Column: The Naturopathic Approach To Acne

July 4, 2015

Dr Amani 400 pixels[Written by Dr. Amani Flood, NMD, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine at NMAC]

Did you know that healthy skin begins within? Your outward appearance is a reflection of internal health, so part of any plan to achieve radiant skin is to be aware of what you put into your body and what you should leave out.

One thing to be sure to leave out is sugar. Sugar causes inflammation, which is the underlying cause of big red pimples.

All junk foods that are loaded with salt and fat can encourage acne outbreaks. On the other hand, foods that are high in nutrients, such as fresh organic fruits and vegetables, lean protein and whole grains, will keep the skin clear, the pores tight and help your skin be more resistant to infections.

Vitamin C is an important nutrient for skin, by providing collagen which will increase skin thickness and elasticity. Take 1,000 mg of vitamin C per day.

Vitamin A, which is the source of retinol, is very good for helping you have clear skin. Also the nutrients biotin and silica participate in the production of healthy skin.

Drinking lots of water will keep the skin hydrated and looking plump and healthy. Dry skin is much less elastic and more susceptible to bacterial outbreaks. Drink up to one-half your body weight in ounces of pure water daily, to a maximum of one gallon per day.

Poor digestion is implicated in acne outbreaks. Use dandelion tea, myrrh, probiotics and digestive enzymes to boost hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Uva Ursi herb is nutritive for the kidneys, and will help your body eliminate toxins through urine instead of eliminating through the skin.

Avoid excess sun exposure but be cautious with sunscreens. Use natural products that are zinc based and that provide protection from both UV-A and UV-B rays. Wear a floppy hat and sunglasses when the sun is bright overhead to avoid sunburn and keep the skin supple.

Vitamin D is an important nutrient to take when you are avoiding the sun. Take 1,000 IU per day to maintain a healthy level.

Inspect your skin for outbreaks when they are small and use a drop of pure tea tree oil mixed with jojoba oil directly on the pimple as a natural way to kill the bacteria. Dab it with a cotton ball, trying not to rupture the pimple which can cause scarring.

Northshore Medical and Aesthetics Center carries a full line of skin products, including gentle cleansers and moisturizers. We also carry a line of quality nutritional supplements and herbal medicines to meet your nutrient needs.

Come in for complimentary skin mapping to show you dry vs oily areas on your face. Our medical team can create a personal skin wellness plan tailored specifically to your problem areas, and recommend products and supplements to help your skin be soft and clear as a newborn baby.

This article is written for informational purposes only by Certified Medical Professionals at the Northshore Medical and Aesthetics Center [NMAC]. It is not for use to diagnose or treat any condition that you may have. Always consult with you doctor.

NMAC uses a multi-faceted and individual approach to helping one achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle and live the best life possible – inside and out – through Family Medicine, Naturopathic, Dermatological, Weight loss and Aesthetic treatments and services. More information on our Medical Professionals and services can be found at www.nmac.bm

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  1. mumbojumbo says:

    I say diet8çiàn.,.you are what you eat….Dr.

  2. Marry says:

    I must admit that I had really big problems with acne and tried many things out. Because of that I was bullied at school and no one liked me.
    In the past I was too shy to talk about this to my teacher, I only wanted desperately find a way out of this hell. When I was 16 I wanted to put an end to my acne problem. I have read all about it in the internet and magazines, but there were so many products that I have lost the overview. After countless inquiries and tries with chemical ointments, remedies and so on (that didnt worked for me :/ ), I found a really good program which solved my acne problem in a few weeks which was also quite cheap compared to this other useless stuff -.-. I couldnt believe it actually was so effective. After 2 weeks most of my acne completely disappeared ! I felt like I was the happiest human being at this time and I really want other people not to suffer from this pain anymore. It literally destroys your life. You can check out the program (link below). If you really want to lose acne and are serious about it pls try it out. And dont get desperate about it like myself, there is a solution for everything. Hope it helps you guys ♥

    Informations about what helped me: http://www.wje592.com/Acne-No-More-Guide| BLOG

    What was your story related to acne ? How do you deal with it ? I am very interested how other people think about that.