Raw Foods and Acne
December 30th, 2008
Raw Foods and Acne
Acne can be a troublesome and embarrassing issue. Many people search for remedies in medicated creams and astringent ointments without realizing that even though breakouts and pimples are external, the causes are internal. Treatments that are applied to the skin can only go so far in relieving the manifestation. Since topical lotions do not address the causes, they offer at best only a temporary solution.
What Causes Acne?
There are several factors that cause acne: hormone imbalances, diet, deficiencies, stress and more. These are all symptoms of a body that is out of balance. A pimple develops when a pore collapses on itself and blocks the oil, known as sebum, from escaping around the hair follicle. There are several types of blemishes: whiteheads, blackheads and pustules.
Acne usually begins with blackheads, however. They are made up of oil and dead skin cells that get trapped in the pore and mix with bacteria, and turn black when exposed to air. Pimples develop when the blackheads become inflamed.
Poor Elimination and Circulation
Poor elimination and poor circulation are two of the biggest factors in the development of acne. Your skin is one of the main channels of elimination, and skin eruptions of any kind are basically excretions of waste matter that the body is trying to expel. When your system is overloaded with toxins from improper diet and insufficient elimination, the body cannot keep up.
How to Deal with Acne?
You must address this issue internally. This is where the raw food diet comes to the rescue. Eating raw foods will not only help with elimination, but will also go a long way in correcting some of the other underlying issues such as hormonal problems, deficiencies and others.
Adopting the raw food diet will remove processed sugars and fatty foods from your diet. In Your Right to Be Beautiful I bring out the fact that when you eat sugar, the body will push out all excess sugar through the pores of the skin, causing acne. If you avoid all refined sugars and fatty foods your skin will clear itself of acne. Giving up sugar is a major portion of the beauty equation.
You can increase the circulation and keep the pores clear and open by the daily practice of facial dry brushing. This unbeatable method of gentle exfoliation is most important! Facial dry brushing not only removes dead skin cells, but it also helps reduce surface skin oils and can help remove blackheads and other skin impurities. Some of the tiny bacteria that live in our skin, when exposed to oxygen, are killed instantly. Dry brushing speeds cell turnover and maximizes oxygen uptake.
The Violet Ray is a device that is useful for treatment of acne, among other things, because of its oxygenating and detoxifying effect on the skin. It helps promote healing and its sterilizing properties help fight infection.
When you combine the cleansing and balancing effects of the raw foods diet with the daily practice of facial dry brushing, troublesome acne can become a thing of the past.
For further information refer to Natural Skin Care.