The Colon Connection: Acne And Constipation
Ever wonder why when you have constipation, your acne flares up? A side-effect of the toxicity associated with constipation is acne and skin breakouts. This happens when toxins and waste are re-absorbed back into the bloodstream via the colon, rather than being eliminated. From the bloodstream, these toxins can exit the body by its largest detoxification organ – the skin.
Constipation, diarrhea, bloating, abdominal pain, or acid reflux can all point to imbalances in the colon. Research shows the gut-skin connection may be from imbalances in the intestinal bacterial that affecting the skin bacteria levels leading to acne development. In Chinese medicine, acne is most often seen as ‘heat.’ When heat is in excess in the body it rises up to the face. If a patient eats too much spicy, greasy, sweet or fried foods then damp heat is created in the large intestine and travels to the face, erupting as acne.
Acne and constipation are conditions that Chinese medicine treats with much success. Springtime is the perfect season to address this skin issue. Chinese medicine treats acne and constipation through herbal medicine, acupuncture, diet suggestions and exercise. A recent study showed that over 50% of acne patients have significantly altered gut flora while probiotics (beneficial bacteria) have also been shown to reduce symptoms.
Practices that promote daily BMs and clear skin
- Increase your fiber consumption. Aim for six to nine servings of non-starchy fruits and vegetables daily, and consider adding berries – blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries which contain more grams of fiber per cup than any other fruit or veggie out there!