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Beat the Summer Skin Oily Blues

3 Jul

Do you dread summer because you feel like your skin becomes its own oil manufacturing plant? Is it much worse than other times of the year? You scrub your face and apply drying agents, but it doesn’t help or gets worse? If you have oily skin or acne prone skin, summer can be tough.

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Summer Fun Affects Skin
The heat, the humidity, the sunscreen, the sun, and exercising with all those elements in play can wreck havoc on  your challenged skin issues. It’s true; the fun of summer can make skin more oily and breakouts worse. On top of that, summer is also a time when you may also relax your healthy diet regimen, eating and drinking foods that acerbate your skin condition.

Over-Cleansed Skin Effect 
When skin is oily, the oil worsens, or pimple breakouts increase, there is a tendency for many people to try to fix it by washing the face more or using drying products and soaps. However, the opposite happens. Over cleansing your face and using drying products, such as toners, pimple treatments (especially those heavy with chemicals), and harsh soaps/face washes makes the skin worse. Your body responds when your skin is over dried by making more oil to compensate. But, it overcompensates and makes too much oil. A vicious cycle begins of washing, applying skin treatments/ointments and skin cells registering dryness and vamps up oil production. You need to break the cycle to get your skin in balance. soap

Two Things To Firmly Hold in Mind
Before I get into the specifics of making oily and acne skin better during summer, you need to firmly put two things in your mind and hold to them. One is you need to keep to a regimen, not matter what. Secondly, you need to work on the problem from the inside out as well as topically. It’s the inside out that most people have trouble with and balk at. For one thing, it may require some diet changes (for the better). We’ve been mentally conditioned for years from the medical community that diet doesn’t affect the skin. This is bad information. Makes me crazy to even think that this was the propaganda from doctors for generations. Yes, let’s be clear, diet does affect the skin. Hello! Scurvy! This is just one disease doctors should have used to put two and two together: If you don’t get vitamin C, you get scurvy and one of the effects is hemorrhagic skin papules, not a pretty sight.

Enjoy Summer Fun and Keep Pimples and Oil under Control

Have A Regular Cleansing Regimen and Stick to It. Wash your face twice a day with mild cleanser, especially in the evening. DO NOT GO TO BED WITH MAKEUP ON! Never, ever. I prefer you use an organic cleanser. Use warm/lukewarm water. Do not use hot water on your face. Only time you would wash your face more than twice a day is after exercising. If you swim, rinse the chlorination off with lukewarm water, but don’t wash, and apply a proper moisturizer. If you use a sunscreen, remove it as soon as you come indoors by gently cleansing. Regularly use a very mild exfoliator. You can use a mild one daily. Don’t use a toner; they are of no benefit to the skin. And for oily skin and acne prone skin, they are too drying. They can cause the vicious cycle mentioned earlier.

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Take Ice and Rub Over Your Face. You want to calm and cool your skin. I take an ice cube to my face twice a day. Once in the morning and once in the evening before going to bed. I do it for other reasons that oily skin, mature skin…. It’s great for sending to fresh oxygenated blood to the skin. Fresh blood contains nutrients. I hold the ice in a washcloth or hand towel, and travel it over my face and neck. You can also put ice water in a basin and dunk your face it. I think that’s more work. Just don’t hold the ice too long on one spot. If you have a pimple though, you can leave the ice on it for a few seconds to help calm it, and help reduce its size.

Use a Moisturizer. I know this can make some of you cringe at the idea. Moisturizer/oil on oily, acne skin?? But, a really good moisturizer balances the oils on oily and acne prone skin. We, of course, love argan oil for this. Our Argan Serum is our top seller, five years out (it also has effective essential oil). Whatever, moisturizer you use, make sure it doesn’t block pores or have unnecessary ingredients, such as preservatives or bactericidals. Lotions often have these. Again, that’s one of the reasons we created our acne line, so as not to have unnecessary ingredients that can make acne worse.

SpinachEat as Many Fresh Fruits and Vegetables as Possible. Everyday single day eat your veggies and fruits, especially include dark green leafy vegetables. Some of them are kale, spinach, dandelion greens, and lettuces other than iceberg. But, anything fresh is good. Eat them raw, steamed, or roasted to change it up, and keep your palate interested. If you eat something bad, i.e, not good for skin, cleanse your body by eating fresh fruits and vegetables as soon as you can. For example, you go to baseball game and eat hot dogs, nachos, etc. and drink beer or soda. For next few days, stick with a fresh fruit and vegetable diet. Buy or make green health drinks.

water-2.jpgDrink Water. Everyday day drink water. Researchers say you need to drink half your body weight in ounces everyday. So, if you weight 150 pounds you need 75 ounces of water every day. This is if you are not doing anything. So, if you exercise you will need more. And I think it’s good for acne prone skin to drink more, to make it healthy again. If you are dehydrated, your skin will suffer. The body will want to protect vital organs first when dehydrated, so will pull hydration from those parts of the body that it deems as not as important, such as the skin. Don’t include other beverages in this, especially alcohol.

