In part 1 of 10 Uncommon Possible Contributors to Acne we went over different things that may aggravate acne, such as:
- Shaving with the wrong razor
- Lying on dirty sheets every night
- Washing your sheets and dishes with chemical-laden cleaners
- Cleaning your house with toxic chemicals
- Using toxic cosmetics
These things are considered “blocking factors” in the functional medicine realm. By decreasing these blocking factors, you will give your body a better chance at healing itself. In the post, safe alternatives to all of these things were mentioned.
In part 2, you’re going to learn 5 more uncommon but possible contributors to acne. You’ll also get action steps to take so that you can live the healthiest life possible.
5 Blocking Factors That May Hold You Back From Clear Skin And Optimal Health
(6) Water Quality
Did you know that we absorb more water from our shower than from the water we drink? This wouldn’t normally be an issue, but because of the pesticides, herbicides, chlorine, fluoride, pharmaceutical drug residue and other chemicals in our water supply, we are getting exposed to these things that have the potential to cause imbalances in our bodies. We should only be drinking and showering in filtered water to lower our absorption of chemical exposure. A shower filter is crucial for good health in my opinion. I noticed an immediate difference in my hair and my skin when I finally bought one. The dandruff that I suffered with for years went away and my skin became softer.
Things that you absorb through your skin when you shower include chlorine (used to kill off bacteria), fluoride (added to water for supposedly teeth-building effects) and prescription medication (medication that is thrown down the drain which isn’t filtered out by municipal water supplies). Filter your showers and decrease your exposure to these chemicals. I use the Pelican premium shower filter. If you don’t have much space above your shower, use the Aquasana shower filter. Or you can get a water filter from your local health food store. The important thing is that you actually get one. It will make your hair and skin softer and more healthy. If you don’t get a shower head with your filter, I recommend getting one like this, or getting a nice one from your local hardware store. As for drinking water filters, I recommend getting this one and using a reusable bottle every day.
(7) Air Quality
Did you know that the air inside your house is more polluted than the air outside? Polluted air can cause congestion and irritation to the lining of the lungs. To get clear skin and optimal health, we have to bring down inflammation. I want to have the least amount of irritation and inflammation in my body, thus I want to breathe in fresh air. This is why going outside and being in nature every day is so important. Doing deep breathing outside can be a healing process in its own right. Make sure to take time to spend time outdoors, either on the beach or in the woods or on a pasture. If you’re in a city, find a park nearby to take walks in and breath the fresh air. Looking into getting an air filter for your home would be a good idea. I use the HEPA filters from Alen that you can get here.
(8) Chemicals in Clothes
This is more unlikely to contribute to acne, but for the sake of cleaning and purifying your home and body, there are options for organic clothing which the cotton is not sprayed with pesticides and herbicides. There are many brands available such as Synergy Organic Clothing.
(9) Root Canals and Mercury Filling
Here’s something you probably won’t find on other acne sites. I found out about the effects of root canals when my own root canal failed and my tooth broke. When we get root canals, we are left with a dead organ in our mouths. Every tooth is its own organ. An organ is a bunch of cells that work in synergy with each other. Teeth are made up of a bunch of cells that work in synergy with each other. It’s sort of crazy how in medicine, if any other organ fails, it’s removed, but when it comes to teeth, if they fail (i.e., we get a cavity from a poor diet), the operation of choice is to simply drill a hole in the organ and destroy the nerves so you don’t feel anything.
What we don’t realize is that there are dozens of tiny tubules in our teeth and gum line that house nerve fibers root canals cannot reach. Once we get a root canal, we are left with a dead tooth and these nerves die and can become breeding grounds for bacteria that can travel throughout the body and cause systemic disease. These bacteria can cause a host of diseases. Leaving a dead tooth in your body can increase the reactivity of your immune system. Because people with severe acne already have compromised immune systems, it’s safe to say that we want to do everything we can to heal our bodies and get back into homeostasis.
