Acne & Skin Problems: 4 keys to healing without chemical topical creams
Although acne is not considered a serious health condition, for those who have it, acne can be an embarrassing and self-esteem destroying situation.
Common amongst teenagers going through puberty and adults experiencing hormonal changes, Acne is a skin condition that results from several factors.
What causes Acne?
When the sebaceous glands secrete too much oil (known as "sebum"), acne can result. Excess sebum is normally the result of an over production of insulin in the blood stream due to poor dietary choices or hormonal imbalances. The oil clogs the pores as it reaches the skin's surface, particularly when it connects with dead skin cells or dirt within the pores, causing Acne and other skin ailments to form.
Since the skin is the largest organ of elimination in the body, it generally reflects our internal health. This means that acne is often an indicator of toxicity and chaos inside the body. This means, too much waste product in the kidneys, liver, lungs, intestines can all directly result in skin breakouts. Oral contraception can also trigger hormonal conflict within the body, leading to Acne and other skin problems.
A diet laden with processed and refined foods - whether due to ignorance, addiction or cravings associated with hormonal changes during stages like adolescence or pregnancy - can compound the formation of Acne and other unhealthy skin conditions.
If you suffer from Acne or a similar skin complaint, start by eliminating these foods from your diet:
- Refined Sugar Products e.g. Soft Drinks, Energy Drinks, White Sugar, Candies and commercial chocolate;
- Artificial Colours and Sweeteners e.g. Aspartame, Diet Sodas, Cordial, Flavoured Drinks, Packaged Foods that include food colouring etc.
- Hydrogenated and Trans Fat Oils e.g. Margarine, heavily refined GMO Vegetable Oils like Canola, Corn, Cotton and Soybean.
- Processed Meat Products e.g. Bacon, Ham, Salami, Sausages, Hot Dogs, Corned Beef and Pastrami.
- Refined Flour & Grains e.g. White Bread, white rice, white pasta, cakes and biscuits;
- Processed Dairy e.g. Pasteurized and Homogenised Milk products and Ice Cream.
4 keys to healing skin complaints without topical creams
Good overall health is usually reflected by clear, glowing skin.
To achieve this, you need a good healthy diet, regular exercise, adequate sleep a sensible lifestyle and you need to avoid chemical-based skin care products and laundry detergents at all costs!
1. Practice Healthy Skin Hygiene
Avoid commercial soaps that contain any type of chemicals, and instead use plant-based, natural soap products that are made from plant extracts, vegetable glycerin and/or pure essential oils.
Wash your clothes and linen using a chemical-free Laundry Powder.
Lightly exfoliate your body and face daily with a chemical-free exfoliate that includes nature-made salt and plant oils, like Renew. Alternatively, make your own by combining Celtic Sea Salt, Aloe Vera and Essential Oils. This will help to release dead skin cells and dirt from your skin's pores, whilst also nourishing and hydrating the skin with non-inflammatory, healing ingredients.
Don’t let your hair get greasy because the hair oil seems to make your face oil worse. It’s also a good idea to regularly wash icky, sweaty hats or sweatbands you use in sports and avoid mineral oil based cosmetics and sunscreens.
Remember, if you want to heal your skin you need to practice "self care" by throwing out anything toxic that you are currently applying to it and replacing your skin care regime with a few simple tox-free items.
2. Water Intake
The body cannot effectively flush waste and disease-causing toxins from the body without adequate hydration. Water helps in maintaining proper functioning of proteins, enzymes and connective tissues.
Drink at least 2 litres of clean water daily to assist the removal of waste, rehydrate and open the blood vessels.
3. What to Eat
Switch your diet to 80% plant whole foods:
- Start your day with fresh fruit, juices or a green smoothie;
- Eat more raw salads and cooked vegetables at meal time (include Avocados, Leafy Greens and Cruciferous Veges like Broccoli and Cauliflower);
- Snack on raw nuts and seeds throughout the day e.g. Almonds, Macadamias, Pumpkin and Sunflower Seeds;
- Eat wholegrain bread and unrefined grains and legumes e.g. rolled oats, brown rice, rye, barley, quinoa, lentils, kidney beans and chick peas;
- Add sun dried fruits like apricots, figs, dates and peaches (preservative-free)
- Drink Herbal Teas & Organic Fresh Brewed Coffee
- Raw Organic Honey - A potent natural anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal food that won't spike your insulin like most sweeteners and has tremendous healing powers;
- Always cook with Garlic, Onions and Fresh Chilli (if you like spice) and nature-made salt e.g. Celtic or Himalayan
- Good Fats - Grass-Fed Raw Butter, Add Extra Virgin Olive and Macadamia Oils to Salads, Drizzle on Steamed Veges and Cook with Coconut and Peanut Oil;
- Raw Organic Dairy e.g. 'Bath' Milk, Organic yogurt;
- Include natural Probiotics like Kimchi, Apple Cider Vinegar and Kombucha.
Note: Because so many health problems (including skin health) begins in the gut, if you want to speed things up, a 7-14 day juice fast or raw plant food diet can really help kick-start the healing process. Also, a natural colon cleanse (like our Cleanse Me clay and seed product) will help clear out the intestinal tract of accumulated waste and even toxic metals and/or medicinal residues before you transition to a cleaner diet. Either of these protocols can help, just choose the right one for you.4. Lifestyle Adjustments
- Avoid Hard Alcohol e.g. Spirits (go with naturally fermented, preservative-free beer or wine);
- Get Sunshine & Salt Water - Your skin will heal faster if you expose as much of it as possible to 30-45 minutes of sunlight each day. Add a little cold pressed coconut oil or extra virgin oil to clean skin before getting into the sun. Or, if you can, soak your body in the ocean or a room temperature salt bath before sun exposure. Salt promotes rapid healing!!
- Light Exercise - Do some form of moderate exercise that allows your pores to open and lightly sweat for 45-60 mins per day if you can. This will help to expel toxins beneath the skins surface and encourage good circulation within the body;
- Sleep - try to get 8 hours sleep each night. Remove your phone from next to your bed, and use a diffuser with a calming essential oil like Lavender to help you relax and get a good night's sleep.