Out, Out Damn Spot!

imagesAcne is not just the bane of teenagers. It can persist into adulthood and, generally, affect women more often than men due to their hormonal fluctuations. Acne is not just awkward, it can leave both visible and psychological scars. To put it mildly, it can be pretty pesky. Historically, moderate to severe acne has been approached with fairly heavy hitting remedies. These can range from antibiotics for internal consumption(as severe as acutane) to topical medications and soaps that are extremely drying and over alkalizing to the skin leaving it vulnerable to bacteria.

As I’ve mentioned before, skin is an inside/outside job. Acne ultimately results in a clogged pore that prevents oil from reaching the surface, mixing with bacteria and erupting on the surface. Hormones play a part with imbalances in testosterone (teenage boys experience more acne than most), estrogen dominance, fluctuating levels of estrogen and progesterone all contribute to an ideal scenario for acne.  In Chinese Medicine acne is considered a yin phenomenon. When the clear and the turbid are not properly separated, congestion or toxicity result. This can manifest in many ways, but one example would be called a stagnation and resulting thickening. Addressing the diet is vital in clearing up the skin. A balance of leafy green vegetables, lean protein, complex carbohydrates and essential fatty acids help assist the body in separating the clear and turbid appropriately. Gentle exfoliation, not over cleansing and drying the skin, using toxin free skin care that helps protect and build collagen, repair the dermis and hold moisture without clogging will start to heal and create healthy skin. To learn more about how Chinese Medicine can help with acne, consult an acupuncturist who specializes in skin and TCM nutrition. Working with a naturopath and esthetician in conjunction with the TCM practitioner should help you reduce or avoid future acne issues.

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