February 20, 2020
Acne. The only four letter word (apart from the L word) that strikes fear in women and men of all ages. From the looks of it, it seems like everyone is either dealing with active acne, or the scars and pigmentation it leaves behind once it subsides. And while you can spend bucketloads on the best facials, the best serums and creams, and even the best antibiotics money can buy, it’s essential to remember one very important thing; healing starts from within.
Now we’re not going to start a winding discussion on how you should be eating healthy (you should), how you should be drinking a litre of water daily ( you totally should) or how you NEED to apply sunscreen every single day without fail (!!!), we do want to focus on one hidden ingredient that you are ingesting on the regular that could be causing those stubborn breakouts; Fluoride. Yep. Fluoride. The ingredient that every toothpaste company in the world boasts about in their ads because it makes your teeth white and sparkly, can also be the cause behind your treatment resistant acne breakouts. And the most surprising part is, it’s not limited to just toothpaste.
What fluoride does is, it clogs up the lymphatic system and causes hormone imbalances that then trigger cystic acne. Not only that, fluoride also competes with iodine (which is essential for optimal thyroid health) in the thyroid gland and because it’s more reactive, it completely displaces iodine which in turn causes a deficiency and throws off thyroid function. Your thyroid is basically the king of your hormone system, and if that isn’t functioning properly, your entire endocrine system will be out of order, which means acne breakouts.
Here are all the ways excess fluoride can mess up your system:
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