Acne

Acne affects people of all ages. Naturopathy can help uncover the root cause of your outbreaks and clear your skin.

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Clear skin from within

Acne Naturopath

My name is Lindsay, and I am a degree qualified acne Naturopath, I help women of all ages understand their bodies, understand the drivers behind their outbreaks and ultimately achieve clear healthy skin!

Acne is an external sign of an internal imbalance

With a quick Instagram scroll, you see a whole lot of skin concerns, blame goes to the condition of your skin and products. Creams, cleansers, scrubs and masks, with brands promising you clear skin if you just use their products.

While bacteria and oil can be risk factors for acne, often they are not the drivers. Yes, it’s essential to take care of your skin from the outside, but we need to understand why your skin is breaking out.

To clear your skin, to get long-lasting change you need to dig deeper to see what is driving your outbreaks

Feel confident in your skin

Acne - A Naturopath View

The health of one’s skin gives me huge insight into our overall health. Naturopath philosophy has us focus on the whole person. It is more than just the skin, if we improve someone’s overall health, we ultimately improve the skin.

Acne can be complex

Acne is far from simple! Skin can be tricky, for a few reasons, skin is inherently multifactorial – no two clients experience the same acne and the same triggers, and there is no ‘one size fits all.

While it may be one thing driving the outbreaks often, I see a combination of causes that lead to acne breakouts.
The common things I see that can contribute to outbreaks; are sub-optimal thyroid health, hormonal; hyperprolactinemia, PCOS, hyperandrogenism, post-pill acne, GIT disturbances– SIBO, candida, food intolerances, dysbiosis, low stomach acid, stress-induced, liver function, genetics, inflammatory, insulin resistance, nutritional deficiencies and a damaged skin barrier/irritation.

What can drive acne

Commonly I see one key driver contributing to breakouts, such as hormonal acne, but we know stress, coming off the pill, and low zinc will all contribute to the acne. It’s rarely ‘one thing’ but often a combination of underlying factors. For a lot of us, it is normal to go to skincare, with promises of clear skin. However, the increasing use of harsh active ingredients such as acids, peels or scrubs to heal your acne can disrupt and damage the skin barrier and the skin microbiome.

Just like our gut our skin also has a diverse and complex microbiome. Our skin microbiome helps regulate the health of the skin, from inflammation, moisture balance, pH, oil control, bacteria imbalances, acne breakouts and sensitivity.

Hormones and acne

Hormonal imbalances such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) can be a common cause. PCOS is a condition with increased androgens as well as increased inflammation. Androgens are a big driver for acne as they increase hyper-keratinisation and the stimulation of sebum production.

Testing to understand your acne

While there is no doubt acne can be complex, thankfully the advancement of functional pathology testing means we can take the guesswork out, ‘test don’t guess. Alongside a thorough case history, we can utilize comprehensive microbiome digestive testing, dried urine hormone testing, histamine intolerance and detoxification tests to understand what is driving your acne.

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Naturopath Treatment

Acne, a naturopath approach

No two clients experience the same drivers of their outbreaks. I create a highly individualised treatment plan taking into account each and every aspect of your health and the uniqueness that is you.
It’s not just skin, it’s looking at your stress, your sleep, your diet, and your lifestyle, to put all the pieces of the jigsaw together to bring about lasting change.

Acne Treatment

Our treatment plan focuses on avoiding trigger foods, supporting detoxification, gut health and microbiome, balancing hormones, reducing inflammation and assisting the skin’s ability to heal.

Whatever plan we come up with fits into your life! Like a beer? sure, enjoy some chocolate? no worries. remember one Tim tam doesn’t make you unhealthy and one salad doesn’t make you healthy, it’s what you do most of the time. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, an acne Naturopath can help clear your skin. Working with an acne Naturopath is about finding the 'whys'. Why do you have acne? Why are your hormones out of balance? Finding out the whys means we get to the bottom of acne and bring about lasting change. Lots of clients have tried traditional medications only to have their acne return, which can be immensely upsetting. This is how working with an acne naturopath differs it's not a bandaid treatment but with testing, diet, lifestyle changes and herbal medicine we get to the root cause to bring about clear skin.

Acne, eczema, dermatitis, fungal skin conditions and psoriasis can all be improved with the help of a Naturopath. Lindsay is a Sydney Naturopath who works predominantly with clients experiencing acne. Naturopaths work to improve your overall health, digestion, sleep, hormones, and energy which all, in turn, improve your skin. Skin complaints come from within, while topical treatment can be helpful it can be limited in resolving the issue which is often a result of an internal imbalance.

Hormonal acne or acne from digestive issues, post-pill or nutritional deficiencies can all be supported and cleared by seeing an acne Naturopath. Hormonal acne is common, often test0sterone is the culprit, and other hormones can be implicated in acne. Acne Naturopath Lindsay confirms exactly which hormones are causing your acne. Through diet and lifestyle modifications, indicated herbs and nutrients, Lindsay can help balance hormones, thin and reduce sebum, reduce inflammation and heal your skin.

You can tell if acne is hormonal or bacteria by its severity. If flare-ups occur during certain times of your menstrual cycle or you have other signs of a hormonal imbalance - hair growth, absent periods or heavy and painful periods. Bacterial acne can see more benefit from topical treatments than hormonal. Bacterial acne is more surface level, with blackheads and pus-like white heads. Hormonal acne is often seen with more severe acne, cystic acne and inflamed acne however can also be whiteheads and blackheads. Acne Naturopath Lindsay can support bacterial and hormonal acne outbreaks.

There are a few things you can do to regulate your hormones. Acne Naturopath Lindsay helps clients understand what hormones are out of balance, high or low and the impact that has on the skin. All our hormones are connected and all have a relationship. Rather than focusing on one hormone, we need to look at and support them like a team. Simple things like getting enough sleep, eating enough protein, and limiting caffeine and sugar will all have a positive impact on hormones and therefore your acne.

I find every client with acne is on or has tried zinc at some point. Sometimes they feel it works, sometimes they don't. Zinc is amazing for skin and one of my go-to's. But the key to zinc 'working' is to understand does a client need zinc in the first place? Are they deficient? If so taking the right form of zinc at the right time and the dose is crucial to get results. Acne Naturopath Lindsay discusses nutrients and supplements during the consultation. Any deficiencies or excesses, and if so how to incorporate zinc to bring about positive change. Remember, zinc is great! There is more than one thing contributing to acne.

Happy Hormones & Clear Skin

I am here to help you clear your acne. To help you feel confident in your skin. Let’s dig deeper and work together to bring about lasting change.