You may have read that a toxic liver is one of the big hidden causes of acne, and you might have read that the liver needs detoxifying. These days, our livers are full of toxins which must be flushed out, and our nutritional deficiencies are impairing the liver’s many vital functions.
If you want to improve your skin, you will have to start looking at your gut, since digestive health directly impacts your skin. But am guessing you don’t know that the liver also has a hand in tons of epidermal issues.
The liver, which is the organ that’s best known for breaking down alcohol, is also intimately connected to skin function. In traditional Chinese medicine, it is believed that if your liver is in good condition, the rest of your body will be in harmony. On the contrary, a distressed liver can lead to dryness, itchy redness, acne, and dull sagging skin.
Everything we eat or drink is processed through the liver, so it’s important to keep it as healthy as possible.
Just as an imbalanced gut can lead to breakouts, a buildup of toxins in the liver can also manifest as skin blemishes.
The liver is one of our main pathways for the elimination of toxins, and considering what we drink, eat, and even the air we breathe; all of the toxins in these things get filtered through the liver. This makes the skin a direct reflection of what is going on inside of our body.
Detoxifying The Liver Equals Detoxifying The Skin
The skin is actually the body’s largest organ of elimination and detoxification, which is done by way of sweating. Every day our bodies eliminate large amounts of waste products through the kidneys, the intestines, the lungs and the skin, and the liver is the other primary organ responsible for detoxification.
The liver filters and detoxifies cholesterol, fats, hormones, drugs, caffeine, alcohol, and other toxic by-products in the body, and when it is overloaded with too much hormone (such as androgens or estrogens), alcohol or caffeine, or inflammatory bi-products from food, the result can be skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.
You can improve the health of your liver by reducing the intake of alcohol, fried foods, and drugs.
Foods that can help improve liver function include beets, artichokes, dark leafy green vegetables like kale, spinach, and garlic and onions. Nutrients such as b vitamins, antioxidants like glutathione, n-acetylcysteine (NAC), liver-specific herbs like milk thistle, dandelion, and burdock can also help with liver detoxification. By helping the liver detoxify you can all together detoxify and clear the skin.
The Fat Aspect
The liver isn’t just about eliminating toxins, as it’s also responsible for breaking down fat. When the organ is not functioning normally, oil-producing glands in the skin tend to rise.
The liver packages triglycerides and cholesterol into protein ‘boats,’ which is how fat gets sent to tissue for storage. If something is wrong, fat can just circulate in the bloodstream and ends up getting used by the sebaceous glands instead.
When this happens, it can be stressful for your skin complexion and can disrupt the oil on your skin. If the raw material that your body is using to produce sebum has fat-soluble material that is full of toxins, a lot can end up in the sebum.
The quality and amount of the fats in your bloodstream have an impact on how thick your sebum is, and the thicker it is, the more likely it is to clog a pore.
How To Nurture Your Liver
A happy liver equals happy skin, and you can help both organs function at their best. It all comes back to clean eating.
The majority of your diet should consist of fresh, organic fruits, vegetables, and raw nuts and seeds. If you eat meat, then you should purchase organic and free-range kinds when possible.
Eating healthy fats and avoiding inflammatory foods (including processed or fried foods) will also help your liver de-stress.
Supplementing with bitter herbs, like milk thistle, activate the liver’s metabolic processes and help to clear insoluble fat material through bile. Burdock root and Oregon grape root are also good for that and are commonly used by herbalists for chronic skin issues.
Workouts stimulate your body and help facilitate the removal of toxins. Even a meditation practice can help. Emotions can be a good way to know if your liver is in harmony, and stress, tension, resentment, and anger show a disruption.
You can use this theory to do some detective work on your breakouts.
Pimples on the forehead are usually linked to the digestive system and may indicate that you’re having a hard time breaking down certain foods. It may also indicate liver problems like too many toxins, stress, or a lopsided sleep schedule.
Try using digestive enzymes like papaya before each meal to help break down foods, and make sure you’re getting between 7-9 hours of sleep each night.
You can also try some dandelion tea or some extra garlic and onions to help the liver detoxify. Drink hot water with lemon in the morning, as that may also help.
Between the Brows:
Greasy, fatty foods may be connected to acne on the brow. Another possible cause may be too much alcohol, and if you find pimples here after a night out where you consumed a few drinks, that may be your issue.
If you spent time in the city, had to sit in traffic for hours, or otherwise came into contact with polluted air, that may explain pimples showing up on your cheeks.
Allergies that affect the respiratory system may also be responsible. Also, if you pressed your cell phone against your skin while talking, germs may have been transferred to your face.
Sometimes, acne here can be a symptom of too much sugar in your diet, and you should cut back for a few days and see if that helps. Always wash skin thoroughly before bed to try to get rid of trace contaminants still left on the skin.
Chin pimples often come around because of changes in your hormones, like in the days leading to your period. Try to pay extra attention to your skin care, and be sure you’re not resting your chin in your hands when bored or tired. This can transfer oils from your fingers onto your chin, which can cause pimples to break out there.