Effective Ways to Treat Acne
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Acne is an inflammatory skin disorder characterized by pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads. Factors that can contribute to acne include heredity, oily skin, hormonal imbalance, monthly menstrual cycles, stress, candidiasis, and a diet high in heavy carbohydrates.
Furthermore 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 than the kidneys and liver can effectively discharge, the skin takes over. As toxins escape through the skin, the skin’s healthy integrity is disrupted. This is the key factor behind many skin disorders, including acne.
Contents of This Blog:
Why you get acne
Quick fix acne treatment
Ten diet tips to help keep acne away
Acne free lifestyle
1. Why you get acne
The Contributing Factors behind acne Are:
- Oily skin
- Hormonal Imbalance
- Birth control pills
- Some medicines
- Menstrual Cycle
- Excessively acidic pH in the body
- A diet high in sugar and heavy carbohydrates
2. quick fix and Topical Treatment for smooth skin
List of ingredients in the remedies
- Cleanse the skin properly with proper products every morning and evening, and dilute 1 part apple cider vinegar with 3 parts water and use as a toner after cleansing.
- At outbreak: fill a small bowl with clean boiling water, added 20 drops of tea tree oil, dip a washcloth into the mixture and then place it on the infected area. Repeat a few times.
- At outbreak: dip a Q-tip in oregano oil and apply directly to zits aka acne. The oil will kill the bacteria and reduce the inflammation. For the very best results, do this twice a day morning and night immediately after washing your face. For no more than one week.
- Keep your hands off your face - many bacteria hide there and you don’t want to transfer them.
- Make a mask of:
- 2 tsp. raw unheated solid honey
- ½ tsp. raw cocoa powder.
- 3 drops of tea tree oil.
- 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil or jojoba oil.
- If you have, you can add a little turmeric powder, a little baking soda and/or a few drops of sandalwood oil or patchouli oil, which are also amazing in-depths cleaners
- Massage into the skin and leave for at least ten minutes.
- Or make this very efficient scrub / mask of apricot kernels.
- I've made some good, clean products that cleanses and nourishes the skin quite effective.
- YOUNG REVIVAL - fruit acid serum that exfoliates, moisturizes and gives the skin a more even appearance.
- HYDRATING CLEANSING GEL. Mild facial cleanser that effectively removes make-up while protecting the skin's natural barrier, adds moisture, leaving it soft and fresh.
- SILKEN INTOXICATING HONEY MASK is an exquisite blend of raw organic honey, clay and pure aromatic oils that soothes and balances the skin and restarts the circulation. This silky mask gently removes the day's grime, restores balance and provides the skin with active enzymes and nutrients.
- FUSION BLACK MASK is a powerful mask of cocoa, activated carbon, vitamin C and warming and exotic spices. It goes deep into the pores where it combats pimples, restarts circulation and detoxifies.
- TANTALIZING MIST cleansing and astringent. Infuses the skin cells with anti-oxidant protection, restores elasticity, stimulates microcirculation and reduces redness and inflammation.
3. ten diet tips to get a spotless complexion
To get a nice healthy complexion diet, balance of the body's pH and the intestinal flora are key.
There are studies that show that if you have a bacterial overgrowth in the intestine, you are more likely to suffer from severe skin disorders and acne.
LIST OF the RECOMMENDED NUTRIENTS APPEARING IN THIS SECTION (ALPHABETICAL):
- Balance the intestinal bacterial flora through probiotics, which you can get as supplements or through fermented food like miso, sauerkraut and kombucha tea. I regularly use this probiotics when I'm out of kombucha. Use: Dissolve 1 teaspoon of powder in lukewarm water, stir and let stand for 15 minutes before consumption. Ideally before bedtime.
- Make friends with French Apple Cider Vinegar - it alkalizes the body and ensures a good pH balance. It has a purifying effect, is good for the skin and also prevents sore muscles and joints. Drink a tablespoon of it every morning and evening. If it’s too scratchy for you dilute with some water.
- Make sure that your diet has a low glycaemic index. Lots of fruits, vegetables, good oils (see item 10), proteins and very little bread, pasta and refined sugar
- Increase the body’s collagen production by eating fatty fish (salmon and mackerel), berries, garlic, green vegetables (spinach, kale), red vegetables (beets, tomatoes, peppers) and orange veggies (carrots, sweet potatoes). Or take a dietary supplement of collagen. Make sure it's good quality, and preferably derived from fish (most effective). I use this one.
