really is the best brand in the world so if you can afford the splurge I do think it’s worth it, not just for skin but your whole body. Would love to hear how you do so yes please come back! :-)

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Jess
Sunday, December 19/2010 at 5:35 pm

Ok, so I went through the bottle of capsules within a few weeks and now I’m onto the Chocolate cream/gel (they were all out of stock of the cinnamon) and it tastes awful!! I pretty much gag every time I take it, BUT I have noticed a huge difference in my skin already. Not as many breakouts (even at that time of the month) and overall my complexion is looking clearer and brighter.
I have switched skin-care regimes in the last couple of weeks to MV Organic Skincare http://www.mvskincare.com.au/ which is AH-mazing! I had a facial from Sharon, the creator of the skincare line, and she explained to me all about the nasties and petrochemicals that are found in pretty much all mainstream skincare lines, and now I’ve really cut down my routine rather than trying to overcompensate with product after product.

I think I’ve found my holy grail of skincare – the Green Pastures CLO and the MV Organics. Thanks Michelle for getting out the word about CLO!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, December 23/2010 at 10:31 am

Hooray!!! I LOVE these testimonials! Thanks so much for coming back here Jess. Too bad the chocolate is gross, I won’t order it… I find the cinnamon pretty good actually. The plain one is nasty though.

I need to check out MV skincare as well! I agree re: mainstream nasties… although I am currently battling a HUGE disaster from the Oil Cleansing Method (castor oil and olive oil, which I *thought* would be harmless…)

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SR
Wednesday, July 2/2014 at 12:24 am

I too broke out after using olive oil in the ocm. I did some research and found that olive oil is a culprit for a lot of people. Hemp, pumpkin, and evening primrose oil are all safe alternatives for people wanting to try oil cleansing. Those curious should check out this blogger’s informative post:

http://www.minimalistbeauty.com/oils-specifically-for-acne-prone-skin/&sa=U&ei=SYmzU_LrMpahyASC24DADg&ved=0CBYQFjAA&usg=AFQjCNFGc-bQccYlN6-bfacb4jkIX5Qxtg

Lisa
Monday, November 29/2010 at 9:22 am

My 15 year old son started taking 2 tsp. per day of this and 3 weeks later his skin is so much better. He had acne on his forehead and cheeks that was quite red and bumpy. Now he just has a few raised spots that are not red at all. Expensive but well worth the money!

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Lena
Tuesday, November 30/2010 at 11:53 am

Hi,I think your blog’s great !
I’m 15 and I don’t think I’ve got your problem, but I’ve got a very oily skin and shining. I mostly have got blackheads and some zits. Here are some questions:
Do you think, it’ll help anyway on my skin ?
Is the photo on the top of the site the product you use ?
And do you think I can order it from Germany ?
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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, December 1/2010 at 6:13 pm

Hi Lena! Hmm good question – I am not sure I noticed too much of a difference in oil… I’ve got the typical T-zone that gets a bit shiny by the end of the day but I don’t know that it has changed really. Same thing with blackheads – like everyone I get them around the nose and well they are still there unfortunately :-) But the CLO would definitely help with the zits, for sure.

I use the Green Pasture’s CLO + Butter Oil Blend in the Cinnamon Tingle gel flavour. Not the best tasting thing I will admit, but it’s not completely horrible if you shoot it down with some juice.

And yes you can definitely get in Europe – here is a resource list. (Blue Ice is the Green Pastures one… under “good” there are some other brand options)

In Europe

BEST:

* Natural Food Finder: naturalfoodfinder.co.uk/products carries Blue Ice High-Vitamin Fermented Cod Liver Oil, biokult, raw honey, coconut oil, high vitamin butter oil
* Red23: red23.co.uk carries Blue Ice High-Vitamin Fermented Cod Liver Oil
* Q Naturals Webstore – Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver and High Vitamin Butter Oil http://www.qnaturals.nl

GOOD:

* Healthspan Ltd., 0800 73 123 77, healthspan.co.uk
* Goldshield, goldshield.co.uk
* Lysi, nordicstore.net

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Lena
Thursday, December 2/2010 at 2:16 pm

Thanks ! I think I’m gonna check it out.
Bye,
Lena

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, December 1/2010 at 6:05 pm

Oh wow, amazing! Thanks for letting us know Lisa… this stuff is miraculous, no? It tastes nasty but so much better than harsh drugs like Accutane.

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Lisa
Wednesday, December 1/2010 at 6:58 pm

I did take accutane years ago and while it did work it was so drying. My hair could go a week without being washed and my skin did clear up but my lips and the rest of my skin became so dry. I would rather my 15 year old go au natural if at all possible!

I only just discovered your site and I have to tell you that I have spent the last week going through all your articles. I got up to page 97! Keep up the great work.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, December 3/2010 at 5:42 pm

OMG – 97 pages, that is dedication! Thanks for reading Lisa. So nice to hear you are taking a natural approach with your son and that it is working! yay!

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Fiona
Saturday, July 27/2013 at 12:58 pm

Hi Michelle!
I wanted to first say, thank you for sharing info on CLO and Coconut Oil. What i would like to know is, would it help with dry skin infections like psoriasis? I know you are not a doctor, just wanted to know if you think it would help or not.

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Kat
Tuesday, November 30/2010 at 5:11 pm

Hi Michelle,

Do you know where I can buy the Carlson’s cod liver oil from (in Toronto – preferably east end)? I’ve just finished a bottle of the Green Pasture’s blend and I went through it so quick that I’d like to try out the Carlson’s (based on all the good remarks I’ve read).

Thanks

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, December 1/2010 at 6:16 pm

If I’m not mistaken (I don’t know the east end that well) I think someone else said they found it at the Big Carrot.
Other places to try: Noah’s… Whole Foods… Markie’s pharmacy at Bay & Bloor maybe.

If you get it would love to hear if you notice any difference. (Did the GP brand work well for you by the way?)

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Lisa
Wednesday, December 1/2010 at 6:56 pm

http://www.natures-source.com/product.php?productid=1497

If you GOOGLE it there are a few stores that do come up. I am considering giving Carlson a try as GP is quite pricey but then again you usually get what you pay for. It may be worth a try for one bottle and see if there is a big difference.

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Lisa
Wednesday, December 1/2010 at 7:08 pm

Just checked out the carlson breakdown and if I am reading correctly you would have to take 3 tsp’s per day to get close to the same amount of vitamins A&D in the 1tsp serving of the Green Pastures. So in the long run it is better to stick with the Green Pastures if the high dosage of A&D are what is helping your skin. Darn and I thought I might be able to find a cheaper alternative.
Carlson’s
http://www.aviva.ca/shop/products.asp?itemid=1424&catid=312
GP’s
http://www.greenpasture.org/retail/?t=products&p=products&a=display&i=1098

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Lisa
Wednesday, December 1/2010 at 7:11 pm

sorry just read Gwen’s reply up above and she had figured this out already!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, December 3/2010 at 5:44 pm

Thanks for this Lisa! Yes, that is why I have to recommend GP as the very best… although some people do get a result with the lower dose in the Carlson’s.

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Tommix
Friday, December 3/2010 at 7:50 am

You people making me laugh! It seems like you never heard it about before. Million years all knows that vit. A D and E is superb for skin. And now all of you who uses synthetic shit from world leading brands who poisoning you, eventually you turn and saw- hey maybe there is something good in nature?
And it’s not only CLO what is good, VERY good is Jojoba oil, avocado oil, sweet almond oil, and apricot kernels oil. They all full of vitamins and flavanoids which is like the best creams for 1000$

And what about FDA – it’s the NUMBER ONE corruption leader in the USA. Just do some research people, they approved MANY poison drugs to be marketed and they new about side effects, just remember the 70′ flu pandemic when people god sick and died because of vaccine, or get paralyzed or mental ill.
And doctors are just fools, to get MD it seems like in US MD can get every idiot who wants it, so yes 60% of docs are stupid incompatible and big pharma controlled.

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chris
Sunday, August 25/2013 at 9:12 pm

I agree with the above posting by Tommix. It’s all very well to take supplements but the what else is in whatever you are taking besides the active ingredient? Fillers, soy, wheat, gluten, dairy, GMO corn, colours – blue, red, yellow etc. – these are carcinogenic.
Some people with skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, eczema may be deficient in GLA (gamma linoleic acid) which is an essential fatty acid. This fatty acid is important in the maintenance of the hydrolipidic barrier which allows the skin to retain moisture. Constantly stripping the skin’s natural oils generally makes acne worse.
I recommend Omega-3 and again look for a good quality supplement that doesn’t have a bunch of rubbish ingredients. Olive and almond oils are extremely good for soothing and moisturizing skin.
Acne is caused by the presence of the following factors:

*Bacteria
*Dead cell accumulation
*Inflammation
*Excess sebum production (oil)

Hormonal imbalance in puberty, during menstruation and in menopause can all be responsible for acne breakouts. So also can prescription medication, topical creams and sensitivity to certain foods. On many occasions during my career as an esthetician, I have found that women experiencing acne, both young and old, have a sensitivity or allergy to gluten. Diet is hugely important and amount of water being consumed. Sugar is your enemy and not just for your skin but is considered to be an excitotoxin which causes free radical damage in the brain.
*Remember this: 87% of skin damage is caused by environmental factors. Sun exposure, pollution, chemicals. pesticides, preservatives, radiation, alcohol etc. etc. Proper nutrition and avoidance of environmental stressors, lots of water and the right supplements can do wonders for skin conditions. Accutane and Retin A are highly toxic Rx drugs which have a lot of side effects. The drugs companies are making a lot of money and you can’t believe everything the FDA says is true.
I am an experienced esthetician, not a doctor but I have seen many clients achieve clear, healthy and glowing skin by changing their diet, and using products that are designed for their skin type, age and systemic health conditions.

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Tommix
Friday, December 3/2010 at 7:51 am

And OH BTW – NO METTER the brand! sos top asking. Just look at concentrations! cheaper ones are low in concentration of D and A vitamins so they’re less potent.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, December 3/2010 at 5:48 pm

Actually the brand does matter a lot. You need to read this excerpt from here: http://www.westonaprice.org/cod-liver-oil/238-cod-liver-oil-basics.html

“Most brands of cod liver oil go through a process that removes all of the natural vitamins. The resultant product contains very low levels of vitamin A and virtually no vitamin D. Some manufacturers add manufactured vitamins A and D to the purified cod liver oil and until recently, one manufacturer added the natural vitamins removed during processing back into the cod liver oil.”

This is why the Green Pasture’s fermented one is the very best.

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Chantelle
Tuesday, December 7/2010 at 7:26 pm

Oh, my god. Michelle, I have tried -everything- to clear my skin. I have combination skin… oilier on the forehead at times and around my chin. My skin is fare and I have relatively unmanageable skin right now. I’ve been having such a bad break-out since the end of September this year. I’ve always wondered if there was something OBVIOUS and natural I was missing out on…! And I think you’ve just shown me the friggin’ light.

As soon as I can, I think I will order the CLO/Butter Oil mix that you use. Do you find the liquid is quicker-acting and more of a constant result than the capsules, or do you take the capsules again? Or both?

I’m so, soo excited to try this! I was using Clinique, Clean & Clear, etc., and it all just made my face so much worse. If this works, I’ll be a CLO supporter for LIFE. :D

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Sarah
Thursday, December 9/2010 at 6:51 pm

I hear you Chantelle! My skin is the same. I’ve been taking the Carlsons brand since September, but I haven’t noticed enough of an improvement, so I’m splurging on the big boy and the getting the Green Pastures! The shipping is ridiculous, but hopefully it will be worth it!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, December 10/2010 at 5:12 pm

How much of the Carlsons were you taking Sarah? It might just have to do with dosage, as I said in my response to Chantelle above. The only thing is I’m nervous to recommend taking more of the Carlsons than it says on the bottle… just because the vitamins in it have been added back synthetically and the ratios are usually off (I’m not sure if that could be harmful). I think getting to the 20,000 units of A per day is safer with the GP brand.

The other thing could be that you need the butter oil to make the CLO more effective. I’ve read testimonials on other sites not to do with acne but just health in general, and people who got no results from CLO alone improved greatly with the addition of the butter oil. Maybe the same could apply here, I’m not sure.

Anyway, if you get the liquid or gel I’d try 1 tsp a day and see how that goes.

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Sarah
Friday, December 10/2010 at 7:30 pm

Hey Michelle,

I was definitely taking more than a tsp, that’s for sure! Probably not a good idea! I ordered the gel from Green Pastures, so hopefully this butter oil will work. I just find I still have the bumps and cysts on the sides of my chin and along my jawline and now even little bump on my forehead. Argh! I can’t wait for the Green Pastures to come!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Saturday, December 18/2010 at 1:35 pm

Let me know how the GP goes! If you’re not seeing results I would definitely look at other things…eg:
- elimination diet – could be an allergy to something you’re eating such as wheat/dairy/soy/peanuts…
- paring down your skincare/makeup regimen to really basic products – I’m currently dealing with a horrible reaction to the Oil Cleansing Method, so I have a newfound awareness of how products can wreak havoc with your skin!
- looking at your diet… I’d cut out sugar, hydrogenated oils, anything processed
- I’ve heard of people mistaking allergic reactions for acne – can be caused by fluoride in water and toothpaste, for example!

Just some quick thoughts!

Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, December 10/2010 at 5:08 pm

Hey Chantelle! (I like the spelling of your name by the way)

The reason I switched from the capsules is because it’s more economical. After I did this post I came across some info on dosage (I probably should do a 2nd post now since it’s very confusing). Anyway, in short: you would need to take way, way more capsules (eg 10-20) to get the same dosage of vitamin A as in one or two spoonfuls of the liquid or gel. So it’s cheaper to just buck up and drink it down.

Also, I think for people who aren’t seeing results it might have to do with dosage… apparently every adult should be getting 10,000 units a day of vitamin A (that’s a maintenance dose), and I’ve read you can take 20,000 for a short-term period to treat health conditions (which I’m assuming could be acne).

Right now I’m doing 1-2 tsp of the cinnamon tingle gel per day which = 10-20,000 units. I think it takes about a month or so to start seeing changes in your skin.

Hope that helps!

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Jess
Sunday, December 12/2010 at 6:17 pm

Hi Michelle, Im about to finish my first bottle (capsules) of the butter oil/CLO. I gotta say, im LOVING it!!!! It has improved my acne problem and also those blemish around mouth and chin! My skin is looking way better no doubt. Im doing 4 capsules a day, usually 2 breakfast + 2 dinner. So since I am about to run out of capsules, I was wondering if I should keep it or switch for the gel. Are you finding it more effective??
Thank you !!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Saturday, December 18/2010 at 1:38 pm

You know what, I can’t say definitively just yet because I had a horrible reaction to this: http://beautyeditor.ca/2010/09/02/the-single-best-product-evah-for-your-skin-is-not-in-fact-an-actual-skincare-product/ and I’ve had to go on antibiotics to fix the rash/infection/whatever. (I think the castor oil was either contaminated or dried out my skin so much that bacteria got in… nothin’ cod liver oil can do about that!)

For your skin – has the 4 caps a day totally cleared it up? The only reason I recommend the gel is because it’s more economical to take a higher amount. ie. you get more vitamin A in 1 tsp of the gel compared to just 4 caps. If you’re happy with your skin as is then no need to switch. The gel does taste nasty!

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Peggy
Sunday, December 12/2010 at 10:34 pm

My teenage son had a very bad acne. He went to a naturopath who recommended 100,000 UI of vitamin A a day! He was only taking it for a few weeks. His hair started to fall out and his lips were very dry. It helped the acne, but he stopped taking it because of the side effects. I was surprised that the naturopath recommended such a high dose. Vitamin A,D and E are not water soluble, hence they accumulate in our bodies and aren’t eliminated by urine. If you take a large quantities of the vitamins that are not water soluble, be careful of the overdose. It is dangerous. Stores of vitamin D levels can be tested in blood.

I bought Carlson extra D cod liver oil. One teaspoon has 2000 IU of vitamin D3, 1200 IU of vitamin A and 10 IU of vitamin E. Our whole family takes one teaspoon during the fall and winter times. I am very happy with it. My son’s acne has improved. There are no side effects. We live in Canada and most people here are probably vit D deficient. I was tested by my GP and he confirmed that I am deficient. Since I have been taking Carlson, I had no cold nor flu. I read an interesting article where a MD suggested to take Carlson with extra vit D during the swine flu epidemics.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Saturday, December 18/2010 at 1:43 pm

Wow, 100,000 IU? That’s crazy not to mention dangerous when you’re taking an isolated nutrient. Taking high doses of CLO is much safer because it contains D, which works in synergy with A. You may wish to read this article which explains it a lot better than I can! http://www.westonaprice.org/cod-liver-oil/1601.html

So great that your family is doing well with the Carlsons. I haven’t been sick either since I started the CLO – hooray!

