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Acne (And Other Related Skin Issues)by Dave Foreman
Even though acne is not a life threatening condition, it obviously can be a major issue for some people. Acne has always seemed to be mostly a teenager’s problem, but in the past 10-15 years it has become a problem for people of all ages. In more severe cases, the acne becomes more like boils and can cause permanent scaring and pain. Believe it or not, treating your acne and/or boils does not have to be rocket science. My experience with this topic has yielded outstanding results for those who stick to my very simple program.
Here is my expanded protocol for handling your acne/boil issues.
Part 1 – Cleansing
Cleansing is actually divided up into two types when it comes to your acne needs. The first type is to use a more dramatic/deep cleanse. These “total” body type of cleanses work on the major systems of your body (refer to my past articles on 4 Steps to building a healthier you (step 2). Not only do these multi-system cleanses work on your bowel system, they also cleanse your skin, blood, lymphatic system, liver, kidneys, etc. They work quickly to rid the body of unwanted toxins and clean the major filters of your body. I suggest using this type of cleanse for 4 weeks to assure thorough impact. Immediately following this type of cleanse, move directly to Flor*Essence Tea. Flor*Essence is a great detoxifier/cleanse, but is gentle enough to use every day. The fact that it is a liquid makes it easy to dose for people of all ages. Back in the day, I had a gentleman use this tea with his three year old daughter who suffered from boils. Gentle daily cleansing will help support your body from developing another toxic buildup. Remember to consume plenty of purified water each day to assure yourself that you are flushing away the toxins.
Part 2 – Probiotics (friendly bacteria)
Besides using a probiotic to help with digestion, we also use them to help suppress other disease causing bacteria that may end up in our digestive tract. There are certain types of bad bacteria, which secrete toxins that can cause skin issue. Other types of bad bacteria can decrease the effectiveness of the hard work your liver does to neutralize toxins. If we don’t do anything to rid the body of these harmful bacteria, we not only open ourselves up to skin issues like acne and boils, but also to other diseases like cancer, arthritis and more. Using a probiotic is one of the ways we can help suppress or rid the body of these disease-causing bacteria. When choosing your probiotic, make sure you get one with multiple strains of bacteria.
Part 3 – Omega-3s from Fish
Omega-3s from fish and Chia seeds could be the “miracle” for skin health problems. I realize that I just made a huge statement, but until you try using Omega-3s you won’t know what you are missing. In most adults, using 3-5 grams per day will give you the added nutrition to make sure you are producing new healthy skin cells. These omega-3s can also help fight inflammation, which is another issue that affects those with acne and boils. Make sure you read the supplement information on your product. Just because the front of the product says each gel cap contains 1000mg of fish oil doesn’t mean that each capsule is 1000mg of Omega-3s. Products vary depending on the concentration and type of fish used. Add up the total amount of Omega-3s/serving on the label and divide that into the daily dose you desire. If my product says that 2 capsules contain 240mg DHA and 400mg EPA, that equals just 640mg of Omega-3s per serving (2 capsules). If I desire to take 3 grams (3000mg) of Omega-3s per day, then I would need 4 ˝ servings or 9 capsules per day. Once your acne begins to clear up, you may be able to get by with just 2-3 grams of Omega-3s per day.
Part 4 – Diet (garbage in and garbage out).
I have to laugh when I hear people say that their doctor told them that diet has no impact on acne. Diet has a huge impact on your skin. There are two primary suggestions: avoid dairy and avoid bad fats/cooking with oils. Dairy is a major contributor to acne issues. Don’t ask how, it just is. You will have to trust me on this one. The bad fats and cooking using oils like canola oil and vegetable oil will have a negative effect on your skin. There is no wiggle room here either. No cheating allowed. There are other ways to eat and cook that don’t involve dairy and these fats. Also, certain allergens like gluten can trigger acne problems. Often times, people with acne and boil issues have severe sensitivities to certain food groups-Gluten (found in wheat, barley and rye) is the most popular. If you aren’t sure what foods are causing your skin outbreaks, then stop eating these foods for a few weeks and see what happens. Or, you can have blood work done to determine what sensitivities you may have. Wouldn’t it be sad if after all these years of creams, lotions, soaps, antibiotics, etc. that you found out your skin problem was due to something you were eating. No cream, lotion, soap, drug will help if this is your issue.
Finally, this is a non-negotiable program. If you have been suffering for years with acne then you need to take the bull by the horns. Get it fully under control and then learn what you can do without causing more problems. Before I got into practicing what I preach, I learned that if I ate microwave popcorn (I hear you gasping at the thought-LOL) I would develop pimples a few days later. I played with the idea for a while and then stopped eating it completely. Of course now I realize that there were worse things in that food than I care to know now, but that is beside the point. Get your acne/boil situation under full control first, then play with what supplements and dietary choices you make later.