They say beauty is only skin deep, but it’s hard to believe in that when you’ve got acne. The hard thing to remember is that you’re not alone in this! In fact, it’s estimated that up to 90 percent of people will suffer from acne in their teens due to turbulent hormonal changes.
However, it’s pretty common in adult women to experience changes in their skin too when they are pregnant or starting to enter menopause. Other factors such as stress, poor diet and nutrition, and exposure to environmental toxins, pollution, and hormone-disrupting chemicals have increased adult hormonal acne around the world.
Aside from rebalancing the body from the inside by cleansing the liver, increasing lymphatic circulation, and clearing our elimination pathways, it’s good to treat hormonal acne from the outside as well.
What Causes Acne?
Acne is a chronic disorder of the skin’s sebaceous glands (oil glands), leading to the development of comedones, also known as pimples.
Almost every teenager will have an occasional acne outbreak. Acne develops most of the time when teens hit puberty, this is usually due to hormonal changes.
Sebum is actually a really good thing. It’s part of our skins natural protection barrier and provides us with hydration when our skin is too dry. One of the reasons why as you age your skin gets thinner and dryer is because you begin to produce less sebum. So a healthy production of sebum is actually great for young healthy looking skin!
According to Doctor Axe:
“Our skin is a reflection of our internal health. Glowing, beautiful skin shows proper care, hydration and a healthy acne diet. Skin ridden with whiteheads, blackheads and other pimples indicates oxidative damage, poor nutrition and hormonal imbalances.”
Clogged pores are the beginning of acne. When sebum gets “sticky” and stuck in the pores, then it creates a blackhead or whitehead (comedonal acne). This comedonal acne will either eventually dislodge and come out on their own, or if it has trouble coming out then it’ll get inflamed and infected as our skin tries to push the clogged sebum plug out. This is when a pimple forms.
So, we want to prevent clogging as much as we can. This is why using a natural face cleanser that will draw out those impurities in an important part of improving your skin’s health.
What Skincare You Use Does Matter
Many people choose prescription drugs and topical medications over natural home remedies for acne. But getting rid of acne using natural remedies is a better approach in the long term.
One of the first things you want to do when healing existing acne and preventing new breakouts is choosing the right skincare routine for the job as well as a suitable moisturiser that won’t clog the pores.
Manuka Oil For Acne
Manuka oil is a powerful remedy for acne. It has been extensively used for generations in New Zealand for its antimicrobial properties for other skin problems, such as eczema or even wounds. It contains other compounds that have strong antibiotic qualities and clinical trials suggesting that it has more of an effect on MRSA bacteria than the more common tea tree oil.
The topical application of Manuka oil for acne not only has healing benefits, but it also helps to maintain a good balance of bacteria on the skin. It has been shown to have exceptionally strong cleansing and anti-bacterial effects against a wide range of microbes, including acne-causing bacteria.
Manuka Biotic Skincare for Acne
Our Face Cleanser and Light Day Cream are infused with Manuka Oil which has amazing antibacterial properties that penetrate deep into the skin. Manuka Oil is known to be effective in killing acne-causing bacteria and drying up blemishes without the side effects.
Our Light Day Cream also contains Totarol extract which is highly antibacterial and helps keep bacteria from replicating while the Manuka Oil helps keep new blemishes at bay and helps to prevent future blackheads and whiteheads from forming.
Acne and Nutrition
Although diet is not the cause of skin problems like acne it can clearly play an important role in their treatment and elimination.
It is best to begin by looking at how well your digestive system is functioning. Do you suffer from gas, indigestion, constipation, loose stools or bloating? If the answer is yes then you need to address and treat these digestive issues first.
Clear, healthy skin is dependent upon a strong, well functioning digestive system. Nutrition and supplements are very successful in the treatment of digestive conditions.
If your digestive system is working well but you still have these acne outbreaks it is time to look at diet and lifestyle.
We asked Nutritionist Sonia Savage to share the importance of a proper diet in treating acne and how to change bad eating habits.
5 Top Tips To Improve Your Digestion and Your Skin
- Drink plenty of filtered water to assist in detoxifying the body.
- Improve your gut health by including prebiotics and probiotics in your diet. Probiotics include; garlic, leek, leafy greens, flaxseeds, legumes and green tea. Probiotics include; apple cider vinegar, miso, kimchi and sauerkraut. Additionally, increase your fibre intake to support detoxification and elimination.
- Increase your intake of essential fatty acids. Omega 3 helps reduce inflammation and supports hormone balance. It is found in fatty fish such as salmon, sardines and mackerel. It is also found in smaller amounts in linseed, chia and walnuts. Omega 7 is not an ‘essential’ fatty acid as such but has been shown to have good results in terms of skin health. Sources include macadamia nuts and sea buckthorn.
- Avoid inflammatory foods. Sugar and dairy should be eliminated from the diet if you are dealing with acne. In the future, you may find you can re-introduce a small amount of dairy such natural yogurt, for others it will continue to be an issue. Wheat, peanuts and corn may also present a problem and can be highly inflammatory for some people.
- Eat a whole food diet rich in brightly coloured, detoxifying vegetables. Aim for 5 serves per day. Avoid processed foods and excessive alcohol intake.
Consider Supplements Of Vitamin A And Zinc
Vitamin A and zinc are the top supplements recommended by The Canadian Encyclopaedia of Natural Medicine. Vitamin A regulates sebum and keratin production. Zinc promotes tissue healing, balances hormones, and reduces inflammation.
Recommended by Sherry Torkos, B. Sc. Phm.:
– Vitamin A: 5,000–10,000 IU daily. Higher doses should be taken only under medical supervision. Women who are pregnant or trying to conceive should not exceed 5,000 IU daily.
– Zinc: 25–50 mg daily. Choose a supplement that also contains copper (3–5 mg) because chronic use of zinc can reduce copper absorption.
Your lifestyle, your attitude, and your skincare products all play a very important role in your skin health. If you want healthy skin for life you must be willing to sacrifice unhealthy habits. We promise you won’t regret it.