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Peggy
Saturday, January 1/2011 at 1:45 pm

Thank you, Michelle, for the informative article. I bookmarked it. It says that the excess of vit A causes liver cell damage. Can you imagine, if I trusted that naturopath who prescribed to take !00,000 IU of vit A per day for my son’s acne? This shows you that we can’t take doctors like a gospel, but we have to search every medication and it’s benefits, doses and risks before we start taking them.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, January 4/2011 at 7:25 pm

You’re preaching to the choir, sista! I agree, I think we all need to take responsibility for our own health and do our own research instead of blindly listening to what doctors (even NDs) tell us to do. Thank God for the internet!

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Jenna
Friday, December 31/2010 at 9:36 pm

Sounds great! My question is, how bad do these taste? I’m weak when it comes to that. :)

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Saturday, January 1/2011 at 11:56 am

If you get super queasy then I’d say go for the capsules. I don’t find the cinnamon-flavoured gel too bad but it definitely takes getting used to. I basically have to shoot it back with water or juice all in one go. There’s definitely a hint of fishiness.

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Peggy
Saturday, January 1/2011 at 1:36 pm

Carlson cod liver oil comes with a great lemon taste, you won’t even know you are taking a fish oil.

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Lorra
Friday, January 7/2011 at 1:43 pm

http://www.familyherbalclinic.com/pdfs/gpp_price_list_Nov_03_10.pdf

found a clinic that sells the above item in Canada.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, January 10/2011 at 6:21 pm

Cool, thanks! I need to place another order soon so will look into this.

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Jennie
Monday, January 10/2011 at 10:22 am

How long does it take for the cod liver oil to start working? I’ve been taking it for about 2 months and still have bad acne/rosacea. I finished a bottle of the gel and am almost finished with the capsules of cod liver oil with high vitamin butter.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, January 10/2011 at 6:25 pm

Hmmm you should be seeing results by now… which leads me to believe you might need a higher dosage. How much were you taking daily? I need to update this post because I’ve discovered that the dosage info for the caps is not high enough. The RDA (according to the Weston Price foundation) is 1 tsp which = 10 caps.

Diet of course could also be a factor? (eg sugar, processed foods, soy, anything with hydrogenated oils are bad) Plus some people are allergic to wheat, dairy or other things. Also what are you using on your skin? And how long has your skin been giving you trouble? Just wondering if there could be any other triggers.

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Jennie
Monday, January 10/2011 at 9:23 pm

Yeah, maybe I’m not taking enough…I’ve been taking 3 of the capsules daily…basically one with each meal.
I stay away from processed and packaged foods, and eat a lot of fruits, vegetables, nuts, sprouted wheat, whole grains. I’ve wondered if I have some sort of food allergy, so I’ve tried to limit wheat, dairy, sugar, and other various things, but can’t figure anything out. It’s definitely some sort of hormonal problem too.
Right now on my skin I’ve been using a sulfur based cleanser, and jojoba oil as a moisturizer. Somtimes I mix in a little baking soda to my cleanser as an exfoliator.
I’m 28 and have been dealing with this since I was about 20…it’s been getting really bad lately though. I was so hoping the cod liver oil would be the answer!!

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Jess
Monday, January 10/2011 at 10:39 pm

Hi Jennie

I started off taking the capsules in November, but switched to the gel so that I could up the dosage. I was originally taking about 6-8 capsules a day which is quite expensive, but has made a world of difference.

I started getting really bad acne about 3 years ago, and like you I stay away from processed foods, wheat, dairy and sugar but to no avail! The CLO has made a difference, I’ve still got some acne under the surface, but it has improved a lot. I’ve also simplified my skincare and cleanse with a hot compress and an organic cleanser (MV Organics) and use jojoba oil as a mosturiser as well.

I think you just have to patient and maybe up the CLO dosage. Stay positive, I’m sure it will improve!

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Jennie
Saturday, January 15/2011 at 2:06 pm

Thanks Jess. I’m going to up my dosage to about 6 pills a day and see how that goes!

Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, January 26/2011 at 8:19 pm

Let us know if the 6 caps a day makes any difference Jennie! I really need to update this post because now that I’ve had the chance to try the gel (cinnamon flavour) that’s what I would recommend for acne – 1-2 tsp/day. Like Jess says the dosage makes a huge difference, so I wouldn’t want to see you give up too soon for that reason. I honestly get a testimonial or two every week about CLO so I just don’t think there’s anyone who wouldn’t benefit from it.

PS – have you had hormones tested? I always thought I broke out for hormonal reasons too (as I’d always get a few spots during PMS time) but taking CLO really nipped that in the bud….

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Jess
Thursday, January 27/2011 at 12:10 am

Have just tried the cinnamon flavour, which is sooo much better than the chocolate. I was finding it hard just taking 1tsp/day of the chocolate (could not keep it down!) so can now happily up the intake to 1-2tsp/day. Is it weird that I kind of like the taste of the cinnamon one?

Honestly Michelle, thank you so much for getting the word out about this liquid gold, amazing!!

Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, January 27/2011 at 7:29 pm

My pleasure Jess! OMG I can only imagine how grody the chocolate is… I ordered some of the plain one and it is absolutely disgusting. I think it will be cinnamon only from now on!

Jess T
Tuesday, January 18/2011 at 12:36 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iA8YRk9UEqQ
Have you used her skin care line yourself? Thanks!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, January 26/2011 at 6:14 pm

Kate Somerville? Unfortunately no – I don’t think it’s available in Canada. But have heard good things… in that vid she has really good tips re: exfoliation and hydration.

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Marlee
Thursday, January 27/2011 at 12:37 am

Hi Michelle! I’m interested in buying the cod liver oil/butter from Green Pastures but it estimates that the shipping will cost $26 to send to Montreal, does it cost you that much?

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, January 27/2011 at 7:32 pm

Yeah the shipping is expensive… I think I paid $50 last time, when I ordered 6 bottles at once. I might see if I can order from the place Lorra recommends in the comment above, they’re in Canada.

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Dalia
Friday, January 28/2011 at 12:53 pm

Hi,
I was just wondering, I been breaking out like crazy on my chin area. and then I read up on cod liver and other vitamins like zinc and vit E. And i’ve also did a cleanse because i am soooooooo desperate for them to fade I guess they have faded a little but there is still reddish brownish spots from the pimples. So I was wondering how long do you think it would take for it to absolutely clear up? And is it true acne gets worse before it gets better?

Thank You

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, February 1/2011 at 11:13 pm

I think most people are seeing results in about a month, but it depends on the dosage. Some do well with just 2 capsules a day (that’s what I was taking to start), while others need 1-2 tsp of the liquid. My advice would be to start low and see how it goes (although taking the higher dose won’t harm you in any way – it’s just expensive).

I’m not sure about the worse before better theory. Certainly that doesn’t apply to cod liver oil! You should see a gradual improvement.

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Jane
Saturday, January 29/2011 at 11:37 pm

I am interested to know, as I have a huge pimple growing on my cheek, where Carlsons is available. I would order the Green Pasture – but the shipping is like $26!! Although this might be a small price to pay for great skin!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, February 1/2011 at 11:16 pm

You should be able to find Carlsons at most health food stores. In Toronto, The Big Carrot, Noah’s, Whole Foods…

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vargas
Sunday, January 30/2011 at 9:16 pm

Jane, if you have the money to spend it is a small price to pay for beautiful skin! if that’s a little too much buy the Carlson’s which is half the price. Both will beautify your skin. I speak from my own experience!

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Gina
Sunday, February 13/2011 at 8:21 pm

Just bought some capsules today!
Pretty stoked!!

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Rita
Tuesday, February 15/2011 at 1:20 am

With the capsules, does it matter which flavor you get? Thanks.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, February 15/2011 at 11:33 am

Nope – the main ingredients are all the same so it wouldn’t matter which flavour you choose. The flavouring in the one I take is just cinnamon oil.

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Alicia Read
Wednesday, February 16/2011 at 12:04 am

OMG YEEEEES! I’m a little freakish and I shew the capsules open… It reminds me of when my mom (yes, me too) used to spoon-feed the stuff to us kids. Now, I;m seriously considering rubbing a little into my skin…

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Alicia Read
Wednesday, February 16/2011 at 12:06 am

OMG YEEEEES! I’m a little freakish and I chew the capsules open… It reminds me of when my mom (yes, me too) used to spoon-feed the stuff to us kids. Now, I’m seriously considering rubbing a little into my skin…

(Amended! Argh it’s been a long day… :}

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, February 18/2011 at 5:48 pm

Same here! I think my parents fed me CLO until I was at least 10. Not sure why it fell out of favour because it’s amazing – I never get sick anymore, not to mention I enjoy all the fab skin benefits!!

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Lisa
Tuesday, March 1/2011 at 11:26 am

Would anyone be interested in getting together on an order of the Green Pastures so we can take advantage of bulk prices and save on shipping? We can mix and match flavours and capsules/gels. I live and work in the Queen/King west area of Toronto but am also up in the Yonge & Eglington area occasionally.

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Gina
Tuesday, March 1/2011 at 10:23 pm

Just out of curiosity, I went into a health store and asked about their CLO’s.
The employee actually recommended Omega 3 Fish Oil instead of Cod Liver Oil.
She was saying because Cod is a bigger fish that there is a higher chance you’ll intake more chemicals. She also said that the Vitamin D and Vitamin A conflict with each other and don’t necessarily have a great affect on you.

I don’t know.
I’m sticking with Cod Liver Oil.
Just wondering if anyone else has heard anything like this before?

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, March 2/2011 at 4:20 pm

Yes, I’ve heard all of this but it’s just propaganda. :-) Regular fish oil is highly refined and usually rancid, plus it does not contain the vitamin A and D that are so beneficial for your skin (and entire body).

According to Sally Fallon Morell of the Weston Price Foundation: “…Nor do we recommend fish oil, as it is invariably rancid (they boil it at 230 degrees for several hours!!) and also will overload with EPA [eicosapentaenoic acid], which is not desirable.”

It’s true that the vitamin A and D need to be in the right ratio to be safe, and that’s why I don’t recommend brands other than the Green Pasture’s. (Good article here on how it’s manufactured: http://www.westonaprice.org/cod-liver-oil/1602-update-on-cod-liver-oil-manufacture.html) Most CLO undergoes heavy processing (like fish oil), which strips out these vitamins so they have to add them back in at the end. GP uses an old-fashioned fermenting technique that retains the vitamins. There’s tons of info on the Weston Price site about this but you could start here if you want to know more about the ratio thing: http://www.westonaprice.org/cod-liver-oil/1603-response-to-dr-mercola-on-cod-liver-oil.html

As for chemicals, no, not a concern at all. GP tests carefully for pathogens, PCBs and heavy metals and even if they were a possibility, they accumulate in the protein not in the liver or oil.

Hope that helps!

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Jenna
Monday, March 14/2011 at 12:24 pm

Does anyone know what’s the best cod liver oil brand that I could get at Shopper’s Drugmart? Something flavoured, that doesn’t taste too much like fish please.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, March 16/2011 at 2:38 pm

I only recommend the Green Pastures brand – but I know some people are having luck with Carlsons! Not sure if it’s specifically at Shoppers but should be fairly widely available.

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Cassandra
Thursday, March 17/2011 at 5:19 pm

Hey! I love this article and am going to run out to whole foods tn to get some carlsons cod liver oil :) I am just worried about those dreaded fish burps and stinky breath lol! I was wondering if getting a flavored version will eliminate those fish burps or I even heard that putting pills in the freezer will help. What do u think? I am still debating on pills vs liquid. I suffer from mild acne and am hoping this regimen will help with that and even out my skin tone too! maybe thats a bit too much to ask but im willing to try :)

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Cassandra
Thursday, March 17/2011 at 7:22 pm

Hey! I loved your article and im running out to whole foods to get some carlsons cod liver oil :) I am still debating on pills vs liquid. Do u know how to avoid those dreaded fish burps i hear about? I dont know if getting the flavoured cod liver oil helps or not or I even heard that freezing the capsules helps also… I have moderate acne and I am hoping that will help as well as even up my skin tone a little bit. Maybe this is too much to ask but i am willing to try! Thanks in advance!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, March 18/2011 at 11:02 am

I promise you I’ve never had fish breath :-)
Nor have I experienced this burping thing that people talk about, but I’ve read that it is more likely to happen with the capsules.

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Cassandra
Thursday, March 17/2011 at 7:25 pm

Oops sry i didnt see my comment in the posts so i wrote it again lol :s

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Eliza
Monday, March 21/2011 at 6:29 pm

I am so glad I stumbled upon this article quite randomly! (Also I’ve been checking out the rest of your blog and really enjoying your articles! :)

I just received my jar of Carlson’s that I ordered off of Amazon (not terribly expensive) and I’m planning on taking 2 capsules a day, and seeing how that goes. I’m excited to try this! I have basically good skin for most of the month but every time PMS hits I end up getting at least one or two volcanoes on my chin. Huge, painful zits! Which is odd because the rest of my face is so clear most of the time. I thought it was a hormonal thing but I had my levels tested and everything came back completely normal…. so odd. I know it’s silly to worry about a handful or chin pimples every months but they’re incredibly painful and no amount of benzoyl peroxide (or sulphur or toothpaste- hey, I get desperate! haha) seems to hold them off. Gross!

Anyway, I will update on my results! I’ve also found that taking 25-50 mg of zinc per day helps quite a bit, along with cutting back on dairy, which I seem to be allergic too. Also, something that’s been helping my skin texture in general, along with clarity, is a couple drops of tea tree oil mixed with my moisturizer morning and night- works like a dream! Just thought I’d share :)

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, March 21/2011 at 9:33 pm

Welcome Eliza! The CLO should help – I had the same thing and it was the only thing that worked for me. Some more tips here: http://www.westonaprice.org/ask-the-doctor/200-acne.html
I think I’m going to try no dairy next, have heard it helps with milia (those closed comedone thingies). Wish I could do zinc but every time I try it, it makes me so nauseous. :-(

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Eliza
Tuesday, March 22/2011 at 1:26 am

Thank you! About the zinc thing, have you tried taking them with food? I’ve found that the only way I can take them without getting nauseous is with a piece of bread and some water, that seems to help.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, March 22/2011 at 10:48 pm

Ah – that might help, you’re right! How long did you take it before it worked, and what specific results did you notice?

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Eliza
Wednesday, March 23/2011 at 9:33 pm

I started noticing a difference rather quickly, actually. The zinc seems to keep my skin smoother and much less congested, like the pores are cleaner overall. And when I do get zits they heal more quickly! Supposedly zinc helps with tissue repair and cell division, so the better healing kind of makes sense. I hope it works for you if you decide to try it again! And so far so good with the CLO, I should be starting to PMS right now (I can tell based on the migraine I just got, sigh) and my chin is clear as can be, surprisingly. I didn’t think the CLO would start working so fast, so maybe it’s something else? Either way, I hope it stays this way!

Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, April 1/2011 at 12:07 pm

Yay! And I think you’ve sold me on the zinc now too, I should give it another shot.

Alexandra
Tuesday, April 12/2011 at 10:34 am

Hi Michelle,
I just stumbled onto this article, and immediately started looking for the Green Pasture’s product. I have struggled with moderate acne for years (I’m 28 now) and have tried everything–hormones, Retin-A, Proactiv, even Accutane. The Accutane worked the best for me–my skin really was amazing! However, I have since run out, and my skin has relapsed :( Not at all what my derm pitched to me. I don’t want to be stuck taking pills my whole life. That’s why I love that the CLO is natural!

I found the vitamin and CLO blend on Amazon with FREE shipping! Just to let people know…
How much did you say you take? What is the maximum amount? Also, do you know the difference between “emulsified” and regular? And what is the “gel?”
I will keep you updated on how it works (I hope, I hope, I hope!!!). Thanks so much for the info!!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, April 15/2011 at 8:12 pm

Great that it’s on Amazon!

I would start with at least 1/2-1 tsp.
1 tsp = 10,000 IU of vitamin A
According to the Weston A. Price foundation, you can go up to 20,000 IU if needed. But maybe start low and see what happens – should take about a month to start noticing results.

I think the emulsified just means you get a better flavour. The CLO/butter oil blend that I take is a gel – so it’s solid-ish when you refrigerate it… but liquid at room temp. (You don’t actually have to refrigerate it if you prefer the liquid consistency.)

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Ashley Michèlle
Wednesday, April 13/2011 at 9:30 pm

Just ordered a bottle of the capsules! I will report back with results.

I’ve been playing around with natural skin remedies for ages, and though some seemed to prove lasting results, hormonal breakouts seem inevitable.

I had lovely skin up until my last period, and then made the mistake of taking Vitex (chaste berry), which amped up the androgen production in my system. Whoops.

