Your skin is an organ of elimination. It is also the largest organ in your body. It participates in particular in the elimination of toxins. It is therefore important to take into account the message that acne is trying to convey. When your skin is in pain (whether it’s dry, inflamed, oozing, reddened or spotted), it signals the presence of underlying issues that deserve your attention. While most conventional acne care treats the superficial part of the skin, you need to take a whole-body approach to nourish and heal your skin from within.
Diet and healthy lifestyle to overcome acne:
– Avoid starches, sugars, cereals and dairy products. Changing your diet is arguably the single most important step you can take to improve your skin health.
– Replace foods that trigger acne breakouts with whole foods and good fats, found for example in avocados, pasture butter, coconut oil, olives and olive oil .
– Balance your bacteria. You can bring your gut flora back into balance by eating naturally fermented foods and/or taking a good quality probiotic supplement. This is especially important if you are on antibiotic treatment, as these medications kill off the good bacteria in your intestines, which are essential for your immune system to work properly.
– Drink more water. Hydrating your body by drinking pure, filtered water promotes cell growth and regeneration, helps eliminate waste, and improves your complexion. You should drink enough each day so that your urine is a pale yellow color. If your urine is bright yellow, you are probably not drinking enough.
– Consume omega-3 fatty acids of animal origin. Omega-3 fatty acids help normalize lipids in the skin, reduce inflammation and prevent cell dehydration. A deficiency in essential fatty acids can manifest in different ways, but skin problems such as eczema, patches of thickened skin, and cracked heels are common examples.
– A sufficient intake of vitamin D. If you lack vitamin D, your body cannot fight infections, whether in your skin or elsewhere. The best way to optimize your vitamin D levels is to get enough sun exposure to your skin. But you can also take a supplement.
– Take the time to exercise. High-intensity exercise promotes blood circulation, helps regulate hormones and reduces stress, all of which help fight acne.
– Priority to sleep. Did you know that a good night’s sleep can reduce your stress and improve your complexion? It is indeed mainly at night, when you sleep, that your body recharges and restores itself. This includes skin renewal.
6 natural home remedies to make acne disappear
1 Aloe vera
Using a spoon, scoop the gel from an aloe vera leaf and apply it to cleansed skin to moisturize. Repeat once or twice a day, or as many times as you wish.
2 Apple cider vinegar
Mix one part organic cider vinegar and three parts water (or more if you have sensitive skin). Apply the mixture to the affected areas with a cotton ball. Wait five to twenty seconds, then rinse with water and pat your skin dry with a towel. Repeat the operation once or twice a day if necessary.
3 Green tea
Steep green tea in boiling water for three or four minutes, then let it cool. Apply it to the skin using a spray or cotton ball. Leave to dry, then rinse with water and pat dry with a towel.
4 A honey and cinnamon mask
Prepare a paste with two tablespoons of honey and a teaspoon of cinnamon. Apply the mixture to the affected area and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse and pat your skin dry with a towel.
5 Tea tree oil
Mix one part tea tree oil and nine parts water. Apply the mixture to the affected areas using a cotton ball. Repeat once or twice a day, or as needed. Tea tree oil is very potent, and should always be diluted before applying to the skin.
6 Eat more zinc-rich foods
Low zinc levels are associated with the development of severe acne. If you think you’re lacking, consider eating more zinc-rich foods, like grass-fed beef and free-range chicken, pumpkin seeds, mushrooms, and spinach.