Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Holistic Approach to Acne

I am breaking out like crazy.  I am not a person that breaks out like crazy.

I have worn makeup twice in the past month and washed it off completely as soon as I got home.  Makeup is not the cause for what's currently going on with my face.

Someone familiar with my other posts might ask if the pain meds I had to take for my broken foot are to blame?  I'm no longer taking Vicodin, which is linked to cystic acne, but I am seeing primarily an increase in blackheads.  I don't believe the Vicodin is the issue though, as my face started breaking out before I was prescribed it.

I was taking Naproxen prior to the surgery, which is a anti-inflammatory that has actually been used to relieve acne.  So why did my acne start to flare up while I was on Naproxen?

When your system (your body as a whole, I mean) is out of whack, it can cause you to break out.  When your immune system is busy dealing with something within your body--like a cold or, in my case a broken bone--it apparently doesn't multitask well and can't fight your acne too.  Also, it pushes any yucky stuff (toxins in your system, etc.) out however it can.  (There were so many sites that all said this same thing in different words, so I'm just going to refer readers to the Google Search I did.)

So what can you do to combat this?  While I am not a professional dermatologist or anything else in the medical field, I do have common sense.  Common sense says, "If your immune system is taxed and not able to fight your acne, maybe you should give your immune system a hand and build it up."  So build up your immune system!

How do you do that?  There are tons of things that you can do that, in combination, will help boost your immune system.  The Harvard Medical School has a great page that explains everything you can do.  I will leave it to the experts to fill you in.

Dehydration can also help promote acne.  If you don't believe me, I promise I'm not making it up.  A boat load of sources back that up.  So drink up!  Drink at least the daily recommended amount of water for someone of your age, weight, etc.  The Mayo clinic website has information on how to calculate how much you should be drinking.

Going back to common sense, you also want to make sure you're keeping your face clean.  This part is up to you.  Different cleansing routines work differently for everyone.  For me, the only thing that will clear this up will be rotating between Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean Original Face Wash and Burt's Bees Orange Essence Facial Cleanser.  I will be using pure witch hazel as an astringent, Burt's Bees Herbal Blemish Stick for spot treatment, and jojoba oil (with a drop of tea tree oil if needed) as a moisturizer.  Seriously, I don't know why I ever switch from this routine.  I let myself be lured in by other products just to be disappointed.  Find what works for you and stick with it!  Of course, I recommend finding something that works by a brand that is all-natural and doesn't include questionable and/or harmful ingredients.

(Images are of different types of acne, and were created by the FDA.)

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