Now that summer is coming to an end and many start or go back to college and high school, intense preparations take place to look better, including loads of conventional acne solutions and cosmetics to burn, make magically disappear overnight or to mask.
I’ve heard many young men sight with a sense of envy about tinted creams or heavy foundations available to women who are able to somehow look flawless to the naked yet distant eye throughout the troublesome years and beyond. Problem is that nowadays skin conditions don’t disappear with the end of teenage years but often continue long into adulthood, for the reasons explained below. While there is nothing wrong with masking, and actually I often recommend it to women provided that product used is naturally based of good quality, it is a temporary “patching” solution. It raises the woman’s self-esteem during the day only to plum it down at night when she washes the face. For that reason, many women often don’t take the make-up off, which on its own contributes to even bigger outbreaks.
We cover acne, we burn it with acids and antibiotics and we treat it as a natural part of puberty or menstrual circles.
With skin being the largest detoxifying organ in our body, it only does what it’s supposed to be doing – eliminating toxins that don’t serve us.
Skin is your first line of defense, help it get rid of toxins!
Whether you eat foods that don’t serve you (for many it is gluten and dairy), apply chemicals on your skin (all those cosmetics that the liver cannot process), breathe in toxic particles from your environment or go through the mental anguish causing toxic molecules of emotion (self-guilt, lack of love, living in the past), it all ends-up in your liver. If the liver is congested and cannot catch-up with filtration, all those toxic particles that cannot be broken down properly and eliminated end-up on your skin.
Then there are hormonal imbalances, the ones that show up in the form of painful acne before your period.
“Acne is usually due to an imbalance in the family of hormones called androgens, which include testosterone and DHEA among others”, as explained by Dr. Sara Gottfried who trained me in the Hormone Cure method. Here is how she describes what causes the hormonal acne in three steps:
- Testosterone stimulates the oil-making (sebaceous) glands.
- The pores get plugged and trap the oil inside. Bacteria grow in the trapped oil, causing the production of irritants.
- Your immune system finds out. Like with most things in the body, this is good and bad news. Your army of immune cells fights the bacteria, and that renders the redness, swelling, pus-like fluid and later scarring. Pretty! This is the part we would all love to skip.