Change Your Pillowcase Daily. If you don’t have that many pillowcases, cover your case with a soft towel. Oil that is produced overnight get transferred to your pillow either from your face or hair. Bacteria begins to grow. At night the bacteria can make it’s way to your face.

Exercise. Exercise helps in many ways. Nutrients get distributed throughout the body more efficiently. It helps to control stress; stress makes acne worse and overstimulates oil glands. Exercise removes toxins and stimulates the lymphatic system, which helps the body fight “invaders.” Exercise also keeps your weight in control; studies have shown link between being overweight and acne. Just remember to gently cleanse face afterwards and rinse face in cold water or use ice cube treatment.

Limit Sun Exposure. The thought used to be that the sun helped acne and oily skin. But, that’s not so. The sun is not good for these to conditions. The other thing is if you also use a sunscreen you compound the problem. Sunscreen can create oils or attract dirt. And then, there’s the detrimental effects of direct sun on problem skin. Sun blocking hats are the best; those with UVB ratings. However, you may want to enjoy some sun activities. So, be reasonable and create a balance. sunTake every effort to limit sun exposure on your face. But, also enjoy those sun activities you enjoy. Maybe you have an activity, such as playing kickball that you can switch to doing in the evening. Just remember to gently cleanse your face afterwards and follow with cold water splashes or ice cube treatment.

There you  have it, a cleansing regimen, a super healthy diet, water, exercise, and keeping a balance between enjoying the things of summer you love with the realistically maintaining healthy skin. Yes, sometimes it does come down to what is more important your skin or forgoing something that will make it worse. Oh, one other thing: Don’t squeeze those pimples.

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Yum Friday Recipe: Roasted Vegetables

15 Mar
Roasted Carrots, Beets & Sweet Potatoes

Roasted Carrots, Beets & Sweet Potatoes

We tell you over and over, eat your veggies for healthy, beautiful skin. So, maybe you have been including more of them, but have become bored with raw or steamed vegetables.  We’ve got good news for you.  Roasting vegetables livens their taste; it is very easy to do, and it is a great way to maintain their nutrient value. Roasting is also a good for trying vegetables you may have not liked in the past.  It is also easy to add herbs/seasonings to the vegetables for even more and varied flavors.  We have a few flavorful suggestions at the end of the recipe.

Yum Roasted Vegetables – serves 4        Oven: 425 degrees

4 cups of vegetables–cut into about 2 inch pieces (broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, potatoes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, brussel sprouts, carrots, mushrooms, beets, parsnips, onions – you get the idea.)
3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (or any quality oil, such as coconut or peanut)
1 minced garlic clove or 1 tsp organic garlic powder
Salt/pepper to taste

Clean and cut vegetables.  Put oil, garlic, salt and pepper in a bowl.  Add vegetables and toss vegetables in the bowl to coat with oil.
Place vegetables on a baking sheet.  Bake until soft/crisp and slightly brown – about 10-12 min.

Suggestions:
You may need to experiment with the time and oven temperature because ovens vary.

Roast vegetables at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes.  This is a way to have roasted vegetables without the browning.

A mixture of different vegetables can be roasted at the same time.  Just make sure they are similar in texture so they are done at the same time.  For example, roast carrots, potatoes, brussel sprouts on the same baking sheet, but asparagus and scallions will need to be baked separately.

Try seasoning with different herbs.  Try these herbs: thyme, rosemary, oregano, basil, fennel, sage, curry, or freshly grated ginger or nutmeg, etc.  Mix herbs in with olive oil mixture.  Combine different herbs together.

Add a tablespoon of fresh squeezed lemon juice or lime juice to the olive oil mixture.  The juice can also be tossed on vegetables after cooking.

Balsamic or champagne vinegar added to the olive oil mixture or tossed with baked vegetables adds a nice dimension to the flavor.

Grate a few tablespoons of Parmesan cheese on top of roasted vegetables immediately after they come out of the oven.  Or top roasted vegetables with a couple tablespoons of feta or goat cheese.

