Clear Your Acne Naturally

Our skin is our largest organ and one of its functions is to eliminate a portion of the body's toxic waste through sweating. As these toxins escape through the skin, the skin's health integrity is compromised. This is a key factor in skin disorders such as acne.

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Acne is considered an inflammatory skin disorder characterized by pimples, blackheads & whiteheads. Unfortunately many people between the ages of 12 and 44 suffer from it. For those suffering from acne the problems are deeper than merely cosmetics. One major consequence of this includes emotional stress that can seriously affect one's self esteem.

Causes:

  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Puberty
  • Premenstrual acne prompted by the release of progesterone
  • Oral contraceptives high in progesterone
  • Candidiasis
  • Allergies
  • Stress
  • Certain types of drugs
  • Nutritional deficiencies

Other factors:

  • Diet high in saturated fats, hydrogenated fats & animal products
  • A body pH that is too acidic or too alkaline

Important nutrients:

  • Acidophilus
  • Chromium
  • Essential Fatty Acids
  • Vitamin A, C, D, E
  • B Complex
  • Chlorophyll is beneficial in cleansing the blood, preventing infections and supplies nutrients

Herbs:

  • Lavender and tea tree essential oils are a natural antibiotic and antiseptic. Use full strength lavender and tea tree oil on blemishes 3 times per day or add a dropper to 1/4 cup of warm water and pat it on the affected area with a cotton swab

Recommendations:

  • Eat a high fibre diet which is important for keeping the colon clean and ridding the body of toxins
  • Increase your intake of raw foods. The more natural, raw foods consumed, the faster the skin will clear and heal
  • Eat more foods rich in zinc such as shellfish, whole grains and sunflower seeds. A diet low in zinc may promote flare ups
  • Drink 2-3 L of clean, filtered water each day
  • Avoid alcohol, butter, caffeine, cheese, chocolate, cream, eggs, fried foods, hydrogenated oils, margarine, meat and soft drinks
  • Eliminate dairy products as they are inflammatory. Especially today's dairy contains hormones & steroids that can upset the body's natural hormone balance
  • Avoid sugar as it impairs immune function
  • Avoid stress as it can promote hormonal changes and cause flare ups

Considerations:

Acne is often a symptom that something may be wrong with our body chemistry, diet, or skin care. Incorporating a more whole foods, plant based diet plus nutritional supplements and certain lifestyle changes can promote healing and clear acne. Consider visiting a Registered Holistic Nutritionist or Homeopathic Doctor for more information and support.

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