It’s easy to lose sight of the fact that your entire body is connected, and your lifestyle plays a big part on all facets. By cleansing your body of impurities, you set it up so that all of your organs are working in harmony with one another. Since your skin is your biggest organ, it benefits as well from releasing harmful substances from the body and replacing them with nutrients and minerals your body needs for clear, healthy-looking skin. Here are a series of steps to make sure that you’ll be giving yourself the best conditions for the prevention of acne.
Step One – Stop the Influx of Toxins
Part of the detoxing process is limiting the number of toxins you’re taking in. Toxins come in many forms, and some are not as obvious as others. Things like cigarette smoke and alcohol are pretty clearly toxic to the body. But you’re also taking in pesticides and herbicides from conventionally grown fruits and vegetables, and antibiotics and growth hormones from conventionally raised livestock.
There are also dozens of heavy metals that are toxic to the body that can build up over time. If you’ve let these go unchecked for years they could be causing many of the problems you’re experiencing, with acne as well as other health problems.
Step Two – Begin from Within
Acne is formed from the inside out, so what you’re seeing on your face and other areas is not the result of what you are currently doing, but what you have or haven’t done in the past. By shifting the focus of your acne treatment to the inside, where acne gets its start, you should begin to see improvements over time with less and less acne appearing on the surface. Here are things you can do to help improve the condition of your skin.
– Drink plenty of pure water. Being in a dehydrated state can cause acne to worsen.
– Do a colon cleanse. Built up waste in the colon can result in unhealthy skin.
Cleanse the liver. Eat foods that help the liver, and avoid drinking caffeine and alcohol.
– Eat organic fruits, vegetables, and meats to avoid toxic chemicals.
Stop smoking and limit alcohol consumption.
– Get a water filter for your shower to limit the amount of chlorine on your skin.
Step Three – Use All Natural Acne Treatments
Rather than using harsh, chemical-laden acne treatments, switch to organic and all-natural products that will reduce the side effects you experience and nourish your skin with botanicals and herbs. You’ll be doing yourself a favor by giving the body things it needs, rather than bombarding it with substances that were created in a laboratory. It’s a process of trial and error, since just because something is made from all-natural ingredients, there’s no guarantee that your skin will respond well to it.
Step Four – Use a Detoxifying Healing Mask
If you have severe acne, try using a detoxifying healing mask made with bentonite clay. This clay is known for its ability to draw out toxins from the skin. It is often used as part of a detox bath, but you can bring the same benefits to your face by using it as a mask. You can use this as a way to clear out your pores, since it will remove dirt as well as impurities. You can make it a part of your weekly maintenance. Out of all the detox clays out there, the best one we’ve found for use as a facial is Indian Healing Clay by Aztec Secret.
Step Five – Observe Your Results
During a detox it’s important not to jump to conclusions too quickly. When the body is purging toxins from its various systems, things might look worse before they look better. This is especially true if you’ve never detoxed your body before, and have been on the Standard American Diet until now. Once you have established better habits and enough time has passed for results to show, take a look at what is working and what isn’t, and where you can make additional adjustments for even more results.
Step Six – Fill Any Nutritional Gaps
Ask your dermatologist if they believe your acne is being caused by a nutritional deficiency. It could be that you’re not getting enough of a specific vitamin or mineral from the foods you’re eating, and this is causing breakouts. It can be hard to eat the recommended 5 to 7 servings of fruits and vegetables each day, so supplementing with whole food vitamins and greens could be what you need. These are made from actual foods, and do not contain synthetic vitamins and minerals.
Step Seven – Go the Distance
Beating your acne problem is not a sprint, but a marathon. Although you may want your acne gone yesterday, the truth is that your body has to adjust to the changes you’re making, and results take time. If you try to speed up the process, you’ll often make things worse by using harsh or abrasive cleansers and creams, causing additional redness and making it obvious that you are trying to treat your acne.
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