Allow vegetables to come to room temperature and mix with greens for a salad.

Grill vegetables on an outdoor grill.  May need to cut vegetables larger if grilling directly on grill, or place in a grill pan.

 About the Recipe’s Nutrients

Without going into detail about all the different vegetables, suffice to say that fresh vegetables are incredibly healthy.  Roasting or grilling them also helps to maintain their highest nutrient value as compared to cooking them in water.  We say this over and over, and we will say it again: To have healthy, beautiful skin you need to eat fresh vegetables on a daily basis.

ENJOY!!

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What Does Love Got to Do with… Beautiful Skin?

2 Apr

When you feel love, when you love, and feel loved the energy from these feelings comes through you and manifests itself in many, many ways.  The glow and health of your skin is one of the ways that love is reflected.   Your skin looks brighter, wrinkles are kept at bay, and skin conditions improve all with love.

With love as the inner center of your experience, you radiate outward.  In addition, when love is your dominant force, you want to take better care of yourself.  So, you eat better, exercise, and you are involved in healthy relationships and activities.  Love brings happiness and joy, and the cells in the body pick up on this energy communicating in ways that lead to a healthier body.  And healthier, better-looking skin is one of the beneficiaries of these responses to love.

[“Smile, it enhances your face value.”  Truvy (Dolly Parton) in “Steel Magnolias”]

See for yourself.  Try loving every day throughout the day no matter the difficulties you have for thirty days.  See if your skin doesn’t look better and your life feel better.  Here are some thoughts and tips:

Love is not a mental exercise; words alone don’t make love.  Words need to be connected to feelings.  Think of someone or something that doesn’t need to give you love back for you to feel love (a baby, small child, puppy, pet, flowers, etc.).  Got the feeling?  That is love.

[The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.  Helen Keller]

Now with that feeling, love yourself first unconditionally.  Just don’t say your love yourself, feel it in your entire being.  Loving yourself is not selfish as many of us as many of us have been taught to believe.  In fact, in order to love others fully, you need to love yourself first.  Everyday practice loving yourself.  (You can check in with how you are doing with this by observing how you are treating others in your life and those whom you meet during the course of your day.)

Every morning before you get out of bed and every night before you go to sleep list all the things you love.  Just don’t stop at ten or twenty things keep on going. Gratitude is an expression of love, so you could also list all the things you are grateful for.  Don’t forget the people that make your life possible (fireman, policemen, people who make it possible to have electricity and running water, sidewalks, farm workers, etc.). 

[“When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.” — Chinese Proverb]

What about those difficult people in your life?  Find something to love about them.  Send them love; they are most likely in great need of loving themselves.

Express in words and feeling love and appreciation to people in your life everyday.  Mentally pass on love and happiness to people you meet (grocery clerk, barista, bus driver, bank teller, etc.)  Elbert Einstein on of the greatest scientific minds of all times gave gratitude a 100 times a day:

[A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men living and dead and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I received and am still receiving.]

 The upside to love is there is no downside.

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Whole-Body Approach to Skincare

19 Mar

So, just what is a whole-body approach to skincare?  A whole-body approach is just that.  In order for the skin to be healthy and beautiful, or to heal a skin condition, it takes more that just topicals applied to the skin.  It involves all the aspects of your life.

In our collective psyche, skin has been viewed as something outside ourselves, meaning we often don’t see that our skin’s condition is as much dependent on our internal workings as any of the other body’s organs.

While skin is the largest organ in the body, I would venture to guess it is one of the least understood.  Much of how we view skincare is a trickle down effect from doctors.  They often approach skin disease and diseases in general through a myopic lens, focusing just on the disease.  Since the advent of the predominant pharmaceutical culture, physicians have stopped trying to heal the body or be healers.  For example, most dermatologist still harp that food, lifestyle, mental attitude do not have a part in acne.  Why is it so hard for them to connect the dots when diseases, such as scurvy that have skin manifestations are a result of improper nutrients?

On the other hand, a whole-body approach to acne says that the body is out of balance and needs to be brought back into balance with proper nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, etc.  It also involves the use of skincare products, but doesn’t just rely on them or pills as a cure. Dermatologists who do not counsel patients who have skin conditions about the effect of proper nutrition, exercising, mental attitude, stress, etc. on the skin are doing the patient a disservice.

The skin is an organ and is affected by our lifestyle just as any other organ is in the body.  Don’t get lolled into thinking that because we can see a layer of it on the outside that its not being affected by what you eat, think, do, and feel.

