During my long battle with acne, which began in my pre-teen years, I have learned that a multi-faceted approach is best. The Chinese believe that acne is caused by toxicity and excess heat in the blood stream. Acne can also be aggravated by digestive problems including constipation and dysbiosis. Just washing your face and treating topically are not enough. Prescription acne medications can be harsh and have unpleasant or dangerous side effects. Simple diet changes and proper supplementation, regular exercise and rest, sufficient hydration and natural topical treatments have allowed me to finally experience clear, healthy skin.
I have found it very helpful to limit or abstain from very spicy foods that may cause heat to build up in the body. Cod liver oil, with it’s vitamins A and D, promotes healthy skin, and its omega-3 fatty acids help maintain cell membranes and aid in the transport of nutrients to the cells. Evening primrose oil and black current seed oil capsules are also excellent for their anti-inflammatory properties. Zinc is also important as it helps heal the skin and is excellent for the immune system. Probiotics should be taken daily to help with digestion and immunity, and help maintain a healthy balance of bacteria in the digestive tract. Daily bowel movements are very important to help prevent build-up of toxins so drinking plenty of water and getting sufficient fiber are also essential.
There are some very effective natural treatments that may be applied directly to the skin. Active Manuka honey facials kill bacteria and revitalize and soften the skin. Tea tree oil or Manuka oil can be applied directly to individual blemishes. Effective natural exfoliants, such as glycolic acid and lactic acid found in citrus fruits, can prevent dead skin cells from building up and clogging pores. Lemon juice can be mixed with water and applied to the face. The juice should be allowed to dry on the skin for up to ten minutes and then is should be rinsed off.
Antioxidants can also prevent and correct the damage caused by toxins, helping the liver to maintain proper hormone balance and helping the immune system keep the acne-causing bacteria at bay. All this is not only good for your skin, but also for your overall health. Acne is not only skin deep.