Acne - A Chiropractic Approach

Acne is caused by skin pores becoming blocked and getting infected leading to inflammation and pimples.  Some common causes of acne are hormonal changes (common in adolescence, menstrual cycles, pregnancy), emotional stress, cosmetics and hair products, prescription medication and drugs, toxins, and diet high in refined sugars. A common treatment for acne is over the counter medications that come with a list of side effects including: nausea, vomiting, indigestion, irritable bowel, conjunctivitis, increased cholesterol, and decreased absorption of vitamins and minerals.  A chiropractic approach to acne is to look at the lifestyle of an individual as well as to optimize the function of his or her nervous system. 

The nervous system which controls the adrenal glands and thyroid plays an important role in the production of cortisol in the body.  Cortisol helps to reduce inflammation caused by infections as well as help to boost the immune system.  When nerve pressure is removed with an adjustment by a chiropractor the immune system can better handle infections and foreign bacteria on the body.  When your body is healthy on the inside it will show as a healthy body on the outside on your skin.  

Along with chiropractic care, a chiropractor will recommend lifestyle changes to help reduce acne.  Some common suggestions include stress management, nutrition, exercise, and reducing chemicals in your daily routines.