Health Intuitive

Digestive Issues And The Impact They Have On Your Face And Skin

Troublesome skin conditions may vary from symptoms as painful as eczema, psoriasis, pimples, and acne to basically having a dull pale skin complexion. There are certain basic principles that should be followed in Chinese Medicine to treat skin problems such as psoriasis, eczema, pimples, and acne. It doesn’t matter what kind of skin problem we have, they tend to be embarrassing and very uncomfortable if it occurs in our face. A multi pronged approach is required to address long term face and skin problems. Don’t get tempted by the quick single solutions for pimples, and acne, particularly the topical creams that you put on your face and skin and other things that you might have read about on the internet. Although simple, they are usually not powerful enough to ensure skin and face health.

In Chinese Medicine, there are seven major issues that need to be addressed in face health and skin problems. The skin is associated with the lungs and large intestine so when treating dermatological and face problems such as psoriasis, eczema, pimples, and acne, a good practitioner of Chinese Medicine should always start on the digestive system.

1. Change your Diet: This first basic step helps ascertain whether you tend to be more Yin or more Yang. There have already been a substantial amount of materials written about general dietary nutrition for the management of pimples, and acne, and other skin disorders. One example is to go on a detox diet, eat more fresh vegetables and fruit, and avoid greasy foods; however, in Chinese medicine, dietary nutrition can be much more specific. Sure, the same general principles apply but why is it necessary to determine whether a person is Yin or Yang? It is important because it can help know what kinds of foods that will better cure your pimples, acne, and other skin conditions. If, for instance, you tend to be more of a Yang person, you may want to refrain from eating spicy hot foods because they can worsen the heat toxin already within your body that’s responsible for the skin condition you now are suffering from. On the other hand, if you’re a Yin person, you may want to stay away from damp or cold foods that create your face and skin problems.

2. Address the gut: When it comes to treating skin and face problems through Chinese Medicine, parasite and leaky gut issues are actually very important issues. This strategy is not widely used nor well known in conventional or Western treatments. Conventional therapies rely mostly on topical skin treatments: steroids, facial and skin creams, and antibiotics that kill both bad and good bacteria, impact digestive function, and can only make the pimples and acne worse. When digestion worsens, the skin and face worsen as well potentially turning the problem into one vicious, embarrassing, frustrating, and aggravating cycle. Therefore, the improvement of digestive function is an essential step in the improvement of skin and face health and in the cure of pimples, acne, and other skin problems.

3. Healthy Breathing: Boosts lymph and blood flow, pumps more oxygen into the blood, and helps detoxify the skin, face, and body so that eczema, psoriasis, pimples, and acne symptoms can be reduced. Yoga Breathing, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Chi Kung are all excellent ways to increase circulation to your skin, get that heat toxin flushed out, help detoxify impurities from the skin, and get the pimples and acne on your skin cleared up.

4. Clear Heat Toxins: In Chinese Medicine, there are various forms of heat such as damp heat, heat in the blood, lungs, stomach, or liver. Various types of heat conditions can lead to various types of face and skin problems.

5. Emotions: Just like old trauma, pent up emotions can build or create heat. Therefore, in Chinese medicine, relieve stress as much as you can in order to lower the risk of pimples and acne on your face and skin.

6. Stop using skin products that actually hurt your skin: Skin products that contain preservatives and petrochemicals can contribute to the heat toxins in your skin and body that in turn are responsible for pimples and acne on your face. You can find these substances even in so-called organic skin products. They not only irritate the skin, they can also be absorbed into the skin and enter your body. So read the labels first before using skin products that are alleged to be safe and all-natural. Refrain from using avoid skin lotions, powders, and creams that are petroleum-based and contain Vaseline and propyl and methyl parabens. Household cleaning products as well as garden and household chemicals can also generate heat toxins that can ruin the health of your skin.

7. Let go of old Trauma: You may be more vulnerable to skin problems on the body areas where old accidents have occurred. These areas are weaker than the rest of your body which makes them more susceptible to skin issues. In Chinese Medicine, any body part that has experienced emotional or traumatic distress can generate a condition known as “stagnation,” which can give rise to heat toxins in the blood. This may appear as skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis, pimples, or acne.

For a practitioner of Chinese medicine, perhaps, the most important question to ask a patient suffering from psoriasis, eczema, pimples, or acne would be “are you constipated?” This would enable the practitioner to determine what type of activities and Yin/Yang foods would help improve the health of his skin. Therefore, pay attention to the above factors and make sure you’re not constipated to attain a healthy and beautiful skin and face.

Ni Nan Gilbert is a licensed acupuncturist in Bellmore, NY with certification in Chinese Herbology and over 16 years experience in traditional Chinese medicine.

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