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4 Ways to Fight Acne

When our blood sugar and insulin levels rise, whether from a poor diet or from stress, we experience a serious increase in inflammatory chemicals at a cellular level. This causes inflammatory diseases such as acne to worsen dramatically.

Here are 4 simple things you can do to help treat and prevent acne:

Take Supplements:
  • Increase your intake of Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids, which reduce levels of stress chemicals. Omega 6 EFA's are rich in linoleic acid.
  • Take targeted nutritional supplements including alpha lipoic acid, zinc, DMAE, pantothenic acid to aid in skin healing.
  • Add essential fatty acid supplements —including the Omega 6, which are rich in linoleic acid. Acne patients have a low concentration of linoleic acid in their sebum, and the levels decrease as the acne increases.

Eat Fat
  • Add walnuts and almonds (raw, unsalted) which are great as a source of fiber and essential fats, including linoleic acid.
  • Add chia seeds to your yogurt, fruit and water bottles for fiber and omega 3's.
  • Enjoy a 6-ounce can of wild salmon for lunch. This is a great way to increase protein for cellular repair, decrease inflammation (acne is an inflammatory disease), burn body fat and reduce stress.
  • Cold water fish that is high in omega 3 essential fatty acids act as natural anti-inflammatories and are great for the skin. This includes wild salmon, sardines, herring, and anchovies.

  • Stay well hydrated with spring water.
  • Detox with a watercress salad every day.
  • Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables. Choose dark green and purple lettuce, not the iceberg variety.
  • Add fiber to your diet. Apples are a great choice.
  • Eat plenty of probiotics in the form of plain, unsweetened organic yogurt and kefir.

Stop Stressing
  • Make sure that you get enough sleep.
  • Don't drink coffee as it raises levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
  • Set aside 15 or 20 minutes a day for yoga, meditation or prayer. It is a well-established fact that people who do this have significantly lower cortisol levels.

Also avoid all trans fats, margarine, hydrogenated oils (read food labels) and starchy and fried foods such as crisps and French Fries, pastries, baked goods, snack foods, and foods containing sugar or high fructose corn syrup. These foods will encourage clogged pores resulting in new breakouts.

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