Q: My whole life, even when I was a hormonal teenager, I have always had a completely clear complexion.
I just turned 30 and my skin has drastically changed.
I have acne all over my face and it won’t heal.
For the past four months I have tried everything — the most expensive acne creams, facial masks, antibiotics and I am at a dead end. Can you lead me in the right direction?
Signed, Delayed Puberty?
A: What happens inside is reflected on the outside.
I would start by looking at what changes have been happening in your life since just before the breakout.
Any stress, either physical or emotional, can affect the delicate balance inside your body.
Any toxins you may have come in contact with will affect you.
Your body’s ability to detoxify those culprits is essential for good health. Taking antibiotics only helps in specific cases.
Sometimes it is necessary to take antibiotics to kill specific, susceptible bacteria that have been established on your skin. Other times, taking antibiotics would only cause you more grief.
There is a possibility that your hormones are out of balance and your skin glands are overactive.
Inflamed skin follicles can be a source of constant infection.
To start with, you should look at your diet and bowel function. What goes in must come out.
Make sure you don’t have constipation. If you do, that would be the first place to start clean up.
Bowel toxicity and disbalance will cause skin breakout.
Other growth of yeast and harmful bacteria cause toxin production in the body and one of the ways out for toxins is through skin.
Make sure you drink plenty of clean, filtered water to help kidneys flush the toxins out before they get to affect your skin.
Cut out all fatty and fried foods. Keep spicy foods to a minimum.
Drink lots of vegetable juices and keep fruit juices out.
A good skin cleansing routine twice a day is also very important.
Keep your skin free of make-up as much as possible during this time. Make-up in hot humid weather will clog up pores and only make it worse.
Whatever you decide to do, always remember: treatment needs to be systemic not topical.