For those in showbiz, looks form a big part of their stock in trade.
It might not sound fair to those who are not as physically blessed but it’s a fact that good looks are important.
From there you can guess that an actor who is suffering from facial skin problems won’t have the best prospects when it comes to landing roles. But that was exactly Andrew Klasnic’s problem.
The 26-year-old had been suffering from on-and-off eczema since he was a child but his condition turned worse in 2017 to the point that he couldn’t even show up on auditions. It was only when he read the book Medical Medium that he managed to turn things around with his diet.
He said, “I had eczema even as a small child and over the years it would come and go.
“It was always hard to pinpoint but it may have been down to the food I ate as I was never the healthiest of eaters. I loved to indulge in all types of yummy but unhealthy food.
“Growing up, I had other health issues as well, like migraines and digestive problems, some of which my doctors tried to remedy with antibiotics. I had adopted some unhealthy eating habits which didn’t help my skin’s issues as an adult.
“I also had cystic acne as a teen which caused me to use Accutane, which I now realize is horrible for your body in general.”
He admitted that his regular diet used to consist of the typical American fast food diet but since he wasn’t gaining any weight, he thought that there weren’t any negative effects on him.
He explained, “Sometimes breakfast would be a waffle, other days it would be cereal. Lunch at school would typically be some sort of meat, chips and a vegetable with some dairy milk.
“Dinner would usually consist of chicken, green beans or corn, potatoes with butter or a sandwich. I didn’t say no to meals, going out to Waffle House or other fast food favorites either.
“I was a big fast food lover. It was easy, cheap, and tasted great. It never seemed to affect me in any way health or weight wise back then. Looking back at it now, it had a lot to do with my skin issues.”
He first tried to treat his skin eruptions with different topical creams recommended by his dermatologist. However, they either made the problem worse or, at best, only temporarily got rid of his acne.
He recalled, “About a year ago, I felt lost and hopeless when my skin began to flare up to the worst I had ever seen. I had red blotchy patches of eczema covering my face and neck, and my face was swollen to the point that I didn’t look myself.
“As an actor, having skin issues was very disheartening and difficult to deal with as I was constantly needing to be on camera or meeting with casting directors to secure a role.
“There was a point when I couldn’t audition for six months because my skin was horrendous. I was so embarrassed that I even declined auditions just so I didn’t have to attempt to cover up my face.
“Even when I did cover it up, it burned to put makeup on and made it worse afterward, so it wasn’t even worth the pain for a while.
“Skin problems as an actor hurt your confidence. If you have eczema and psoriasis all over your face, it not only hurts your chances of getting cast, but it also makes you not want to pursue it knowing that people are going to judge you.”
All that changed in 2018 when he got hold of the book Medical Medium by Anthony William. According to Science Based Medicine, the book purports to provide health advice based on supposed communication with the spirit world.
But the book advocated eating a plant-based diet. Desperate as he was, Andrew decided to give it a try and the results were amazing.
“I began eating a plant-based diet, but it wasn’t easy, especially because for the first month I ate only raw vegan food. But it changed my perspective on health, diet, and skin issues after seeing it work,” Andrew said.
“It allowed my body to work on healing rather than always digesting. Cutting out dairy, soy, pork, eggs, and gluten allowed my digestion to rest and give my body a chance to fight back against the toxins in my body.
“The celery juice helped in so many ways. I started it at the end of my raw vegan cleanse, but even just those last few days I felt it.
“Celery juice, when organic and freshly juiced, helps to balance out the hydrochloric acid levels in my stomach, allowing my stomach to have the correct salt clusters and acids to properly digest foods.
“Now, my skin is a lot better than it was, so I’m not as strict. I still have a healthy routine though. I always start my morning with a glass of fresh lemon water a splash of ionic zinc.
“Then I have organic celery juice, followed by a detox smoothie which consists of wild blueberries, bananas, apples, spinach, dragon fruit, cilantro, and barley grass juice extract.
“My lunch and dinners vary, but I try to stick with potatoes, rice, vegetables, and occasionally chicken once or twice a week.
“I start the day off allowing my stomach and liver to get all the proper nutrients to help keep my skin glowing.”
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