Acne

Skin problems are caused by many factors such as lifestyle, diet, hormones etc. To find out the best approach to improve your skin make an appointment with our Naturopath.

What causes & triggers acne to occur? 

  • Fluctuating hormones (androgens) associated with adolescence, menstruation (acne tends to flare 2 to 7 days pre-menstruation), or pregnancy.
  • High insulin levels can lead to an increase in sebum production and to epithelial cell proliferation
  • Low serum zinc
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Certain medications – corticosteroids, anabolic steroids; oral contraceptives

What lifestyle factors can improve acne?

  • Using a reputable skin care range such as Gernetic. (http://gernetic.com.au/)
  • Avoiding environmental pollutants. Something I find interesting is that I don’t wear makeup everyday but when I cleanse my face at night on my make up free days the cotton wipes can still be dirty afterwards. My face has been exposed to and carried on it environmental pollutants. Make sure you cleanse your face every night.
  • Reduce friction & sweating e.g. tight clothes, headbands, bicycle helmets, backpacks.
  • Avoid squeezing or picking the skin.
  • Sunlight therapy or UV lamps may be of some benefit.

What can we do nutritionally to help Acne?

Reduce or Remove:

  • Grains & sugars (to reduce glycemic load)
  • Dairy products
  • Refined and processed oils and trans-fatty acids

Increase:

  • Soluble fibre
  • Proteins
  • Water
  • Essential fatty acids from fish, nuts & seeds
  • Antioxidant-rich fruits & vegetables

What kind of supplements help with Acne?

  • Zinc – the most critical nutrient in healthy skin formation
  • Fish Oil – Omega 3 EFA’s reduce inflammation, support skin structure & immune function
  • Vitamin C – is vital for improving skin immunity, collagen production and accelerating wound healing.
  • Vitamin A – reduces sebum production
  • Blood Glucose Support – if insulin resistance is indicated
  • Vitamin B6 – assists hormonal balance during menstrual cycle