Do you suffer from chronic or the occasional bout ofacne and dream of having picture perfect skin? If so, these nutritional solutions will help you address the root cause so you don't have to resort to medications that have negative side effects.
The stress and emotional trauma of acne can make anyone want to resort to medications.
In fact, the stress associated with acne can often make it worse because elevated stress hormone "cortisol", has actually been linked in studies to promoting acne.
However, don't let this stress you out, because Im delighted to share my knowledge that I have learned over the years from my education and more importantly from the clients I have helped. Heres a case study on how I helped a client (name changed).
The Client & Problem
Cindy, 29, Corporate Trainer, had struggled with skin breakouts her whole life and she can't recall a time throughout her teen years when she had totally clear skin. These days she experiences acne outbreaks about five times a year and they last for weeks at a time.
When Cindy came to me, her skin was really dry from all the washing and scrubbing she put it through in an effort to remove any excess oil. The outbreaks focused around her chin and mouth and as her career often had her presenting and training large groups, she understandably found her pimples an embarrassment. She told me the situation was affecting her self-esteem and that she would even call in sick when a breakout was particularly bad.
Cindy had tried everything from expensive potions and lotions to pharmaceutical drugs, but with no long-term success. As a teen she used to eat a lot of fast food, but had cut this out about 10 years ago. She craves sugar, but tried to avoid it.
To start, I evaluated her two-week diet diary. These were the most common foods she ate:
Eliminating any food you chronically eat is a very effective strategy for clearing up your skin.
Why? Food sensitivities and allergies often manifest as pimples as they cause immune reactions to those with sensitivities. Additionally, sugar, alcohol and refined carbs/processed foods all promote inflammation in the body which can also promote acne. Identifying food allergies can be done with an elimination diet or a food allergy test. Drinking lemon and wateron an empty stomach can also be helpful to promote liver detoxification with L-glutamine to prevent sugar cravings.
After working with Cindy, we made a few changes ...
Cindy was confident these were changes she could easily embrace. As the weeks went by, not only was her skin looking better, but she had more energy and felt happier just by cleaning up her diet, than she ever had before. She started to feel what joyous health is all about!
Do you have a similar healing journey you'd like to share? Post it in the comments below!
*Excess insulin (from sugar and refined carbs) raises insulin-growth factor (IGF-1), which raises testosterone and increases sebum production in the skin. An increase in sebum production that attracts acne-causing bacteria, worsens acne. IGF-1 also increases keratinocytes, (a type of skin cell associated with acne).
Please note: This advice is not meant to treat or diagnose, please consult a certified practitioner for any serious health issues.