All You Need To Know About Acne

All You Need To Know About Acne

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All You Need to Know About Acne

Dr. Scott Saunders, MD

Acne is caused by toxic overload of the liver with certain toxins.  These mostly include organic toxins such as dioxin and pesticides, but also include foods.  The foods are those that cause inflammation such as omega 6 oils and sugars.  Some of the artificial sweeteners also increase acne greatly.  Acne is affected by steroid hormones such as cortisol (stress) and testosterone (males going through puberty, or females with PCOS).  Acne is really not due to washing, or lack thereof – it’s not the outside, but rather the inside.  As Jesus said, “cleanse first that which is within… that the outside… may be clean.” (Matthew 23:26)  Thus, drugs, scrubs, gels, pastes, exfoliants, soaps, and so forth, while they may improve the symptoms, they do not address the problem.  Acne is not an infection, but rather an inflammation of the glands of the skin.  Killing the bacteria on the skin can relieve the inflammation for a short time, but, again, doesn’t address the problem.

The way to totally relieve the problem of acne and have clear, clean, smooth, beautiful skin is to get rid of inflammation.  This may be different in different people, but here are some ideas that really work:

Detox program.  The purpose of detox is to give the liver what it needs to get the normal toxins out of your body.  This is done by using only high-nutrient and low-toxin foods, and adding in lots of extra nutrients.  Be careful of protein powders or smoothies, as they often contain sweeteners that can make the problems worse.  In the office we carry a Standard Process whole food detox kit that works very well.  You can also get Nourishing Greens, or other powders that add nutrition without toxicity.

The best detox, if you don’t want to use powders or pills, is to eat ONLY organic, raw vegetables, and organic, grass-fed beef, chicken, or wild fish for four weeks.  Some of the vegetables may be cooked, like spinach.  Avoid the starchy things like potatoes.  It’s best to eat a lot – like 9 cups per day.  Some must include brassica vegetables like broccoli, kale, and brussels sprouts.

Cleanse program.  A cleanse program takes the toxins out of the body.  This is done by using up the glycogen in the liver and muscles, and using fat for energy.  It always requires a limited diet, or fasting.  Some cleanse with only water, but there are MANY different cleanses (juice, Master, broth, water, etc.).    This can be done one week at a time over many months, and then once or twice per year.

I prefer the broth cleanse because it adds nutrients without any sugars, allowing the body to get rid of inflammation.  This is where you drink only broth, about 2 quarts per day, for one to four weeks, depending on the need.  The key to the cleanse is to have an empty stomach, which allows more anabolic metabolism, lowering the catabolic hormones and inflammation.  You will lose about a pound per day, so don’t overdo it.

Sweat.  It is essential to sweat regularly to remove toxins and keep the lymph system in circulation.  Some sit in a hot box and sweat, but it’s best to heat the body from the inside with exercise.

Ongoing diet.  The food you eat should change to avoid toxins such as bad fats and sugars.  Good fats come from grass-fed meats, avocado, coconut, olive oil, and so forth.  Make your own dressings for salads.  Have lots of greens every day.  Avoid grains such as pasta, breads, cereals and the like.  Avoid sugar in any form.  Avoid the taste of sweet because they are all toxic.  Berries are fine if you need something sweet.  You may also have an occasional orange or other organic fruit.

Stress reduction.  While you cannot avoid stress because it comes from change and change is inevitable, you can mitigate its effects by following a few principles.

  • Exercise regularly enough to tire so you make endorphins.
  • Have a hobby in which you lose yourself.
  • Have goals, and work to achieve them.
  • Avoid stimulants such as drugs, caffeine, and sugar.
  • Get enough sleep: go to bed early, and get up early.
  • Make connections with others: close friends, family, spouse.  Love is the best stress-reliever.

By following these principles, not only will you get rid of acne and have clear, smooth skin, but you will improve your life in so many ways!  It will prevent and get rid of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes – the three biggest killers in America!

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