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Oct 14, 2013

Help Improve Your Skin Health: Acne

Acne is caused by a bacterial infection of the skin. It is most common in teenagers, but can affect people of any age. Acne can be a sign of overall decreased immunity and hormonal imbalances.

What can make acne worse?

- Certain cosmetics, especially ones with many chemicals.
- Harsh facial products, especially those that dry out skin.
- Hygiene. Dirt and oil block pores and lead to acne.
- Dry skin. When skin is dry it produces more oil, leading to acne.
- Hormone cycle. Acne will often get worse during certain times of the hormone cycle.
- Food allergies. Certain foods, especially dairy products, can worsen acne.

What can make acne better?

- A healthy diet of fruits and vegetables. Overall health leads to skin health.
- Low saturated fat foods. Saturated fats can thicken oil secretions.
- Olive oil. Healthy oil improves skin's resilience.
- Fish 3x a week. Omega 3 oils from fish or flax seed improve the health of your skin

- Drinking 8 glasses of water a day improves the fluidity of your skin.
- Add an extra glass for any coffee, soda, or alcohol consumed.
- Add at least one extra glass for every 30 mins of exercise.

- Exfoliation treatments, using natural organic products, can prevent acne.
- Avoid harsh chemical exfoliates that can cause sensitivity.

Supplements for acne
A consultation with a naturopathic physician will help determine which supplements and herbs are right for you.

- Zinc
- Vitamin A, B, E, & C
- Omega 3 oils (Fish or Flax seed oil)
- Probiotics

Natural topical treatments for acne
- Tea tree oil
- Niacinamide
- Natural light moisturizers

Riverwalk Acne Program

To determine the underlying cause of acne including contributing factors such as hormone levels, immunity levels, and digestion efficiency can be checked leading to customized supplements, herbal formulas, and topical treatments such as the use of natural makeup, skin products, & facials for optimal results.

Riverwalk Natural Health Clinic and Natural Pharmacy
280 Main St, Suite C-105. Edwards CO 81632
(970) 926-7606