Do you have acne issues? It’s not just a teenagers worst nightmare anymore..many adults are prone to pimples and boils. So what gives?
Acne – is an inflammatory skin disorder characterized by pimples, blackheads, and white heads. Acne often arises at puberty, when the body dramatically increases its production of androgens. These hormones stimulate the production of keratin (a type of protein) and sebum (an oily skin lubricant). If sebum is secreted faster than it can move through the pores, a blemish arises. The excess oil makes the pores sticky, allowing bacteria to become trapped inside.
Factors that contribute to acne include heredity, oily skin, hormonal imbalance, candida overgrowth, and diets high in animal products, and fats.
One of the functions of the skin is to eliminate toxic waste through sweating. If the body contains more toxins than the kidneys and liver can effectively eliminate, the skin takes over.
So what can you do?
– Acidophilus – replenishes essential bacteria to reduce outbreaks.
– Essential Fatty Acids – fish oil is an excellent source, to keep skin smooth and soft, repair tissues, and dissolve fatty deposits that block pores. Also aids in healing. (1 to 2 tsps. daily)
– Vitamin A – 25,000IU/day until healed, and then reduce to 5,000IU/day to strengthen the protective skin tissue. Do not take if pregnant!
– Vitamin B Complex – Important for healthy skin tone. Deficiencies of B6 are associated with acne.
– Chlorophyll – aids in cleansing the blood, preventing infections. Also supplies needed nutrients.
– Tea Tree Oil – is a natural antibiotic and antiseptic. Dab full strength on blemishes three times a day. Discontinue or dilute with pure water if skin shows signs of sensitivity.
- Eat a high fibre diet. Important for ridding the body of toxins.
- Increase intake of raw foods. The more natural raw foods consumed, the faster the skin will clear and heal.
- Eat more zinc rich foods including: shellfish, whole grains, sunflower seeds, and a small amount of nuts, daily.
- Drink at least 8 glasses of pure water daily.
- Avoid caffeine, cheese, chocolate, fried foods, hot and spicy foods, sugar, and dairy products.