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Acne in the Teenage Years

The teenage years are full of great opportunity to grow as a person and expand horizons. Yet it is also the time when acne, those nasty little (and sometimes BIG) blemishes decide to start popping up. Some interesting information that you may find helpful and wish to share with those you care about include the following:

  • White dots or horizontal lines on your nails can be a sign that you are running low on zinc, a mineral critical for healthy immune defenses and also processing hormones that are associated with acne in both males and females. Think of your fingernails like the rings of a tree, they reflect what the last 12 weeks of your nutritional and health status.
  • Another interesting way that your body often talks to you includes fine little raised (non-acne bumps) on the back of your upper arms and sometimes elsewhere. They kind of feel and look like permanent goose bumps, just a little smaller. This can often be a symptom of too low an intake of fish, nuts and seeds and other sources of healthy oils. Many of my patients will supplement with either fish oil or flaxseed oil to help their complexion.
  • The other helpful hints that my teen patients find important is to eat plenty of veggies, fresh fruit, go easy on eating too much meat (except for fish), and make sure their fiber intake is adequate to ensure their system eliminated toxins from the GI tract 2 to 3 times a day.

My acne-fighting suggestions are Zinc, Fish or Flax Seed Oil, lots of water and proper hydration, 5 to 7 servings of fresh fruits and veggies and avoid harsh soaps and treatments that are too drying to the skin.  It is also essential that a person with acne focus on purifying their diet.  If the skin is oily, rinsing the face with warm water without soap 3 times a day is important.  Additionally if skin is dry due to use of topical acne products this often worsens acne with something called rebound acne.  So avoid anything that dries the skin.

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