Acne is a common skin condition that can occur in different levels of severity and for different reasons.
The skin is the biggest organ in our body, and it can tell us many things about our health.
Acne is characterized by comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) and pus-filled spots (pustules), oily skin and/or hot or painful touch skin.
Many reasons cause or worsen acne like:
- Excess oil production
- Hair follicles clogged by oil and dead skin cells
- Excess activity of a type of hormone (androgens)
- Certain medications
What are the Natural treatments for ACNE?
In naturopathic medicine, we see the body as a whole.
The treatment is a combination of body and mind.
The best-recommended is an anti-inflammatory DIET. It is important to check for food sensitivities and eliminate gluten and milk from the diet.
Foods that cause inflammation – try to avoid or limit these foods as much as possible
- refined carbohydrates, such as white bread and pastries
- French fries and other fried foods
- soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages
- red meat (burgers, steaks) and processed meat (hot dogs, sausage)
- margarine and lard
The most important thing is to remove completely white refined sugar!
Sugar in the body-
Foods with a high glycemic index, such as sugar, white bread, and white rice, are rapidly absorbed, leading to higher serum glucose levels and corresponding elevated insulin levels.
Insulin has been shown to increase sebum production, stimulate adrenal androgen synthesis, and increase androgen bioavailability, all of which play a role in the pathogenesis of acne.
Instead of sugar, try to use natural sweeteners like:
- raw organic honey
- real maple syrup
- add cinnamon that has a naturally sweet taste
- eat more fruits
B vitamins and nutritional yeast
Nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast that is rich in B-COMPLEX VITAMINS.
B Vitamins improves overall skin health, support stress management, improves sugar metabolism, and in those ways, can reduce acne and breakouts.
Oils in the diet –
Use oils like
- coconut oil
- olive oil
- hemp oil (use only in cold dishes)
- avocado oil
Eat more vegetables and increase your fibre consumptions
Eat HEALTHY PROTEINS and keep on a LOW GI DIET.
An increase in stress severity is strongly correlated with an increase in acne severity.
Ways to manage stress-
Herbs like Siberian ginseng, Ashwagandha, Rhodiola, Gotu Kola, Reishi consider to Be adaptogenic.
Adaptogens are a group of herbs known to help your body adapt to its environment, in other words, to manage stress better.
In a stressful situation, adaptogenic herbs maintain and restore balance, normalizing the stress response and prevent your body and mind from becoming exhausted.
Get enough sleep:
Getting a good night’s sleep can help reduce the effects of stress.
Sleep requirements vary, but for most healthy adults, enough sleep is between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night to function at their best.
B VITAMINS are involved in energy production and may be useful for managing stress.
B Vitamins can help balance out neurotransmitters activity for optimum brain function, and in this way, they can influence mood and stress response.
The Digestive System
What causes imbalance, and what is the connection to acne?
One of the reasons for acne is an imbalance in the gut microbiome. There are many causes for this imbalance. For example, a diet high in processed foods and added sugars can decrease the number of good bacteria in your gut, also antibiotics and stress.
Consuming probiotics can rebalancing your gut bacterium and support healthy digestion, and in this way to support acne treatment.
Choose a wide range of strains in the probiotic supplement, start with a small amount and increase.
Probiotics can be recommended individually to each person by a qualified nutritional therapist/health practitioner to offer the best support.
There are many options to consume probiotics, from a high dosage good probiotic supplement to eating fermented foods.
Probiotics are important as part of a process to get rid of acne. They support conditions like hormonal acne, acne caused by stress and an unhealthy diet.
TEA TREE OIL has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
It is a natural antiseptic extracted from the leaves of an Australian tree known as Melaleuca alternifolia.
It contains antibacterial ingredients known as terpenes that work against infections, effectively destroying the acne-causing bacteria and reducing the level of acne breakouts.
- You can mix 2-4 drops of tea tree oil with a base oil (like sweet almond oil) and apply it directly on the spots with a cotton pad.
- You can make an antibacterial face mask from Manuka/local raw organic Honey and 2-4 drops of tea tree oils, and wash after 5 minutes.
- Use a face wash with tea tree oil.
Vitamin A (Beta Carotene)
Beta carotene is a precursor of vitamin A. Beta carotene is converted to vitamin A as much as the body needs.
We need vitamin A for healthy skin and mucous membranes, our immune system, and good eye health and vision. Vitamin A was shown to improve acne.
Vitamin A can be sourced from the food we eat, through beta carotene, for example, or in supplement form.
In food, the bright orange colour of carrots, pumpkin and sweet potato indicates that they are rich in beta carotene.
Taking Beta carotene supplement is a safer option than vitamin A supplements because excess vitamin A can be toxic.
Zinc, which boosts immune function, may help control that inflammatory response.
Zinc regulates cell production and can help reduce the amount of oil the skin produces. It may prevent pores from clogging.
Helps with acne and acne scarring.
Vitamin C is anti-inflammatory, and a vitamin C serum can help clear up acne and reduce the redness associated with it.
Vitamin C regulates the synthesis of collagen and is associated with better skin appearance.
Studies show that Echinacea may be used to boost your immune system.
By strengthening the immune system, Echinacea helps fight acne by ensuring the skin can resist and withhold acne bacteria.
Hydrastis – Goldenseal
Goldenseal has direct antimicrobial effects and is used as an antibiotic, liver tonic, and it increases bile production, which acts to detoxify the body by increasing elimination.
Dandelion root can treat liver problems and prevent toxins from entering the skin and inflaming acne.
Dandelion root can detoxify your body from a variety of acne-causing chemicals.
In conclusion, there are many natural treatments for acne that help reduce and prevent bacterial infection, boost the healthy immune system, keep the cell membranes healthy, regulate hormones, and support healthy digestion with good absorption of vitamin and minerals.
In this post, I explained in details about healthy diet, stress management with adaptogenic herbs, B vitamin complex, and other essential vitamins for healthy skin like vitamin A and C, Anti-bacterial, detoxing and immune-boosting herbs.
You can treat acne and support your body by combining different aspects of natural methods.
For example, you can try one of the herbs in combination with a healthy diet and probiotics and increase the vitamins and minerals from the diet.
In PAZ BY NATURE CLINIC, I can offer you a personal treatment plan supporting your condition and a follow-up specifically to you.
I will be happy to support you during the healing process!
See you at the clinic ♥
Pazit Azoulay registered Naturopath MNNA, CNHC, GNC
Paz By Nature Clinic