Hey everyone, Welcome back for another informative blog post. This year on my mind more than anything is helping others to learn how to heal in the comfort of their own home. From acne to bedwetting to high blood pressure. this year we will learn about many disorders and ways to help you. During this series you will learn about causes, recommendations, dietary modifications, nutrients that help, beneficial juices and more.
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To start off this series we will start by discussing acne. Acne is a general term often used to indicate acne vulgaris, which is a chronic inflammatory disease. It causes whiteheads, blackheads or pimples. Acne is most common among teenagers, though it affects people of all ages. Acne typically appears on your face, forehead, chest, upper back and shoulders because these areas of skin have the most oil (sebaceous) glands. Hair follicles are connected to oil glands.
Effective acne treatments are available, but acne can be persistent. A wide variety of treatment regimens exist for acne vulgaris including benzoil peroxide, retinoids, isotretinoids, keratolytic soaps, alpha hydroxy acids, azelaic acid, salicilic acid as well as hormonal, anti-androgen or antiseborrheic treatments. However, none of these methods is free of side effects and their exact role in therapy is not clear.
A major cause for acne is hormonal changes, including puberty or menstrual cycles, may also contribute to some acne issues. The hormones, which have been attributed to acne consist of testosterone, dehydroepiandrosterone and dihydrotestosterone, as well as insulin-like growth factor. In many adult women underline conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (POS), hirsutism, and endometriosis maybe a causing factor as well.
Testosterone is the male sex hormone that is made in the testicles
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a hormone that your body naturally produces in the adrenal gland. DHEA helps produce other hormones, including testosterone and estrogen.
Dihydrotestosterone is a hormone that stimulates the development of male characteristics (an androgen-group of sex hormones)
Other major factors for acne include dandruff , excess oil production, hair follicles clogged by oil and dead skin cells, bacteria, and inflammation.
It is important to remember that I am NOT a certified dermatologist just a humble herbalist and juicer spreading the knowledge I have learned and lived thru.
Acne signs vary depending on the severity of your condition:
Whiteheads (closed plugged pores)
Blackheads (open plugged pores)
Small red, tender bumps (papules)
Pimples (pustules), which are papules with pus at their tips
Large, solid, painful lumps under the skin (nodules)
Painful, pus-filled lumps under the skin (cystic lesions)
General Recommendations & Dietary Modifications
Cleanse your face twice a day with a sulfur-containing soap ( Always be sure to wash your face with clean hands)
Avoid using greasy creams and cosmetics and avoid medications that contain bromides and iodides.
Eliminate Sugars- Skin that is glucose intolerant is significantly impaired in acne patients.
(Glucose intolerance is an umbrella term for a group of metabolic conditions that result in higher than normal blood glucose levels)
Eating a high fiber diet may increase your chances with clearing your skin. Foods high in fiber like, whole grain cereals, whole grain breads, crackers, bran and legumes ( beans lentils, and split peas.
Reducing the consumption of fats and junk food may help with the decrease of acne and skin issues. A typical western diet is filled with lots of calories, fat, salt and sugar, and sadly too low in vegetables, fruit and whole grain fiber.
Schedule to do a juice cleanse once a month ( the start of the month is my go-to)
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Always consult with doctor if and when you have series concerns about changes happening to your body.
Another trick I used in high school is cucumber juice, it is said to purify the blood and lymphatic system, resulting in a clearer complexion. Drink 4 to 5 cups per day for a week straight.
Warning; Cucumber juice may help with going to the bathroom! I recommend starting with 1-2 cups a day one in the morning and one in the evening. Make sure to eat a semi healthy diet and avoid FRIED FOODS, JUNK FOOD AND HEAVY PASTAS.
As always, please! , please!! , please!!! consult with a doctor or trusted physician before trying anything new from herbs to juicing etc. If you have a pre-exsiting conditions please also double check with someone certified ( herbalist or physician) if you take over the counter medications.
Nutrients That Help
Vitamin A: Reduces sebum production ; Sebum production – Is produced by sebaceous glands when they disintegrate.The sebaceous glands produce lipids, triglycerides, which are broken down by bacterial enzymes (lipase) in the sebaceous duct to form smaller compounds, free fatty acids.
