Acne, at any age, is extremely frustrating. Everyone gets a pimple, but if you struggle with stubborn or recurrent acne, you are probably looking for a way to get rid of it. Our skin encounters a lot during the day from external sources, including makeup and skincare products, oil, and dirt from our fingers, pollution and dirt in the air, and more. But, skin health is also heavily impacted by our internal health, including what we eat, drink, our gut health, our hormone health, etc. Needless to say, our skin is put through a lot throughout our lifetime. And, many of the aforementioned factors change or fluctuate throughout our lives, forcing our skin to constantly readapt. Acne can be a problem at any age and while there are various prescription oral and topical medications that may be able to help, they do not address the root cause. For this reason, it is essential that you work with an experienced and knowledgeable naturopathic physician to determine what is causing your acne and help tailor a holistic acne treatment strategy.
Why a Naturopathic Approach to Acne Treatment is Optimal
Acne is far more than an aesthetic concern and is often a sign that there is something such as a hormonal imbalance or poor gut health. Most importantly, however, it is essential to understand that everyone’s acne is different, and without a naturopath to assess your acne and develop a treatment plan, the problem may only continue to worsen. Over-the-counter and prescription medications all have potential side effects, may only mask the problem but not eradicate it, or may stop working. Your naturopath will address your holistic health and that means identifying what part of your endocrine system is responsible for your acne so that an effective and tailored treatment approach can be developed.
Naturopathic Methods of Treating and Managing Acne
Naturopathic physicians utilize a variety of methods for treating acne. Some acne sufferers have sensitivities or allergies to certain foods or environmental factors that can lead to or exacerbate acne. Your naturopath can help you determine if you have sensitivities or allergies and help you make dietary or environmental improvements to address your acne. Additionally, many skincare and makeup products are extremely harsh or irritating to the skin, creating an unending cycle of acne. Making some more natural product swaps can have a tremendously beneficial effect on skin health. Another naturopathic acne treatment tool is liver cleansing because your liver plays a vital role in skin health. Further, holistic and natural remedies can be taken orally or applied topically to treat acne and have far fewer side effects than commercially available acne products. Consult your naturopath to learn how you can treat and even heal your acne for healthier skin.