I’ve heard good things about Guggul too… have any experience with this one? I’ve read that NOW Foods has the best supplement form of this on the market. Hmmm…

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, April 15/2011 at 7:58 pm

Oh no – chasteberry gave you worse breakouts? Crazy! I had always heard it was good for acne… wow. I think some of the herbal treatments out there can do really weird things to the hormones (eg saw palmetto as well). That’s why I like the CLO – it’s so simple and time-tested!

Haven’t taken Guggal. You might inquire with Pure + Simple about that as I know they sell a lot of Ayurvedic supplements. http://www.pureandsimple.ca/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.browse&category_id=233&Itemid=27

Anyway please let us know how the CLO works out for you!

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Ashley Michèlle
Friday, April 15/2011 at 8:19 pm

Thanks for the link! I’ll be sure to check that out, and definitely refer back to this post, once I have had time to see how I react to the CLO, and the Guggal.

I though it was peculiar myself, but for now, the chasteberry has scared me away from going any further with it. Maybe I’ll get brave and test the waters again someday, but it definitely makes you wonder… foods these days have so many hormones in them to begin with, that it’s hard to get the right balance when you start taking supplements that have hormone altering properties.

Thanks for the lovely resources! Hopefully I will love Green Pasture’s CLO as much as you do!

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Jennifer
Wednesday, April 27/2011 at 5:38 am

Hey! First, I’ll like to say great article! :) After I read your article, I went out and bought a bottle of Carlsons to try in hoping it will clear up my acne!! I get a lot pimples especially on my chin. They seen to never go away! :( I keep getting those hard under the skin cystic kind of pimples and they hurt a lot. Right now i have 3 cysts and a few whiteheads on my chin :( and i have been taking Carlson for almost a month now!! 3 teaspoon everyday! It seens to not be working? Like I thought it did since my skin did start to clear up a bit! :) but then after i always end up getting cystic pimples and whiteheads. i don’t know whats wrong. Do you have any other suggestions that may help me clear up my acne or not get cystic acne? They hurt so much makes my chin always red and swollen looking :(

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Saturday, April 30/2011 at 1:24 pm

It’s because you’re not getting enough vitamin A. If you look at the nutritional label (see here http://www.carlsonlabs.com/p-108-cod-liver-oil-regular-flavor.aspx but it will also be on your bottle), 1 tsp of Carlsons only has 850 IU of vitamin A. This is why I only recommend the Green Pastures brand… just to compare, 1 tsp of Green Pastures has 10,000 IU of A.

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Lindsay S.
Saturday, April 30/2011 at 1:35 am

Hi,
Thanks for all the awesome information…I just ordered a bottle of Green Pasture’s in cinnamon and I am super excited to try it. Usually I tend to try and do things the cheap way, but this time I’m all in. I feel like I have tried everything I can think of and nothing is working, but this sounds so promising! I was just curious if anyone could please tell me about how long a bottle of the gel stuff lasts you if you were to take 2 tsp per day.

Thanks so much!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Saturday, April 30/2011 at 1:17 pm

There are 240 mL in a bottle. If 1 tsp = 5 mL then that’s 48 days per bottle. 24 days if you take 2 tsp.

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Lindsay S.
Monday, May 9/2011 at 5:33 pm

So I just got my Cinnamon Tingle from Green Pastures and tried it once and it was AWFUL…I don’t know that I can take it anymore because of the taste. I spent a lot of $ and want to take it to treat the acne…any tips on how to mask the taste? I now know that I should’ve bought the capsules, but it’s too late forthis bottle….HELP!

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Lisa
Tuesday, May 10/2011 at 7:41 am

try chasing it with orange juice it helped.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, May 11/2011 at 9:43 pm

It takes getting used to but believe me the cinnamon is WAY better than the unflavoured kind. Try sucking on a lemon slice first and then shoot back about 1/2 tsp at a time with a glass of water or juice, and then sucking on the lemon again. Pretend you’re swallowing tequila or something. If you do 1/2 tsp at a time and shoot it back instead of tasting it on your tongue, it should be easier to get down.

And no don’t beat yourself up about the capsules. If you want results the gel is the way to go. You’d need to be taking 10-20 capsules a day to get the same vitamin level as what’s in 1 tsp of the gel.

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Vi
Wednesday, May 11/2011 at 4:42 pm

Has anyone tried the Arctic Mint flavor of Green Pastures CLO? (liquid)

I, too, tried the Cinnamon Tingle gel and hated it. I’ve been taking the Carlson’s for a few months now and find it VERY tolerable.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, May 11/2011 at 7:59 pm

Oh really? I love the cinnamon! Haven’t tried mint but I’ve heard the ginger is very good. Carlsons has a different taste because it’s not fermented (and is therefore not as good for you).

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Bec
Monday, May 16/2011 at 3:04 am

I’ve just received my Green Pastures Butter Oil/CLO Cinnamon blend in the mail and can’t wait to try it out. I ordered through GPA Wholefoods (Australia) and it arrived within days. Will report back!

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Jennifer
Tuesday, May 17/2011 at 5:20 pm

I just got the green pastures in cinnamon tingle gel. Is it suppose to be thick?

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, May 23/2011 at 6:29 pm

Yes if you keep it in the fridge it’ll be a solid gel. But you don’t have to – if you leave at room temp you can take it as a liquid.

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StephanieG
Wednesday, May 18/2011 at 12:24 pm

@ Lindsay S. I bought the cinnamon tingle gel from Green Pastures and hated it too!! The last time I took it by teaspoon it almost came up again. I went and bought the GP capsules and I can take these easily but I did not want to waste $60+ I spent on the gel…this will likely be way to labor intensive for most people but this is what I did: I went to a local natural foods/supplement place and picked up a bag of empty capsules ( you can get gelatin or non-gelatin), then I went to a few pharmacies and asked for the plastic syringes for liquid meds (they have these behind the counter packaged individually and are free!) I went to a few pharmacies to try and find the best tip, size, plunger etc. It’s a lot of trial and error. Next I went home and popped in a movie and started opening the capsules and injecting (take the gel out of the fridge and let it get to around room temp. first). I tried a few different syringes to figure out which worked the best. I won’t lie, this is a messy, slow, stinky, sticky process and some product will be wasted but I’ve done almost 200 capsules now (about 100 at a time) and there is still some gel left in the container! There will be some oiliness on the outside of the capsules but that’s fairly unavoidable and I would rather taste a hint of cinnamon rather then taking a teaspoon of it. When I finish off the bottle I will try injecting with a dropper (I bought this at Walmart in the pharmacy section). I’m debating on whether or not I want to buy another bottle of the gel and do this all again but you do get way more capsules this way as compared to GP 60 capsule version. By the way thanks Michelle for writing about cod liver oil!!

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Katie
Monday, June 6/2011 at 4:28 pm

Kandee Johnson’s video points out that she has a sensitivity to soy that shows itself in her skin. It took me years to realize it, but the same thing happens to me with dairy products. I can do cheese and butter without worry, but I can’t eat more than about a 1/2 cup of milk, yogurt, ice cream, etc. unless I want a cystic acne breakout. And I can’t do that on a daily basis either. I think I’m fine with cheese and butter because those are naturally eaten in lesser quantities.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Saturday, June 25/2011 at 7:06 pm

Ugh soy is horrible! I avoid it like the plague. It can definitely contribute to breakouts. As for dairy – glad you found out that it’s a trigger. I think it might have something to do with the pasteurization…. with the exception of some cheeses, raw dairy is illegal in Canada so it would be hard to test that out. Have heard others have been ok with organic dairy though – have you tried that, just out of curiosity?

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Me, my best and I
Wednesday, June 8/2011 at 8:10 pm

This is me. At 30 and just off the pill, I have the skin I had at 19. Not good. I have just started CLO as part of a pre-conception multi-vit but its probably not hardcore enough as you said, will replace with a fermented one. thank you thank you, Ill try anything once……

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Saturday, June 25/2011 at 6:57 pm

Let us know how it goes!!

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Myranda
Tuesday, June 14/2011 at 2:21 am

I have tried just about everything. I will spare you my long, heartbreaking story and cut to the chase – I got help through a book. Read Kim Snyder’s ‘The Beauty Detox Solution’. I’ll tell you this much, I’ve eaten nothing but greens, and her famous ‘glowing green smoothie’ for THREE days and I can see a massive difference. This includes (but is not limited to ;) pore shrinkage, even toned, glowing skin, reduction in post pimple redness, less breakouts, less wrinkles

Check out her blog by googling her…

The woman GLOWS in every damn picture. What more proof do you need? I’m tellin ya’, if all else has failed, give this a go.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, June 14/2011 at 1:19 pm

Hi Myranda, I’m familiar with Kim’s blog. I’m happy you have found something that’s working for your skin so far, but I would also encourage you to do some more research about vegan diets. They have a seductive message and a lot of people see immediate results (clearer skin, weight loss etc) based on the increased consumption of fresh veg and also from cutting out potentially allergenic things like gluten and dairy. However there are many long-term health problems with veganism so I’m strongly against it. You should look into the book by Lierre Keith called The Vegetarian Myth. 180 Degree Health is also an excellent blog that dismantles many of these dangerous diet fads out there (vegan, low carb etc) – see here: http://180degreehealth.blogspot.com/2009/11/vegan-aftermath.html. They can really f*ck up your body long term.
Have you tried cod liver oil yet? You can’t get that level of vitamin A through non-animal sources.

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Nikolina
Friday, June 17/2011 at 3:59 am

I started using cod liver oil almost exactly one month ago because it is supposed to be so good for your skin. Not only am I pleased with my skin, but my hair has now taken on a glossy sheen. That’s a nice added bonus.
I first bought Carlson’s Lemon Flavored, which I got used to almost right away. I liked Carlson’s, but I wanted to try the Fermented Butter Oil/Cod Liver Oil from Green Pastures because I read that it was supposed to be even better for you. I ordered the Chocolate Cream.
Then I started reading where so many people hated that flavor and thought I’d made a big mistake. When it came today, I was actually fearful of even opening it, expecting a hideous fishy smell. When I didn’t experience that, I was still afraid to actually ingest it. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to get it down. Remembering something I’d read, I put a little raw honey on it and had a glass of water poured so I could immediately kill the taste.
Imagine my surprise when I finally put it in my mouth and found that it tasted…great! I hadn’t meant to give it to my son because I thought he’d hate it. Instead, I’d already decided that the Carlson’s would be fine. I’d begun starting him on it and at least I knew he was fine with taking that. Why battle if I didn’t have to? But, after trying it, I gave some of the Green Pastures chocolate cream to him. He didn’t even want honey on it. He swallowed it and he had no problem with it either. Actually, he liked it.
So I don’t know why I keep reading so many posts about its being pasty and tasting nasty. Maybe that’s without the butter oil in it.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Saturday, June 25/2011 at 7:08 pm

That’s great! I haven’t tried the chocolate but maybe I will now. Have been pretty happy with the cinnamon although I’ve noticed some batches are better than others. I had one bottle that was really grainy and heavy on the butter oil… not that tasty. But because it’s made the old-fashioned way these variations are to be expected!

So glad it has given you such amazing results!!

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Rachel
Saturday, June 18/2011 at 10:45 pm

i am 31 years old, never experienced acne until my adult years starting at age 22!! Wow what an ordeal! Tried it all ProActive, Vitamin B5 (very high doses), Herbal skin dissorder stuff, green tea daily, antibiotics (til I was sick) probiotics from the U.S., the birth control pill, and the list goes on and on! You name it, I tried it! I live in Regina SK, Canada, and tomorow I am going out and buying myself some Cod Liver Oil. Yes I will let you know my results! It is crazy what I will do or have done just to clear my skin. I even quit drinking all coffee. Nothing works, and I mean NOTHING!! It has gotten to the point I don’t want to leave my house anymore! 10+ years of research and Im done, now to something new, thanx, Rachel.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Saturday, June 25/2011 at 6:59 pm

I hear you! There are a lot of people out there that dermatologists just haven’t been able to help… and in some cases they harm! I hope the CLO works for you… if you take the Green Pasture kind it’s extremely high in vitamin A so would work similar to Accutane without the side effects. Let us know how it goes!

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Rachel
Saturday, June 25/2011 at 7:01 pm

Well im very happy with my results after the first 3 days I had results. After a week i was glowing! I guess I was VERY low on vitamin A &D ! Im a lifer now!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Saturday, June 25/2011 at 7:11 pm

Yay!!! It should keep on improving over the next month or so.

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Diane
Friday, July 1/2011 at 7:16 pm

Hello I’ve read all your comments on Cod Liver Oil and I ordered it on ebay and I hope I got the right one “Green Pastures High Butter and Fermented Cod Liver Oil” $47.00 plus “Free Shipping”, but sold it only in capsule form…120 caps per bottle and recommend 2 caps a day. They had several to choose from and these are the other ones they offered, which I found somewhat confusing and was wondering if you could explain the differences…I hope I don’t confuse you. 1:) Green Pastures Fermented Cod Liver Oil/Butter Oil Blend (Blue Ice Royal) 120 non-gelatin caps. 2:) Green Pastures Blue Ice Butter/Cod Liver Fish Oil Blend. 3:) Green Pastures Butter Oil/ Fermented Cod Liver Oil Blend. 4:) Green Pastures Blue Ice Royal Butter/ Cod Fish Oil Blend. Thanks

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, July 15/2011 at 6:28 pm

I think it’s just different sellers on eBay listing the name slightly differently – they all sound like they’re the same thing. Just look at the bottle and compare to the Green Pasture website.

I actually recommend the gel over the caps now – it ends up being more economical because you’d have to take 10-20 caps to get the same amount of vitamin A that is in 1 tsp of gel.

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GR
Saturday, July 2/2011 at 1:15 pm

Hi
Ive stumbled across your website after a google search for cystic acne cures/treatments.
Im 29 and have had acne since about 13, admittedly its better that it has been in the past but thats probably due to a better diet and cleansing routine, but im mostly getting the hard lumps along my jawline & chin.
That aside i really would of thought i would of grown out of it by now!! Im turning 30 in December and am finding still having spots really quite depressing.
I have tried peels & microdermabrasion in the past but to be completely honest it made no difference and cost a lot of money.
Ive been contemplating IPL treament and then i found your blog…..
Annoyingly i live in the UK so i cant get any of the brands you’ve discussed.
I dont suppose you can help me hunt down a decent uk brand as i dont want to waste my money but im not 100% sure what im looking for when searching!
Thanks muchly x

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GR
Saturday, July 2/2011 at 1:20 pm

Forget that i think ive found a uk website that sells green pastures happy days :)

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, July 15/2011 at 6:30 pm

Great! Let us know how it goes. You’ll probably want to start out with 1 to 2 tsp daily of the gel, not the caps.

Here are some listings for sellers/brands avail in Europe:
BEST:

Natural Food Finder: naturalfoodfinder.co.uk/products carries Blue Ice High-Vitamin Fermented Cod Liver Oil, biokult, raw honey, coconut oil, high vitamin butter oil
Red23: red23.co.uk carries Blue Ice High-Vitamin Fermented Cod Liver Oil
Q Naturals Webstore – Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver and High Vitamin Butter Oil http://www.qnaturals.nl

GOOD:

Healthspan Ltd., 0800 73 123 77, healthspan.co.uk
Goldshield, goldshield.co.uk
Lysi, nordicstore.net

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Valerie
Tuesday, July 12/2011 at 12:01 pm

Does the Butter Oil/ Fermented Cod Liver Oil Blend work better than the regular Fermented Cod Liver Oil? What is the difference? And does the flavor really matter?

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, July 15/2011 at 6:35 pm

It’s hypothesized that the combination CLO/butter oil is more effective than CLO alone – this is based on Weston A. Price’s research. You could certainly try CLO alone as I think many have still had results… I haven’t tried it though so can’t compare.

Flavour doesn’t have any impact on your skin. Just personal preference! I find the plain one really gross but cinnamon is no problem.

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Diana
Tuesday, July 12/2011 at 11:56 pm

Can I use the drugstore brans like Scott’s or Finest Natural ? I can’t afford buy the other brands you guys are buying :( I f so how much should I drink per day ?

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, July 15/2011 at 6:42 pm

I only recommend the Green Pasture brand because it is highest in nutrients with no synthetic vitamins – that’s the problem with most if not all of the cheaper brands. Basically you have to take a lot more of a cheaper brand in order to get the same level of vitamins A & D (which are what’s good for your skin) as are in Green Pasture… and I am not sure how safe that is. There is a more detailed explanation here: http://www.westonaprice.org/cod-liver-oil/238-cod-liver-oil-basics

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Denise
Friday, July 29/2011 at 12:08 pm

Hello, I just had to tell you I just found your blog today been reading posts for over an hour and I can say without hesitation I would count it among my top ten favorite beauty blogs EVER!!!! And I’m not even Canadian:)
I was surprised and happy to find someone else( well someone else who is still “into” beauty) who shares the same say no to retionol, microdermabrasion, etc.. Same reasons.

