Dry skin brushing to treat acne
Dry skin brushing for the whole body, with brush made with natural vegetable fibers will stimulate the lymph movement, remove dry, dead skin cells, and to stimulate new cell growth. NOTE: Do not brush areas with inflamed acne or sores.
Directions for dry skin brushing: Take a shower before brushing the skin. Lie down in bed and relax. Brush skin with gentle motions. For arms and legs, brush with an upward motion towards your trunk. For the shoulders and back, brush from side to the center. Brush down the neck and trunk towards the lower abdominal area. Brush 5 minutes each day.
Topical Acne Products & Other Chemical Agents
The skin is our body's largest organ. It has been estimated that every square centimeter (cm) of the skin contains 70 cm of blood vessels, 55 cm of nerves, 100 sweat glands, 15 oil glands, 230 sensory receptors and about half a million cells that are constantly dying and being replaced. Along with our kidneys and intestines, our skin is responsible for eliminating cellular waste and is also our body's first line of defense against invaders such as bacteria, viruses, parasites, molds and fungus. Without our skin, we would quickly perish from water and heat loss. Most people have the wrong impression that what we apply to our skin, even if it is toxin, does not cause as much damage as something we ingest. In reality, our skin can absorb drugs and chemicals quite well. Many herbal remedies were made in various topical dosage forms. In recent years, various drugs are made into topical patches including female hormones, pain medications (such as morphine and nitroglycerin for chest pains), nicotine (anti-smoking), and medications for hypertension. More are on the horizon. In other words, we must not underestimate the absorbing power of our skin.
Therefore, choose carefully what you apply to your skin, especially products such as cosmetics, lotions, fragrances that will stay on your skin for a long time. Read product labels. Price is not a reflection of the product's safety and efficacy, especially when it comes to skin care products and fragrances. Consumers are often paying dearly for expensive packaging and advertisement.
To help prevent acne, avoid the following
- Antiperspirants. Antiperspirants block the sweat glands, which play an important part in excreting the toxins in our body. Instead, use deodorant with natural ingredients. If you feel you must use antiperspirant, use it only during work hours or social functions. Definitely avoid using it during exercise and while you sleep.
- Petroleum byproducts. Mineral oils, petroleum jelly, PEGs, propylene glycol, butylene glycol and acrylic polymers. These ingredients are good vehicles for drugs and other active ingredients. However, applying these ingredients in topical products to your skin is equivalent to wrapping your skin with plastic wrap. They inhibit the skin's ability to breathe and eliminate waste products. Avoid applying products with these ingredients to a large surface area on your skin. It is healthier to use natural oil-based skin care products.
- Chemical solvents. Isopropyl alcohol, (SD40), propylene glycol, butane, propane and butylene glycol. These solvents can break down the skin's protective barrier, causing the skin to lose its elasticity and become more vulnerable to toxins.
- Artificial Fragrances. Apply perfume or cologne on clothing instead of on your skin. These fragrances can be very irritating to nasal mucous membrane and lung tissues. Something people are not aware that they are allergic to the fragrances (including the natural fragrances) they use. If you have allergy symptoms often, try not to use products with fragrance to find out if that might be the cause. Alcohol is a typical ingredient in synthetic fragrance. It dries out the skin and strips sway its natural protection. Essential oils are healthier alternatives.
- Paints, paint thinners, insecticides and household cleaners. Avoid direct contact with these agents. These agents usually contain skin irritants or known carcinogens. Use gloves when you must handle these chemicals. If the chemicals are volatile, wear protective goggles and mask.
Use environmentally friendly products whenever possible. Some of the most inexpensive and safe agents to use for cleaning are baking soda and vinegar. You can use baking soda to brush your teeth, clean dishes, bathtub, toilet and even clothes. You can use vinegar to remove soap scum, coffee and tea stains. Since vinegar is an acid, it is a good final, neutralizing rinse after using alkaline cleaning solutions such as detergents and soaps (including dishwasher soaps).
Exercise to help treat acne
Exercise often and to the degree of sweating, which is a good and thorough body detox. Contractions of muscles during exercises help to move the lymph along the lymphatic vessels with one-way valves opening towards the heart, which is an important step in the self-defense mechanism of the body against invading microorganisms and toxic substances.
Learn to relax in all situations. Try to control your anger. Stress can create toxins, leading to aggravation of acne and bring on other diseases. All these benefits add up to a younger looking appearance and a longer