Acne And The Story It Tells
As we exit the, oftentimes stressful, phase of puberty, most of us would like to think that we can wave goodbye to acne, put it behind us and never think about it again. But pimples are not exclusively caused by hormonal imbalance, so what does your acne reveal about your health?
Using The Face Mapping Technique
Face mapping comes from the wisdom of Chinese medicine. In relation to acne, it states that, depending on the area on which pimples appear, one can pinpoint exactly what triggered them. While western medicine also acknowledges the fact that there’s more than meets the surface in regards to acne, physicians remain skeptical to the efficiency of face mapping.
Those that perform acupuncture however, state that pimples on the forehead point to issues within the digestive system, that a breakout between one’s eyebrows draws a map towards the liver, that zits that form close to the ears and eyes are tied to dehydration and kidney problems. Whatever their location, pimples do tend to warn us of underlying issues, ones that we should identify, treat and later, prevent.
Birth Control Pills And Hormones
Acne in your adulthood must not necessarily be related to toxins, dehydration or a lack of sleep. It can also be caused by taking birth control pills. The latter functions by releasing synthetic hormones into the body, temporarily creating quite the confusion and causing a case of acne. There’s little to do about it and can only be waited out as the body will eventually recognize the changes. Acne may strike in the months after starting contraceptive treatment or soon after ceasing.
And Speaking Of Diets
Consuming large quantities of white foods (certain types of bread, baked products and pasta) and sugary products may lead to the same outcome, although it does so through different means. Once these foods enter your digestive tract, a series of events are triggered.
It starts with turning those carbs into sugar that then proceeds to spike your blood sugar levels. This in turn increases insulin production within the organism. From here, a growth in male hormones can be noticed. An overabundance of these hormones eventually trigger the production of sebum, a substance that, together with bacteria, can trigger a case of acne.
A Slow Liver
What does your acne reveal about your health? Well, it could tell you that your liver isn’t doing a great job in keeping the rest of your body clean. Many of our organs come in pairs, unfortunately, the liver is not one of them. If your garbageman can’t take out the trash, eventually squalor sets in and toxins crawl their way to the surface in the form of acne.
While this may be caused by some liver pre-existing conditions, chances are you are simply overestimating its filtering powers. Excessive consumption of alcohol, foods rich in empty calories and bad carbohydrates and overall lacking moderation in our diets can lead to toxins overflowing. This can be remedied by changing the diet and coupling it with mild liver medication.
Allergies are just as prone to cause the forming of zits and pimples on the skin. It’s important to be able to identify the exact cause of allergy and then try to eliminate it form our day to day lives. Unfortunately, this sounds easier in theory than in practice.
One may be allergic to dust or a certain type of food, or even certain food additives. Whatever the cause, the body will not react nicely to what it can’t stand. It will trigger inflammations, cases of itchiness and even acne.
Slow Or Irregular Bowel Movements
When it comes to health and acne, one of the most overlooked causes can stem from the bowels and it involves toxins again. By not consuming enough fiber (an essential factor in regular and healthy bowel movement) and by living a hectic life (or a sedentary one), we cause ourselves a great disservice.
While bowel movements should happen at least once and no more than three times within a day, few of us can actually say that we have such a routine for our organism. By being even mildly constipated, you keep a large amount of toxins inside the body. Even if the intestine is designed to keep them in there, some of these toxins seep through and can lead to a case of acne.