Over 80% of 11-30 year olds are affected by acne and regular breakouts. Acne doesnt have to only show up on the face, some of my clients often experience it on other areas such as chest and back.
From my clinical experience, resolving levels of acne for my clients is straight forward. It wasn’t always like that! In chinese medicine and naturopathy, acne/ breakouts along the jaw line can be linked to hormonal / adrenals issues. Acne along the forehead is linked with the large intenstine and acne on the chin is linked with the small intestine and also hormonal.
What I have noticed is that many of my acne clients are on the pill not for contraceptive reasons. Many young women take the pill to help ‘regulate’ their hormonal cycles , others to keep their skin clear and blemish free. Yet there is a point when a woman comes to me for advice as shes starting to think about the future and planning for a family. Shes worried that her skin will start breaking out again when she stops the pill. Other women come to me as they are aware of the side effects and wants to give their body’s “a break” from the medication.
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Why do we have to suffer with acne?
From a functional medicine perspective its about addressing the root cause. The main cause of acne is due to inflammation. Yes there are other reasons such as clogged pores that lead to bacteria and yeast overgrowth on the skin, hormone fluctuations, and increased cortisol can also exacerbate acne. But which comes first? Inflammation is the driving force. Scientists believe that if the inside of the follicle doesnt exfoliate properly, its clogged. Thats why im also a big promoter of exfoliation. But the reason the follicle gets clog in the first place is due to inflammation. You with me?
The purpose of this blog is a quick guide of my favourite foods I recommend for acne sufferers. There are so many… but heres a few.