The Colon Connection: Acne and Constipation
Posted on Apr 7, 2021
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!
- Drink more water. An easy way to calculate how much water you should drink daily is to convert your weight into kilograms and drink that many ounces of water each day. For example, 120 pounds converts into 54 kilograms, which means you should drink approximately 54 ounces of water each day. (Multiply pounds x 0.45 = kilograms)
- Move more. Daily exercise and movement encourage the large intestine to increase its contractions, which promotes bowel movement.
- Balance your microbiome. You can consider taking a probiotic and including more fermented foods, such as sauerkraut and miso, into your diet.
- Treat with acupuncture and herbal medicine. Every person’s constipation/acne root cause is unique to them. For a customized treatment approach, please call and make an appointment.
Filed in Current Health News
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