Acne is the most common skin complaint, severity and progression arises from the interaction between hormones, sebum and bacteria. When acne is present there will usually be a hormonal dysregulation, most commonly an excess of androgens (male hormone, even at a sub-optimal level). The skin of patients with acne has greater 5-alpha-reductase activity, elevating more active male hormone DHT locally in the skin (Pizzorno, 2015).
Aside from the hormonal dysregulation, there can be other factors that hinder the skin's ability to heal. Firstly, impaired glucose tolerance can be the root-cause of acne, it is sometimes called ‘skin diabetes’. Alternatively, low nutrient status of vitamin A, selenium and vitamin E can also reduce the skins ability to heal itself (Pizzorno, 2015).
Like all of the pathologies listed on my website, the support I give would depend on the individual. That said, you might want to start by looking at my suggestions below:
Try and limit your dairy, to 1 portion a day as dairy contains pro-inflammatory prostaglandins.
Make sure you have at least 6 portions (handful = a portion) of vegetables including least 3 portions of cruciferous vegetables (these will help with your detoxification ability), as shown here.
Increase your water intake to at least 2 litres a day, ideally 2.5 litres. Try doing this through drinking herbal teas like Pukka or Yogi Teas.
Try and replace your synthetic beauty products for natural products. Try putting tea tree, colloidal silver or Aloe Vera on the skin. They all have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Improve your bowel function, ideally 2-3 poos a-day. If you suffer from constipation and acne then the toxins that stay in your bowel and re-circulate around the body and cause hormonal dysregulation.
Additionally, there may be other systems of the body that are your ‘weak-link’ and need supporting for optimum health including liver, digestive and nervous systems.
Start body brushing every other day to get your lymphatic system moving.
If you would like to discuss, how I could help you with your skin everyone is welcome to a complimentary 20-minute call to discuss whether Nutritional Therapy would benefit them.
Pizzorno, Murray & Joiner-Bey (2015) The Clinician’s Handbook of Natural Medicine 3E USA:
Murray M & Pizzorno, J (2012) Textbook of Natural Medicine. 4th edn. .