Our skin is not only a wrapper for our organs and bones, it also happens to be the body’s largest organ. The skin performs a variety of functions such as temperature regulation, absorption, protection, sensation and Vitamin D production. Additionally, it is also an organ of excretion and elimination that factors in to the development of adult acne.
Skin problems such as acne are generally related to imbalances within the body. For this reason, the most successful method of combating acne is to use an appropriate topical protocol…along with an inside out approach.
The number one cause of acne is due to fluctuating hormones. Many a client has witnessed an increase in breakout activity which coincides with their menstrual cycle. Pregnancy is another time that this is known to happen. The use of oral contraceptives also affects the level of hormones in a woman’s body. All of these factors can lead to clogged pores, inflammation and possible bacterial infection.
The second largest contributor to acneic conditions is directly related to poor nutrition and diet. Make an conscious effort to avoid sugar, processed foods, excessive starches and unhealthy fats. These foods can slow down the digestive system resulting in constipation. Since the skin is an organ of elimination, the body will implement other means to release these toxins by expelling them through the skin. Your body and skin will benefit from an increased consumption of fresh fruits, vegetables and fiber in order to help move waste through your colon. Other foods that are important to add to the diet include nuts, seeds and fish. By being mindful of what you eat, you have the power to minimize acne.
Water is an absolute essential to the health and radiance of the skin. It helps to keep the cells hydrated and thins the secretions of the skin reducing the incidence of acne impactions. Focus on drinking at least half your body weight in pure water. Avoid soda and other sugary beverages that can aggravate the skin further.
Another factor that causes and/or exacerbates acne relates to the use of antibiotics. Antibiotics are known to destroy the good bacteria along with the bad. This creates an imbalance in the intestinal tract which leads to an overgrowth of fungal yeast. There are a number of documented studies that tout the benefits of adding probiotics to the daily diet. Great results in the reduction of acne have been attained by doing this. Before beginning a probiotic regimen, discuss this with your physician to be certain that there are no contraindications in your particular situation.
Stress is another component that tends to increase the incidence of adult acne. The body responds to stress by releasing higher than normal levels of adrenal hormones. Although it is virtually impossible to eliminate stress from our lives, there are a variety of techniques that will help such as yoga, meditation, exercise, or any other form of relaxation that you enjoy.
Lori Weintraub is a licensed skin care therapist, holistic health coach and PCOS hair removal expert. She offers online consultations, skin care lessons, exceptional products and hand-holding guidance to help women over 40 regain their youthful glow. Learn more here.