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Clay Uses - Getting Rid of Acne Once and For All
 

To effectively deal with any problem, you must first understand and eliminate the root cause of the problem.  To tackle and obliterate the acne problem, we must understand what exactly causes acne in the first place. 

What causes acne?

Acne treatment, natural acne treatment

Oil glands are located deep in the skin. They are also known as sebaceous glands.

  • Each oil gland is connected to a tiny canal that contains a hair. The canal with its contained hair is called a follicle.

     

  • The glands produce oil (also known as sebum) that flows to the surface of the skin through these canals to lubricate the hair follicles and the surrounding skin.

     

  • The opening of the canal with the attached hair (follicle) onto the skin is the skin pore.

Oily skin occurs when an overactive oil gland enlarges and overproduces oil. Acne develops when some of the pores (through which oil normally flows from the oil gland to reach the skin surface) become blocked, resulting in trapping of oil within the skin pores. The pores are blocked by skin cells that have been shed from the lining of the skin pore and have bunched together. A blackhead or whitehead will develop from this skin pore blockage.

What causes the sebaceous glands to overproduce, resulting in acne?

According to Randall Neustaedter, OMD, the androgenic hormones, particularly testosterone, that increase at puberty, and the surge of premenstrual hormones, trigger increased production of sebum. The pores become clogged with both sebum and dead skin cells creating a prime breeding ground for bacteria. These bacteria and the breakdown products of sebum cause irritation and inflammation in the pores. The result is acne blackheads, whiteheads, pustules, and cysts in the skin.

Karen Jessett, author of Clear Skin, says that food is also a factor.  She states there is recent research pointing the finger at diet eating refined carbohydrates and sugar leads to a surge in insulin and an insulin-like growth factor called IGF-1. This in turn leads to an excess of male hormones, which encourage the skin to excrete large amounts of sebum. This grease-like substance encourages the growth of bacteria responsible for acne.

Then there's the issue of hygiene.  Generally speaking, acne is not caused by poor hygiene.  Exceptions to this statement would be people such as auto mechanics who are often in contact this skin damaging toxins.  But for most people, the problem is not poor hygiene.  In fact, vigorous scrubbing of the face does more harm than good.  It can actually stimulate the sebaceous glands to overproduce, thus exacerbating the problem!

So now that we understand what causes it, how do we get rid of it?

We highly recommend a tight two fisted approach.  First, use a Hydrated Clay mask daily for two weeks, then scale back to twice a week.  The best clay for this is a pure Calcium Bentonite Clay.  Its amazing drawing power will help to open and clean out the pores.  It removes excess sebum and is an excellent exfoliant.  Calcium Bentonite Clay has natural antibacterial properties as well, and will dramatically speed the healing of the pimples.  Many times, when people begin using clay masks to combat acne, they notice that their acne appears to worsen before it improves.  Don't panic if this happens to you!  This is a good thing!  It means that the clay is doing its job, and is pulling the toxins from your skin.  Also, your face may show some redness when you remove the clay.  This is very normal.  The Calcium Bentonite Clay increases the blood circulation to the skin, which aids in the healing process. 

But, that's only half the battle.  Ran Knishinsky, author of The Clay Cure, recommends using clay internally as well.  The following is an excerpt from his book:

"The condition of the skin is a good indication of what is happening inside the body.  Most people are not aware that the skin is the largest organ and a means of eliminating waste; each day waste passes through the pores of the skin.  Everything that affects the body in turn affects the skin.  When the body is full of toxic wastes and cannot eliminate them properly, various skin ailments may result.  The only effective way to get rid of these conditions is by cleaning the body inside and out.

Most acne is relatively easy to treat with the right methods--usually, a good diet and the daily ingestion of clay.  My younger teenage brother got rid of bad acne within one week of eating clay.  At first he said it wasn't doing too much for his skin.  Then, out of the blue, he called me and frantically asked me to bring over another jar of "dirt."  He had run out of the clay for a couple of days, and his pimples returned. 

The clay enriches and cleanses the blood, prompting better circulation and allowing the skin to get rid of waste."

It's essential to battle the acne at its source, which is INSIDE the body.  Dr. James Meschine, DC, writes:

"To understand the relationship between detoxification, intestinal cleansing and prevention of acne, we must first understand the relationship between our skin, the digestive system and excretory system. 

AUTOINTOXICATION ( also known as autotoxicosis , enterotoxication, intestinal intoxication, intestinal toxemia or self-poisoning) which means the toxins released by the decay process, brought on by bacteria, pass into the blood stream and travel to all parts of the body. Every cell in the body can be affected and many forms of sickness can result from it, including acne and other skin eruptions. Detoxification is a normal body process of eliminating or neutralizing toxins through the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph and skin."

So, in addition to the Hydrated Clay masks, we highly recommend using clay internally -- either in liquid or hydrated form.  In liquid form, we suggest taking 2-3 ounces twice a day for two weeks, then scaling back to 1 ounce twice a day.  In hydrated form, we suggest taking 2 tablespoons twice a day for two weeks, then tapering off to 1 tablespoon twice daily.  Ran Knishinsky recommends taking the clay on an empty stomach.  And if you're taking any medication, it is recommended to wait 1-3 hours before ingesting clay, but please check with your physician, as medications vary in time release and content. 

 

 
 

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