Acne. One word, four letters, and more than 5.6 million sufferers in Canada alone.
Unfortunately, acne treatment is not a one-size-fits-all solution. If you’ve tried countless topicals and multiple medications with less-than-pleasant side effects, it’s time to visit an acne naturopath in Calgary.
A Naturopathic Doctor will analyze your skin through a complete lens of lifestyle, diet, and individual biomarkers to understand what’s causing your acne—and stop pimples once and for all.
What is Acne and Why is It So Hard to Get Rid Of?
Acne begins in your pores: small openings in your skin that allow your body to release oils and toxins. You have more than five million pores on your body and more than 20,000 on your face. Each of your pores creates sebum, an oily substance meant to protect your skin. But if sebum becomes trapped with dead skin cells, it has the opposite effect: it creates pimples.
Bacteria within your pores, called Cutibacterium acnes (C. acnes), can also contribute to pimples. The resulting oil, dead skin, and bacteria cause acne, a collection of visible inflammation, redness, and swelling. But, if everyone’s skin has pores and each one produces sebum, why is acne so common and hard to get rid of?
The truth is, acne can have dozens of root causes. A Calgary naturopath is meant to help you find your unique cause.
What Causes Pimples and Acne in the First Place?
Acne can begin around puberty and last well throughout adulthood, despite numerous visits to the dermatologist. In adolescents, puberty and the hormonal shift that accompanies it can jump-start pimples. Though, a hormonal imbalance is a common culprit of adult acne as well, especially in women.
Certain diets or experiencing a food sensitivity can also create issues within your skin. Surprisingly, your skin is your largest detox organ. So, if your liver or gut isn’t functioning properly, they can get backed up and push toxins out through your pores, creating acne.
Several environmental factors influence acne, including cosmetics, sweating, overwashing, and tight clothing or accessories. However, more often than not, persistent acne develops from issues deep beneath your skin’s surface. When your body is experiencing underlying health issues you’re not dealing with, you will be more prone to having skin issues.
It’s incredibly beneficial to work with a naturopathic doctor to figure out if your trigger is food, hormonal, environmental, or toxin-based.
How Does Naturopathic Acne Treatment Differ From a Dermatologist?
If you’ve already been to a dermatologist (or several) and have tried countless topical or oral medications to treat your acne, you might be wondering what makes a naturopathic doctor so different. The difference lies in our approach to treatment.
Dermatologists are trained to treat acne at the skin-level. Oftentimes, their treatment pushes toxins deeper, back into the skin, and avoids the root cause of your problem. While your skin might look good temporarily, it’s typically a quick-fix to a much larger issue.
In contrast, a naturopath is trained to dive deep beneath your skin’s surface. Naturopathic acne treatment works to diagnose and treat the root cause of your pimples, to permanently stop acne in its tracks. While dermatologists treat patients from the outside-in, naturopaths work from the inside-out resulting in a trulyhealthy complexion.
Step One: Determining the Root Cause of Your Acne
As with any condition at Neurvana Naturopathic Medicine, acne treatment begins with pain-free diagnostic testing. Before issuing any type of treatment, your naturopathic doctor will want to locate the root source of your pimples. Testing which can help locate the cause of your acne includes:
- Hormone Testing: A saliva hormone test can reveal hormonal imbalances that cause acne.
- Food Sensitivity Testing: Food intolerances and inflammatory foods can contribute to skin issues.
- Allergy Testing: Allergic reactions to potential ingested or contact allergens can cause acne.
- Genetic Testing: You may be genetically inclined to acne or acne-inducing conditions.
Once your practitioner receives your test results, you can work together to improve your skin.
Step Two: Removing Acne Triggers from Your Environment
Naturopathic acne treatment varies depending on your test results. For instance, if your food sensitivity testing revealed an inflammatory response to certain foods, you can work with our holistic nutritionist in Calgary to create a meal plan that works best for you.
At Neurvana Naturopathic Medicine, our practitioners help you identify your triggers and make balanced decisions. Your naturopathic doctor can help support hormone balance, support detoxification, and target sources of inflammation for an overall healthier, cleaner you.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pimples and Acne
No. In fact, acne can be caused by overwashing. You could be using too harsh a product or one that doesn’t react well with your skin. It’s best to treat the issue from the inside-out and not try to find a fix-all topical solution.
Technically, yes. If you are getting acne in one particular area, then it can be a sign something else is happening in your body. Work with an acne naturopath in Calgary to investigate it.
One hundred percent, yes. If you’re ingesting food that causes inflammation, then you create an inflammatory response. Organs such as your liver can go into overdrive attempting to remove the inflammation, which can push toxins out through your skin.
Beauty is more than skin-deep — so is the health of your skin.
Discover how working with an naturopath can get to the heart of your issues so you can finally achieve healthy, glowing skin. Find out if we’re the best providers for you with a complimentary call with a health adviser.