Although I’ve never had an issue with acne because of your article and the comment from a reader who like me used to be “forced” a tsp full by Nana (during winter). Here’s why and you may find this interesting she was big believer in the powers of A & D ointment( if not sold in Canada an ointment with the a & d coming from cod liver oil). She used it as her night cream. She had FANTASTIC skin. I used it for my children and it cleared up a scalp issue on my youngest that nothing the derm gave us would. I stopped using it on my face after I found La Mer but I may just try it again.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Saturday, July 30/2011 at 11:13 am

Aw thanks Denise! I totally want to get my hands that! Probably better than La Mer – that stuff is just fancy mineral oil you know. :-)
So is it just called A&D Ointment? All I can find is stuff for diaper rash… http://well.ca/products/ad-diaper-rash-cream_25354.html But it says the vitamins come from cod liver oil… is that the same thing?

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Denise
Saturday, July 30/2011 at 7:52 pm

Yup, that’s it. It’s marketed for diaper rash mostly now but back in the day, was sold as more of an all purpose healing ointment like aquaphor.
‘Yeah I know I’ve heard that about la mer, but I swear it does great for my skin. Even if it’s just the ritual, looking forward to washing/moisturizing every night, the texture that warrents massaging it in, etc. I’m a huge believer in the placebo effect.

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Denise
Saturday, July 30/2011 at 10:26 pm

Oops I apologize just looked at your link and actually no that’s not it. It’s marketed it for diaper rash but there’s no zinc oxide in it. This is it http://www.drugstore.com/ad-original-ointment-diaper-rash-and-all-purpose-skincare-formula/qxp13117?fromsrch=a+%26+d.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, July 31/2011 at 9:34 am

Oh ok – cool! I was thinking the zinc oxide could work as sunscreen actually!

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Olivia
Saturday, July 30/2011 at 11:56 pm

I read this post ages ago and really wanted to try it, because although I had been controlling my acne-prone skin quite successfully with the AcneFree/Proactiv products for the last couple years, for some reason in the last month or two my skin’s stopped responding and is totally breaking out again.
Unfortunately, being the cheapo college student I am I wasn’t keen on spending a lot of money on something I didn’t know for sure would work, so I finally decided now to start small with the Shopper’s Drug Mart no-name brand capsules. I think I’m going to start with two a day, though I’ll probably end up puncturing them and trying to eat them on/in something else since I just took my first one now and swallowing that large of a capsule was sort of uncomfortable. I must just be over-sensitive.
I’ll let you know how it goes!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, July 31/2011 at 9:33 am

Good luck! The thing is though that drugstore CLO contains far less vitamin A than Green Pastures… hopefully you will still get results but if you don’t, that would be why.

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Lorraine
Sunday, August 14/2011 at 12:27 pm

Wow amazing going to try it out on myself. Used in my dogs meals and his hair stopped dropping altogether so now its my turn for my problematic skin. Thanks enjoyed your bloggm

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Jenna
Monday, August 15/2011 at 6:50 pm

Hi michelle,

Glad you have something that works for your skin. Unfortunately for me, any fish-based supplement is a real no-no, including CLO. I have a blood coagulation disorder which reduces my blood’s ability to clot, and fish oil supplements of any description only make that worse. Anyone taking blood thinners should also check with their doctor before combining it with fish oil supplements.

Fortunately, eating actual fish is no problem!

Jenna ( another one, not the others who have posted above!)

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, October 3/2011 at 6:47 pm

Oh that’s too bad. You can get vitamin A from liver though… that’s what I would do if I had skin issues and couldn’t take the CLO. Apparently you can buy it in dessicated form.

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Jenna
Tuesday, October 4/2011 at 4:46 am

Well thankfully my skin care range is sent from heaven (for my skin anyway!) so I don’t feel the need to take anything else. Just putting the info out there for anyone else who has a blood clotting disorder or who is taking blood thinners!

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Tanya
Monday, August 15/2011 at 11:10 pm

Hi Michelle! I just want to say thank you for posting this on your site. It is sooooo helpful. I just turned 27, 3 weeks ago and ive been dealing with all sorts of acne since I was 23! Ive tried everything including antibiotics which i hated to do but was desperate :( I just ordered the blend CLO and I really hope it works for me. I will let you know if it does. I do have faith though. And again I can’t thank you enough for your lovely and helpful reviews.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, October 3/2011 at 6:46 pm

My pleasure! Have you had any results yet?

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kerry
Tuesday, August 16/2011 at 3:18 pm

Hi Michelle,
I recently started taking Evening Primrose Oil for my skin and it seems to be helping. I agree – regular fish oil hasn’t helped me either. Do you know if I can take EPO along with CLO?

Thanks!

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Stephanie G.
Friday, August 19/2011 at 12:05 pm

Hi Kerry,
Just wanted to put my 2 cents in! I have been taking EPO for years and have started on CLO a few months ago, I take them both everyday.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, October 3/2011 at 6:40 pm

Yes this is ok because EPO is omega 6 whereas CLO is omega 3.

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Donna
Wednesday, August 17/2011 at 9:53 pm

I just purchased the Greens CLO with out butter. I have had acne since I was 12 and have tried everything to no avail. (I’m 48) I recently stopped eating all dairy and I could see and feel the difference in my skin in one day. Now, two weeks later, I’m very happy with my skin and see improvement everyday. I’m not completely clear but I think I will be soon. I didn’t get the CLO with the high vitamin butter because of the results I’ve had from removing dairy from my diet. Does this make sense? Should I give them a try when I run out of this CLO? How many CLO supplements do I need to take?
Thank you!!!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, October 3/2011 at 6:45 pm

I don’t think the butter oil will have an impact on dairy sensitivities. (Most people react to the pasteurization process actually and are fine on raw dairy just FYI.. although we can’t buy raw dairy in Canada.) Apparently the butter oil makes the CLO work even better so if it might be worth a shot. I recommend the gel and 1 tsp daily to start (10,000 IU of A).

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Tracy
Thursday, August 18/2011 at 1:31 pm

So if I have a queasy stomach and don’t like the smell/taste of fish, you would recommend the pills vs. the liquid? I’m leaning towards ordering the pills, even though you’ve stated the dose of the liquid is more affordable. Once I get them and take them regularly for a few weeks or a month, I’ll come back and let you know my progress. I have hormonal acne that is not responding to anything I’ve tried. I’ve wasted probably 100s if not 1000s of $$ on skin care products that do nothing. I finally am realizing that the problem is internal (duh) and nothing topical is really going to make it better. It is nearly non-existant when I’m on birth control pills, so that’s why I’m fairly certain it’s hormonal. But I really don’t want to be on BCP. I’m all ready dairy free, and nearly soy-free.
Thanks so much for this great post. :)

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, October 3/2011 at 6:25 pm

Well yes the pills are definitely easier to get down than the gel… although you do get used to it. (And the cinnamon flavour makes it not too bad.) If you get queasy make sure to take the CLO with food.

Let us know how you get on!

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Donna
Tuesday, August 23/2011 at 10:26 pm

I’ve been using the CLO for a week and my skin looks better every day. It is terribly dry. Has anyone else experienced this?
Thanks,
Donna

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, October 3/2011 at 6:22 pm

I haven’t had this experience. Maybe cut back and see if it improves? (Although I can’t see how the CLO would cause this…)

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Sarah
Thursday, August 25/2011 at 12:26 am

Anyone know how long the gel is good for if kept in the fridge?

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, October 3/2011 at 6:21 pm

There’s some info on that here – you don’t have to refrigerate if you use it up within a few months. http://www.greenpasture.org/fermented-cod-liver-oil-butter-oil-vitamin-d-vitamin-a/refrigerate-or-not-to-refrigerate-that-is-the-question/

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Nicole
Friday, August 26/2011 at 2:57 pm

I ordered mine today! I also got a student back to school special for $35.00!

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Jennifer
Saturday, August 27/2011 at 1:42 am

How did you get a student back to school special?!

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Donna
Monday, August 29/2011 at 9:11 am

Been taking this wonderful stuff for almost two weeks. I had two hard lumps under my skin and they are almost gone. My skin continues to look better everyday!! Yahoo!!

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Catherine
Thursday, September 1/2011 at 6:06 am

Hello! After hearing all these wonderful testimonials and reading this article i decided to purchase the green pastures cod liver oil (liquid form). I have been taking it for about a month and have not noticed a difference. i have only been taking 1tsp in the mornings, would you reccomend me upping this to 2tsp a day?? the nutrition facts have been worrying me as it says it is 75% of your rdv i dont want to take too much!
Thanks, Cath xxx

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, October 3/2011 at 6:19 pm

I’ve only tried the CLO/butter oil blend so that might be why Catherine… apparently the addition of the butter oil makes the CLO even more effective. That said a lot of people on this thread have had results using CLO alone (i.e. Carlsons). I would try increasing your dose to 2 tsp and see if that makes a difference. Obviously I have a disclaimer here that I’m not a doctor so this isn’t medical advice — but I wouldn’t worry too much about the RDV. There is some info on the Weston A. Price site that says it’s safe to get as high as 20,000 IU vitamin A daily for pregnant and nursing women, so I can’t see why it wouldn’t be safe for adults for a short time too (and then reduce your dose later for maintenance). http://www.westonaprice.org/cod-liver-oil/cod-liver-oil-basics
I would not feel comfortable doing this with brands other than Green Pasture however (because their vitamins are usually synthetic and added in processing… whereas the GP kind is a whole food).

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rob
Monday, September 5/2011 at 3:22 pm

For the past few years Ive wanted to purchase CLO from but G.P. but couldnt justify paying so much, incl, the shipping. But I stacked up on Butter/fish oil capsules, taking advantage of there back2school speacials and saved a good amount$$, this should last me through out fall/winter.

Nice thread by the way

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, October 3/2011 at 6:14 pm

I must have missed that deal, darn! :-(

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sara
Tuesday, September 6/2011 at 4:12 pm

I just wanted to chime in here, I started taking the CLO about 2-3 weeks ago and I am completely amazed. I had scattered cystic acne all the way up until I was about 25 (I’m 30 now) and even though the cysts are only occasional anymore, my skin is generally pretty blah with blackheads, red splotches, and even the smaller blemishes I still get always leave a mark for months after. I’ve just never had what you’d call good skin.

Anyway, I dug into this post about a month ago and figured I’d try the Carlson’s just to see, since it’s not that expensive. I’m taking 2 of the 1000mg gel capsules twice a day… It took about two weeks, but MAN ALIVE Y’ALL. My skin looks so good. I mean, it’s REALLY NOTICEABLE. Just much more even-toned and clear and soft. I swear my pores even got smaller. Last week I had the very beginnings of a cyst coming in on my chin, but it shrunk and disappeared over the next 48 hours without ever even surfacing. I can’t say enough good things about this stuff. I’m converted!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, October 3/2011 at 6:13 pm

Yay Sara! You don’t know how happy this makes me to read all of these comments and have my own little skin experimentation validated by others’ experiences. I’ve had the same results with improved tone and softness (and of course reducing breakouts).

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Donna
Wednesday, September 7/2011 at 9:08 pm

Sara.
I too, have had some remarkable results from the CLO. I take four a day at one time but I think I’ll start splitting them up. My skin isn’t perfect but I’m not ashamed to be seen in public. I have had cystic acne which I think is the worst kind. It distorted the shape of my face. Lump here, lump there. I wanted to scream in frustration. I’m a waitress (48 yrs old) and there have been MANY days that took all the courage I had in me, to leave the house. I had some small lumps under the skin from old cystic acnes and they are gone!! Yahoo!!!! I haven’t had any new cystic acne since starting this.
I’m VERY happy for you. I’m very happy for all the people on here that have been able to clear up their skin.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, October 3/2011 at 6:10 pm

That’s AWESOME Donna! I’m so thrilled that this worked for you! Are you taking the Green Pasture pills? Because you’d probably see even better results if you switched to the CLO/butter oil gel… I take 1 tsp per day and you get a much higher vitamin A dose (so it’s more economical).

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Richard
Thursday, September 15/2011 at 11:05 am

Hey Michelle,
Im a 30 year old fair skinned male…….I have been suffering from problematic skin for years but used Proactive to fix it. Well when proactive stopped I journeyed into the world of nutrition to correct the problem…..so far im still battling. While treating my candida overgrowth…..i experimented with fish oils and EVERYONE of them made my skin worse……….Then i started having severe symptoms of vitamin A defficiency……I read your blog about Feremented Cod liver oil……..i was curious so i ordered some…….I PRAY TO GOD that it works……Do you think Cod liver oil is okay for MEN to take…….i only see women on here getting results…..Let me know

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, October 3/2011 at 6:08 pm

Yep, no reason it won’t work on men too so definitely give it a shot! I think it will really help you out if you’re low in vit A. Get the Green Pasture brand as that is the highest A content per tsp and is in perfect balance since it’s fermented (not heat processed) so it retains all the naturally-occuring vits in the right ratios. I would take 2 tsp a day (that’s 20,000 IU) since you already have deficiencies. It should take about a month or so to see results, after which you can experiment with dropping the dosage (I take 1 tsp for maintenance). Take a look at your diet as well as the candida could also affect your skin. Are you taking a good probiotic? I recommend HMF Genestra or Metagenics.

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rob
Friday, September 23/2011 at 2:15 pm

Hey Rich,

You should also lay off the grains and clean up your diet, and along with CLO you should be good

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Stephanie G
Tuesday, October 4/2011 at 5:55 pm

Just curious, has anyone else noticed more hair shedding then usual after being on CLO pills/liquid for a few months? I’m not stopping CLO but I think I will cut back a bit – I’ll try to find that happy medium of no zits but less hair shedding (if that’s what’s causing it!)

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Sara
Tuesday, October 4/2011 at 7:16 pm

Yes, I too have been shedding hair – much more than usual. I started taking CLO about 4 months ago and love the results and improvement with my skin overall. I thought my hair loss was due to stress and/or possible over coloring my hair but your post made me think there may be a connection…I started taking Viviscal to help promote hair growth about 1 month ago and not sure if its helping my hair to grow any faster but the product claims it takes 3 months to see a difference. I’m still noticing lots of hair in my brush and after washing in the drain. My hair is thin and fine enough – I hope it stops!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, December 16/2011 at 1:13 pm

Hi Stephanie and Sara, please see my comment below to Jennie. Can you please confirm the brand and dosage you are taking? I suspect it might have something to do with that. I’ve never had any issues with Green Pasture.

On a separate note – how is Viviscal working for you Sara? I really want to try that!

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Jennie
Tuesday, October 4/2011 at 8:47 pm

I also have been experiencing a lot of hair shedding. I don’t know if it was this bad before I started taking CLO or not, but I’ve lost so much hair! My acne is definitely better, but I don’t want to lose all my hair either…I wonder if it really is connected?

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, December 16/2011 at 1:09 pm

I have not personally experienced any hair loss from taking CLO… but I think there is a connection for some people. I believe it has to do with the omegas – check out this thread of people who mention problems from flaxseed oil and fish oils: http://www.baldingblog.com/2006/04/14/flax-seed-oil-and-hair-loss/

How much are you taking? I would cut back and see if you can maintain your skin on a lower dose.

Also, the brand might have something to do with it as most contain A and D in the wrong ratios. This could have an impact on your hair loss. That’s why I only recommend Green Pasture brand… you might consider switching.

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Jennie
Monday, December 19/2011 at 9:07 am

I’ve been taking the Green Pasture CLO/Butter gel. I was taking 2 tsp per day, but now I’m down to just taking 1 tsp per day, and the acne seems to still be staying away for the most part. I started taking Evening Primrose oil for the hair loss, so we’ll see if that helps! Thank you so much for this original post though…it’s amazing how much my skin has improved.

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Laura
Monday, October 17/2011 at 12:21 pm

Ooooh…can’t wait to try this! I’ve suffered with acne all my life. The only product line I’ve found that really works for me is online through http://www.acnepractice.com, but it gets VERY expensive (for me, anyways!). So, finding a more affordable alternative with the added benefit of NOT being a topical product that dries out my skin would be FAB!!! I’ll try to report back when I have about 6 weeks worth of results! Thanks for your AWESOME and amazing blog, girl!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, December 16/2011 at 1:02 pm

Please do report back! Would love to hear if you get results from this!

