INTERVIEW WITH THIENNA
Nancy Eaton interviewed Thienna on February 3, 2008.
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How did you get interested in the process of changing skin color and tell the readers why a light complexion is so important to you.
I must admit I am very embarrassed to say this but I was envious of my mother and siblings for having been born with beautiful light complexions and I was the only child born with dark skin in the family. Since I was about four years old, I already knew that neighbors and friends always praised them for their beautiful fair skin but not mine. I learned at an early age from my family that my dark skin looked "dirty and unclean"-- because my skin tone was so uneven that I counted at least seven distinct shades and the skin on my elbows, knees, feet, and ankles was embarrassingly alligator-like, rough, thick and dark ashen gray in color. I actually hated my skin. Every time, I looked at my mother, I longed to have her beautiful fair skin.
During my adult years here in the U.S., I tried every skin product under the sun to lighten and even out my total body complexion, but these products only darkened my skin color even more! When I was studying microbiology at San Francisco State University as an undergraduate student and genetic engineering as a graduate student, I was disappointed to discover that scientific research had not reached the stage that would help me to alter my skin color. I was so frustrated that I made it my mission to learn everything I could about the science of the human skin so that I could solve my own skin problems and eventually help others who had the same problems that I did and this was how I solved the mystery of human skin color.
You asked me why a light complexion is so important to me... There is surprising and unexpected answers in the book and I do not want to spoil the reading for the readers. I will leave it for the readers to find out in the book.
In your book you talk a great deal about sulfur. Why does sulfur play such an important role in determining your skin color?
One of the most important factors in the determination of skin color and one that is commonly overlooked is the amount of sulfur in your skin. When skin of any color has less sulfur available for its use, it develops a darker shade. When skin of any color has plentiful supplies of sulfur available for it use, it develops a lighter shade. Thus, by changing the amount of sulfur in the pigment-producing layer of your skin, you can change your skin color!
You also mention toxins. What role does toxins have on skin color?
Toxins play a role in the development of darker skin colors. This is a finding that could be disturbing and upsetting to many people. I discovered that, everything else being equal, a population group exposed to relatively low levels of toxins over a long period of time will have a lighter skin color than a comparable group exposed to high levels of toxins over the same period. Toxins rob the body of sulfur, which leaves less sulfur for the skin.
It is important to point out here that skin color is not uniform within a population group either. This is difficult for me to say but the wealthy, high status people often have a lighter complexion than the less wealthy people even if they share the same genetic makeup. City people are also lighter than their ethnic counterparts. This is not just my observation but skin scientists also observed this phenomenon.
How can we protect ourselves from the environment changing our skin color?
You must add more sulfur rich foods to your diet!
Do you set up a diet plan for yourself each day? For instance I know someone who sets up a meal plan that is the same each week. This way her family knows what they will have to eat each day of the week because it never changes.
I am working on this book. You have to wait and see.
How can a person restore sun-damaged skin?
Damaged skin, either from toxic chemicals, poisons generated from the body or sun-damaged skin, is very difficult to correct. However, people can use my method to undo their damaged skin to a large degree and restore their skin to its youthful health. My Natural Fairskin™ Method utilizes diet and lifestyle alone without the use of toxic chemicals, drugs, or steroids to control the development of skin color and correct skin problems. Using toxic chemicals to correct the damaged skin may make the situation worsen in many cases. Chemical peels and other methods such as microdermabrasion may help correcting the damaged skin to some degree but people still need to change from the inside out so the underlying problems will not surface again.
Remember, what you put in your body, on your body, or what affect your body from your environment will affect the mechanism that controls your skin health and its color. It does not matter where the source comes from, in the end, toxin is toxin and the body will use suflur to clear toxins from the body, leaving less sulfur for the skin which in turn affect your skin health. My book teach people how to enrich one’s diet with sulfur-rich foods and how to adopt behavior patterns that will maintain high sulfur levels in order to undo skin problems such as sun-damaged skin.
Do you plan to write more books on the subject of changing skin color?
Yes. I am. I will be writing more books related to the subject of skin color and other subjects which I will not disclose at the moment.
I was quite impressed with your bio. You have had a very interesting life. Have you ever thought of writing a book about everything that has happened to you?
Yes. This is definitely in my future plan.
Who has been your biggest influence?
I have to say that my dad has the biggest influence on me. Because I was born with a dark complexion, my dad always pushed me hard to sharpen my mind. He provided all the vehicles for me to excel since I learned to walk-- from music, sport, dance, and down to my education. He made me believe in myself-- an immeasurable value that helps me excel both in work and in life.
Is there anything else you wish to add that we have not covered?
I want to take this opportunity to personally thank all the people out there for supporting me, my research and for using my method. I am forever grateful. I could not have done it without their feedback.
How can readers find out more about you and your endeavors?
They can visit my web site at Thienna.com and learn more about me and what I do.