How To Treat Acne The Holistic Way

How To Treat Acne The Holistic Way

by | Mar 19, 2021

When those conventional treatments aren’t working, it’s time to consider not just the magic elixirs that you’re slapping on your face, but also what’s going on in your diet and daily life. These genius tips come from dermatologist Dr Jeanette Jacknin, who approaches treatment from a whole-body perspective.

Take a Closer Look at Your Meals

Sorry to break it to you, but everything you’ve heard about limiting dairy and sweets for better skin is legit, Jacknin notes. She also says to avoid fried food, soft drink, alcohol, and anything else that you’d consider junk food.

“A Mediterranean or whole-foods–based diet, with a lot of fresh vegetables and fish, like salmon, is ideal,” she says. “Studies show low-glycaemic-load diets [do]improve acne.”

Practise More Mindful Activities

There’s no one-size-fits-all method for calming down and cutting stress, so Jacknin works with her patients to see what gets them in their zen zone.

Is it an online HIIT class with friends? A solo hike in nature? A morning meditation sesh? Find your outlet, but know that adequate sleep, regular exercise and speaking to a mental health professional are pretty much a 10/10 across the board.

Integrate Natural Remedies

Jacknin combines botanical actives and prescription ones, depending on severity and preference. More intense cases may require a prescription, but on milder spots, she suggests applying five per cent tea tree oil – a natural antibacterial – twice a day. Also good? Ingredients such as green tea and resveratrol (an antioxidant found in grape skin).

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