Fatty Acids: If you have a low-fat diet omega-3 fatty acids maybe helpful. Pure cold-pressed flaxseed oil is a good source (high in estrogen).
Chromium: Improves glucose tolerance levels and enhances insulin sensitivity
Zinc: Is important in wound healing, inflammation control, and tissue regeneration
Carrot, Kale, and Parsley (Sources of beta-carotene )
Kale, Spinach, and Green Pepper (Source of vitamin b6)
Spinach, Kale, and Beet greens (Source of folic acid)
Ginger root, Parsley, and Carrot (Source of Zinc)
Herbs For Acne
Medicinal plants with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties can be used in different ways in the treatment of acne and other infectious diseases. The herbs below can be used alone or in a mix. It is always important to be aware of allergies you may have before trying a new routine and or product.
Calendula (Calendula officinalis ) Calendula, also known as pot marigold, is a perennial flower native to the Mediterranean, although it is grown domestically throughout the world. Used for acne creams, soaps or oil are recommended.
Contains flavonoids believed to have antiseptic properties that inhibit the growth of acne causing bacteria.
Calendula oil is believed to be a mildly effective treatment for a variety of superficial skin conditions, including acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
DO NOT apply it to an open wound without a doctor’s supervision. People who are allergic to plants in the daisy or aster family, including chrysanthemums and ragweed, may also have an allergic reaction to calendula (usually a skin rash).
(Vitex agnus-castus ) A popular herb which contains 250 species worldwide used for a range of female reproductive conditions such as PMS, infertility, acne and menstrual disorders. The Vitex agnus-castus fruit, also known as chasteberry or monk’s pepper, is about the size of a peppercorn.
Hormone-sensitive conditions such as endometriosis; uterine fibroids; or cancer of the breast, uterus, or ovaries should not use this plant. Pregnant and nursing women should not use this plant.
Vitex agnus-castus can affect hormones and might affect estrogen levels. Don’t use vitex agnus-castus if you have a hormone-sensitive condition.
Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) One of the most ancient medicinal herbs known to mankind and member of the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Chamomile whole plant is used for making herb beers, and also for a lotion, for external application in toothache, earache, neuralgia and in cases of external swelling.
Chamomile has also been used to treat colic, croup, and fevers in children.
Chamomile is often used to treat mild skin irritations, including sunburn, rashes, sores and even eye inflammations.
People sensitive to ragweed and chrysanthemums or other members of the Compositae family are more prone to develop contact allergies to chamomile, especially if they take other drugs that help to trigger the sensitization.
Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) The tea tree was named by eighteenth century sailors, who made tea that smelled like nutmeg from the leaves of the tree. A person can treat acne, athlete’s foot, contact dermatitis or head lice using tea tree oil.
The oil possesses antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties.
Safe if used diluted in small amounts. (Jojoba and Sweet almond oil are popular for the skin/hair)
Tea tree oil should never be swallowed.
For the next section of learning we dive into myths about acne. For many years I have always heard that the cause of acne was junk food, pms, or stress but what if that was not all true.
Myth #1: Greasy foods cause breakouts
Because acne is caused by an increase in sebum, which is an oily substance, people have long assumed that eating greasy foods makes your skin greasy, leading to an acne eruption. This has never been scientifically proven, so you don’t need to worry about eating fried or greasy foods when it comes to your skin. However, there are plenty of reasons you should still limit these types of foods, especially when it comes to your heart and your waist circumference.
Myth #2 Eating Chocolate causes breakouts
For the most part, this is an old wives’ tale. Researchers haven’t been able to link cocoa to acne reliably. However, milk chocolate has a lot of sugar.When you eat chocolate, choose dark varieties with 70% cocoa or more because they’re much lower in sugar than milk chocolate.
Myth #3 Wearing makeup makes you breakout
Some types of liquid face makeup can clog your pores, but most cosmetic companies now offer oil-free and non-comedogenic product. Be sure to wash your makeup off each night and clean your makeup brushes weekly to avoid spreading bacteria.
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REF: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2995283/ ; https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/acne/symptoms-causes/syc-20368047 ; https://www.verywellhealth.com/benefits-of-tea-tree-oil-89521 ; https://www.wakehealth.edu/Stories/Common-Myths-About-Acne ;