Food is Medicine ~ Acne Edition~

Food is Medicine ~ Acne Edition~

What kind of diet should you be maintaining while dealing with acne? In this blog you will find helpful tips and tricks that will decrease the inflammation in your body, help smooth and repair your gut, and most importantly fuel your body with nutrition. A quick disclaimer that I am not certified in nutrition. I have, however, spent some time struggling with acne and these are things that worked for me. The root cause of acne more times than not comes from within. What you consume matters, and most processed and junk foods that are broadcast and thrown in our faces on a daily basis destroy our bodies from within. Acne is our body's signal telling us something is wrong inside of us. There is no harm in adding nutritious fruits and veggies into your diet, so if you’re interested keep reading!

To start, acne is an inflammatory condition. The root cause is often due to a disrupted immune system. There are many remedies that soothe the gut lining and ease the inflamed immune system. Anti-inflammatory foods such as garlic, green tea, and foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids will fight to heal your body from the inside out. Clean non-comedogenic skincare is wonderful to treat active acne, but skincare can only take you so far. Because acne is an inflammatory condition the healing is most beneficial when you first aim to heal your body internally rather than externally.  Juicing is a great option to get nutrients into your body in a quick and timely manner. Ginger, turmeric, and black pepper shots are wonderful for fighting inflammation. Celery juice is also a great option as it is filled with antioxidants, reduces inflammation, and is known for its skin healing properties. Another great source of healing is drinking 8oz of bone broth. Bone broth fights to heal the gut lining and stimulate collagen production. 

Another great healing tip is to get at least eight hours of sleep each night and to sleep and wake up around the same time each day. Your body heals itself when it is asleep so this would include healing those who are struggling with acne. Sleeping at the same time and waking up around the same time helps balance your circadian rhythm. Your circadian rhythm plays a crucial role in acne. If your rhythm is off (if you lack proper sleep) then your hormones will not be fully balanced. Unbalanced hormones are one of the main the culprits of acne.

Consulting your doctor or dermatologist is always a great first step to finding your root cause. Healing comes from within. I look at food as medicine with millions of healing properties. I wish you the best on your healing journey. 

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~ Article contributed by Riona Scafa