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Donna
Sunday, October 30/2011 at 9:00 am

Michelle,
Yes, I’m taking the Green Pastures but it’s the capsules, four a day. I’ll look for the oil in the health food store next time I go. I’ve been leary because of the smell and taste. Thanks for the post!
Donna

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Donna
Sunday, October 30/2011 at 6:24 pm

I have been taking Green Pastures cod liver oil for a few months. I am experiencing extreme dryness under my eyes. This is making me look MUCH older. Can to much cod liver oil cause this?
Thanks, Donna

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Tracy
Friday, November 4/2011 at 12:33 am

Hi Michelle!
I run a blog all about getting rid of acne naturally with lifestyle changes… and I HIGHLY recommend cod liver oil to my readers! I’ve been taking Carlson’s brand (sadly I accidentally ordered the regular flavour this time instead of lemon and have been choking down nasty spoonfuls of it for the last month)… I love it, but I HAD NO IDEA that there was fermented cod liver oil… that stuff looks amazing. Definitely trying that next… and so awesome to hear it ships to Canada easily, because I am also Canadian :)
Anyway… lots of love xo

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, December 16/2011 at 1:01 pm

Glad you’re on board the CLO train as well! Would love to hear how you like Green Pasture if you try it.

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Marilyn
Sunday, November 13/2011 at 4:23 pm

Thank you so much for this article. I am going to order the Royal Butter Oil/Fermented Cod Liver Oil Blend. Do you really get these results with your skin and acne with just 1/2 a tsp? I’ve been taking cod liver oil (Garden of Life brand) and haven’t noticed such results.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, December 16/2011 at 1:00 pm

You could start with 1/2 – 1 tsp and see how that works for you. Some people take 2 tsp until their skin improves and then cut back.

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Donna
Monday, November 14/2011 at 9:59 pm

Update: Have gone from four capsules to three a day along with two fish oil capsules and some shea butter for moisturizer and am happy to say that my skin looks much less dry. Phew……………………………….. such a challenge

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, December 16/2011 at 12:59 pm

Interesting… maybe it was too much A for you. Although that’s way less than the 10,000 IU recommended daily dose. I’m stumped! But glad you figured out what works for you. :-)

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Heather
Wednesday, November 16/2011 at 3:39 pm

Thanks for this. In 3 weeks, a tsp of Carlson’s a day has entirely changed my skin around. Horrible acne, gone! I’m so happy. Only got one -one!- before that time of month instead of massive breakout, and even it was gone within a DAY! So pleased. Been plagued with this for years but was not willing to go on hormonal birth control like my doc suggested, because it tends to make me gain weight.
Happy!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, December 16/2011 at 12:53 pm

Awesome! Isn’t it amazing to find something that works as well as the pill but without the horrible side effects? I’ll be taking CLO for life!

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Veronica
Thursday, November 17/2011 at 7:43 pm

I’ve been taking another brand of cod liver oil – I believe it’s just the lemon/mint flavored one from garden of life – for 2 months. Hadn’t seen any results, then I heard about the fclo/hvbo blend benefits. Bought myself a bottle and started the regimen last week…no real results yet but I am going to give it some time and let you know how my results turn out! I’m hoping for the best, because like most people have stated I have tried soo many things to no avail! It just gets so frustrating after battling this nasty problem.

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Marilyn
Friday, November 18/2011 at 10:52 am

I’ve been having pretty good results with Nordik Naturals but I just bought some Garden of Life lemon/mint because it’s less expensive, but it sounds like it’s just not as good. I am going to order the Green Pastures with butter oil even though it’s awfully expensive. Thanks for the comment, Veronica, and please update with your results.

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Veronica
Monday, December 5/2011 at 2:53 pm

WOW…really all I have to say. At first when I started the regimen, I was hesitant. I hadn’t really seen any improvements, but then again it had only been between 1 – 2 weeks. I guess I was just getting impatient and really wanted to see results. Then, at around 3 weeks, I really started noticing improvement! I even went away for thanksgiving break ( here in America ) and when I came back to college my roommate even commented that my face looked much clearer. All I was doing was 2 tsp a day of the *GREEN PASTURE’S* CLO/HVBO and a little bit of Sally B’s Skin Yummies mineral make up (which is also amazing). I would say my face is about 90%, which is such a great improvement so I’ll take that!!! I actually ran out of the gel so I ordered some more and it just came in the mail today, so I’ll be able to start up again. Hopefully my face will get 100%, but for now I am very happy with these results!! Finally, something that works! Totally recommend this to anyone and everyone – because it’s got so many healthy benefits, really an unending amount.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, December 16/2011 at 12:52 pm

Amazing testimonial! Thanks Veronica!

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Stacey
Thursday, December 15/2011 at 9:25 pm

Found your blog after finally going off the BCP and getting a nasty cyst on my chin 2 months in a row the week before my period. Ugh, I’m too old for this!! Anyway, BCP was giving me migraines so I guess zits is better, but really, I’m so over it. Had a cortisone shot today because I’m vain :-), but would like to treat the source of the problem instead. I take a lot of supplements (we’re trying to get pregnant), including Vitamin D (my doctor tested me and I was deficient – as are most adults). I’m planning on ordering the Green Pasture CLO, but can’t seem to find any information the amount of Vitamin D in their products. I don’t want to take more than I should. Do you have any info or should I just email them?

Thanks!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, December 16/2011 at 12:51 pm

Dave Wetzel (the manufacturer) had some info on this from his blog:
2340 IU vitamin A per gram (11,700 IU per teaspoon)
234 IU vitamin D (1170 IU per teaspoon)

I would not worry at all about it being too much vitamin D – if anything, you could probably supplement more in winter if you live in Canada. That’s what my naturopath advised me to do.

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rob
Friday, December 16/2011 at 11:42 am

Best bet is to email them .. but I think somewhere on this thread there is the info.

Or you just get a bottle of Carlsons in the meantime and there is the nutritional facts on the bottle

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Tanushka
Friday, December 16/2011 at 4:43 pm

I am usually very careful with any product I recommend to people but this time I have to speak… Just like our much-adored Michelle here, I have tried absolutely everything, including birth control pill ( gave me nastiest UTI’s), chemical peels and any skin-friendly diet or regimen out there to combat my persistent adult acne but absolutely nothing worked. As soon as I found this blog and later on the article I decided that there’s not much to lose and gave it a shot ordering green pasture’s regular cod liver oil. There was no effect the first 6 weeks, but I’m happy I didn’t quit. After about two months, my face started clearing up and now day after day it’s getting better. I’m dealing with post-acne hyper pigmentation at the moment, which is nothing compared to acne itself. Skin on my entire body is absolutely amazing to the touch and I have not broken out in over a month now, although my pre-Christmas diet is not stellar and my skin routine has gone to minimum. I’m hoping, fingers and toes crossed, that the magic effect will last, even if I have to take cod liver oil for the rest of my life.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, January 2/2012 at 3:30 pm

Hooray! So glad you stuck with it and it’s working for you! What dosage/format are you taking? Just wondering if increasing it might speed things up for you…

Also, for hyperpigmentation have you tried Retin-A, glycolic/lactic acid or hydroquinone 4%? That’s my big thing for 2012 so I’m experimenting with the first two… although all three can be beneficial.

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Tanushka
Tuesday, January 3/2012 at 9:05 am

I take one tablespoon of GP’s CLO a day and actually enjoy the gradual effect. Honestly I don’t think I can handle taking this ‘goodness’:) twice per day…

I have been on the lookout for a Retin-A treatment for quite some time, I used to do Retinoid acid peels back where I come from, and wasn’t sure if Shoppers here sells anything Retinol-related without a prescription?..I do use treatments with glycolic ( Intaglio) and lactic ( Pevonia Botanica) acids and although they seem to be working slowly, I fail to notice any significant anti-wrinkle effect- after years of using harsh anti-acne treatments I really feel the need for something that will help my very dehydrated skin…

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Marilyn
Friday, December 30/2011 at 12:57 am

I just bought six bottles of the Green Pastures cod liver oil/butter oil gel because of the discount. I am so hopeful about this stuff and can’t wait to see the results! If anyone out there lives in Victoria, BC and would like to try a bottle or two, I’d be happy to sell two or three of them at cost.

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hannah
Sunday, January 1/2012 at 10:44 pm

Thanks a lot for this *really* helpful information!! *hugs* I’ve just bought some Cod Liver Oil gel from the drugstore, since I can’t still afford the GP products for now.. :( How many gel should I take a day?

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, January 2/2012 at 3:03 pm

My pleasure – hope it works for you! For dosage I go by what the Weston A. Price foundation recommends – about 10,000 IU of vitamin A daily. So you’ll need to check the label on what you bought to see how it measures up – some people get results with less. (Note: although some people do ok, I’m not comfortable endorsing brands other than Green Pasture because the ratio of vitamin A to D is not ideal. Scroll up through the comments to get background on this.) Good luck!

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Marilyn
Monday, January 2/2012 at 3:19 pm

Hannah, I don’t know if this will help you with cod liver oil, but years ago a nutritionist told me that taking 30,000 IUs of vitamin A per day has a similar effect on acne as Accutaine, but is safer. She said to do it only for three months. Too much vitamin A affects bone growth, so you must be careful. I did not know about the skin benefits of cod liver oil until I started taking about a teaspoon of Nordic Naturals and then noticed that I had fewer break outs and virtually perfect skin. When I bought a cheaper brand (Garden of Life), the effects went away. Then I found this column and realized why. Vitamin D is also very important and apparently way more effective than the flu shot so if you can get an optimal balance of the two, plus the other benefits of cod liver oil, in my opinion, this is the way to go. My point is that you might try upping your intake to no more than 30,000 IUs of vitamin A (go by the label on your cod liver oil) for a limited period of time and see if you experience benefits, but then see if you can get away with less. Cutting out white flour and limiting dairy and sugar will also help your skin, and I find a good digestive enzyme to be vital.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, January 2/2012 at 3:26 pm

I think the WAP website says 20,000 IU of vit A (through cod liver oil) is ok on a short term basis for people with health concerns or pregnant women. I would probably only take this high amount through a really high quality brand like Green Pasture though.

Interesting to hear that you had results with one brand and not the other, Marilyn! I love that this proves the A/D ratio thing. (And I’m theorizing that it’s why some people got hair loss as a side effect as well.)

I’ve also stopped getting the flu shot a few years ago and now don’t get sick when I’m regularly taking my CLO… great bonus side effect!

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hannah
Thursday, January 19/2012 at 10:17 pm

Thanks a lot, Michelle and Marilyn!

Here’s what I bought: http://www.philusa.com.ph/products/healthcare/rhea_overthecounter3.html the one on the left. The bottle says each softgel contains Vit A(Palmitate) – 5000 USP Units, Vit. D(Cholecalciferol) – 400 USP Units. They use USP Units, not IU, and I don’t know what’s the difference. What do you think?

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Monica
Sunday, January 1/2012 at 11:36 pm

Blue Ice used to be made in Scandanavia (Denmark/Norway) but in recent years (about the the last two), Green Pastures has been producing the traditional food, FCLO, in Nebraska.

Given the ‘traditional food’ nature of the fermentation, how can one be certain that the technique successfully produces the same quality as before? Temperature, technique and many nuances and subtleties in production technique.

Now please dont get me wrong as I have used FCLO for many many years and do value it highly. However I believe my questions are valid given the traditional nature of the food.

I note that the WPA articles on the website predate the change in country of manufacture and were written when the product was made in Europe and imported by GP to USA.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, January 2/2012 at 3:06 pm

Dave wrote a post about this: http://www.greenpasture.org/fermented-cod-liver-oil-butter-oil-vitamin-d-vitamin-a/update-on-cod-liver-oil-manufacturing-returning-to-traditional-production-techniques-for-the-quintessential-sacred-food/
I feel confident that what he’s making is of the highest quality… but if you still have concerns, I would contact him directly.

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Simran S
Tuesday, January 3/2012 at 4:38 am

Hey, i took cod liver oil for like a month. i really was hoping it would work out for me but i ended up with the worst breakoutt …. cystic after cystic. one on top of another :(.

such a shame cause overall my skin was feeling much better, my back , my legs. never in my dream i thought it would backfire so badly.

now im on zinc 50mg a day but i might up it to 100mg for a week or two to get rid of this lill b*astards , but i will go back on cod liver oil in due time, just to give it another go!!

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Tanya
Wednesday, January 4/2012 at 10:05 am

Michelle is it ok that I am taking a multivitamin while im taking the CLO blend?????????

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Alisha
Friday, January 6/2012 at 3:50 pm

I have had pretty bad hormonal jawline/chin acne and could not figure out why my face looks worse at 34 than it did at 16! I started taking this and figured out by accident – it totally cleared up my skin! I’m with you! I’ll be taking this one from now on! Thanks for sharing!

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Karen Stauss
Saturday, January 7/2012 at 7:50 pm

I started taking the Green Pastures FCLO capsules based on your blog. I noticed I have been getting **daily** headaches. If I stop the Green Pastures FCLO capsules, the headaches stop. When I resume taking the Green Pastures FCLO capsules, the headaches return. I take two in the first half of the day and then another one in the early evening.

Any ideas about the headaches?

I’d like to continue taking the Green Pastures FCLO capsules as my skin is definitely looking better (breakouts almost non-existent) but the headaches are a concern.

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alice james
Tuesday, February 7/2012 at 6:30 am

Usually the tablets that regulate the hormone secretions in order to stop acne have a strong effect on the human immune system. Maybe the headaches due to the sudden effect on your immune system. consult your doctor if it is safe to carry on with it.
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Bonita Penner
Wednesday, February 8/2012 at 7:27 pm

I recently went to a Naturopath to talk about acne, since I’ve broken out like crazy after going off birth control pills. One of the things she recommended (along with a saliva hormone test) was to get me on some good probiotics, liver support, and cod liver oil. Now reading all your posts, I was wondering if this fermented cod liver oil with the butter oil would impact my allergy to dairy? (Dairy actually makes me break out even more!!) Has anyone else with this problem tried the product?

I bought a bottle of Carlson’s, and she said to make sure my dosage included between 1200-1500mg of EPA’s in the cod liver oil I choose, which is about 4 capsules. Apparently that helps with inflammation and healing.

I only started on them yesterday, so it’s too early to say if it’s helping or not:)

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Marilyn
Thursday, February 9/2012 at 12:04 am

A dietician told me that butter is just fat and won’t trigger lactose intolerance, though I’m not sure about a dairy allergy. I’d think it would be fine, though. I’ve been taking probiotics for years but they didn’t seem to do anything until I started Dr. Ohhira’s Professional strength probiotics about a month ago. Everything started going crazy, including my skin, the worst it has been in years, then it cleared and my skin is looking the best it has in years. I bought his probiotic beauty bar about a week ago because of the great recommendations on iherb.com (coupon code PEY561) and I love it too. Another thing that helped my skin was Symbiotics colostrum. It will make your skin baby soft as it heals the digestive tract and boosts the immune system. I also started the Green Pastures not too long ago so I have great hopes after suffering from breakouts almost my whole life.

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Marilyn
Thursday, February 9/2012 at 1:46 am

One caveat to anyone about to take Dr. Ohhira’s probiotics – make sure you are taking lots of magnesium and have prune juice on hand just in case. Some people go the other way too, but this stuff really stirs things up. I honestly believe that none of the probiotics I’ve ever taken have ever done a darn thing until this one, because I’ve never noticed any change after starting any other probiotic before.

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Tim
Friday, February 10/2012 at 10:38 am

I find that the majority of supplements are very processed and typically made up of synthetic nutrients. And they don’t have the natural balance of nutrients found in nature.

The same goes for fish oils, having undergone heavy, industrial processing. Many also have a distorted ratio of EPA and DHA as a result of processing by high-temperature distillation. Not a very “natural” food.

I recently came across a relatively unknown and remarkable quality oil (http://ratfishoil.org/) which is produced in very limited quantities by a group of fishermen in the remote areas of Northern Norway. You may not have heard of this oil because the fishermen are not into mass marketing. This wild handcrafted oil is extracted using no heat, chemicals, or mechanical pressure whatsoever. They only use fresh healthy livers and only during specific months.

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Jess
Sunday, February 12/2012 at 10:29 pm

This is great! I am definitely going to be picking up some CLO. As someone who has had minor skin issues throughout life and would love to just give up makeup, this is exciting stuff! One correction, however. We do not get our Vitamin D from the sun, the sun only helps us process it, and a healthy amount of sun exposure does do wonders for the body.

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Kelly Brown
Thursday, February 16/2012 at 6:52 am

Never could a post be truer. After trying various hormone pills, the contraceptive pill, essentials oils, antibiotics, spot busting washes, wipes and goodness knows what else, in desperation one of my colleagues suggested i try cod liver oil. Having never taken it before I was skeptical but within 3 days the two spots i’d had since Christmas had started to heal. Two weeks on, my hair looks shiny, my nails are splitting less and my skin is glowing. i take it at night as i take capsules and i don’t like that capsule popping moment, but if anyone has doubts as to this working i’d say PLEASE give it a try!

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Marilyn
Friday, February 17/2012 at 3:32 pm

Kelly, which brand do you take? Your results sound great!

