Acne is an inflammatory condition. A holistic appraoch for acne can help you get rid of this problem without the damaging side effects of pharmaceutical drugs. Bacteria and other underlying infections can often cause acne and other skin conditions by triggering a cascade of inflammatory chemicals and cellular activities in the skin. The outcome of this inflammatory frenzy is increased blood circulation (causing redness) and an influx of helper white blood cell called phagocytes, which attempt to wall off the invaders, in turn, causing a pus collection (pimple or cyst), either under the skin or at the surface.
Here are the biggest offenders:
This is the bad wolf of inflammation. Eliminate sugar from your diet. With the exception of low glycemic unprocessed foods like fruit, complete with the fiber that is implied to accompany it, sugar will just feed any underlying infections causing a continual flare up of your acne. Having insatiable Sugar Cravings? Try one drop of essential fennel oil or a square of Lillie’s dark chocolate in your tea or on your tongue. Note: Infections can actually cause sugar cravings. Once infections are eliminated most people notice their sugar cravings go away.
All holistic approaches and many traditional western medicine doctors now know that Dairy is super inflammatory and can exacerbate issues with acne. Chinese medicine, in fact, has considered dairy to be the most congesting, inflammatory food group, increasing mucus production, and preventing digestion. Stick with goat and sheep cheese if you require a cheese fix– they’re simpler to digest and don’t cause the severe inflammatory reactions that dairy can cause.
Genetic modifications in the wheat crop have actually started a gluten-intolerance epidemic. People with true celiac are rare and genuinely can’t have any gluten (not even the gluten in soy sauce or skincare products). However, many people are “gluten intolerant,” meaning that gluten causes bloating, gas, and tummy aches, as well as systemic inflammation in the body. Choose naturally gluten-free, protein-rich grains like quinoa and millet instead. If you are working with a holistic coach you may learn that you need to completely avoid all grains for a period of time, even the gluten free ones.
Present in corn oil, soybean oil, and safflower oil. Omega-6 fats are present in huge quantities in the modern diet and become inflammatory when not balanced by a comparable amount of omega-3 fats. The good news? You can correct the imbalance by including things like walnuts, wild rice, edamame, flax, and sustainably caught fish like salmon to your diet, along with reducing processed and fried foods and other foods that are high in Omega 6.
Red wine has some antioxidant impact due to high concentrations of resveratrol, along with a mild blood-thinning effect, but don’t be fooled into thinking that a glass a day is good for you. In fact, unless the wine is organic, it is full of pesticide which adds to the already toxic effect of the alcohol. If you are going to enjoy an occasional glass of wine, choose an organic wine or one that is from areas in Europe where many or all of the toxic pesticides are banned. Other alcohols have fewer documented health advantages, and no form of alcohol is helpful in any way. Alcohol is toxic and irritating for the liver, pancreas, brain, and other intestinal organs. The point is that even if you’re a clean eater, you probably have room to improve.
When people are stressed, the bodies produce more testosterone and cortisol, both of which can cause increased sebum production and break-outs. Also, it often takes care of ourselves less attentively when people stressed, sleeping less, taking less time for the health routines, resulting in acne, dark circles under the eyes, irritation, decreased hydration—sound familiar? So, how do you manage your stress? There will continuously be pressure and worry and insufficient time and an endless to-do list. Step back, breath, and find your way to keep stress in check.
Aside from the fantastic truth that you create your happy chemicals when you exercise, sweating is usually helpful for your skin. Through sweating, it balances the electrolytes and increases blood flow to the skin temporarily, warming it and allowing clogged pores to release. Attempt to work out with clean skin instead of using makeup, and always follow with by a gentle, cool-water rinse.
If analyzed, your hands, washcloths, towels, headbands, and pillowcases would show bacteria that you otherwise wouldn’t know you are being exposed to – actually you would be shocked! And yes, while some bacteria are crucial to good health and clear skin, not all are created equal. Here’s how you can assist:
• Don’t touch your face unless you are doing your skincare routine.
• Wash your face thoroughly before bed every night.
• Use clean linens in the bathroom and the bedroom.
• Clean your phone/iPod/keyboard regularly with a natural, antibacterial wipe.
• Wash your hands frequently.
Pulling excessive oil from the skin will cause it to up-regulate sebum production, resulting in more acne rather than less. As soon as a pimple appears, drying it mercilessly leaves redness, flakes, and scars– who would want that? Instead, you want to clean the skin and nourish it instead of stripping it.
Here are a few tips used by many holistic doctors for acne:
1. Oil cleaning is lovely, but should be limited to once or twice a week, or it can pull excessive oil from the skin and cause increased sebum production and break-outs.
2. Use a handmade soap or gentle face wash for your regular cleansing. Fewer ingredients and chemicals are less likely to aggravate your skin.
3. Appropriate exfoliation will keep the epidermis healthy and help prevent blackheads. However, over-exfoliation can leave the skin irritated and compromised—susceptible to bacterial invasion and acne flares.
4. Don’t be afraid to utilize an oil serum! Used on damp skin merely after washing, the right blend of oils can assist the skin in regulating it is itself sebum production better. If you break-out from an oil serum, it is most likely not the right blend for you. (Remember that almost everyone breaks out when changing skincare products, so give it at least a week.).
5. Raw Manuka honey mask can settle inflammation and have included antibacterial activity—twice a week is sufficient.
6. Work with a holistic practitioner to determine if you have underlying infections, toxins, and /or gut issues that are ultimately causing your acne.
