Happy Spring Beautiful!

Springtime in New York City is one of my favorite times of the year. The days are getting longer and it’s finally starting to warm up a bit. I’m hoping the nicer weather is here to stay, as I find people tend to just be happier when it’s warm and sunny out. With the winter ending, many skin woes that come about with the cold weather, such as dry skin and chapped lips, disappear as well. However, the Spring comes along with it’s own set of challenges for our skin to face. One of the most common ones I see come this this time of the year is acne. Clients often ask me why they are breaking out, claiming they have been following a strict skincare routine. Following a stringent routine is a great start but I always explain to clients that it’s important to look beyond skincare. Traditional Chinese Medicine looks at the reasons behind your symptoms in order to treat your body functionally and as a whole. Acne doesn’t just appear on your face or body for no reason. Figuring out why you are breaking out will get you on the right path to clearing your skin once and for all. I encourage you all to become your own skin detectives. Many of my clients treat their skin so passively by focusing solely on what they apply topically, only to continue to break out. Remember, beautiful skin starts from within!

In TCM, acne implies that you have excess Heat in your body. Heat is one of the 6 causes for disease in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Excess Heat may be a result of a poor diet, fatigue, stress, or hormonal imbalances. However, the key to understanding and treating this excessive Heat is to first decode where the Heat has manifested itself. The most common forms of acne are brought on by Lung Heat and Stomach Heat. If your skin is particularly greasy though, it means that you have Dampness in your body. Toxicity is signified by sores that easily bleed. Finally, itchiness if a result of Wind (another one of the 6 causes for disease in TCM) in your body, coming forth due to to Heat. Cooling foods and herbs are useful for combatting the Heat and, in turn, healing breakouts. Here are my cooling suggestions to help rid yourself of acne once and for all:

Apply Bitter Melon to the Skin Directly

I wrote an article about Bitter Melon and it’s amazing benefits when applied topically that can be read here. This truly is my go-to suggestion for helping clients struggling with acne achieve clear skin.

Drink Chrysanthemum tea

In TCM, Chrysanthemum is associated with the Lung and Liver meridians. The function of this tea is to calm the liver, release toxins, and to drive away Wind and clear Heat from the body. You can make a tea from dried Chrysanthemum flowers by steeping them in boiling water.

Change your Skincare Routine

The change in seasons calls for a change in your skincare. The first product change I make when the weather gets warmer is my moisturizer. Though my Dry Skin Moisturizer is a lifesaver all winter long, my absolute favorite moisturizer as the weather heats up is my Oily Skin Moisturizer (coming soon to my website!). This light-yet-luscious crème improves skin texture, calms eruptions, charges skin with nutrients, and normalizes oil production without aggravating acne. This moisturizer is also one of my top recommendations for clients with acne. My other recommendation is adding my Blemish Peel Mask to your daily routine as an overnight spot treatment. The mask’s powerhouse ingredients, Sage and Spearmint, remove toxins and oxygenate the skin, while Kaolin Clay draws out impurities from pores.

What do you think about focusing on the reasons behind your breakouts? Have you tried getting to the bottom of your acne? Let me know if you try any of my suggestions and how they make you glow from the inside out!

I would like to thank you so much for reading and so generously sharing! It’s always fabulous sharing these great tips with you all!

With all my love,

Cecilia

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