Dr. Ben Johnson, MD, Founder of Osmosis Skincare, explains why acne is linked to digestion, not dirt or oiliness
“Acne is a detox reaction that has little to do with bacteria or oiliness,” explained Dr. Ben Johnson, MD, founder of the holistic beauty brand Osmosis Skincare. “It is poor digestion linked to what we eat and hormonal imbalances internally, not topical bacteria as we might think.”
Our skin is a filter to help remove toxins from our bodies. These toxins are what cause breakouts. Whether from diet, hormones, stress or candida, the toxins that are released due to these causes appear on the face, back or chest, and occur chronically, monthly, or intermittently. The face is a key detox zone because of the increased circulation, the sebaceous glands and its connection to the internal organs.
“Acne shows up on different parts of the face based on where these toxins are coming from. Estrogenic toxins (poisons that resemble estrogen) are purged in male pattern areas that include the beard line (where a beard would grow) and the chest and back. Acne in the upper face is caused by candida toxins. Candida is a yeast that overgrows in different regions of the gut. Where it is growing in the gut will determine where on the face it appears. Forehead, as one example, is the large intestine,” adds Johnson.
Ways to help minimize acne
Buy organic foods if possible – “Too many of the added growth hormones in our meat and dairy end up in our systems and the body responds with hormone shifts. As a result, candida populations in the body get out of whack which in turn, can contribute to acne.”
Watch your diet – “Reduce your intake of sugar, hydrogenated oils, sodium and synthetic flavorings where possible. Inflammation, even internally, stimulates oil production and leads to acne.”
There are products and supplements you can find to help treat toxins as well.
Meet Dr. Ben Johnson, MD
Dr. Ben Johnson, MD, is the Founder of Osmosis Skincare.