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Not feeling well and looking for help with your condition, diagnosis, or symptoms that won’t go away no matter what you have tried? Our holistic biological health coaches can help you! Our coaches teach you how your body works, what the underlying cause of your condition or symptoms are, and how to fix and address them using long-term solutions that are data-driven and that work!
Our holistic biological health coaches have a deep understanding of advanced functional testing and genetics testing, along with much experience in complex cases.
Our biological coaching team works with you to empower and teach you how to understand and interpret your lab results, what your results mean, how they are connected to your health conditions or symptoms, and most importantly, what to do with the information, how to put protocols together based on your lab results, and when to reorder your various labs to track progress.
You will become your own healing master learning how to navigate the healing process, how to modify your protocols, when and how to detoxify your organs and cells from the toxins discovered on your lab results. You will learn the importance of tracking your assessment forms and symptom sheets and how to troubleshoot your healing process.
In addition, you have the opportunity to learn how to understand YOUR genetic blueprint – Our coaches are trained in the field of epigenetics and understand implicitly that YOU are in control of your own gene expression and how your genes either work for or against you. If you choose to add genetic testing into your program, your genetic blueprint information can be used not only to help drive your plan of action for healing, but also it can be used to understand your body’s unique nutrition, lifestyle, sleeping, eating, and physical activity needs are so that you can optimize once you are healed.
Get help from our functional nutrition coaches who understand that there is no ONE diet that is right for everyone. Our nutrition coaches work hand in hand with our biological coaches so if you need any lab work done or specific protocols that would require supplement protocols, you have a team working on your behalf and your nutrition coach would make recommendations for which other team coaches would be able to help you.
Your coaches will teach and empower you to learn how to determine and navigate your diet modifications which are decided based on your extensive intake forms, history, and your lab data that your coaches may want to order for you. Based on all of this information, they will teach you what foods to eat and not eat according to various conditions and why.
Your functional nutrition coach will help you learn what substitutes you can use when there are certain foods you may need to stop eating for a period of time, how to put your meals together based on your dietary needs per your lab data, how and when to incorporate gut repair protocols, and what lifestyle modifications you want to address based on your labs and your health conditions.
Nutritional coaching can be a great tool by itself or combined with coaching from our biological coaches. You can schedule with either our biological or nutrition coaches and they can help you get started and make recommendations as needed.
Many people who have successfully mentored with our nutrition coaches have had past issues such as:
Mindset, past and present traumas, and limiting belief systems are some of the biggest barriers to healing, so much in fact that gene expression and biological ‘engines’ of the human body can change for the worse because of it.
In the many years, we have been working in the field of holistic medicine, helping people who have tried everything else with no success or little success, we have discovered how great of an impact our thoughts, beliefs, and past and present trauma, and chronic stress can be to the human body, mind, and spirit.
The rate of recovery and healing for those who place emphasis on creating new neurological pathways to imprint new and healthy mindsets and belief systems in how they perceive themselves and the world around them is greatly improved when the psychological aspect of mindset and integration of mind, body, the spirit is addressed through repatterning of the mind and body neurology.
By removing barriers discovered from traumas, mindset, and conscious/unconscious patterns that are not congruent for healing, health, and vitality, you set yourself up for the best outcomes in your healing journey. Healing only occurs when the physical, emotional, and mental barriers to healing are removed.
Therefore we incorporate mind, body, spirit integration work into our programs and in doing so, we see exponential increases in positive outcomes with our clients. We have put together the most comprehensive ‘whole person’ approach in the world, and this is why our results are so successful.
Our Emotional Processing, Stress Release, & Neurological Repatterning coaches work with you to create new neurological connections, anchor new neurology, and habits, and show you how to become aware of any conscious or unconscious belief systems that may be holding you back from healing and total health.
You are welcome to try one or two appointments to see what you think. We typically recommend a minimum of 6 sessions to make an accurate assessment of how this type of modality is working for you.
Here are some of the modalities our Emotional Processing, Stress Release, & Neurological Repatterning coaches use for brain and body repatterning:
Breathwork is more than just a simple exercise of intentional breathing. Specialized breathwork techniques are used to facilitate major transformation and healing by encompassing a wide range of therapeutic practices that are extremely powerful in providing immediate relief for pulling people out of fight or flight (the amygdala hijack we teach about in Part 2 of our Mastering Trauma Masterclass).
This vagus nerve activation through breath work activates the rest/digest (parasympathetic nervous system), stimulates healing, reduces blood pressure, reduces the cortisol stress response, regulates hormone and blood glucose activity, and heart rate variability (the biological stress response). It rewires the body for self-regulation of the nervous system in a manner that optimizes the body and creates resilience in times of stress.
Yoga breath therapy allows you to disconnect from the mind chatter, mind racing, and negative self-talk and reconnect with your body your energy. From this elevated state of awareness, you are able to facilitate healing, growth, and expansion. And if you are looking for some expansion of your body/mind/spirit awareness, then this type of breathwork can be nourishing and can facilitate the next layer of peace, love, gratitude, connection, clarity, and insights.
In the many years, we have been working in the field of holistic medicine, helping people who have tried everything else with no success or little success, we have discovered how great of a damaging impact our thoughts, beliefs, and past and present trauma, and chronic stress (the fight or flight response) can be to the human body, mind, and spirit.
By becoming aware of how to regulate our own nervous system, and resolve traumas, mindset, and conscious/unconscious patterns that are not congruent for healing, health, and vitality, you set yourself up for the best outcomes in your healing journey. Healing only occurs when the physical, emotional, and mental barriers to healing are removed.
The rate of recovery and healing for those who place emphasis on:
….. Find much success and amplification in their healing journey.
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