According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 85% of people between the ages of twelve and twenty-four deal with acne. However, if you’re one of that 85% you may be surprised to learn that the root cause of your acne may not be your skin but rather your digestive system.
Acne is the symptom of an immune system problem, and 70% of your body’s immune system is in your digestive tract. When the parts of your immune system in your digestive tract are over-activated, the parts of your immune system in other areas of your body – such as your skin – can become over-activated as well, leading to acne outbreaks.
The good news is that there are things you can do to keep this from happening. Below, we’ll look at four tips to stop acne caused by digestion.
Strengthen Your Stomach Acids
Stomach acids are essential for breaking down the food you eat. When your stomach acid levels are low, though, your food may not be broken down properly, which can contribute to acne outbreaks. You can strengthen your stomach acids by mixing a cup of water with a little apple cider vinegar and drinking it fifteen to twenty minutes before you eat a meal.
Don’t Stuff Yourself
Overloading your digestive tract can create problems that lead to acne. Therefore, if you’re trying to combat acne caused by digestion it’s a good idea to stop eating when you’re 85%-90% full rather than eating until you are completely stuffed. On the flip side, though, skipping meals or waiting until you are starving to eat can cause acne as well, so try to maintain a healthy balance.
Your mouth is the only part of your digestive tract that you voluntarily control, and it’s important to make sure that it does its job correctly. Take your time when you are eating meals and chew your food thoroughly in order to ensure that it is broken down properly before it ever reaches your stomach. It’s recommended that you take at least twenty minutes to eat a meal, not only to give yourself time to chew your food thoroughly but also to give yourself time to enjoy your food, as your body actually digests food better when you are enjoying eating it.
Avoid Tight-Fitting Clothing
Clothing that fits too tightly around your stomach can compress your digestive tract and lead to problems with your digestion, which in turn can lead to acne outbreaks. Therefore, if you really want to boost your digestion in order to prevent acne, it may benefit you to ditch those tight-fitting skinny jeans in favor of something that doesn’t compress your stomach.
Finding the most effective way possible to treat acne requires you to look beyond the obvious symptoms and focus on the root causes. At LDI, Dr. Rispler and his staff understand the importance of fighting acne on every front. If you would like us to help you create a full-body skin care routine that will eliminate your acne once and for all, we invite you to contact our office today to schedule an appointment.