Natural Remedies for Acne




By Jordan Miller;

Many of us have all struggled (at varying degrees) with acne during our early adolescence. It can plague us at the worst times and flare up if we dare to touch it. It’s one of those teenage experiences that most of us have and will experience at one point or another and in some cases still haven’t shaken. Acne is usually caused by the hormonal changes at puberty, which can lead to the increase in the activity of the sebaceous (oil-producing) glands. Sebaceous glands secrete through pores and hair follicles – a fatty lubricant known as sebum. Acne occurs when the pores become clogged with sebum. The overlying skin may become stretched to the point of rupture, resulting in lesions and, in prolonged severe cases, eventual scaring. It is quite ironic however, that most of the reported cases or even concern over this condition lies within the “Western” world; could it be that evolution, progress and development (as most ‘evolved’ beings view it) be the culprit in all of this?

The Problem with the Current System


The current world system is heavily disconnected. For the majority, the primary concern appears to be image and self worth. Every day, most of us are bombarded with images of what the world deems beautiful or acceptable. Many of us buy in to these constructs and begin incorporating the “belief” as part of our reality. In order to refrain from such a belief system, we must focus more on ourselves rather than living our lives through a false identity. We must accept ourselves for who we are and take pride in our being.

That being said, we must not discount the role food and emotion play in our outward and inward appearance. Most cases of acne are usually brought on by poor dietary choices as well as negative emotions. By looking at these two fundamental concepts, we can see how the “western world” has become so riddled with disease and sickness. Hippocrates said it best “You are what you eat”; there is no better example of this when we look at the health of our planet in relation to the food being consumed on a large scale. When we feed our bodies with wholesome foods and foster a positive mental attitude, many of our related illnesses suddenly erode from our being.

Some of us have made the transition to better food options and a greater outlook on life; however, we are still plagued with acne. No need to fret. The healing process can take sometime (longer for some that others), and the acne may flare up during the initial stages of the transition, but know that this is only normal. Our bodies will go through withdrawal and detox systems as they rid themselves of excess toxins and regulate our hormones.

Other Factors

Other factors that can contribute to acne include heredity, oily skin, hormonal imbalance, monthly menstrual cycles, and candidiasis. Other possible contributing factors are allergies, stress, and the use of certain types of drugs, such as steroids, lithium, and some anti-epileptic drugs.  Acne can also be aggravated by sweating, oral contraceptives, lack of sunlight, poor skin hygiene, face creams, cosmetics, and exercise. Nutritional deficiencies and/or a diet high in saturated fats, hydrogenated fats, and animal products can also be involved. Exposure to industrial pollutants such as machine oils, coal tar derivatives, and chlorinated hydrocarbons are some environmental factors that can have an adverse effect on the condition. A body pH that is either to acidic or too alkaline also fosters the nesting and breeding of acne-causing bacteria.

The Role of Our Skin

The skin is the largest organ of the body. One of its functions is to eliminate a portion of the body’s toxic waste products through sweating. If the body contains more toxins that the kidneys and the liver can effectively discharge, the skin takes over. In fact, some doctors call the skin the “third kidney.” As toxins escape through the skin, the skin’s healthy integrity is disrupted. This is a key factor behind many skin disorders, including acne.

The skin also “breathes.” If the pores become clogged, the microbes that are involved in causing acne flourish because they are protected against the bacteriostatic action of sunshine. Dirt, dust, oils, and grime from pollution clog the pores, but this can be eliminated by cleansing the skin properly and with the proper products - applying coconut oil, olive oil, and/or honey to the face are also very beneficial.


The Good News

Fortunately for many of us who still ‘suffer’ from acne during the transition to better food and emotional well-being, there is hope during the interim. Directly below are some remedies that can help alleviate the symptoms of acne so you can carry on through your day and help the body do its job in cleaning itself up. When treating our acne, we must always try to look at it through a “wholeistic” leans as the result of our illness is usually not just from one source but from many.

