Acne can affect people of any age, not just teenagers. It can be the result of many factors, including poor diet, lack of fluids, bad lifestyle, hormonal imbalance, or related to another health condition such as a viral infection.
Because the skin is the largest organ of the body, it is also one of the main avenues of detoxification, releasing toxins through the pores. This can lead to temporary acne to a lesser degree as toxins build up around and potentially clog the skin's pores.
The human body is about 60% water in adult males, and 55% in adult females. This is broken down into lean muscle tissue, which contains about 75% water by weight; blood, which contains almost 70% water; body fat, which contains 10% water; and bone, which has 22% water.
The skin also stores a lot of water, actually around 12%! It is important to maintain this amount with the correct amount of good fats to keep your skin from getting acne. Ideally an average adult should look at drinking around 2-3+ litres of pure water per day. This should always be drunk throughout the day, never too much at once as this can be very dangerous and cause excessive water build up with potential severe adverse health risks.
Drinking throughout the day at regular intervals however allows water to be quickly absorbed and used appropriately by the body (storing if dehydrated, flushing if not), and doesn't cause any excess buildup.
If you are not used to drinking a lot of water throughout the day, just start increasing the amount that you do drink gradually and build up slowly.
Drinking water helps you get rid of toxins in the blood. By drinking water, you will urinate more and more toxins will be eliminated. The cleaner your blood the healthier your skin will be and this will improve not only your overall skin hydration (which helps to prevent wrinkles and aging – imagine a dried out prune and compare it with a nice watery ripe tomato!), but it will also go a long way to helping resolve skin imbalance issues, of which acne is one.
Use glass containers when buying distilled or reverse osmosis water. Try to avoid using plastic containers for water since plastic containers contain chemicals, left in the container walls during manufacturing, which leaches out into the water.
If you are drinking fresh juices, especially vegetable juices (greens and others), you will also be getting water from these juices. Drinking sodas is not drinking water, neither is tea or coffee, even though they are made with water. This is because aside from the water itself, the other elements in coffee and tea – unless it is a pure herbal tea – are actually dehydrating. So by drinking too much coffee, or tea, or sodas, you will actually dehydrate yourself, surprisingly!
Diet is also important. If you are eating fresh vegetables and fruits you're getting more water as well as the additional nutrients these contain.
Here’s a few things you do to help you drink more water or to make the water healthier. Find a 16 or 32 oz glass container and add distilled water. Then add one of the following nutrients:
- A few drops of a herbal alkaline solution (there are many types and brands available over the counter and online). These solutions change the pH of the water from 7 to 8 and also activates the water with its electrolytes -- sodium and potassium.
- Squeeze the juice of one lemon into the water. Do not add sugar. A few drops of honey may be ok.
- Squeeze the juice of one lemon into the water and add up to one teaspoon of powdered MSM. MSM is excellent for the skin disorders such as acne. It makes the skin cells more flexible, allowing more nutrients to go into and out of the cells, and its anti-inflammatory. MSM is also excellent in activating peristaltic action and will prevent constipation.
- Put 2 oz of mangosteen into the water. Mangosteen is an overall body tonic. It works on all parts of the body and will help keep you regular.
You can also choose to add your favorite nutritional flavor to give water an additional value.
Chose one of these natural additives for your water and drink this water little by little all day long. This is one more thing you can do to get rid of acne, improve your skin texture or to keep the nice skin you already have.
Get Some Sunshine
One more thing you can do for your skin is to get more natural light.
Expose your face to plenty of sun and air. This helps your skin to heal faster. But don’t purposely place your face in the sun, rather remain in the shade and open outdoors which gives you plenty of sun and air.
At least 20-40 minutes a day in the outdoors is necessary for you to get sufficient vitamin D for your daily needs.
Finally, supplements can help in many ways, depending on the cause of your skin issue. Firstly, if it is a hormonal imbalance, which is one of the most common causes of acne alongside nutritional deficiency and dehydration, this is easily remedied.
Total Balance Premium is an excellent start to balance your body, and we have gender-specific versions to suit any hormonal imbalancing needs that you may have. Along with this, Omega 3/DHA Premium or Omega 3/DHA QH Ultra.
These both contain our unique fish oil blend with its potent essential fatty acids, necessary for helping the skin to (a) reduce inflammation, and (b) store water more appropriately to aid hydration, but also contain additional ingredients (astaxanthin and lycopene in the Premium version, and Ubiquinol in the QH Ultra version) all of which have very high potency skincare benefits for anti-aging and cellular skin balance.
Finally, as cases of acne can vary greatly in degree and severity, we also have our Immu-Stay (formerly Viral-Protec), which can help in severe cases of acne to boost the immune system on top of that which Total Balance is already doing, to fight any bacterial causes.