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                                   Mental Health

The cause of certain forms of acne can have a dramatic impact on a person’s mental health. Have a look at the following list to see if you can relate to any of these issues.

  • Unpredictable moods 
  • Self-Analysing – always looking in the mirror focusing on your flaws
  • Low self esteem
  • Wearing the same clothes day after day because you feel so awkward in anything else you own
  • Self-aware to the point that it borders on paranoia
  • Insomnia or taking a long time to get to sleep due to having thoughts that you cannot knock off
  • Quick to anger
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Nervousness
  • Feeling very tired especially after eating carbs/sugar
  • Constant headaches
  • Foggy brain
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • A sickly stomach that feels like butterflies and makes you feel very nervous – This can often be misdiagnosed as acid problems with GPs prescribing PPIs despite the patient not experiencing any burning or acid reflux

These symptoms often come with small whiteheads that appear around or inside of the nose or around the edge of the lips.

If you can relate to any of these symptoms then it is pointing to a blood sugar imbalance.  You can take a positive step forward:

  • Eat when you wake up and eat regularly throughout the day
  • Avoid sugary cereals and instead opt for a breakfast that contains fat, protein and a small amount of carbs. For example, 1/2 avocado, eggs with toast
  • Each meal should contain fat, protein and a small amount of carbs
  • Avoiding drinking alcohol on an empty stomach
  • Introduce healthy oil in the form of Omega 3, flaxseed oil, linseed oil or cod liver oil 
  • Check your fingernails – if you have small white marks opt to take 15mg of zinc each day with food – see how you feel as when zinc is deficient you tend to feel energised after 15 minutes of taking.  Zinc is not a mineral that you should take long term but instead try taking for one month if you feel it is making you feel better and then stop.
  • B12 may prove beneficial – try taking 1000mg each day for one week and see if you feel better. Taking at this level for one month is beneficial for some. Do not take at this level long term.
  • Choline/Inositol can often clear blood sugar spots within a very short space of time. Take 2 a day.
  • Speak with your GP and have your blood tested for folic acid, vitamin D and Iron and take as or if instructed to do so
  • A good quality multi-vitamin can prove worthwhile such as Biocare Adult multi vitamin or Fairvital Life Forvce Plus with Q10. Most supermarket multi-vitamins tend to be poor quality. It is also wise to avoid vitamins that contain copper as in some cases acne can be caused by high levels of copper.
  • If you find it difficult to motivate yourself and feel tired all of the time, with slow movements you could try 200mg selenium twice a day and see if that helps. There is no need to take selenium long-term, 3-4 weeks is normally sufficient.
  • If you have twitching legs and feel stressed and have difficulty sleeping 300mg-600mg of magnesium may prove beneficial before going to bed
  • Electrolyte health drinks taken daily are also beneficial to keeping your skin clear
  • Drink water throughout the day to flush out kidneys 
It is always preferable to work with a health practitioner who understands vitamin and mineral deficiencies and can correct them quickly and safely. If you cannot afford to see someone and wish to do this yourself a good quality multi vitamin is the safest option, one that allows your body to absorb a small amount of each vitamin and mineral on a daily basis. It may take longer to achieve results if you are greatly deficient in a particular vitamin/mineral but it should still prove beneficial.