Acne and naturopathy

Acne is an inflammatory skin problem. To varying degrees, acne affects nearly 80% of the population aged between 12 and 44 years old. Let’s take a look at this issue and its solutions.

Several consultations in dermatology concern this skin problem. Far from being only a cosmetic issue, acne can cause emotional distress and reduce self-esteem.

Why does acne begin during puberty?

Acne begins during puberty as the body dramatically increases its production of androgens. These hormones stimulate the production of keratin (a protein) and sebum (a lubricating oil of the skin). If sebum is secreted faster than it can be eliminated through the pores, a pimple appears. Therefore, acne is the result of an inflammation of the sebaceous glands that cause pimples. Clean skin is important but acne is not caused by a lack of cleanliness, but rather by a significant production of the sebaceous glands.

Although acne affects many teenagers, it can also occur in adulthood. Not to mention all women who have this problem before their menstrual period. Hormonal acne is often related to an ovary that does not completely releases an egg and induces excess androgens production. Acne will appear around the hairline, chin, chest and back. Unfortunately, the pill is often prescribed to help this problem by stopping ovulation. A change in lifestyle and natural supplements can be used to normalize ovulation and treat the cause of the problem.

Tackling the causes!

Many factors are to blame for acne. Heredity, oily skin, hormonal imbalance, candida, allergies, stress, the pill, nutritional deficiency, a diet rich in bad fats, some environmental pollutants, etc.

As the causes of acne are multiple, it is not simple to give you specific advice. In naturopathy, to solve a definite problem, we attack the causes by correcting imbalances. However, a good way to tackle the problem of acne is to help the body eliminate wastes naturally.

Our skin is the biggest elimination organ of our body. One of its primary functions is to eliminate the waste and toxins through sweat. If the kidneys and liver cannot adequately eliminate toxins, it is the skin that will suffer. Some doctors call the skin the 3rd kidney. When toxins are eliminated through the skin, it can unbalance its integrity. Therefore a good skin cleansing is important.

There are several ways to clean it up. First, improving your diet is essential. Reduce the sources of waste such as bad fats, sugar, alcohol, coffee, chocolate and so forth. See diet corrections below.

Also, adding cleansing plants to your diet will help the body eliminate waste. Burdock, dandelion, thistle-husband and red clovers should be used to treat acne. Burdock and red clover are a powerful blood depurative that helps to remove the toxins from the intracellular and interstitial fluids, neutralize toxic elements and transport them outside of the body. Burdock and dandelion also help the liver to cleanse itself. These plants contain insulin, which can improve the quality of the skin by its antibacterial action. Burdock also seems to regulate sebum production.

Make a decoction of burdock root and dandelion. 1 tsp. dried roots of each plant per cup, let simmer for 20 minutes, reduce by half. You can mix the burdock and dandelion mixture with an infusion of red clover. Drink this mixture twice to four times a day.

Tip: the best way to take thistle-husband for cheap is to grind thistle-husband seeds and add 1 to 2 tsp. to your food every day.

Diet corrections

Several studies have shown that a diet rich in refined carbohydrates can permanently increase the production of insulin, which increases the level of hormones, stimulating the production of the oil that obstructs the pores and contributes to acne. Therefore, reduce your carbohydrate intake.

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