Get rid of acne – Acne is a skin condition that causes whiteheads, blackheads and inflamed red growths. They most commonly occur on the face, neck, chest and back during puberty and in many cases into adulthood. Acne can be detrimental to one’s self esteem and be a constant source of emotional stress which compounds the problem.
What are the Causes of Acne?
Your skin is a reflection of how well your body is filtering out toxins. When you keep your filters clean from the inside, meaning your liver, kidneys and blood, your skin will become clean and beautiful. When hormones become imbalanced – estrogen, testosterone and progesterone – skin is affected. Deficiencies in key nutrients to get rid of acne completely.
The following is a chart for understanding estrogen, and how to balance it:
The following contributes to acne:
- A poor diet, including one high in carbohydrates and sugar intake, adversely affects skin because the blood sugar-regulating hormone insulin increases inflammation
- Nutritional deficiencies including vitamin A, zinc, omega-3 essential fatty acids and intestinal flora
- Dietary toxicities including a diet high in hydrogenated oils
- Food sensitivities particularly gluten, soy and dairy can trigger outbreaks
- Hormonal fluctuation a very common cause during puberty
- Emotional stress also high during adolescence and other times in life
- Candida an overgrowth of the bacteria Candida Albicans, can cause a host of health issues; diet and supplementation can help control Candida growth
Diet, Exercise & Skin Care
- While sweating is helpful with detoxification, overheating can aggravate the skin
- Don’t allow your face to get too hot and take a cold shower when needed. Stress reducing techniques like yoga is very beneficial.
- Avoid using products that contain dangerous chemicals; they could be contributing to the problem. Face wash and make up should be carefully chosen.
- While detoxifying, it is normal for the acne to get worse before it gets better because your body is cleansing out the toxins through the skin.
Foods to Avoid for Acne
- Pasteurized dairy
- Fast food and high salt foods
- Refined sugar and sodas
- Meat containing antibiotics and growth hormones
- Trans-fats and butter substitutes made with canola oil
- Vegetables oils
- Artificial sweeteners
* High carbohydrate intake can affect skin because the blood sugar-regulating hormone insulin increases inflammation. Consume balanced meals.
** Food allergies to dairy, soy, and wheat are common aggravators.
Recommended Foods and Drinks for Acne
1. Clean water in glass containers (avoid plastic)
2. Raw sauerkraut
3. Grass-fed meat
4. Raw fruits and raw or lightly steamed vegetables especially dark green and orange vegetables
5. Goat yogurt
6. Goat or Coconut Kefir
7. Wild fish
8. Almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds (high in zinc)
9. Eggs from pastured chickens
10. Organic extra virgin coconut oil
3 Step Program for Acne
1. Skin CareIndian Healing Clay
Cleopatra used clay from the Nile River and the Arabian Desert over 1800 years ago, as part of her beauty ritual. German and roman spas have been using clay packs and treatments in the spas they built 4,000 years ago. Pliney the elder devoted an entire chapter of his natural history to the many uses of clay for pimples, black heads and skin tightening. History speaks for itself!
We recommend Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay combined with apple cider vinegar each night. It works amazingly well!
2. Hormone Imbalance
Progonol Cream (females)
There is a reason birth control works for acne, but it carries many side effects, causes numerous deficiencies and long term concerns. Talk with your nutritionist or health care practitioner if you should be using progesterone cream.
3. Time Tested ResultsVirgin Cod Liver Oil
Before Acutane – which uses synthetic vitamin A – cod liver oil was the choice for acne due to its vitamin A content. Vitamin A has been shown in studies to reduce sebum production and keratin production and works synergistically with selenium, E, D and zinc. Omega-3 fatty acids help normalize hormones.Zinc Picolinate
Zinc helps reduce the build-up of DHT and promotes skin healing. Vitamin A and zinc together may be one of the most effective combinations for acne.