Life would be much easier if any problem would have only one cause. In the case of acne, we could easily locate the source of the condition and find an effective cure to get rid of it. Unfortunately the causes for sudden acne breakouts are various. What causes breakouts varies from one person to another. Understanding what triggers your blemishes can help you control any sudden breakouts

Facial Mapping
You can tell a lot about the health or your body simply by looking at your face. Parts of the face correspond directly to different parts of the body (internal organs). The location of acne spots on your face can give you an indication of their underlying cause. By analyzing where you get pimples and “mapping” where acne pops up, you can help prevent zits from forming.

zones 1 & 3
Traditionally, this zone is regarded as the “sister” to the bladder and digestive system. If you breakout frequently in this area, it might mean that you need to improve your elimination by drinking more water and eating more “whole” foods.

zone 2
The middle of the forehead, between the eyebrows, is related to the liver. Congestion in this zone can indicate over consumption of alcohol, rich foods, and possibly a food allergy (such as lactose intolerance). Look into digestive aids in the form of a gentle cleanse (like eating a raw food diet for a week, or cutting out meat, dairy, caffeine, processed food and sugar from your diet for a little while.)

zones 4 & 10
The ears are highly sensitive area related to kidneys. If you notice that your ears are very hot, you might be stressing them out – drink plenty of plain water and cut down on caffeine and alcohol.

zones 5 & 9
The cheeks often give an accurate glimpse into any respiratory distress. Smokers or people suffering from allergies generally experience fine, broken capillaries or congestion in this area.

zones 6 & 8
The eyes are truly a window to the body’s health because they’re related to the kidneys. Dark circles are made worse by dehydration and poor elimination.

zone 7
A reddened nose can indicate heightened blood pressure, or the early stages of rosacea. Congestion around the upper lip can occur if you use comedogenic lipsticks or liners.

zone 12
stomach: as with the other areas of the face connected to the stomach, you will want to look into any possible food sensitivities or allergies (they are sometimes the foods you crave the most!) Look into a gentle detox and adding more greens and fiber into your diet.

zones 11 & 13
Usually hormonal stress or changes cause breakouts in this area for women. Bulking up on greens and staying hydrated during the premenstrual cycle will help minimize any hormonal breakouts. If you are breaking out in this area all month long, you may want to look into an estrogen cream to balance out your hormones.

zone 14
usually linked to stress or a sign that the body is trying to fight off sickness (bacterial invasion). give yourself a break, take a yoga class or two, take a nap, take time to breathe deeply and know that everything always works out.

Acne caused by Candida

Candida acne is a common skin disorder affecting both males and females at any age, yet most are unaware of the cause.
What is Candida?
“Candida is a yeast-like fungus which naturally resides on our skin, in our intestines and even in our eyes – anywhere moist and warm. Like most fungus and bacteria it prefers warm, damp locations and it feeds on sugar. When the candida begins to grow out of control then a body can develop candidiasis, a Candida infection. This can occur internally and result in vaginal infections, digestive issues, and chronic fatigue. It can occur externally and result in a rash and acne. And it can result in both.
The result of Candida overgrowth is a drain on the immune system as well as the organs involved in metabolism, hormone regulation, and cellular reproduction.
In short, your body is unable to fight skin infections and acne. And you’re more susceptible to acne because Candida is messing up your hormones and your metabolism. Thus your skin only gets worse.”

A few years ago I had started breaking out little bumps on my forehead. I was trying everything and it only got worse (I will admit my diet wasn’t the best). My husband who years ago worked at a nutrition store turned me on to a product from ReNew Life called Candigone. I started taking it as well as cutting out sugars, yeast and caffeine from my diet. Within 10 days my skin had cleared up. Now whenever I have the similar flair up I do the Candigone cleanse.

To tell if you need a Candida cleanse look at your tongue when you first wake up in the morning, before brushing your teeth. It should be a light pinkish color. If your tongue has a white film on it that is caused by an overgrowth of Candida yeast.

Common breakout triggers

Whenever doing a skin analysis on a client I can always tell two things, which side they sleep on and which side they talk on their phone.

Pillow: Pillows contain hair product residue, dead skin, and bacteria. Sleeping with your face pressed into the pillow clogs your pores usually resulting in blackheads along the hair and jawline. The best thing to do would be to sleep on your back, as it also results in fewer wrinkles. If you must sleep on a side use a cotton pillow case. Cotton will absorb sweat and oil where as a silk or satin case will not leaving your face to absorb it. Also wash your pillow case every few days in a fragrance free detergent, fragrance is one of the biggest skin irritants.

Phone: I know you all have heard that talking on your phone causes breakouts and it can. Clean your phone regularly with a disinfectant and avoid talking with no hands where you are pressing the phone against your face.

Touching your face: Your hands and fingers have natural oils on them and usually pick up other germs and bacteria throughout the day. Touching your face or resting it on your palm can will transfer those oils and may cause breakouts.

Hair care products: If you get breakouts predominately around your hair line and/or forehead, your hair care products could be at fault. Greasy or heavy treatments like pomades, oils, and hairspray, can be pore clogging. Whenever possible, buy hair care products labeled noncomedogenic or nonacnegenic. Also, avoid getting your hair care products on your face by applying them at least 1 inch away from the hairline.

Make-up bushes: Half of the fight against blemishes is reducing the amount of acne-causing bacteria on your skin. And makeup brushes and applicators are bacteria magnets. Wash all makeup brushes with antimicrobial soap a few times each week, and thoroughly spray them with rubbing alcohol after every application. Use disposable applicators whenever possible, and dispose of after each use.

Stress: I know that for me this is often the hardest acne trigger to control .Stress causes worsening of acne in two ways. First, by stimulating adrenal glands to produce more hormones and secondly, by slowing down the healing process. Get someone to watch the kids and take time for yourself and relax 🙂

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