We talk a lot about the connection between acne, hormones and gut health. An often overlooked cause is an overloaded or lazy lymphatic system. If you are experiencing acne behind your ears and on your neck, it is likely that your lymphatics need some lovin. It might be time to consult a naturopath for acne.
WHAT IS THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM?
Sitting just under the skin, the lymphatic system is a matrix of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials (such as hormones).
It is a powerful network of elimination, and helps keep the body clean and nourished.
Its main function is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection fighting white blood cells, throughout the body.
The lymphatic system is made up of lymphatic vessels, which are similar to the circulatory system’s veins and capillaries. The big difference is that the lymphatic system is not pumped around the body like blood. It is a one-way-street of valves, that are activated by things like exercise.
The vessels are connected to lymph nodes, where the lymph is filtered. The tonsils, adenoids, spleen and thymus are all part of the lymphatic system.
THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM & ACNE TREATMENT
WHAT DOES THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM DO?
- Regulates immune system
- Absorption and transportation of free fatty acids
- Mood regulation
- Lymph carries the ‘happy’ hormone progesterone
SIGNS THAT YOU MAY HAVE LAZY LYMPH:
- Swelling of legs/ankles
- Sore breasts
- Bags under eyes
- Swollen tonsils and lymph nodes
- Post-nasal drip
- Poor immune function
- Brain fog
- Skin conditions (especially acne)
- History of tonsillitis
If your lymphatic system is struggling to transport Progesterone, this may contribute to ‘Oestrogen Dominance’ and breakouts. Lymph can also become stagnated in the abundance of nodes in the neck, jaw and ears. This is why we use lymphatic techniques in our Acne Facial.
TIPS FOR SPARKLING LYMPH
- Stay hydrated
- Try dry skin brushing
- Contrast hydrotherapy (hot then cold water)
- Lymphatic massage (our Acne Facial)
- Releasing jaw tension (speak your truth)
- Deep breathing (Kundalini yoga)
- Avoid dairy
- Use the green 525nm setting on MAX+ LED in-clinic
- Herbal medicine
NATUROPATHY & HERBAL MEDICINE FOR LYMPH DETOXIFICATION & ACNE
Our Naturopath Melissa often uses evidence-based Herbal Medicine to help safely detoxify the lymphatic system. Her top 3 fave herbs for this are:
We can also use Echinacea extract topically with the dermaviduals range of customisable, therapeutic skin care.