With cooler weather arriving, many teens and young adults can feel much happier about wearing more layered clothing to cover up those unwanted acne signs on their back or chest. But what about the visible signs and spots on their young faces?
While acne is certainly not a picnic, if you are devoted to making changes with your diet and cleansing routine, within a few months your skin can look flawless.
Let’s first discuss the most common triggers for pubescent and adult acne:
Food sensitivities: Cow dairy tends to be the first food required to remove from the diet. Cow dairy itself is very mucous forming and if pustules are the issue, dairy can potentiate their growth. The other food to consider reducing/avoiding is gluten. Although gluten may not cause as many pustules, it is very disrupting to hormones and fluctuating moods, and tends to be pro-inflammatory, causing more toxicity and breakouts on the skin. Foods high in gluten also tend to be higher in sugar, i.e. pastries, breads, baked goods, etc. Reducing/avoiding sugar is a must if clear skin is desired.
Highly acidic bodies: The more acidic the body, the harder it is for any healing to occur. Think of acid like a burning log on a fire – eventually there will be nothing left but charcoal and embers. If hormones are the root cause of the acne, they cannot function under acidic environments. Cleaning up the acid will get your hormones back on track and the skin should start to clear.
Chemically-laden personal care products: Often to treat skin issues we lather on the heavily advertised – and heavily toxic – personal care products onto our skin. In fact, these often clog the pores and disrupt the hormone imbalance even further. This is why most people will claim that their acne got worse after using these products, not better.
Overall Liver Toxicity: Every food, drink, supplement and drug must pass through the liver to be metabolized. It is the liver that controls the body’s ability to excrete waste and balance hormones. If the liver becomes overwhelmed, the toxicity often overflows onto the skin causing unwanted skin conditions, rashes and acne lesions.
As a naturopathic doctor who has treated numerous patients with chronic acne, I’ve have had tremendous success using these methods. Please use this article as a starting point, but realize that there are many customized tools naturopaths can use to help their patients! •
- - - -
Dr. Andrea Maxim is a Naturopathic Doctor, author, speaker and presenter, and creator of the “Maxim Movement” for better health. For more information about this and other topics or to read her books, please visit www.TheMaximMovement.com