Acne is a common condition with a prevalence of approximately 85% among patients aged 12-24 and can persist well into adulthood. Naturopathic medicine aims to find the root cause of symptoms patients are experiencing and uses natural and effective therapies to enhance the body’s ability to heal.
Here are some common reasons acne persists and ways to address this burdensome condition from a naturopathic perspective:
- Address hormone health
While bacteria and inflammation are the main culprits, your hormones can play a role in acne breakouts. Androgens are hormones that affect sebum production, and if elevated, can contribute to acne. I offer hormone evaluation through blood or saliva testing in order to get a proper diagnosis and implement appropriate treatment.
- Reduce inflammation
Dietary intake of certain processed, deep-fried, and sugary foods can increase inflammation in the body that can contribute to breakouts. Furthermore, if there isn’t adequate nutrition in your diet, you may be deficient in certain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that contribute to healthy skin and protect against inflammation present from every day stressors.
- Improve Digestion
Both your digestive tract and your skin are key defenders against invading pathogens. There is evidence that a disruption in the intestinal barrier (your gut lining) can cause intestinal bacteria and its metabolites to enter the bloodstream and cause a disruption to the skin. Investigating underlying digestive issues and using naturopathic treatments such as herbs, nutrients and acupuncture can often help to improve skin health and prevent future breakouts.
- Revise your skin care routine
Your hygiene is incredibly important when it comes to addressing acne, and every patient’s skin type is different. It contains a delicate, balanced microbiome that needs proper care so it’s important to keep your skin clean and supported with non-toxic products. For a personalized evaluation of your skin and what topical skincare protocol would be most beneficial for you, click the ‘Book Online’ button below to set up an appointment at your convenience.
Not all treatments are appropriate for every patient, so it’s always best to see a Naturopathic Doctor for a thorough and accurate diagnosis to assess your specific needs.
Dr. Jeda Boughton is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Registered Acupuncturist in Vancouver. She is also a Registered Herbologist and the founder of BodaHealth.