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Do You Want Great Skin Badly Enough to Hop On the Colonic Train?

Proponents of intestinal cleansing claim that clear, glowing skin is but one of the ancillary benefits

In our never-ending quest for perfect, dewy, youthful (insert your own adjective here) skin, a must-try treatment du jour pops up, if not literally every jour, with staggering regularity.

From new, groundbreaking technologies to rare ingredients farmed from high atop the Himalayas, skin care is a constantly evolving, bazillion dollar business.

These days, we're hearing a lot about forgetting topical remedies and procedures and confronting skin issues from the inside out -- and we're not talking vitamin supplements or making sure to crunch away on kale chips.

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Lately, more and more women have been turning to colonics to help them achieve the ever-elusive clear skin they crave.

Just so we're all on the same page without getting too graphic (in case you're reading this over breakfast), colon cleansing is "a process employing a number of alternative medical therapies intended to remove feces and nonspecific toxins from the colon and intestinal tract."

Got it? Good. Then you're equipped to read this next quote from Tracy Piper, director of NYC's Piper Center for Internal Wellness.

"What happens in the colon is directly seen in the skin," she says. "So when I see a person with chronic acne, to me they are pooping through their skin. That may sound harsh, but it will give people a wake up call as to pay attention to what is going in inside will show on the outside. The skin is the organ that we see that tells us if we are internally fit, so pay attention as it can save you from longstanding issues later on."

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While many dermatologists and GPs might have a field day with Piper's opinions, her clients and many other proponents of "cleansing" think she -- and other likeminded practitioners -- is on to something.

"The results were astounding," a fan told Well&Good. "By removing all of the toxins from my system and replacing them with essential nutrients, my skin started to glow. It was obvious. People commented and questioned what I was using on my skin. I told them the only reason why my skin looked this way was because of the detox --because of the removal of all of the s**t (literally!) from my system."

Exciting stuff, right? Not so fast. While you can find any number of articles extolling the virtues of colonic therapies for clearing up your skin, as with any "controversial" topic, there are just as many that debunk the process, with some even claiming that it's a detrimental and risky proposition. So, as with any procedure, it's best to do your research and weigh your pros and cons before diving in.

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