- Eat plenty of good clean fish oil - it diminishes inflammation and is great for the skin and everything else.
- Drink at least 8 glasses of pure water every day - cleanses and supports your cells.
- Avoid processed foods, fast foods and ready meals.
- Avoid alcohol, caffeine, cheese, cream, egg yolks, deep fried food, vegetable oil (grapeseed, rape, corn etc.), margarine, wheat, and soft drinks.
- If it’s available for you, then a period without gluten and milk products will be very beneficial. It’ll help create gut balance.
- Good fat sources:
- Cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil cleanses the body of bad cholesterol and adds the good one. But make sure to buy genuine oil from good suppliers like this one. You may read my blog about this amazing oil here.
- Coconut oil is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial very good for cooking and as a skin moisturiser.
- Ghee (clarified butter) is great for the skin and the abdomen, use it for cooking.
4. acne free lifestyle
Besides diet and good skin care a balancing of the hormones and an overall healthy lifestyle are the very best skin care treatment.
BALANCE YOUR HORMONES
Hormones are your body’s chemical messengers. They travel in your bloodstream to tissues and organs. They work slowly, over time, and affect many different processes, including the skin, metabolism, sexual function, reproduction, mood and much more. I can recommend to read blog on balancing hormones - here a few of the good tips from that post.
- Eat Enough Healthy Fats. As mentioned above good fat sources are not only paramount a 50:50 omega-3/omega-6 balance is important too. The human body is simply not meant to consume the man-made fats found in vegetable oils. The fat content of the human body is largely saturated fat, with only about 3% of the body’s fat coming from other types. The 3% of the body made up of polyunsaturated fats contains both Omega-3 fats and Omega-6 fats in about a 50:50 balance. This ratio is extremely important for health, and it is often ignored. Seed based vegetable oils (like canola oil, soybean oil, etc.) are very high in Omega-6 fats and low in Omega-3 fats. Since the 1950s, these seed based oils have replaced many sources of saturated fats and Omega-3s in the diet. This is one of the reasons that most people are not getting enough vital Omega-3 fatty acids from their diet.
- Limit the Caffeine. Too much caffeine can wreak havoc on the endocrine system; especially if there are other hormone stressors involved, like pregnancy, presence of toxins, beneficial fat imbalance or stress.
- Avoid Harmful Chemicals. Harmful chemicals found in pesticides, plastics, household cleaners, soap, lotions and even mattresses can contain hormone-disrupting chemicals that mimic hormones in the body and keep the body from producing real hormones. Things like hormonal birth control can (obviously) do the same thing.
- Prioritize Sleep. While you’re sleeping, your body is extremely active removing toxins, recharging the mind, and creating hormones. Skimping on sleep, even for one night, can have a tremendous impact on hormones and even one night of missed or shortened sleep can create the hormone levels of a pre-diabetic. Read my post about beauty sleep here.
Stress is a part of life, and you can't always avoid it. But you can try to avoid situations that can cause it, and you can control how you respond to it. The first step is to know your own coping strategies. Try tracking your stress to record stressful events, your response to them, and how you coped.
After you know what is causing your stress, try making some changes in your life that will help you avoid stressful situations. Have a thorough look at your daily life choices like:
- How you manage your time
- If there's a balance in what you do for others and what you do for yourself
- Do you have a sense of purpose in life
- Do you have a good and healthy lifestyle
This relaxation exercise only takes a few minutes and should be practiced at least twice a day if you have a tendency to stress. It's stress preventing and particularly helpful in times of anxiety and unease. It can also help to fall asleep.
Sit comfortably or even better lie down with your legs up against a wall.
Close your eyes and place your hands on your stomach.
Now take 10 deep breaths into your abdomen in this way:
- Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound.
- Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of 4.
- Hold your breath for a count of 7.
- Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of eight.
After the 10th exhale start breathing normal again and empty your mind for thoughts as much as possible. It is extra effectful to do this exercise with fresh air in the room.
Go outside - sun and seawater cleanses, heals and lifts the mood!
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