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Evelyn
Sunday, February 19/2012 at 2:59 pm

Michelle, I’ve been taking Green Pastures CLO +butter oil since it came out several years ago, and I love the stuff! I take 1 tsp of CLO and 1/2 tsp of BO every day. I am 49 and am starting to develop some fine lines around my eyes – I am wondering if it’s OK to apply CLO directly to my skin? My concern would be that it could be comedogenic. I can’t find any info on using it externally, except some anecdotal reports that it’s OK. My skin tends to be dry and I don’t really break out, but I do have some enlarged pores on my cheeks. I’m afraid to do anything that could clog up my skin further. But on the other hand, the high A/D content + other antioxidants could perhaps be a natural alternative to Retin A? Have you heard of anyone using it this way? I’ve been using it on the back of my hands for a couple of weeks to experiment, and they look a lot better. Actually, I think my few brown spots have lightened some, too. Thanks! any info would be appreciated!

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Lauren
Saturday, February 25/2012 at 10:01 pm

So my skin is dry but it excretes a lot of oil. I don’t have a huge acne problem, but it’s centered on my chin and occasionally I got a hard pustule. In mid-December, I got the chocolate cream CLO/butter oil. It tasted like shit but I powered through the whole thing. My skin was still oily, but I got no more pustules, it glowed, and I was almost cleared up. I took a teaspoon again. I got the pills in mid Feb and took 7 a day, but started to break out again. I wonder if this is because of the lesser concentration? Green pastures told me to take 12 pills to get the effect of a teaspoon. I’m ordering the cinnamon tingle gel.

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Kelsey
Wednesday, February 29/2012 at 1:16 am

Hi Michelle, I’ve struggled with acne of varying degrees for the past 7 years or so, and it’s gotten very, very bad recently, especially in the winter months. I don’t even want to leave the house! Thank you very much for making this post, I am running out to the store tomorrow and buying some cod liver oil if they have it- hopefully they’ll have either Green Pastures or Carlson’s! I’m so excited, I really hope this works.

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Olivia
Saturday, March 3/2012 at 2:04 pm

Hello!
Was really impressed by your blog! After I read it, I bought the Carlson’s lemon stuff, and I think it is working. Have been taking for about a week. A big reduction in oil, and shine. I have a question about the Green Pastures gel, is it a capsul, or a liquid? I went on the Green Pastures website, and found the butter oil/cod liver oil blend. Have you tried the chocolate flavor? Can you mix it with stuff? (yogurt, milk, water ext.)
I loved your blog! Olivia

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mariaoconnor
Tuesday, March 6/2012 at 5:45 am

Hi- I just want to also say THANK YOU for the information on this site. I had a really bad experience with Environ skin care (uses external Vitamin A/ Retinol) last year where my skin reacted really badly to the product.
Having normally had pretty good skin, my skin broke out terribly. I had jaw line/cheek break out adn the acid mantel of my skin was pretty damaged. I have sensitive skin anyway and this just was no good for me. I switched back to Thalgo which was great but still was having trouble. I started taking this Cod liver Blue Ice gel 3 weeks ago and my skin is COMPLETELY back to normal and even better than before. I have really noticed an amazing difference in the quality of my skin, the glow and general health.
Thanks again so much. I am not normally a commenter or blogger but I am feeling evangelical about this it was such a help. I was really feeling down about my skin and this was a wonder.

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Naomi
Monday, March 19/2012 at 5:10 pm

I just started taking cod liver oil but in capsule form from jameson vitamins, will this not work as well? thanks! and great article

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Katy
Thursday, March 29/2012 at 8:55 pm

Hey! I just read your article and am very interested in CLO, I live in Asia though, so I hope I do find it here..
I recently shipped a bottle of Rapsberry-Ketones which was recommended by a friend for weight loss, plus I heard it was featured in Dr. Oz. and basically, what it does is to increase the body’s metabolism. So I was wondering, should I alter my dosage if I take them together? (I’m turning 20 btw, and am having really bad breakouts.)
Thanks for this wonderful article! :)

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Pete
Wednesday, April 11/2012 at 7:03 pm

My night vision has been awful for a while so I thought maybe eating carrots and taking cod liver oil would improve somewhat my night vision, so last night after dinner I took a capsule and after a few hours I went to sleep. Imagine my surprise when I woke up and touched my face and noticed how smooth it was! I had no idea that CLO had any effect on skin, so I searched to see the other benefits of it and I found this site, I couldn’t believe that just one capsule would have any effect overnight, specially not on my skin. The one I bought costs 7 Euro and is a made in the UK from Norwegian cod.

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Robyn
Thursday, April 26/2012 at 8:58 pm

Hi Michelle,
My health food store in remote, Queensland Australia only stocks Retinyl Palmitive 10,000 IU capsules. Are these as affective as your above mentioned CLO?

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Kelle
Friday, April 27/2012 at 5:08 pm

Hi,
Just wanted to add my experience — I tried the Green Pastures CLO w/butter oil for a few months & it didn’t help my hormonal cystic acne (i didn’t get sick all winter though!). OTOH, I’ve been taking saw palmetto for about a month now, & it IS working! (also my usual pre-menstrual breast tenderness is much better this month) Pretty cool. I think it will only help, though, if you happen to have too much/too little of some derivative of testosterone (how’s that for a scientific explanation?:)
just my 2 cents

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Marilyn
Sunday, April 29/2012 at 11:47 am

Hi Kelle,
it has been my experience that even with the most potent supplements, I still have to watch what I eat. If I ate gluten and too much dairy and sugar, I would have skin problems that the Green Pastures would not help. I find if I eat in certain restaurants I still have problems, so I have to avoid that. I suspect it is that they are heating vegetable oils like canola that turn to transfats when heated and that transfats cause breakouts, at least for me. The only safe oils to heat are butter, coconut oil and lard.

I also try to eat lots of veggies, drink lots of water with lemon, and take other supplements.

Hope this helps,

Marilyn

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E Kim
Sunday, April 29/2012 at 9:37 am

I know this is old post but it seems like it’s always a hot topic!
I wanted to let you know that I am trying the Green Pastures Butter Oil/Cod Liver Oil Blend because I disastrously tried the Oil Cleansing Method with similar results to yours. Horrible cystic acne and pimple breakouts. I think I counted 6 huge cystic acne and over 20 pimples all on my chin alone with two days and this is over two weeks ago. I am still breaking out along my cheekbone line and jawline…and heck little pimples everywhere.
I went to a skin clinic and had some LED light therapy as well as a light lactic acid peel. I am also on a facial products “diet” and restricted to using Cetaphile, some neutral moisturizer (only at night), HA serum (night and day) and sunscreen.
Here’s hoping the Green Pastures helps the healing!
How long did you find it took for your skin to heal and are you still taking Green Pastures?

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, April 29/2012 at 12:26 pm

If you got an infection from the oil cleansing method then the CLO won’t help. You need to see a dermatologist and get on antibiotics. It will take 6 weeks to clear. I’m surprised the skin clinic you went to didn’t recommend that.

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Marilyn
Sunday, April 29/2012 at 1:34 pm

I tried Sibu Beauty sea buckthorn oil to cleanse my face a few times, based on the recommendations from a video sent to me by Fran, a lady in Australia who consults with people for acne problems. I felt like it made me break out a bit so I stopped immediately. I have fallen in love with sea buckthorn oil for other skin issues, so I keep it on hand all the time (along with tamanu oil). You can take it internally, too. I buy the Seabuck Wonders brand now as it is much more economical and seems to work just as well.

If you’re going to take antibiotics, please take a really good probiotic or you’re just going to create longer term acne problems for yourself (trust me on this one). Based on past experience with probiotics, I would only recommend Dr. Ohhira’s (I use his 5 year fermented, not the 3 year) and I’ve seen excellent testimonials for Renew Life probiotics. I have tried many other brands and they do nothing at all.

Dr. Ohhira also has a probiotic cleansing bar that I love, love, love. It is so gentle and adds probiotics to your skin.

I forgot to add to my earlier post that if we’re suffering with acne we’re all also most likely dealing with candida. I’ve been taking Candex for that, which is helping. It is a blend of enzymes that eats the cell walls and so doesn’t create the toxic die off reactions that other candida products do. I’ve got my cravings for sweets under control now and things are starting to balance out.

iherb is now giving up to $10 off your first order with code PEY561, and their shipping is free right now till the end of April, if you decide to order online.

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Lindsay
Tuesday, May 8/2012 at 12:47 pm

Hello! I’m so glad this is working for people! I know it’s an old topic but i’ve only started looking into supplements etc. I’m 24 and for as long as i can remember i’ve had cystic spots in the same place (around my jawline / to the left and right of my chin). I always thought it was just spots so kept battling with various products but then i clicked that if they keep appearing in the same place there is probably something else at work. I don’t get blackheads of whiteheads at all, and when i do they don’t hang around long (i did break out on my forehead with little bumps but that was due to an extremely stressful time and that’s started to fade in the last 3 weeks) I only seem to get these large red cyst like things in the same place that can hang around for weeks, and the red marks for longer. SO, i started looking into root causes and it seems it must be a hormonal imbalance. I have a few questions though:

- is liquid form better than capsules?
- i want to be taking around 10,000 I.U a day?
- i live in the UK and can’t seem to find green pasture – good alternative?
- is the combo with butter oil essential (i’m guessing it has something to do with being a carrier?) and should i be worried about the ‘dairy factor’?
- is there a good way to know if the source is good quality? key things to look for?
- do you take anything else? i’ve heard good things about red palm oil, borage oil, primrose oil, zinc supplement etc…
- …., anything else i should know?

I just had a look on Ebay for Green Pasture – i found something with the Green Pasture label but it’s called ‘Blue Ice Royal Butter Oil/Fermented Cod Liver Oil Blend’. They’re also capsules rather than the gel/liquid so i’m unsure.

Apologies if people have answered this elsewhere, but the amount of information is slightly overwhelming and stressful! Once i get going i’ll let you know how it works out.

Thanks again.

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Corrie
Wednesday, May 9/2012 at 4:33 pm

Which is the one you bought from the Green Pasture site? I’m having a hard time navigating their site and which is the best to buy. None of them have the term “high vitamin” in the description. Is any one that is “blue ice” the one you are referring to? Also i’m assuming theres no difference between capsule vs liquid, or flavored vs unflavored??

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Corrie
Wednesday, May 9/2012 at 4:49 pm

Also do you, or ayone else, know if cod liver oil will have any effect on decreasing pore size and oily/combo skin in general?

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Nicole
Saturday, May 12/2012 at 9:12 pm

Like a few others – I know this post has been around for a while, but the comments keep flowing, so thought I’d jump in also! I started taking CLO back in Feb, and the results have been dramatic. I’m so grateful to you Michelle for supplying this information. I can’t get over the difference in my skin; texture, quality, and radiance. Funny thing though, I have taken both Green Pastures (in the gel form), and Carlson’s (liquid), and the results are more dramatic, for me, with Carlson’s. I keep the Green Pastures around for the truly difficult time of the month…when I’m most likely to break out, thanks to those hormones! Carlson’s is my day-to-day go to.
*Also – for Corrie and Lindsay above – the Blue Ice is indeed the Green Pastures product, and if you scroll down in the order form on the site, you’ll see the items you want in the “Blue Ice” section.
Thank you Michelle! Also – LOVE your blog. You manage to keep me informed while cracking me up….nice combo…and thanks for giving me more glow ;)

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Lindsay
Sunday, May 20/2012 at 11:33 am

Hey Nicole! Thanks for the info about the Blue Ice. I’ve found a few stores in the UK that aren’t ebay that sell them so i’ve bookmarked them and i’m aim to pick them up soon. I actually picked up a bottle of Carlon’s (liquid) lemon flavour and i’ve been taking one and half teaspoons of that for just under a week.
Nicole, how much do you take and how long did it take for you to see the difference? I know there’s a lot of talk about the I.U and the vit A, but it seems quite low in the Carlson’s according to the bottle. I’ve not seen any difference in the problem areas of my skin yet, and maybe i shouldn’t, but the texture around my cheeks and nose feels softer and firmer (that or i never really paid attention to it in the first place – i’ve never had skin problems here). C’est la vie.

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Nicole
Sunday, May 20/2012 at 8:18 pm

Hi Lindsay!
It’s a funny thing – the first thing I noticed in my skin (with the Carlson’s) was also the softness. Head to toe, my skin is softer, my facial skin is firmer and there’s the glow…which I just didn’t get with Green Pasture. I’ve been taking two tablespoons of the Carlson’s in the morning, and then one tablespoon again at night. Originally, I started with capsules, taking two capsules in the am, then again at night. I saw some results within a week (mainly the softness), and within three weeks my skin was significantly clearer, with no new breakouts (except for a few minor blemishes which were hormonal, and were still controlled, and not severe at all).
I have found the Green Pasture is better at preventing a breakout – if I feel something very weird happening on my face, I take a teaspoon of the Green Pasture, and that does the trick. I’m keeping it on-hand as a kind of emergency tactic! BUT the Green Pasture just doesn’t give me the softness. It’s a trade-off, I guess. The difference in my skin has been remarkable though. It was gradual, but within one month of starting, my skin had completely changed.
I hope that helps!

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Liza
Sunday, May 20/2012 at 11:53 pm

I apologize if this question has already been asked but I wondered if there was any reason you recommended the Green Pasture gelatin capsules over the non-gelatin. I’m going to be buying the GLO from Amazon and I noticed that the non-gelatin capsules were less than half the price of the gelatin, but if it compromises my skin, then I’ll stick with the gelatin.

I stumbled upon this blog post after months of searching and it’s the most comprehensive list of suggestions and reader comments I’ve seen so THANK YOU.

I’m a 27 year old female with hormonal acne destroying JUST my chin. The last time I had it this bad I was 24 and made the switch to ProActiv. It worked for two solid years and then stopped. I then moved to an extremely dry climate and have been having problems for almost a year. I can’t say if it’s the climate because it started two months before I moved (from a more humid climate). That’s my sob story :)

I will be buying CLO and the Kiehl’s product you suggested regardless because I’m sick of using harsh chemicals too! Thanks again!!

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Marilyn
Monday, May 21/2012 at 2:00 pm

Hi Liza,
I found that the capsules were more expensive than the gel itself and so it was a much better value. You have to keep it in the fridge anyway, so it kind of solidifies and you can just eat it as a lump from a spoon. The plain doesn’t taste that bad – at first I thought it was awful but I’m really used to it now.

You might want to research candida and read the earlier posts on this page – I tried to include some information. Acne is just a symptom of a much larger problem, whether it’s tied to hormones or not, the hormonal issues are also a symptom of a larger problem. Changing one’s diet, healing the intestinal tract and balancing gut flora with probiotics is critical to overall health which is then reflected in the skin.

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Lindsay
Sunday, June 17/2012 at 8:27 am

Well, i thought i would give a quick update for anyone that still keeps tabs on this. I’ve been taking Carlson’s for about a month now – usually 1 or 2 teaspoons a day. After all the hype maybe i expected too much, or maybe CLO works better for some people more than others, but i haven’t see the same miraculous results as some people here. I have noticed that my skin around my nose/cheeks is much softer and firmer, and while i’m still getting the odd blemish around my jawline i suppose i could be convinced that these are going away quicker now than they did before i started with the CLO. At the same time, the main reason i got this was to see if it would make any improvement on my forehead (a not very nice breakout that randomly appeared in April / i’ve never broken out here let alone anywhere else on my face before this), but this is still causing me just as much trouble. Sad! I’m tempted to give the Green Pastures a try (though i can only seem to get the capsules here in the UK?). I will probably continue taking CLO though.

