Are you at your wit's end about how to clear up your skin?
Have you tried everything that you've been recommended and are still just stumped?
Unfortunately, you are not alone. Trying every almost product on the market is the norm, and still breakouts occur. Fortunately, you are not alone.
Trying to treat acne by slathering your skin with products to kill bacteria, doesn't address where the problem truly lies. Skin problems, such as acne, are often caused by multiple factors from hormonal imbalances to inflammation. However, all of these factors can be a result of poor elimination, meaning that instead of having your metabolic waste eliminated from your body, it builds up and creates problems.
You have many organs of elimination (kidney, liver, skin, lymph, lungs and GI tract) that act as a filter to wash away waste products, toxins and hormones from your body.
The first step to gaining control of acne and skin breakouts is gaining control over your body’s waste management.
My Hot Detox focuses on nourishing foods that can help improve all elimination pathways in your body so that you can get rid of metabolic waste and toxins and thereby balance your hormones. Following the Hot Detox program offers deep cleansing without harsh caloric restriction.
One of the major functions of your liver is to remove excess hormones and toxins from your body. Two hormones of interest are testosterone and estrogen.
When you overload your liver with too much caffeine, alcohol, sugar and processed foods, the resulting overload can lead to acne due to hormonal imbalance.
Don’t worry! Your liver function and detox pathways can be improved by following the Hot Detox!
Your liver needs nutrients such as B-vitamins, glutathione, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and supportive herbs and spices (like milk thistle, dandelion, turmeric, dill and caraway) in order to smoothly run both Phase I and Phase II of your detoxification pathway. The Hot Detox menu plan will ensure that you get all the vitamins and nutrients required for liver detoxification because it is based on consuming whole foods.
Whole foods are important for liver detoxification and they help you keep yours GI tract healthy and optimal. High-fat diets and processed foods cause alterations to gut motility and micro-biota, thus increasing the burden of inflammation, oxidative stress, sebum production and thereby exacerbating acne. There is also some evidence that those who suffer from acne have altered intestinal microflora and constipation and that the consumption of fermented drinks or supplements seems to improve clinical aspects of acne. More specifically, it appears that probiotics led to significant reductions in sebum production and regulated the release of inflammatory markers and cytokines.
Because inflammation and oxidative stress play a role in causing acne, it is important not to forget to address them. In fact, acne is primarily an inflammatory disease and should be treated via mechanisms of anti-inflammation. There is evidence to support that adults who suffer from acne have decreased levels of antioxidants (Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E) in comparison to those who have clear skin. Incorporating antioxidant-rich foods such as brightly-coloured and dark green vegetables is an excellent choice and additionally reduces inflammatory factors (cytokines), supports digestion and improves regularity of bowel movements.
Impaired lymphatic circulation means that your immune system and detoxification may be sluggish. The bacterium Propionibacterium acnes, which colonize follicles and glands of the skin, activate an immune response. Dry skin brushing, as described in my book, Hot Detox, clears pores and stimulates the lymphatic system, therefore strengthening the immune system and transporting waste to the liver and kidneys for elimination.