There are few skin ailments that affect such a large percent of the population. In fact, over 85 percent of the U.S. Population experiences acne at some point within their lives, according to data derived by the American Academy of Dermatology. Although the root causes of acne can dramatically vary, the ultimate deciding factors of breakouts are influenced by three primary factors, which include:
- Excess oil production
- Clogged hair follicles, which inhibits the flushing of skin oils and debris
- Bacteria growth inside hair follicles
Therefore, in order to truly attack acne – and promote clear, smooth skin – you must treat problem skin from multiple angles. Truly beautiful skin is not so much about what you put on your face, but rather the health of your body as a whole. Your skin is the largest, and most visible, organ within your body. Because of this, its appearance and afflictions are directly related to the balance of nutrients and level of toxins circulating throughout your body.
The most effective way to influence clear skin is by eradicating harmful toxins from your body and promoting healthy function of vital organs. While there are many specialty products that claim to accomplish this goal, in reality, achieving a balanced body and acne-free skin can be done by following three simple steps.
STEP ONE – FLUSH YOUR SYSTEM
When you think about feeding your body with the necessary nutrients for sustained health, you likely imagine brightly colored vegetables highlighted by supplements. While this is an effective way to promote healthy organ functions, the most effective step in detoxing your body for clear skin is also one of the easiest – drinking enough water.
One of the biggest factors in toxic accumulation and ultimately bad skin, is dehydration. When your body is dehydrated, every organ and system within your body begins to misfire. Since the average human body is nearly 75 percent water, if your daily consumption does not outweigh your daily fluid loss, you’ll soon experience symptoms such as foggy mental clarity, weight gain, joint pain and acne breakouts (2).
According to most health experts, you should drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of fresh water every day. While some believe drinking in upwards of 100 ounces of water per day is the ideal amount to detoxify your skin and other organs, over-hydration can be just as dangerous as dehydration. Therefore, stay within the 70-ounces of water per day range unless your physician suggests otherwise.
STEP TWO – SUPPLEMENTS FOR SKIN HEALTH
The use of herbal supplements for detoxification purposes is nothing new. In fact, many organ-specific detoxification treatment plans involve one or more herbal supplements. Acne detox programs are no different. To truly make the most out of your detoxification treatments, it’s best to involve at least two of the following supplements. As with many natural remedies, some herbs may not be as effective for your body as it is for another. Therefore, the act of herbal supplements is more of a trial-and-error than generalized.
Essential Fatty Acids – Polyunsaturated fatty acids, known as PUFAs, play a direct role in determining the appearance and function of your skin. By regulating oil production and supporting the natural detoxification process, essential fatty acids, such as omega-3 fish oil supplements, promote natural collagen production while restoring the natural balance of moisture within your skin. According to data outlined by the Linus Pauling Institute, flaxseed oil and menhaden fish oil contain the highest concentration of skin-promoting PUFAs.
Vitamin C – Think vitamin C is only good for treating colds? Think again. This potent antioxidant directly influences not only the health and vitality of your skin, but its ability to eradicate free radicals (or toxins) from your body makes it among the most potent detoxification supplements. In terms of skin health and acne prevention, vitamin C benefits skin cells on the molecular level by removing toxins and supporting natural skin cell rejuvenation. Moreover, vitamin C supplementation can remove wrinkles and boost collagen production for more youthful skin.
Fern Extract – Perhaps one of the most surprising additions to this list, fern extract is among the most potent natural supplements for overall skin health. In fact, fern extract (Polypodium leucotomos) has been studied for its skin protecting and detoxifying benefits for nearly half-a-century. The primary active compounds in fern extract include antioxidants, carotenoids and tocopherol – all of which immediately begin working to eliminate toxins from your body while directing its healing properties to the skin. It’s believed fern extract helps eliminate acne by supporting natural skin function while acting as a potent anti-inflammatory and immune-system booster.
STEP THREE – FROM THE EARTH YOUR ACNE CAN BE HEALED
The final step in this acne detox program is to attack acne breakouts through topical treatments. While there are literally hundreds of acne products on the market, most include harmful chemicals or useless herbal ingredients designed to sound beneficial, but rarely achieve its promoted results. However, there is a common ingredient that has proven to improve the appearance of skin while decreasing acne breakouts. This magic compound? Bentonite clay.
Derived from ancient volcanic ash formed just outside of Fort Benton, Wyoming, bentonite clay literally absorbs toxins from the skin when it’s formed into a paste. Researchers believe it accomplished this goal by producing a very small electric charge when it comes in contact with water. This almost undetectable electrical current is believed to the absorb toxins, chemicals and even heavy metals from your skin. This charge is described as a “negative charge,” which attracts the positive charge found in most skin toxins.
To use bentonite clay, create a paste by mixing ½ cup of bentonite clay with enough water to create a paste. Apply the paste directly to your skin and allow it to fully dry for 20 minutes. Wash the dried clay with warm water and repeat at least once a week.