Like other malfunctions, cavities are a sign that your body is not in a state of optimal health. For many people, they can get root canals and be OK. This is because of genetic variability. For anyone with an illness or condition they are trying to reverse, their genetic potential isn’t as strong. Apparently my genetic potential wasn’t as strong as I thought as I had four root canals done before I went to college. Is it a coincidence that I never had acne before I got them done? Probably. But I’m not going to risk it. That’s why I got my root canals removed and got implants in place of them. When I did this, I learned that there were infections in my gums at the root of the dead teeth. When they were extracted, the area needed to be cleared of the pus and mucus that accumulated from the infection. It was not a pretty site. Your mouth is one of the first lines of defense for your body. If there’s an infection in your mouth resulting from a mix of poor diet and genetics, you need to take care of it. It was really expensive, but overall I’m glad I switched out my root canals for implants.
A case study of the relationship between root canals and acne actually comes from one of the most influential physicians of our generation. Dr. Joseph Mercola, who runs the No. 1 health site on the internet, Mercola.com, suffered from chronic severe cystic acne all the way up until he was in his 40s and it wasn’t until he finally fixed his teeth and removed his infected tooth that his acne disappeared once and for all.
If you have root canals, I highly urge you to look into getting them replaced with implants. Because the science is still inconclusive, I can’t say with 100 percent certainty that zirconia dental implants are better than titanium implants, but definitely when it comes to the crowns themselves, you don’t want the metal ones. If not for acne, for overall health and the future of your health.
And if you have mercury fillings, you absolutely must take care of them. Mercury fillings have been banned in many countries around the world because we know of their extremely toxic effects to the body. If you have mercury in your mouth, please find a biological dentist from toxicteeth.org to work with. Don’t get mercury fillings extracted by a regular dentist! You need to get a competent biological dentist to do this for you! I didn’t have any mercury, so I just found a competent dentist to get my zirconium implants.
Keep in mind though that if your immune system is really strong, bacteria that can proliferate in your mouth due to root canals might not cause major harm. Those with compromised immune systems, though, may experience negative effects from the bacteria that accumulate after a root canal. This is something to consider after you’ve changed your diet and lifestyle, have gotten food sensitivity testing and have gotten other tests through a functional health practitioner.
This one actually is not an uncommon contributor to acne and health conditions. In particular for acne, many times we look in the mirror, get stressed out, and then that stress response causes more issues that can lead to more acne.
Some people eat when they’re stressed, which can lead to digestive distress.
Others smoke and/or drink, which obviously doesn’t help.
We all have our bad habits that we do when we’re stressed.
The key is to identify when we are stressed out and to actively pursue healthy things to destress.
Here’s an example I distinctly remember from last year.
How I Used Massive Stress To My Advantage
In 2015 I was doing everything that I knew how to in order to clear my acne. I changed my diet, I practiced yoga and meditation, I exercised daily, got 8 hours of sleep at night and took loads of supplements. One day I looked in the mirror and couldn’t believe that I still had tons of pimples and discoloration on my skin. I was trying so hard and my skin didn’t show it. What made it worse was that I was (and still am) a health coach. Clients would ask me about my skin and it was embarrassing. That particular day when I looked in the mirror and saw my face, I couldn’t help but get frustrated. Like, beyond frustrated. And to be honest, I was also really sad. I didn’t know what to do and felt hopeless. I could tell I was getting more and more upset, but then I realized something that I learned throughout my self-improvement studies. Somewhere along the line I learned that we should use the energy we have when we are highly emotionally charged and turn that into physical movement. Physical movement releases endorphins that make us happy (legally blonde anyone?). So when I felt and understood what was happening, I immediately went to a yoga class. And that honestly made me feel so much better it was like night and day.
So next time you start feeling down about your skin or your health, move your body. Turn that emotional energy into physical movement and you’ll be amazed at what happens.
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