Unfortunately acne is not only a teenagers concern but also happens when you are an adult and it can be bad. Having acne can make you feel like you want to hide your face from the world and that is no way to live.
Food Allergies/Sensitivities: Eating a food to which the body is allergic or has a sensitivity to can lead to a continuous toxic reaction.The immune system starts to fights the food as if it were an invading organism.This can cause inflammation in the skin, showing up as acne as well as the need to eliminate the toxin.
Gut Issues: when the gut is inflamed from eating foods that are pro inflammatory or your body is allergic or has sensitivity to, it causes the gut to be inflamed and can show signs of inflammation in the skin causing acne and eczema.
Hormones: A fluctuation in hormone levels whether it is at puberty or adulthood can increase the level of oils glands under your skin grow and the enlarged gland produces more oil and causes acne.
Diet: Reduce the amount of inflammatory foods in the diet like sugar, dairy, wheat/gluten, and increase the amounts of anti inflammatory foods that contain good healthy fats like Omega 3s like wild salmon, walnuts, olives, avocados.
Foods to Avoid:
• White flour/wheat/gluten (pasta, bread, muffins) • Sugar (cake/cookies)
• Fruit juices
• Dried fruits
• Aged cheese
• Milk and soy
Foods to Include:
• High-quality proteins- cold water fish like salmon, chicken and turkey, eggs, Greek yogurt,
• Low-glycemic carbs
• fruits and veggies
• Brown rice
• Steel-cut or rolled oats • Sweet potato
• Buckwheat • Amaranth • Millet
• Good Fats
• Raw nuts and seeds
• Nut butters and tahini
• Olives and olive oil
• Ground flaxseeds
• Raw coconut and coconut oil • Grape seed oil
Food Elimination Diet- acne can be a sign of inflammation in the body that is caused by sensitivity to a food that you are consuming.The best way to find out what food is causing the inflammation is by doing a food elimination diet or food sensitivity test.
Fix the Gut- when the gut is unhealthy it may cause acne and other skin issues. In order to fix the gut you first want to fix your diet as stated previously and then heal the gut with supplements like glutamine, licorice, omega 3s and probiotics.
Once inflammatory foods (gluten, dairy, sugars and soy are removed from the diet you can begin to heal the gut with the following supplements.
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Digestive Enzymes: (Designs for Health) Take a full spectrum digestive enzyme 1-2 or more with each meal (if severe gas and bloating consider HCL as well).
Probiotic: (Designs for Health) Take 1-3 high potency probiotics with at least 10-20 billion colony forming units (CFU) and a good mix of lactobacillus and bifidus cultures.
GI Repair: (Vital Nutrients) This product promotes integrity of mucosal lining of the gut, maintains intestinal permeability, and supports intestinal lining. Take 4 capsules with breakfast & 3 capsules with dinners
Our body can not make Omega 3's so it is important to incorporate a supplement into your diet.We get Omega 3's from good quality fats like salmon and walnuts. If you don't eat large amounts of these foods daily you should buy a good quality supplement. Omega 3s can help with fat burning, brain health, heart health and have been shown to help your mood.
Choose based on the following:
• 1-3 grams of TOTAL Omega-3s daily -500-600mg EPA • 250-400 mg DHA
**this should be per serving & it is important to look at the serving size. Ideally these amounts should be in 1-3 capsules.
Sleep- The body repairs itself when we sleep, it is important to get enough sleep and rest every night in order to have glowing skin.
Reduce Stress- Stress can cause inflammation and breakouts in the skin, practice relaxation techniques like yoga, breathing and leisure walking.
Establish Healthy Skin Practices:
Wash your face 1-2 times a day; washing your face more than that will eventually cause an increase in oil production.
Minimize the use of makeup and hair products. Let your pores breathe especially during a breakout.
If using make up choose oil-free cosmetics and avoid using fragrances, oils and harsh chemical on your hair as they can drip into your face and block pores. If you have longer hair, keep your hair pulled off of your face.
Keep your hands (and phone) off of your face. Pressing your hands (mostly dirty) against skin cells can spread bacteria and irritate inflamed skin.
Topical Solutions: For acne find products that contain Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid.
For Eczema look for products that contain natural oils and fatty acids and chamomile.
Tea Tree Oil- Tea tree oil can be used topically for breakouts. Dilate oil in water and apply directly to skin using a cotton ball or Q-tip.
Use an Intensive Acne Treatment like Unblemished from Rodan & Fields.
Clinically proven to combat the entire acne cycle, this sophisticated regimen helps unclog pores, clears acne blemishes and calms your complexion to keep pimples, blackheads and post-acne marks from making an unwelcome appearance on your face—and in your life.
Sulfur Wash-Medicated cleanser with FDA-approved 3% sulfur unclogs pores and reduces redness. Pores stay clear, allowing the treatment medicines that follow to be delivered deep into the pores.
Toner-Alcohol-free toner gently unplugs pores with mild alpha-hydroxy acids.Anti-oxidants calm the complexion and prepare skin for treatment.
Treatment-Unique dual chamber delivery system ensures maximum efficacy of benzoyl peroxide, helping prevent the development of new acne blemishes.