While Yum Scrub Organics produces skincare products, we know that products alone can’t do the job.  No matter the marketing hype from any cosmetic or pharmaceutical company, wrinkles, blemishes, eczema, psoriasis, backne, acne, dryness will not go away/stay away or diminish with just a skin-applied product.  Big spending advertising is another way we are lolled into thinking the skin is something separate from the rest of our body.  However, the right product can certainly play a large role in skincare (or we wouldn’t be in the business).

To really enhance the beauty or healing of your skin, you do need to also go deep inside.  A whole-body approach to skincare then is about all that makes you–you.  It involves what you eat and drink and what you don’t eat and drink; exercise, mental attitude/mindset, and spiritual development.  With regard to spiritual development, we are referring to the inner path or who you are as a person that comes from deep within–not the religious connotation of spirit.

Applying a whole-body approach, you embrace a natural healthy lifestyle that benefits your whole body.  You see the body as interconnected, what affects one part of the body affects another part and affects the whole body.  With this in mind you approach the care of your whole body–physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual–with mindfulness.  If you apply this approach, your skin will radiate and of course your entire body will be much healthier.

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Browse through some of our posts to get some suggestions on some whole-body techniques.

Let’s Talk: Omega 3 for Great Skin

30 Jan

Back in the day–way back, kids would line up to get their daily spoonful of cod liver oil from mom.  The old cod liver oil was an acquired taste…not!  I don’t imagine anyone could ever come to relish its taste.  I can imagine that there were a lot of threats and promises to cajole kids into taking it.   However, families then knew the importance of omega 3 (cod liver oil is high in omega 3) in the diet, but somehow that’s been lost in more recent generations.  Even my mom remembered being made to have a spoonful of cod liver oil daily, but she never gave it to her children.  Although, we did eat a lot of fresh fish, nuts, and fresh greens (food sources of omega 3). 

Well, the word is out.  Americans are deficient in omega 3.  We aren’t eating foods that are high in omega 3, instead our diet is mainly meat, processed foods, and junk foods–all low in omega 3.   Omega 3 is one of two essential fatty acids that the body needs; the other is omega 6.  These two need to be in balance.  Because of the typical western diet, American diets are high in omega 6.  Omega 6 causes inflammation, and omega 3  fights inflammation.  So, for skin inflammations, such as acne, bacne, eczema, and psoriasis having omega 3 in the diet is imperative.  Omega 3 also helps with oil production; this benefits dry skin and acne (by keeping oils in balance).

Omega 3 – Just the Facts:

  •    Body does not make it on its own.   Needs to come from food.
  •   Most Americans are deficient in omega 3.
  •   Omega 3 and 6 need to be balanced.  Estimates are the typical American diet has 14- 25 times more omega 6 than omega 3.
  •   Omega 3 has two main fatty acids, DHA and EHA.
  •   EHA fatty acids helps the skin:
    boosts hydration – prevents and aids acne and eczema – slows aging process of skin – prevents collagen loss – repairs the skin – offers some protection against the sun and sun damage – regulates oil production – helps dry, itchy skin.
  • DHA aids in brain function.  It’s very important that pregnant women get omega 3 so their babies aren’t born omega 3 deficient. It can affect brain, eye, and nerve development.  More than half the fat in the brain is DHA.
  • Foods high in omega 3 fatty acids are:
    fish, especially salmon – salmon, flaxseed – chia, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds – walnuts – dark green leafy vegetables (a different kind of omega 3 is in nuts and vegetables)
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  •  Supplementation is another way to get omega 3.  Not all omega 3 supplements are equal; some contain little DHA or EHA.  Buy only those that have been independently tested.
  • Omega 3 is good for other conditions, such as eye conditions, depression, ADHD, heart disease, arthritis and other inflammations, cancer, autoimmune disorders, and stomach disorders.

BTW – Just like “a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down…in a most delightful way…,” cod liver oil now comes in orange and lemon flavors.  As far as  “delightful”…well….

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Reference:

“Omega 3 Fatty Acids,” University of Maryland Medical Center.  Online: http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/omega-3-000316.htm

Top 6 “Must Do” for Healthy Skin and Beautiful Face

25 Jan

Beautiful skin comes naturally to very few of us.  Even those who appear to have beautiful skin from a distance, have their flaws revealed when up close or after the make-up is removed.  Healthy and beautiful skin naturally needs help to get and maintain it.  Here to help you with it are our top 6 must do’s.