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Laura Eliza
Thursday, July 26/2012 at 1:25 pm

Just wanted to post a follow-up of sorts on this, even though I never posted something to follow-up to =)

I’m in my early twenties, and have actually broken out worse since I turned 20 than I did as a teenager. I started getting the little nodular acne bumps around my chin and under my cheekbones, which then began to scar. Nothing I tried worked, and it didn’t matter what I washed my face with, nothing would clear it up. I don’t use foundation, already eat very healthy (grinding own grains, organic foods, etc) and drink lots of water, so I was rather frustrated. I think I read this article around the time it was posted, but I didn’t try anything until last October when I completely reached the end of my rope. I didn’t really notice any changes in my skin until around January, but my goodness! I have only broken out a few times since, and never severely! Even when it’s that time of month, I’ll usually only get one or two spots, and they clear up within a day. I’m so thankful that you posted this valuable information, or else I would still be fighting with my skin =)

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Chris
Saturday, August 4/2012 at 10:18 am

How timely for me to find this now, when I’ve been experiencing severe acne along my jaw line and chin for the last several months. I assumed it was makeup and keep changing things, but I’ve stuck with the same brand, so I can’t figure that out. I am a 46-year-old who took Accutane back in my early 30′s. It worked magically, but I believe that my oil glands have once again kicked into high gear. I cannot wait to try CLO and will definitely post a follow-up. Thank you :)

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Michelle J.
Saturday, August 18/2012 at 2:47 pm

I have been suffering with cystic acne on my right jawline for a few months! The rest of my face is absolutely normal. It must be hormonal. It is driving me crazy. I am very interested in trying the butter oil/cod liver oil blend. I went to the Green Pasture site and the BOCLO blend is listed as a gel. Does that mean gel capsule? Or is it an oil gel? I know this post began 2 years ago…. but does anyone know if Green Pasture still sells in capsule form? Thanks Much

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rob
Wednesday, August 22/2012 at 3:53 pm

Just check there website. Theyre having a sale on FCLO right now

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Megan
Sunday, August 26/2012 at 10:39 am

Has anyone had the experience of FCLO making their average skin much worse? I started taking this mainly to stop getting so sick from having a son who brings home the preschool plague daily. And since my husband has tiny patches of psoriasis on the face, and my son could obviously use a boost to his immunity, we all began taking it. (A note about the flavor, if my picky 2.5 year old son can take the cinnamon tingle gel without a chaser, you can too). My son and husband’s little bumps on their arm cleared up within 3 days. We are vegetarian, so I assume that was a vitamin/EFA deficiency. It’s too soon to tell if it helps our immune systems as we’ve only been on 1tsp for about 2 weeks. I, however, have BREAKOUTS CAPITAL BREAKOUTS. Like, the stubbon ones that require an icepack and total resolve not to pick or poke. Never had those before. Only had occasional breakouts around PMS time and usually around the chin and jaw. But now? Everywhere, even on my forehead. Can’t remember ever having one on my forehead. I recently got suckered into letting the woman who threads my eyebrows thread my whole face (and I’m blonde…not like I have sideburns…idiottttt). To be sure whether it’s from that–because I often break out after any type of hair removal–I’m stopping the GP FCLO until my skin clears, then starting again, to have a fresh experiment.

So, just wanting to know…has anyone out there on the interweb experienced their skin getting worse after using this? My searches reveal this is true for some people taking fish oil capsules, but I realize that’s totally different. Couldn’t find anything on FCLO. Maybe I’m the only one? Weird ;)

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Lindsay
Monday, August 27/2012 at 9:14 am

I think CLO can just effect everyone differently, which is a frustration i know. I posted earlier on this topic, around May, because i had a terrible breakout and wanted to try something different to see if it would make a difference. I took CLO for maybe 3 months and over that 3 months i did break out a bit so i stopped. Since then i’ve changed my skin care routine quite dramatically, really looking into ingredients etc, and now only use manuka honey for my forehead, and a paula’s choice cleanser for the rest of my face. I also use her BHA lotion. This has done way more for my skin than CLO, and while i’m still not back to what i was like pre breakout…, i think i’m getting there. Slowly. I’m not sure CLO made any difference. Long story short (i know, right?), it seems like it will affect people in significantly different ways, which is understandable as you’re tinkering with the balances inside your body. I agree though, stop just now and start again after your skin clears. Maybe cut down on how much you take. Skin care is so much trial and error, so good luck!

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Jennifer
Friday, December 21/2012 at 9:55 pm

I have actually been wondering about this myself. At first I thought that it wasn’t helping my skin at all, but lately I’ve noticed that I have a lot more little bumps on my skin than I used to. There are so many things that can affect your skin though, so it’s hard to tell. Is it stress? Is it vitamins? Is it something you ate? Is it a product you’ve used on your face (skincare or cosmetic)? I’m planning to keep taking it until the bottle runs out, and I’ll then re-assess and see if I want to get more. It seems like a lot of skincare products will cause breakouts and then once that clears up will start really working on your face, so maybe that’s the case for this as well? I don’t know.

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safia
Monday, August 27/2012 at 5:41 am

Hello,

I’ve heard people say that CLO can be used to prevent wrinkles and can be applied directly on the face. Has anyone tried this and seen a result?

Please let me know!

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Rebecca
Monday, September 3/2012 at 8:11 pm

Ok, I’ve been dealing with jawline/hormonal acne for quite some time. I did the whole Proactiv thing and it was miserable and since then I’ve sworn against the astringents and chemicals. I’ve tried Aveda products for quite some time and love them, it manages my acne well but doesn’t eradicate it. Just placed my order for FCLO and we’ll see if it works! Thanks for your post Michelle!

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Rebecca
Wednesday, September 19/2012 at 9:33 am

Ok, I’m replying to my own post but I’ve been taking cod liver oil for 2 weeks and literally I woke up this morning and smiled when I looked in the mirror when I looked at my skin! Seriously, this stuff is awesome. My hormonal acne is starting to disappear, my acne spots are starting to fade AND my skin looks brighter! Literally so happy! Thanks Michelle!

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Stephy
Wednesday, September 26/2012 at 2:33 pm

Hi Michelle,
I have had horrible acne for years and years…probably since I was about 12. Now I am switching over to adult/hormonal which is worse than ever before! When I read this article, I thought why not try one more thing since I’ve tried everything else under the sun and nothing has really helped. So I ordered some cod liver oil from Green Pasture. It’s the exact same kind you said you use in capsule form. I take 2 capsules a day but I’ve only been taking it for 3 days now. So I was just wondering how long it took for your skin to clear up when you first started taking it? I’m not expecting an overnight fix, but I am curious to know how long it took for you? Thanks for the article!

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Laura
Wednesday, September 26/2012 at 7:32 pm

I’m not sure how long it took other people, but it was around 3 months for me to notice that I hadn’t been breaking out. I didn’t really notice my skin getting better, I just suddenly noticed it wasn’t even an issue anymore.

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Mel
Sunday, September 30/2012 at 12:33 pm

Hi, I have bought 1000mg clog from holland and Barrett today (uk) and can’t wait to see some results I have never suffered fom spots when a teenager but now I’m 43i get regular lumps under the skin and have made a mess by squeezing some last monthFingers crossed! Thanks for the great article ,,,, useful to me 2 years later!

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A. L.
Sunday, October 14/2012 at 2:00 pm

Hi,

I was looking for the liquid/gel version of the butter oil and fermented cod liver oil from Green Pastures, but can’t seem to find it anywhere… Did they discontinue it? Capsules are all I can find… I can’t even find Butter Oil by itself. :(

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Tiffany
Thursday, October 18/2012 at 2:50 pm

Here is the link to the products you are looking for. I just placed my first order. http://www.greenpasture.org/public/Products/ButterCodLiverBlend/index.cfm

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A. L.
Thursday, October 18/2012 at 3:21 pm

Thank you! For some reason I thought people were buying the butter oil and the cod liver oil separately…
Is it more cost effective to buy the blend in liquid/gel form, or a bottle each, and blend them yourself?… It’s difficult to figure out because the breakdown of EFAs and vitamins is not clearly labeled.

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Tiffany
Thursday, October 18/2012 at 2:48 pm

Just ordered my first purchase from Green Pasture. Should have probably asked this first, but what was your shipping experience like? I am also in Canada.

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Jennifer
Wednesday, October 31/2012 at 6:46 am

So you had definitely sold me on your brand until I looked it up on Amazon and saw that it was over 60 bucks for a one month supply. That seems outrageously expensive! I guess if I weren’t having to buy so many skin products the cost would mitigate the drop in my beauty supply costs, but I’m a little hesitant at this point. I ordered a bottle of Carlson’s and I’ll see if I notice any difference with that.

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Mel
Sunday, November 4/2012 at 5:36 pm

Not that you need another testament for CLO, but just or the record, I have had acne (BAD….. oily, red skin and tiny little bumps that more resemble a rash than acne all over my face.chest/neck) since I was 11. I am now 22 and have tried everything under the sun (including allergy testing, homeopathic stuff, antibiotics, the pill, you name it, and yes, Accutane). Accutane worked. And then I stopped taking it. And it stopped working. Acne was back.

Then…. CLO! Green Pastures. I take it plain, a tablespoon every day. Swallow it and follow it with something strong to drown the taste. And I glow, like you said. Acne gone. Skin smooth. It’s a MIRACLE. I have never been so happy, so confident, or so surprised by what got me here.

CLO for anyone, mild to severe acne. Give it a try!

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LaDonna Wilson
Monday, November 19/2012 at 5:21 am

I took I tablespoon of cod liver oil, mixed with about 2 tablespoons of milk, every day for about six months. I used to have problems with ear wax buildup. While I was taking the cod liver oil my ears became normal. When I stopped taking it the problem took about a month to come back just like it was. I thought this was great. But I had a side effect I was not expecting. My hair started falling out. When I would brush my hair I would fill my hairbrush instantly . It got really scarey. I’m a female who had long blonde natural curly hair that I had not cut in 10 years. I got compliments everywhere I went because of my “thick” locks of hair. Well, that was 2 yrs. ago and I still haven’t cut my hair. But so much of it fell out that it’s not pretty anymore. It’s just a thin head of hair that has lost the look it use to have. Now, no one compliments me about my hair. If I could go back in time, I’d never let myself start taking cod liver oil. The good things about it aren’t equal to the bad things.

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rob
Monday, November 19/2012 at 2:11 pm

Hey La, that might be caused of to much Vit A. Ive read that to much of it can cause hair to shed. Try lowering dose and see if that changes anything

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MICHELLE
Tuesday, December 4/2012 at 4:42 pm

What is the recommended daily dosage? 1 or 2 capsules a day?

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Antonia
Tuesday, December 11/2012 at 4:22 pm

Wow! I just came across this post the other day and I’ve convinced my brother and sister to give the Green Pastures a go! We are all long term teen and adult acne sufferers and are excited to try something new. Thank you for sharing! Just wondering is there anywhere to order this in Canada or just directly from Green Pastures? I found a place in Alberta but they only sell the capsules and I think the gel would be more cost effective. Let me know!

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grace
Thursday, December 20/2012 at 8:41 am

I am almost 70 yrs and young at heart (it’s the
other parts that are old ) with good genes and for the last 9 yrs have been using pescription vit A
on my face topped up with a good quality cod liver
oil which I rub on after the vit A and I no longer
have age spots and my skin is lovely and clear.
I also ingest 1 teaspoon every morning. I also eat
a fair amount of sweet potatoes, which are rich in vitA.
I almost forgot, I put the c.l. oil on my face in the morning as well and if I go out I use 30+ on top.

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madison
Friday, December 21/2012 at 9:39 pm

so, i was sold on the benefits of cod liver oil. and i still am, honestly. BUT – i took 1/2 teaspoon everyday for a week and my skin looked GREAT, but then on the eighth day i had a massive breakout. i have a cystic pimple on my chin, which i haven’t gotten in ages.

has anyone else experienced an initial breakout?! i think i’m going to just keep going, but on the eighth day i went down to 1/4 teaspoon and now i’m at my second week. any comments would really be appreciated!

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Jennifer
Friday, December 21/2012 at 9:48 pm

I have been taking the Carlson’s capsules every morning with breakfast for about a month now (recommended dose on the bottle) and I haven’t really noticed any difference in my skin, to be honest. I have persistent adult acne that is never REALLY BAD but is consistently cyclically there (gone for a couple of days and my skin looks beautiful, then a couple of things show up), and that hasn’t changed with the cod liver oil. It might be that something else in my skincare regimen or diet is causing the breakout or keeping this from working, but I’m generally unimpressed, I’m sad to say.

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madison
Sunday, December 23/2012 at 6:10 pm

i will give more details in another week – but the breakout is healing up wonderfully! i’m getting my period, so obviously that has something to do with it. it was just strange that 5 or 6 bumps popped up on the same day. could have been too much sugar, hormones, etc. could have been just a purge from the powerful vitamin A…
but the good news is that i kept with it and it looks like its been helping with the healing process dramatically :) hooray!

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madison
Sunday, December 23/2012 at 6:11 pm

PS: i’ve been using the Green Pasture’s brand – Fermented Cod Liver Oil/Butter Oil Blend GEL in cinnamon tingle <3

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mitch
Sunday, January 27/2013 at 12:15 am

Did you keep up the clo? Did your acne continue to get better or continue to get worse?

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malak
Friday, December 28/2012 at 12:44 am

I remember using the liquid version of this stuff (took a spoon full every morning for about 2 months) when I was in grade 12, I decided to avoid it at one point and never really thought about how it improved my skin I suspected that my skin was better because of an estee lauder product I bought, however thinking back to it this really makes sense of things and I am definitely going to buy the capsule version tomorrow! My skin was radiant and glowing as you have just described, my current skin lacks everything this once gave me I never really associated my skin improvements with this stuff, thanks for sharing your experiences!

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Megan Haste
Monday, December 31/2012 at 8:45 am

Going to give this a go…will pick some up when I next go to Holland & Barrett!! Thank you x

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Kitty
Wednesday, January 9/2013 at 10:51 pm

Wow. It seems I am pretty hard-core, taking fermented cod liver oil straight without a cringe, and it being the non-flavored kind. :p Goooooo me! But the oil is absolutely fantastic indeed. I’d even say worth the 50 bucks it cost me.

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Victoria
Monday, January 14/2013 at 4:19 pm

Hi! I know it’s been a long time since you posted but I was just wondering how many capsules you have to take each day. I’m trying to decide between buying the liquid or capsules, I’m not sure ill be able to stomach the liquid, but if I have to take more than five capsules to get the right amount I think I might try the liquid. My mom has been pushing me to go to the dermatologist but I am not interested in putting any sort of chemicals in or on me so thank you for posting this!

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Alyssa
Friday, January 25/2013 at 10:25 am

Hey Victoria – I recommend getting the liquid (if you can handle it) as opposed to the capsules. I purchased the capsules thinking they would be easier to take, however in order for me to get the minimum dosage I have to take at least 5 pills a day. In terms of cost, it is much more effective to purchase the liquid since it will last longer. I bought the capsules only 4 weeks ago and am already out (cost me about $32 for the capsules, as opposed to $44 for the liquid which I definitely would not be out of by now if I had opted for that one initially). Hope that helps!

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Are
Tuesday, January 22/2013 at 5:55 pm

Have you heard of castor oil & its benefits? What are your thoughts on it?

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Sue
Sunday, January 27/2013 at 6:52 pm

Has anyone had the situation where cod liver oil (Green Pasture butter oil blend) cleared up acne for about a month and then the acne returned? If so, what happened? Did you stick with the clo, or did you try something else?

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Low Carb Junkie
Monday, February 4/2013 at 12:31 pm

Hey!
Great article! I’ve been using since before christmas. Started out an experiment to take high doses of omega-3′s to see what it would do to my health. I’ve been struggeling with chronic pain, but got way better when I started eating a low carb, and high fat diet. Anyhow, the omega-3 experiment was to see if it would take yet another step towards complete healing. After two month of taking krill oil, starting out with two grams a day to four, I got impatient, so I started adding a teaspoon of fermented cod liver oil, and a half a teaspoon high vitamin butter oil. It took about two weeks, and I got soo much better, a lot of my pain eased, and went away most of the time. So this stuff really does works!

My hubby have some skinn issues, so I’m going to suggest FCLO to him. How long did it take for you to see an effect on your skinn?

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Michelle
Tuesday, February 12/2013 at 10:24 pm

DO NOT PURCHASE FROM GREEN PASTURES IF YOU ARE IN CANADA!!

Excited about the product after reading this post, I placed my order in November 2012. It’s now February, and I haven’t received my order – nor will I, at this point – and there’s no recourse for refunds when they ship to Canada. Incredibly disappointed, frustrated, and now $50 poorer, with nothing to show for it.

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rob
Wednesday, February 13/2013 at 4:03 pm

Really? I havent had any trouble. Was it held by customs? What exactly did you order?

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Michelle
Monday, February 18/2013 at 2:43 pm

Just a basic order (BLUE ICE Royal Butter Oil/Fermented Cod Liver Oil Blend – Non-Gelatin Capsules 120 caps), and it was supposed to be shipped via Purolator. 3 months later, I still don’t have anything, but Green Pastures has my money – a great deal for them!

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Nia
Wednesday, February 13/2013 at 4:53 pm

Hi everyone! I have been getting my FCLO from this site they offer free shipping in the US.
http://www.renewedhealth.com

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Antonia
Wednesday, February 20/2013 at 9:26 pm

Just an FYI:
Apparently Health Canada is cracking down on products that do not have a health canada natural product pin number. Also, green pastures is making all canadian sales final so you order at your risk. I placed an order in December and received it without a problem in February. However, I have heard that others recently were not so fortunate.

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fairytalesandcoffee
Tuesday, February 26/2013 at 1:58 pm

totally makes sense…I am soooooo going to go on it. Thanks so much. I have been on everything except spirolactone.

