A Holistic View of Successful Acne Treatment

Acne is a stressful skin ailment, weather you are a teenager or adult, this skin condition does not discriminate, nor is it any easier to treat.  Acneic skin breakouts can affect your confidence, mood and outlook.  There are many choices when it comes to managing and treating acne.  The key is managing the bacteria, hormones, and oil secretions that cause the acne breakouts.  You can choose a pharmaceutical approach, or a more holistic one like the one outlined below.

Begin with a skincare routine that incorporates cleansing, exfoliation, bacterial control and nutrients to support healthy skin turnover and oil control.  The dmSkincare line includes the following products which work well to achieve this goal:

Cleanser – Here there are two choices – the botana-gel cleanser™ contains AHA’s to gently exfoliate while cleansing.  This is a good choice, but the repair bar is also a good solution.  It is specially formulated with ingredients that kill bad bacteria and feed the healthy skin bacteria which help manage acne.

green tea toner – This unique toner contains glycolic acid to exfoliate, along with hazelnut oil to soothe and gently moisturize skin.  You won’t feel tight and dry after using this toner.  

vitA-clear serum™ – similar in property to Retin-A, but the vitamin A in our formulation is gentler so the harsh stripping side effect is not experienced.  This is a critical component of acne control in the way it modulates oil secretions while providing antioxidant protection.

AHA salicylic solution – this anti-microbial combination of lactic, glycolic, and salycilic acids works to renew and hydrate acneic skin.

Topical skincare is only part of the solution.  What you put inside of your body is equally important.  The following nutritional tips will help round out your holistic acne management approach:

Keep inflammation in check.  An anti-inflammatory diet with a good balance of omega 3 to omega 6 fats is critical.  Be sure to include plenty of fatty fish like salmon and/or plant sources of omega 3 fatty acids like milled flax seeds and walnuts.  Limit fried foods and baked cookies and crackers which contain high amounts of omega 6 fatty acids.

Eat your veggies and fruits.  Large amount of green vegetables not only provide much needed B and C vitamins, but also are detoxifying and anti-inflammatory.  Aim for 5-7 servings per day, with a focus on eating a rainbow of colors to ensure that you get a variety of phytonutrients.

Feed your flora!  Your GI track and skin are both lined with healthy bacteria that help fight off unhealthy bacteria and maintain overall immunity.  When your gut flora are imbalanced you will see it on your skin.  Fermented foods like yogurt, keifer, kimchi, sauerkraut, and miso are great natural sources of probiotics – healthy bacteria.  People with acne, especially those who have taken antibiotics for years, have compromised gut flora and may need the added benefit of a probiotic supplement in addition to regular intake of fermented foods.

Skip the sugar.  Sugar and refined carbs are not your partners in good health in general, but if you have acne, they can be especially detrimental to your skin.  Strictly limit or completely avoid refined sugar or refined carbs which create AGE’s – advanced glycation end products.  These AGE’s damage collagen and elastin and lead to premature skin aging.

Hydrate.  Drink plenty of filtered tap or mineral water to flush out toxins and give your cells the hydration they require.  Limit alcohol, caffeinated, and sugar-sweetened beverages.

The final piece of the holistic approach involves your lifestyle choices. There are many choices you make in your daily living that can cause acne to flare. Think about making the following important changes in your routine if you are not in balance:

Manage stress.  Stress causes elevated cortisol which can reak havoc on your skin and increase overall inflammation.  Take time for you every day.  This is different for everyone.  It could be yoga, meditation, or just laughing with friends.  Don’t let your worries control you, but rather take control of your stress.

Get your zzzz’s.  Inadequate sleep also raises cortisol and leads to cravings for unhealthy refined carbs as the body craves quick glucose spikes to increase energy.  Stick to a regular sleep schedule (even on the weekends).  Equally as important,  keep electronics out of the bedroom and make your bed a place for rest, not work.

Keep germs off of your face.  Many times we do not realize how many germs, dirt, and oil we add to our face during the day from unexpected places.  Clean phones and keyboards daily with an alcohol wipe.  Change your pillow case daily.  We recommend a fragrance free, eco-friendly laundry detergent for bedding and towels.  Keep your hands off of your face – this one is hard.  Many times we unconsciously touch our face during the day.  At the very least, keep hands clean by washing several times per day to avoid transferring bacteria to your sensitive skin.

Acne is a skin condition that affects us both mentally and physically.  Why not try taking a holistic approach to managing your acne and let us know how it works for you.  We are here to provide more detailed information on all of the topics above, so please join the conversation and let us help you take control of your skin health and “uncover the brilliance that comes from comfort in your own skin”.