1. Drink water daily.  Water hydrates and removes toxins from the body. 

2. Eat fresh vegetables daily, especially dark green leafy ones.  They are filled with skin loving nutrients that help to combat wrinkles, dryness, and pimples.

3. Eat fresh fruit daily, especially fruits high in Vitamin C.  The body doesn’t make or store vitamin C, so it needs to be replenished regularly.  Vitamin C is an antioxidant, which helps to fight against dryness and wrinkles.  Vitamin C is key to building collagen.  Collagen helps keep skin firm and helps the skin to repair itself.

4. Cleanse your skin daily.  But don’t over cleanse or use harsh soap detergents.  Doing so will strip the skin of vital oils, causing wrinkles to form easier and/or breakouts.  Rinse face with cool to very cool water to tone the face.

5.  Get omega 3 into your diet on a regular basis.  Omega 3 is not made by the body and needs to be supplied.  Omega 3 fights inflammation, aids in preventing dryness, and gives skin a glow.

6. Moisturize your skin regularly.  Even oily and acne prone skin need hydrating.  Be sure to use high quality products that do not contain petroleum based ingredients, chemicals, or dirt attracting ingredients.

See our blog on the “Top Ten No-No’s for Beautiful, Healthy Skin.”

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Acne Cause and Cure – A Whole-body Approach

20 Jul

Western, Chinese, and Ayurvedic medical traditions more or less approach the cause of acne from the same viewpoint–an imbalance in the body.  However, traditional western medicine deviates from the eastern traditions in curing acne.  Whereas the eastern traditions believe in treating the whole body, western medicine typically treats acne at the source with antibiotics and topical treatments.  For example, western medicine discounts the role diet plays in the cause and cure for acne whereas eastern medical traditions say that diet plays a large role in the cause and cure.  The eastern medical traditions’ approach to acne is holistic or whole-body.

A whole-body approach to acne makes sense.  The skin is an organ–the largest organ in the body–and if the body is an integrated system, what affects one part will affect another.  This means nutrition, exercise, emotions, and mindset all play a part in body functions and diseases.

Basically, acne is caused by a disruption in the body system as a result of person’s body makeup.   In the Indian Ayurvedic medical tradition this is caused by too much “fire” in the body; Pita describes people with too much fire.  In Chinese, it’s a similar reason, too much heat or too much humidity in the body.  In the west, hormonal unbalances are usually the reason given for the cause of acne; there’s too much androgen hormone.  What all of the traditions are really saying is the cause is genetic.  Body type and hormone imbalances are genetically related.

Research in the study of genetics and acne are small and few, but those that have been done show a genetic element that it’s passed through families.  A gene has been turned on that makes the conditions right for acne to take hold.  It was once thought that genes couldn’t be changed.  But, now science knows genes can change when certain cells get turned on, and so genetic conditions can change also (some easier than others).  Cancer and alcoholism are two other diseases where the genes have been turned on. Genes can also be turned off.  While environmental causes are also linked to acne, this also points to an imbalance in the body and possibly the turning on of a gene.  In other words, the body wasn’t able to fight off the bacteria because it was overwhelmed and/or not healthy enough to overcome the invading microorganisms.

Having acne is not a lost cause.  However, it does take work, time, and patience to heal it.  While the skin is the largest organ, it’s the last organ to get the nutrients from the body.  For most of us if you’re not eating well or taking care of the body on the inside, it will show up on the skin.  The organ that helps to keep the body in balance is the liver; it’s hard-working, preparing for the elimination of toxins from the body and the delivery of nutrients.  If the body can’t eliminate toxins or doesn’t get enough nutrients for the entire body, the results can show up in the skin (and in other ways also).  Keeping the liver in optimal condition is the name of the game here. So, if the acne gene has been turned on in your body, your body will require a diligent effort from you with very healthy foods leading the way with maybe even lifestyle changes.

Interestingly, several studies have shown that nutrients in food have altered genes.  This comes back to the whole body approach for clearing up acne.

Acne Diet

Everyday eat fresh vegetables and fruit.  Especially eat dark green leafy vegetables.  These provide nutrients and also help the body to remove toxins and impurities through the intestines.

Move from eating processed and fast food to eating whole foods.  In other words, stay away from foods in boxes and cans.

Check your diet to make sure you are getting omega 3 essential oils.  The body does not make omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.  They have to come from foods.  However, the typical American diet, has 14 – 25 times more Omega 6 than 3.[i]  Omega 3 fatty acids reduce inflammation whereas studies show Omega 6 (linoleic acid) causes inflammation.  Foods high in omega 3’s are flaxseeds, nuts, and fish (salmon, tuna, halibut, mackerel, lake trout). A balance of Omega 3 and 6 is what the body needs.  You can also buy fish oil supplements or cod liver oil.