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Natalie
Sunday, March 3/2013 at 12:41 am

I purchased FCLO from Green Pastures because after reading up on it…I wanted the elite quality FCLO w/ Butter Oil. OMG! How amazing my skin looks. I am a mature female adult and I have been have breakouts all my life. One week my skin is beautiful like a newborn baby, then next week…ugh…those awful hormonal breakouts on the chin and cheeks and my skin looked dull….NO MORE. I started with the NON Flavored pills because I thought the liquid would be bad…however I switched to the liquid and it was not bad at all. I chased it with orange juice and I couldnt taste it at all. My skin is glowing. I still have the pills, I pierce a whole it the top and exact the oil out to put directly on my face once a week at night before bed. My skin really looks great and also my Vitamin D level is no longer below normal. Im very happy I started on FCLO. No longer will I spend money on over the counter products that have never worked. This product is great beyond belief not only for my skin but for the other health benefits

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belkis
Monday, March 4/2013 at 12:04 am

would you use col on you skin?

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G. I. Brace
Thursday, March 7/2013 at 2:36 pm

Searching for a Canadian outlet that supplies the liquid form (capsules not wanted) retail source.
Thank you

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Chloe
Tuesday, March 26/2013 at 5:34 am

I’m considering buying the Green Pastures, but I can’t find the Butter/Cod liver blend in cinnamon tingle on the site Does anyone know if they discontinued it?

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rob
Tuesday, April 9/2013 at 2:29 pm

I dont think so, they probably out of it for now. Those who have no tried it sould also consider Skate liver oil. Also great for the skin and actually is higher in Omega 3s that the cod liver oil has.

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G. I. Brace
Tuesday, April 9/2013 at 3:06 pm

The Carlson cod liver oil is available through most Health Food stores, but completely unavailable through any of the regular big-name food stores, including the wholesale big-box warehouses.

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Jennifer
Tuesday, April 9/2013 at 3:31 pm

You can also order Carlson through Amazon, for those who can’t find it locally!

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laura
Friday, April 12/2013 at 9:57 am

Hi Everyone,

I live in Toronto and I found the Green Pastures products at Natures Emporium. Which is located in Newmarket, ON, its a large grocery store (Health food). I couldnt seem to find it anywhere else near me I have tried Ambrosia, Noah’s etc..I have just started taking the CLO 3 days ago. Fingers crossed I have no clue how long it will take to start working but I was hoping like today!!! :) anyhow I am glad that it has worked for some and that I am not alone being 34 and having cystic acne only on my chin and I have a super clean diet!..oh well :). Stress is my trigger mostly. STAY CLEAN OF WONDERFUL FOODS THAT CONTAIN GLUTEN AND DAIRY :(

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Antonia
Monday, April 15/2013 at 4:33 pm

Hi Laura,

Just curious…………did the store in Newmarket have the cod liver/butter oil mix? Or just the cod liver oil? Also, curious to know the price?

Thanks!

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Laura
Monday, April 15/2013 at 7:28 pm

Hey Antonia,

The store only had the fermented oil in non flavoured and orange flavour. No capsules either. I don’t believe they carry the butter oil but I went in for the non flavored oil. I paid $67 total with taxes ($59.99). Sorta pricey.

Worst case you could always call and ask and maybe have them order it for you, not sure if that is an option but who knows! :)

If you need anything else let me know! Good luck!

Laura

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Erin
Wednesday, May 8/2013 at 4:23 pm

Did this work long term for you? Your story sounds SO similar to mine (mild but PERSISTENT) acne. I’m on my 3rd week of CLO, and still haven’t experienced any drastic results, although my skin is a little better. Can you briefly tell me how long it took to really see the results and if you’re still using it? Thanks!

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Ashley Garcia
Monday, May 20/2013 at 6:39 pm

I was really intrigued and I’m obsessed with all things skin so i went out and bought it. I cant tell how much it helped my skin from that specifically, or my overall diet (clean-eating) change.

Also, I went to the doctor for a routine check up and listed the vitamins/supplements i was on and my doctor rolled her eyes when she saw that i was taking that. She said it wasn’t bad for me, but that if i started noticing that i bruised easily to stop taking it because it is a blood-thinner. My friend, who i got on the band wagon, started bruising all over within a couple weeks, it was crazy. I wouldn’t have pinned it on the cod-liver, but since my doctor had just said that I think that might be it. So just be careful if you start noticing abnormal bruising!

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Becca
Friday, June 21/2013 at 1:13 am

This is good to know!

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Becca
Friday, June 21/2013 at 1:11 am

Thank you so much for sharing this. I’ve been struggling with acne for years and it seemed that nothing was working. The medicines prescribed by the dermatologist either only kept the acne down to a certain level or made it even worse. Although they said some medicines have to make your skin worse before making it better, I felt so self-concious and upset that I stopped using medications like that before the recommended period of usage, like 5 weeks for example. It’s possible that these medications like differen or ziana do work but I would rather have some acne than have to go through major breakouts to get to clearer skin. Didn’t make sense to me. HOWEVER, while using cetaphil to cleanse my face, the neutrogena stress control toner, cerave to moisturize (wait 15 mins. before applying medication), and generic target brand regular old benzoyl peroxide to treat the acne, and now taking CLO, I have seen improvements! I’ve only been taking it for about a week, I think. But I already see less pimples. I only have like one on my face right now and a couple red marks. And the couple pimples I did get were less red and they never came to a head. They went down in a few days, where I used to wait a lot longer. I also get breakouts on my back. I sometimes put the benzoyl peroxide on my bad. But it looks better right now than it has in a very long time. So, my point is, try this stuff! I bought the greener pastures brand. It seems to me to be worth the money. Thank you so much for sharing this. I feel so much more comfortable in my own skin and I am so grateful.

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Ashley A.
Sunday, July 14/2013 at 2:19 pm

Pretty sure you can get Green Pastures CLO in Kensington Market. Try Tutti Frutti and Green Post.

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Cara
Sunday, July 21/2013 at 4:10 pm

I took the Carlson’s super tablets for a number of months and then stopped for 3 reasons:

1. I didn’t see a marked improvement in my acne, despite some increased skin softness.
2. It’s expensive.
3. Most importantly — taking large quantities of supplemental vitamins has been associated with increased risk of disease and increased mortality rates.

I admit, my info is from news articles that have been written about a single book by an MD (Paul Offit). See, for example:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/09/opinion/sunday/dont-take-your-vitamins.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

But even if none of the research so far has tested the long-term effects of high quantities of CLO in particular, it’s simply not a risk I’m willing to take for marginal skin benefits. So people – please be careful!

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helani
Monday, July 29/2013 at 3:05 am

hi..am takin codliver oil in lemon flavour.but i get vommitish feeling after each shot..any suggestions?i just cant bare the taste..wht i shoud do? i would love to continue it..if u have any suggestions plz tell me?thx ..

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MCL
Wednesday, July 31/2013 at 11:43 pm

I just wanted to say thank you so much for posting this article. I am a college girl and have suffered from acne for about four years now. I, like many others have said, had tried EVERYTHING. I ate extremely healthy, worked out often, drank plenty of water, made sure I cleansed my face morning and night – I did virtually everything my friends with perfect, clear skin did, and still had acne, not a pimple or two, but acne all over, especially on my lower checks and jawline. Finally, I threw in the towel and went to the dermatologist and, of course, they put me some very harsh medication (it wasn’t Accutane, but it was something that was pretty strong. I can’t seem to remember what it was called). Anyway, it did clear up my skin but after a year of being on it, I knew it was affecting my health and realistically, I knew just couldn’t stay on it forever, so I stopped taking it. By the time I left for college my skin was AWFUL all over again. It was hard enough trying to cover up the acne and go out in public with tons of makeup on, but so incredibly humiliating having to share a bathroom every night with 50 other girls who had nearly flawless skin. In high school I could avoid being seen without makeup, but being in a college dorm, it simply isn’t possible. After reading your post, I ordered a bottle of Green Pasture’s Royal Butter Oil/Fermented Cod Liver Oil Blend Gelatin Capsules, and I cannot tell you how much it has helped my skin! I won’t lie and say that my skin is flawless, but it is better than it has been in a long, long time. Before when I would break out, it would take at least three months just for one horrid zit to clear up (and I had tons of them!). And once it finally would heal, the scaring would take at least 6 months to clear up. Now, I no longer get acne, but I do I do get an occasional zit, here and there. However, I honestly don’t mind because they clear up within a week or two, rather than three months and I rarely having any scaring now. In fact, my scaring from before is nearly gone after I started taking the capsules. I take two a day and have almost finished my first bottle and I plan on continuing taking them. I can’t promise cod liver oil will work for everybody, but it certainly did for me.

Thank you!

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MCL
Wednesday, July 31/2013 at 11:55 pm

I also wanted to add that I just started using a toner about two weeks ago. I had never used a toner before, but I really believe toners can really help with acne as well. I actually make my own! I use three parts purified water with one part apple cider vinegar. I use it every morning and night. What I do is I will first wash my face with warm water and my regular face cleanser, then after I’ve rinsed my face, I take a little bit of my homemade toner on a cotton pad and rub it all over my face. I then allow it to soak in for a minute or so, and then apply my moisturizer. I had always thought toners were kind of pointless, but I really think it has helped my skin immensely. Hope that helps! :)

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Enid
Saturday, August 3/2013 at 4:42 pm

Just wanted to say that I have also started taking CLO and love it. Swanson’s EFA’s Cod Liver Oil. I highly recommend this if you are on a budget. The A&D vitamins in this are natural (unlike the synthetic vitamins added back in in the Carlson’s brand). The A to D ratio is 10 to 1, which is better than most of the other non-fermented brands. Plus, it is only $8.50 for 7 ounces. http://www.swansonvitamins.com/swanson-efas-pristine-norwegian-cod-liver-oil-7-fl-oz-200-ml-liquid

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Tangie
Thursday, August 8/2013 at 2:45 pm

I’m so happy to see a post with a natural solution to acne! I wish I would have found it sooner! I battled with hormonal acne for 10 years and have since completely changed my regimen to an all natural one and the results are fantastic. I wish I had before and after pics to post. I do 5 things differently that I ever did:
1. I don’t wear foundation/powder unless it’s a special occasion (I’ve found I really don’t need to since my skin has cleared up).
2. I wash my face with only water and a microfiber rag (unless I wore makeup in which case I use an all natural gel cleanser by Acure).
3. I moisturize my face twice a day with coconut oil. It’s not oily and the results have been AH MAY ZING. It even kept my skin soft and looking fresh after a chemical peel which is unheard of.
4. I take Standard Process Symplex F 4xday (two pills first thing in the morning, one after lunch and one after dinner). This stuff literally cleared my skin up OVERNIGHT. Within a week I had zero new breakouts. The only time I breakout now is if I miss a dose or don’t take it consistently. This is literally the best thing I ever did for my skin.
5. I take a CLO soft gel once in the morning and once at night.

Hope this helps! I know how horrible it is to suffer from the pain and embarassment of acne prone skin :(

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Eileen
Friday, September 20/2013 at 3:13 am

where to buy COD Liver Oil in the Philippines

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Tracy
Monday, January 6/2014 at 10:01 am

I am an acupuncturist and nutritionist and have really researched fish oil because I treat infertility and pregnant women. I really have to give Michelle kudos for doing her homework. I have used the Weston Price Foundations dietary guidelines in my practice for 15 years and have had incredible results. Women who eat this way increase their fertility and have incredibly healthy children with large head circumference and virtually no health problems and tend to be happy and sleep through the night very quickly. The reason that one should use the fermented fish oil products is because of the way they are processed. Most commercial fish oils use a distillation process that removes heavy metals and other contaminants, but this process also destroys the Vitamin D and these other companies are forced to add back in a synthetic form of Vitamin D.
What happens is the natural synergistic action of the Vit A and D is no longer contained in the CLO. This is probably why some people don’t have good results or have their hair fall out. Also, dosage is very important, and everybody is different in how their bodies assimilate the CLO. So practice with different dosages. This is also why synthetic fractionated vitamin supplements can be harmful if taken over a long period of time. A carrot has hundreds of phytochemicals in it as it is a whole food. Synthetic Vitamin A or Betacarotene is just a very small fraction of the Vit A Complex. It’s literally like taking a pharmaceutical. You get what you pay for and if you feel the need to take supplements, please take concentrated whole food supplements like Standard Process or New Chapter. It’s better to get what you need from your diet if possible. If you are not committed to eating well, then make sure you see a professional for supplement recommendations.

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Sonja
Wednesday, February 19/2014 at 8:56 pm

Hello,
I have a question for you all :)

Ive been taking FCLO for a few weeks now… and instead of my skin improving, I feel like its gotten worse… I have alot of zits and Ive been developing cystic acne on my jaw line…has anyone experienced this?

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Jess
Saturday, March 1/2014 at 9:29 am

Do not continue taking Cod liver oil. Ditch the whole package. It’s worthless and way overrated.

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Saf
Monday, March 3/2014 at 6:07 am

I have moderate to mild acne and have only been suffering from it for the last 4 years or so, I am guessing its hormone related as I have never had this issue at all until my late twenties. I have been on antibiotics for over a year now whilst it seems to help a little as soon as I stop it gets worse!
I have been recommended to go on accutane but the side effects put me off so after reading and finding this site I took the plunge and bought myself green pastures fclo, first time i tried it i wanted to throw up as it tastes gross!!! luckily I found a way getting it down without too much trouble I simply hold my breath have a tea spoon of it drink something strong and then breath its so much easier.
I purchased the original version without butter not realising that with butter supposedly works better anyways its been three days now I have been taking it 5ml each time in a tea spoon and I have noticed a little difference already especially in the redness, it has also made my skin dry around my problematic areas on my face nothing a bit of moisturizer cant fix. I will continue taking it as I’m hoping it will make a difference to my skin. I will post again in two weeks to update you all on my progress!

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Latasha
Tuesday, March 11/2014 at 11:47 am

Benefits of krill oil Krill oil differs from fish oil in how the omega-3 fatty acids
are structured: in fish oil the acids are in triglyceride form, while in krill oil they are in a
double-chain phospholipid form. Stresx capsule is another herbal supplement used to lower your BP.
There simply have not been enough research about the oil in
order for there to become any conclusions on whether krill oil is a great
replacement for omega-3 fatty acids or flaxseed oil, that are both full of omega-3 essential fatty acids.

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melissa
Thursday, March 13/2014 at 12:23 pm

after reading your post, i have been taking 3 cod liver oil capsules a day (3 is the serving w/ 100% vitamin a per day, etc) and i haven’t seen any improvement. i am still breaking out around my mouth and they aren’t healing any faster. very disappointed. i will keep trying. i used to use zinc and it would shrink my zits extremely quickly but i think it stopped working for me. hopefully the cod liver oil will kick in sometime soon

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Andrea
Tuesday, July 15/2014 at 2:13 pm

Hi, just a heads up, try researching adrenal fatigue and hormonal acne… it’s helping me so much, as I am supplementing accordingly (all specific supplements for adrenal fatigue)

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Bridget
Saturday, March 29/2014 at 2:11 pm

Michelle,
I think your blog is great, but in a recent post (http://beautyeditor.ca/2014/02/17/cause-of-skin-aging/) you casually mention, “Also awkward: I’m kinda known around the internet as the cod liver oil girl, thanks to this post. I need to backtrack on that, because I don’t take it anymore and as you’ll soon read, I don’t think it’s safe.”

This original 2010 post encouraging CLO is still one of your most popular, with readers regularly commenting on how they are adding it to their daily routine. Don’t you think the responsible action would be for you to to mention your change of heart on this original post – somewhere prominent?

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SR
Wednesday, July 2/2014 at 3:11 am

Don’t understand what the difference is between the Vitamin A in cod liver and pure Vitamin A tablets. Are you referring to Vitamin A tablets as the “synthetic form of Vitamin A?” If so, yes it’s true that taking too much of it is bad for you. Please clarify.

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Andrea
Tuesday, July 15/2014 at 2:10 pm

I have begun (just yesterday) the fermented CLO, I’m starting with 6 capsules per day. I would also recommend for anyone interested, to research adrenal fatigue (which is not recognized in the scientific/medical community so be careful). Or, research HPA axis in women and hormonal acne. I have never had acne and now, since I turned 37, have cystic acne, whiteheads, bumps, all over my face but mainly my chin, mouth area, and middle of my forehead. I recently have melasma on my upper lip as well. I have been through some extreme stress for about 5 years. They say stress has a tremendous impact on the body and now I can see/feel why. So I’ve begun supplementing with high doses of specific vitamins (zinc, C, B vitamins, magnesium, ashwagandha, licorice, maca etc) and a natural hormone replacement. In two weeks I’ve seen very positive results including my acne. Good luck to all with the CLO! This is a very informative blog :) It amazes me that there truly are people out there who research what they put in their bodies. Hats off to those taking their health seriously, not just what their doctor or aesthetician tells them to do (doctors are taught to deal with emergencies, not preventive or elective health measures IMO). Finally, it makes sense that acne, coming from the skin, is an internal issue, not necessarily from a lack of washing your skin properly.

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