Remedies

 Chinese Herbalism

-Cai Feng Zhen Zhu an Chuang Won / Margarite acne pills. This is an excellent remedy for acne.

-Treatments to clear excess heat in the blood and stomach include: chrysanthemum, dandelion, and honeysuckle, with cucumber and watermelon juice applied externally.

Herbalism

-A facial steam with chickweed, elderflower, and marigold may be useful for soothing and drawing out infection.

-Take Echinacea, burdock root, cleavers, or yellow dock, sipped 3 times daily as a decoction, to cleanse the system and fight infection.

-Massage comfrey ointment into any old spots to reduce scarring.

Vitamins and Minerals

-Try a multivitamin and mineral supplement which is lower in iodine.

-Increase the intake of vitamin E, vitamin A, and zinc.

Home-made Remedies

-Use a mixture of organic apple cider vinegar and quality water to balance the skins’ pH. Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 10 parts quality water, and apply the mixture on the affected area.

Dietary Changes

-Most importantly, eliminate processed foods from your diet, and do not use iodized salt. Enzymes induce the nutrients in food to be used to construct muscle tissue, nerve cells, bone, skin, and glandular tissue. Because processed foods contain so few enzymes, they can result in damage to the skin and its collagen. Processed foods also contain high levels of iodine, which is known to worsen acne. For the same reason avoid fish, kelp, and onions.

-Adopt a low-glycemic-load diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables and low in processed grains. Following this diet for twelve weeks has been shown to significantly reduce the number of acne lesions.

-Eat a high-fibre diet. This is important for keeping the colon clean and ridding your body of toxins.

-Follow a fasting program.

-Increase your intake of raw foods. The more natural raw foods consumed, the faster the skin will clear and heal. Especially include raw foods that contain oxalic acid, including almonds, beets, cashews, and Swiss chard.

-Drink at least 8 glasses of quality water per day.

-Avoid alcohol, butter, caffeine, cheese, chocolate, cocoa, cream, eggs, fat, fish, fried foods, hot and spicy foods, hydrogenated oils and shortenings, margarine, meat, poultry, wheat, soft drinks, and food containing brominated vegetable oils.

-Try eliminating dairy products from your diet for one month. Acne may develop due to an allergic reaction to dairy products, and the fat content of diary products can worsen the condition. Modern dairy and other animal products often contain hormones and steroids that can upset the body’s natural hormonal balance. In the case of children substitute with almond, hemp or coconut milk.

- Increase your intake of fermented foods (tempeh, miso, sauerkraut, kimchi)

-Avoid all forms of sugar. Sugar impairs immune function. In addition, biopsies of individuals with acne have shown their tissues’ glucose tolerance to be seriously flawed. One researcher calls the condition “skin diabetes.” Sugar also promotes the growth of Candida, which may be a contributing factor to acne.

Other Things to Avoid

-Avoid wearing makeup. If you feel you must use cosmetics, use only natural, water-based products. Do not use any oil-based formulas, and avoid any products containing harsh chemicals, dyes, or oils. Wash and dip makeup applicator brushes and sponges in alcohol after each use to avoid contamination.

-As much as possible, avoid stress. Stress can promote hormonal changes and cause flare-ups. Many dermatologists also recommend fifteen minutes of sunshine each day, regular exercise, and sufficient sleep for people with acne.


Final Thoughts

In any case, when looking for a solution to our ailments, we must always try our very best to look to ourselves for the answers. We all have the ability to solve our issues. Let being, and not form be the example we follow.


Your question: What are some of the remedies you use for treating acne? (post your comments below)

Sources:
Prescription for Nutrional Healing; Phyllis A. Balch
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Healing Remedies; C. Norman Shealy
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About the Author : Jordan Miller is the co-founder of guidinginstincts.com. He has overcome illness through dietary/lifestyle changes, and practicing a positive mindset daily. Jordan is currently learning about traditional North American medicinal herbs, in hopes of becoming a Certified Herbalist.

2 comments:

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