The Hidden Truth Behind Acne

February 20, 2020

The Hidden Truth Behind Acne

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:


  • cause hormone imbalances which can lead to PMS,PCOS and endometriosis
  • impairs magnesium metabolism needed for balanced blood sugar
  • destroys gut health needed for a strong immune system and CLEAR SKIN
According to ‘The Hidden Cause of Acne: How Toxic Water is Affecting Your Health and What You Can Do About It’, a book by Melissa Gallico, who by the way is a former intel analyst for the FBI and struggled with severe cystic acne for over 20 years, Fluoride has been slipped into our systems since childhood. It’s in our water, it’s in our food, and it’s even in household items that we use every single day.  While Pakistan does not have fluoride in it’s water, this by no means means you aren’t at risk of overexposure to fluoride. 
The funny part is, some people apply toothpaste directly onto their pimples as a desi totka of sorts, claiming it reduces the redness and the swelling of the little monster. That’s not the case because toothpaste contains fluoride, and fluoride can cause an array of skin problems like fluoraderma, which is basically acne caused by fluoride exposure and peri-oral dermatitis (acne around the mouth).
So if you’ve tried every remedy in the book and your skin still isn’t giving you a break, it’s time you reduce the fluoride in your life. Here are some simple steps you can take to start:
  • Fluoride free toothpaste: Replace ALL toothpastes in your home with fluoride free versions 
  • Special Fluoride water filter: Water filters are available that are specifically made to filter out fluoride from your water.
  • No more teeth whitening : Whether you’re a fan of the DIY kits or whether you get whitening treatments at the dentist, fluoride plays a major role in the whitening process so it’s best to avoid 
  • No more bottled water/tea/juices from grocery stores: Even if a product says it uses filtered water, this in no way means the product is fluoride free, so be wary!
  • Reduce deboned meats: Qeemas, sausages and nuggets contain fluoride because of the way they are processed.
  • Reduce wheat intake: Avoid processed breads and baked goods 
  • Buy Organic: Make sure your fruits and veggies are from 100% organic vendors who do not use fluoride based pesticides on their crops!
If your battle against acne has been futile, and you’ve tried every remedy in the book, it’s time you seriously considered looking into the fluoride free life.
Even Hollywood Actress Olivia Munn swears by cutting out fluoride for clear, glowing skin, so give it a go and let us know! 

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