Eat carotenoid rich foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes, kale, and spinach.  They are high in carotene that turns into Vitamin A in the body.  Vitamin A helps to fight acne by reducing inflammation and by supporting the immune system.  (Accutane is the synthetic form of Vitamin A in a really high dose that also has serious side effects.)

Drink plenty of water everyday.  Water also helps to flushes out toxins through the kidneys and helps keep the skin clear of impurities.

Herbs – Some herbs such as turmeric are considered very good for acne; there are many recipes that use turmeric.  Milk thistle aids the liver; it can be purchased in capsules. A tea made from lavender and/or chamomile helps with inflammation. You can also make a cool compress by steeping lavender and/or chamomile in hot water, allowing it to cool  before applying a moistened wash cloth over the face for a few minutes.

Limit or Eliminate

Sugar and corn syrup.  Hard to give up sugar?  Then replace it with agave syrup, raw honey, or stevia.  Also, stay away from artificial sweeteners.

Carbonated beverages

Caffeine

Omega 6 – Limit omega 6’s in your diet.  Remember the typical American diet is high in Omega 6.  If your diet consists of a lot  meat, foods that contain or are fried in corn, safflower, soybean, or cottonseed oil then your probably getting too much Omega 6 and not enough Omega 3.  You may have to eliminate these foods for a while to get your body back in balance.

Factory-farmed meat and dairy products – Most factory meat and dairy products have residual hormones and antibiotics.  Eating these foods will just aid in keeping the body out of balance, especially since hormones play a large part in acne.  How do you know if your eating factory meat and dairy products?  If it’s cheap – Walmart, Sam’s Club, and about all major Grocery Chains (Safeway, Kroeger Stores) sell factory- farmed meat.

Cigarettes, Alcohol, and Illegal Drugs – They’re hard on the liver and also take the body out of balance.

Fried foods

Wheat/gluten, corn, dairy, yeast –  There maybe also be an allergy to certain foods as a component of the acne in that the body can’t address the acne because it’s also addressing and allergy or sensitivity.  The foods listed are the first to consider.  Eliminate one at a time for at least 6 – 8  weeks; it takes this long to notice any changes.

Exercise

Aerobic exercise helps flush out toxins through sweating and brings fresh blood to the face.

Yoga – Helps to relieve stress and different poses such as forward bends and inversions allow the blood to flow more effectively.  Also, different breathing techniques bring more oxygen to the blood as do the poses.

Reduce Stress

Sit quietly for a few minutes each day.  Don’t even play music.  Sitting in complete silence or prayer is really beneficial to bring the body back in harmony with itself.  If this is something new, try just for 5 minutes a day then increase the time gradually.  Concentrate on noticing your breathing rhythm, or take yourself away in deep prayer.

Visualize – Many people have changed their lives with visualizations.  Take time everyday to see yourself as being very healthy and your skin being very clear.

Hygiene

Keep your face clean, but not overly.  Acne is not about dirty skin and if you scrub it too much you’ll only exacerbate the problem.  Use a mild cleanser and finish with splashing cool water on the face.  Cool to cold water closes the pores and calms irritation.  Avoid using hot water on the face.

Don’t pick and squeeze.  This just gives opportunity for more bacteria to enter and clog the pores and create new pimples.

Steam opens the pores to allow excess sebum and bacteria to be released, aiding in the healing process.  Try an herbal steam that will also reduce bacteria and inflammation.  Follow-up with gentle cleansing and with several splashes of cool water to the face.

Avoid harsh products that dry out the skin, taking it out of balance thereby creating conditions for more bacterial growth.  Look for products that help to restore the balance to the skin and body, such as Argan Acne Serum.

Also Consider:

Acupuncture (Research and find an acupuncturist who is very qualified.)
Herbalist
Naturopath
Nutritional Supplements
Cleanse or liver detox help in eliminating toxins and bringing body back to balance. A cleanse will also help remove parasites.  If your body is fighting off parasites, it will have a hard time fighting acne as well. Health food stores carry cleanse and liver detox products.  Check with your doctor first if you have a medical condition because a cleanse may not be appropriate for you.

And don’t forget to Have Patience


[i] “Omega 3 Fatty Acids,” University of Maryland Medical Center. Online: http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/omega-3-000316.htm

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