Water and Sunlight Help to Clear Acne

June 2010, Xtend-Life Expert


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.

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.


  • “Hi Joanna, You suggest adding MSM to water. I currently do this, but want to make sure I am using the best brand available. What brand do you recommend? TiffD”

    TiffD - June 04 2010

  • “Hi Pauline, Firstly regarding the potential loss of some trace minerals. It is true that distillation or reverse osmosis does take away some degree of trace minerals in the water. However, there are 2 things to consider. One is that the very minimal loss of trace minerals you get with this type of water is far outweighed by the fact that you are stripping the water of the potential toxic chemicals and contaminants it contains. Trace minerals are easily replaced, especially if you are taking Total Balance, for example, along with a good healthy diet. So this really isn’t an issue over what you are achieving through a more healthy water supply. Now in your case, because you are on the move so you cannot really consider this type of system, what I would advise is to perhaps look into a good basic portable carbon filter system. This enables many of the toxins to be taken out (I usually double filter my water using 2 portable systems) and allows you to drink water that hasn’t been processed chemically (such as most bottled waters have). Bottled waters are of course better than drinking straight tap water when you are travelling, but it is surprising how many do contain other chemicals or bacteria from their processing, so where preferable use a portable filtering system that you can perhaps put in your hand lugguage and drink bottled water at other times. Still water is better than fizzy water. Studies show that prolonged drinking of fizzy water (and other soft fizzy drinks) may create problems for the body longer-term. Fizzy drinks contain carbon dioxide in the bubbles. The body needs and requires oxygen and most carbon dioxide in the body is considered a waste product to be eliminated. Why add to the body’s troubles by drinking carbon dioxide which the body regards as a poison? The occasional fizzy drink is fine but do not make it a habit.”

    Xtend-Life Expert - June 09 2010

  • “ I say thanks to you because mostly i suffer from acne.so your instruction and guidance are helpful for me .I also search it on internet but i am not get the right solution.”

    Spirulina - April 28 2012

  • “Hi Joanna, I would be very grateful if you could offer me some advice on drinking water. In several places on Xtend Life you suggest drinking distilled or reverse osmosis water. However I heard that drinking water without apparently essential trace minerals that are lost in those processes is not healthy. So what is the truth? May I add that I’m on your Total Balance Unisex and Omega 3 Fish Oil. I drink fizzy mineral water that comes in PET bottles. I always buy water that contains more than 1500mg/l of trace minerals. Now I’m worried if it’s the right thing. Is fizzy or flat water healthier? Or is there no difference? I live in Poland and all the shops here sell water in plastic containers (except for very small bottles). I don’t have the option to add a filter to the main water supply where I live because I move frequently. I know that’s a lot of questions, but I would be overjoyed if you could tell me what water should I drink! Thank you.”

    Pauline - June 06 2010

  • “Thank you so much for your reply, Joanna :) It cleared up my doubts about drinking water :)”

    Pauline - June 10 2010

  • “Thanks for give all the important points for acne.because now day by day this problem occurs mostly on every human.And the main important point is that he does not get the right answer of it.so your all information is very helpful to every person.”

    Chlorella - April 28 2012

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