This article looks at the why your liver may be causing your acne and what you can do to help support a sluggish liver.
Over the years I tried every acne product I could get my hands on with very minimal success. Acne is not caused by bacteria alone and it won’t be cured by a miracle product that banishes those blemishes overnight. If you’ve been looking into underlying acne causes (see my post on Face Mapping here) you’ll probably already know that acne is either caused by a compromised liver, digestive tract or hormone system – or maybe even a combination of them all!
Is your sluggish liver causing your acne?
The organ that has been said to link all these body parts with acne is in fact the liver. According to Naturopathic physician Robert Ullman, a stressed liver may show signs of toxic build-up through the skin. The body may try to release stored toxins by producing excess sebum and pushing it out through pores where it clogs and can cause inflammation and acne.
A sluggish liver may not be able to adequately detox all the toxins that enter the body through the food we eat, the products we use and the air we breathe, so these excess toxins either end up stored in our fatty tissue or eliminated through one of the bodies seven elimination channels — these seven channels are; colon, liver, lungs, lymph, kidneys, skin, and blood. If these toxins are eliminated through the skin they come our through our sweat and sebaceous glands as sebum. Now don’t get me wrong, sebum isn’t to be feared – my fear of oily skin and my constant use of harsh detergent-based cleansing products totally wrecked my skin as a teen! Healthy sebum production helps protect and nourish the skin; however, sebum that is produced in excess can clog the pores and lead to inflammation and acne.
Toxic bowel and your liver
Toxic bowels usually accompany a sluggish liver. Your liver dumps toxins into the bile, which is transported into the gallbladder and then into the intestines. If your intestines are eliminating wastes effectively, you will excrete them via bowel motions – ideally one to three bowel motions every day. However, most people do not achieve this so aren’t eliminating toxins efficiently enough which can cause a backlog of toxins in your system, putting excess strain on your liver. If this is the case for you, and you find yourself constipated on a regular basis, a large number of toxins will be allowed to recirculate through your body – searching for an alternative route to get out.
Make sure you get enough fibre, fat and water in your diet. I recommend making a fibre powder from psyllium husk, flaxseeds and chia seeds. Simply grind the seeds into a powder using a coffee grinder and take 1-2 tablespoons of this powder daily. You can add it to pretty much anything – smoothies, shakes, soups and cereals!
My acne is hormonal, what can I do about it?
There is a huge misconception that hormonal acne is something that we just have to deal with, but this is not true. Head over here to find out if your acne is hormonal, here for more information about hormonal acne and here to get some great tips for balancing your hormones.
If you’re interested in gentle liver cleansing methods then check out this post: Gentle ways to cleanse + support your liver.
Do you think your liver might be causing your acne? Let me know in the comments below!
Peace, Love & Clear Skin