ACNE AND HOW TO TREAT HOLISTICALLY
Acne is notoriously tricky to treat.
Hormonal fluctuations can contribute to the formation of pustules, papules, white and blackheads, although the exact cause remains unknown. During my time spent working as an NHS Dermatology nurse, I learned that the creams and tablets we were prescribing for our acne patients would control the symptoms for a while, but the issue would always flare up again.
Many of the clients I see feel that they have tried everything they can and are frustrated that they are out of control of their skin. My holistic approaches to acne care are always based on clinical research. Here are some of my top recommendations if you are struggling:
Connections between our gut and skin health are well documented. Digestive system problems such as irritable bowel or a leaky gut are very common in Western society today, but the synptoms may go unnoticed in our busy lives. Try starting your day with a simple juice each morning. Celery with a teaspoon of ground turmeric with or without some ice or coconut water is a good option, as this has anti-inflammatory and cleansing properties. Always drink your morning juice on an empty stomach, as this allows the nutrients to be absorbed effectively through the gut wall. Eating an oestrogen-rich diet, or taking an oestrogen supplement can also help to balance hormonal changes.
As we pass through life, stress, diet and medications can all contribute to the imbalance of our healthy gut bacteria. Taking a probiotic supplement can not only help to reduce anxiety, but also promote growth of healthy gut bacteria, helping to reduce acne flare ups longer term. Be aware that supplements are not quick fixes and can take several weeks to start working.
70 years ago, 2 dermatologists discovered that there is a direct link between our mind and skin health, yet today many clinical dermatology approaches continue to ignore this. If you are aware of stresses in your life from work, finance or family pressures for instance, think about ways that you can counteract these issues by nourishing yourself; even small changes can help. I advise being outside in the fresh air for at least 10 minutes daily; having some essential oils where you sleep and work – lavender, geranium, orange and sandalwood oils are good options - help to calm the nervous system, and can be sprinkled onto tissues and pillows, or used in an aromatherapy burner or diffuser. Meditation or some simple breathing exercises at bedtime is another great way to reduce stress.
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Sometimes, just taking decisive action is enough to feel better about your skin. If you would like to arrange a full consultation with me, please click here to get in touch.