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Is stress causing your acne?

12 May

I have a little story to share with you–one that started about 6 months ago. Starting around November last fall I had a number of circumstances that were causing me a lot stress. I was maintaining my current workload while taking on more work and new challenges. I would experience prolonged episodes of stress– to the point where my chest would constrict, breathing would get heavy, and it could take up to an hour for symptoms to subside. If anyone has experienced this before, you know that symptoms can persist well after the stress trigger has past; leaving the body to constantly pump out stress hormones (epinephrine and cortisol) which in any normal ‘fight or flight’ situation allows your body to function optimally. For me, my body had become so accustomed to this state of stress that any minor daily occurrence could trigger symptoms at any time during the day.

If you are finding that you have persistent breakouts (especially painful cysts along your jaw), you are eating a ‘clean’ diet (low in processed foods and high in plants),  and you are using all natural products, than you may want to take a look at your stress level and investigate how it’s affecting your hormones.

Acne affects both our mental and physical state and it takes a lot of patience and self love to heal. After many weeks of anxiety and frustration over what I saw in the mirror, and having no other ‘remedies’ left in my arsenal to try, I finally went to visit a naturopathic doctor.

My doctor confirmed what I had already suspected: my body’s chronic state of stress had affected my hormones (which are  triggers for acne). I would do a great disservice to the workings of the body and to the medical field if I were to try and expand on the details of this exchange. What I can say though is this: of all of the terrible effects we know stress has on our bodies, hormone imbalance is one of them and it takes a lot of patience and the proper healing supplements to reverse its affects.

Estrosense, supplement for hormone balance

EstroSense, supplement for hormone balance

I was prescribed the following supplements for my treatment plan:

  • Daily high does of EPA (fish oil) with primrose and borage oil
  • EstroSense – this is not a hormone replacer but contains Indole 3 Carbinol which is a compound found in cruciferous vegetables and aids the body’s hormone metabolizing function
  • RelaxMax – this is a neurotransmitter and hormone support supplement that helps the body stand up to stress

****This is what was prescribed for me based on my body, diet, and symptoms, but please speak to someone before spending money and taking supplements that may not work or may not be right for your body. ****

I have begun to see improvements since starting this treatment plan, and I will certainly keep you updated on how it goes.

I want to give people hope when it comes to acne. Most often than not, it is our body’s way of telling us that something is not right internally and we need to heal it gently. . . not wage war with harsh chemicals and drugs.

Be well xx

Seanna

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Hands Off!

10 Oct

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“It is estimated that the average person touches their face between 3-5 times a minute.”

We all do it: stare at ourselves two inches away from the mirror, fussing and picking at blemishes, wrinkles, or whatever we find. Enough is enough. I am taking a hands off pledge, and I hope that you will join me!

By taking a pledge to not touch your face, you are accomplishing two things. First and foremost, you prevent disrupting the skin, which causes inflammation and introduces bacteria. You know what that means? Reddness, blemishes, and clogged pores. Secondly, you spend less time with your face pressed up to the mirror agonizing over what you deem to be less-than perfect skin.

Leave it be. Over time you will find that your skin actually improves because it is not being bombarded by your sticky fingers. You may also find that you will come to accept the imperfections because you don’t have them under a magnifying glass. I don’t always condone the phrase “what you don’t know can’t hurt you”, but in this case, I must agree. Leave the magnifying glass and bright lights to your esthetician and learn to embrace that beautiful face !

Take the hands off pledge and let me know how it goes!

– Seanna

Tumeric: Food or Beauty Product?

6 Oct

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Tumeric. I know what you are thinking: curry, curry, curry. And I will say, yes, tumeric is a common and delicious component of curry powder. It gives it the bright, yellowy-orange colour, but is not responsible for curry’s well known flavour and smell– that my dear friends is from cumin, fenugreek, and coriander.

“Tumeric’s almost magical anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, and antioxidant properties make it a great ingredient for beauty rituals.”

This tuber looking spice is a relative of the ginger family and is native to India. A few years ago, it started getting popular within health circles as an oral remedy for gastrointestinal inflammation and pulmonory conditions, as well as for cancer prevention (read more about this here). As with most popular health trends, there is always a part of the world that has been using it long before the age of Dr. Oz and the internet. In this case, tumeric has been a cure-all medicine in India for thousands of years.

Tumeric’s almost magical anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, and antioxidant properties make it a great ingredient for beauty rituals and many Indian women will attest to this. Tumeric facial masks have been a staple in Indian beauty arsenals for generations; used to fight acne and hyper pigmentation. Tumeric has also been popularly used as an Indian pre-wedding head to-toe body scrub.

Naturally then,  I knew I had to give it a try.

Tumeric Body Scrub

1/2 chickpea flour (a.k.a gram flour commonly found most bulk stores)

11/2 Tbs ground tumeric

5 drops of oil (almond or jojoba work well)

1-2 tsp of water

Mix all ingredients into a paste and gently rub over body using circular motion. Rinse with water – but be warned it makes a bit of a mess in the shower.

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The tumeric face mask uses the simple ingredients of chickpea flour, tumeric, and yogurt

Tumeric Face Mask

1Tbs ground tumeric

1Tbs ground chickpea flour

1Tbs thick yogurt

1-2tsp(s) of water

Mix into a paste, spread on face, let dry for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off, gently using the mask as an exfoliant. Follow up with a moisturizer or face oil.

Now, I must share my experience, because I will not publish anything that I have not tried and do not trust. After reading rave reviews and learning about tumeric’s ancient past, I was excited for the results. As I have shared before, my skin is quite sensitive and prone to reddness. After I spread the paste on my face and rinsed it off after 10-15 minutes, I was quite surprised to see that my skin had turned red and blotchy. Thankfully the redness subsided over night, but I definitely was skeptical after that. What happened??

As I shared before, there are many, many, many people who use tumeric face masks and get glowing results – my husband included (yes, I coerced him into trying the concoction, and he continues to use it!)

This is just a little lesson for myself, and for all of you natural beauties. Just because something may be natural and handmade does not mean it is meant for you. Our skin reacts in different ways, and an ingredient that may be a godsend to one person, my be god’s wrath to another. Always spot test when trying new products and do not believe everything you find on youtube or blogs (yes, I realize I am saying this ON MY BLOG).

I will leave you with that and I want to know, what is your experience with tumeric? Have you had fabulous results? Do you use it orally as a medicinal remedy? In your food? Let me know!

– Seanna

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