Natural Skin Detox: Clear acne prone skin
By Ulyana Michailov ND • April 1st, 2011 • 213284 Views
Acne prone skin can be a nightmare. Have you ever felt so frustrated that no matter how well you eat, what you use and what you take, it seems to have a mind of its own? This is because the skin is a unique organ, which requires simplicity and consistency of action to get it to finally clear. Many articles and books have been written and many lotions and potions have been created to address this issue. I’m here to teach you how to truly clear your skin once and for all.
This is an important first step to know before making any changes. The basic anatomy of the skin that you need to know at his point is that it has many, many layers (epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous tissue) and to create any real or lasting change you need to be consistent. The deeper layers of the dermis take around 4 to 6 weeks to surface to the exterior epidermal layer. This means any dietary or supplementation change you make takes at least that long to show signs of healing. For healing a skin condition, this requires around 3 to 6 months of consistent skin specific eating and supplementation.
Step 1. Detoxify and Clear… Omit congesting and heating foods from your diet
Acne is caused by an over stimulated oil gland that has become infected. What over stimulates the oil glands? And why do they become infected? Excessive oil production can be caused by hormones, adrenal function, liver and digestive function and diet. The skin will only use the oils you eat in your diet. It is important that you only eat lighter, plant-based oils so they flow freely though the oil glands and decongest what is blocking them.
Animal fats (especially red meats and pork)
Dairy products (cheese, yoghurt, butter)
Commercial sweets (anything baked, bought, with refined sugars, white flours and hidden fats)
When the adrenal glands are stimulated it creates a stress response in the body. This causes the oil glands to flow excessively and also warm up the body temperature, irritating sensitive skin. Any redness, spots or blemishes suggest a sensitive skin type and a “hot” condition according to traditional Chinese medicine.
Stimulating foods and substances for the skin:
Chili, curry, spicy dishes
Oranges and strawberries
You need to stay away from these foods and substances for at least 95% of the time for as long as it takes for your cells to turn...
Location: Adelaide, AU
Ulyana Michailov is a naturopath and acupuncturist from Adelaide, Australia. She also holdsqualifications in herbal medicine, nutrition, and traditional Chinese medicine. Growing up Ulyana would consistently seek out the wilderness; she still describes herself asa “hippie at...