For those of you that are familiar with my struggle with hormonal acne and my steps for addressing the problem over the past year, you know that detox has been a huge part of my strategy for curing both my hormonal imbalances and acne.
One of the main issues women with hormonal issues struggle with is an excess of toxic estrogens. Whether this is a result of long-term birth control use as it was for me, and/or being exposed to toxic estrogens in our environment from plastics to toxic chemicals in our household products and skincare to chemicals in our food, unfortunately the rates of hormonal imbalances are far too high. In fact, an average of 80% of women will experience a hormonal imbalance at least once in their lifetime.
Detox becomes necessary because it’s not enough to rebuild the beneficial estrogens in our bodies, but it’s also imperative that we support our bodies in eliminating the toxins through detox and healthy digestion. If we don’t, while we might be able to start producing beneficial estrogens again, those toxic estrogens will continue to circulate in our systems and prevent total healing.
I’ve already posted extensively about my topical skincare routine for hormonal acne and what I did internally to heal my acne, but today I want to do a deep dive into detox and talk a bit about some of my favorite tools for helping you attain healthy, clear skin.
Milk Thistle and Burdock Root
Milk Thistle and Burdock Root are both amazing for detox. You can take them as supplements and even teas, but personally I take them in tincture form because I heard it recommended so frequently. I like to combine a dropper full of each and drink with a few sips of water in the morning. Be sure to find an alcohol-free version which will be way more palatable and the addition of alcohol is not the greatest when you’re trying to detox and balance hormones.
I’ve actually been using a tongue scraper long before I struggled with hormonal issues. As it turns out, using a tongue scraper once or twice a day can be extremely beneficial in decreasing our bodies toxic load. I like to use the tongue scraper twice a day, morning and night after brushing my teeth. Not only is it great for detox, but my mouth feels SO much cleaner after using it than if I just brush.
Green (and red!) Juice
Fresh juice not only supports detox, but it’s also a fantastic way to absorb nutrients which many of us struggling with hormonal imbalances desperately need. I like buying low-sugar juice like Suja’s Twelve Essentials or Fortitude, or, I make my own. While green juice is great, adding red veggies like beets can also be a great choice because they are particularly beneficial for detox.
Thorne SAT Supplement
This is a supplement I’ve been taking for liver support and detox for quite a while along with Estroblock. Thorne SAT contains artichoke, milk thistle and curcumin (turmeric) which all support the liver. Our livers are one of the most important organs in our body when it comes to detox.
Clary Sage Essential Oil
Amazing Grass Detox & Digest
This is probably my favorite product from Amazing Grass because it contains so many amazing ingredients for detox AND digestion. Detox & Digest contains 24 cleansing ingredients to help with the daily elimination of toxins plus 1 billion probiotics. I normally add Amazing Grass to my smoothies or juices.
Drink Enough Water
I know we’ve all heard over and over to drink enough water, but that’s because its necessary for so many different reasons, one reason being detox. I try and drink about 60oz of water per day, sometimes even more when I feel my body needs it. Drinking water helps to process toxins out of the body. Avoid plastic water bottles that can contain endocrine disrupters and opt for a glass or stainless steel bottle. I love glass but broke mine too many times, so now I use a stainless Sip by Swell Bottle and love it.
Dry brushing is something I’ve been doing for many years. It’s great as a tool for self-care, which in enough itself is great for healthy skin. Chronic stress can derail our hormones and practicing relaxing, soothing techniques like dry brushing is a great way to relax and take care of our bodies. Secondly, dry brushing stimulates our lymphatic system, which often needs a bit of a boost. Our lymphatic system places an integral roll in detox. You can buy one of these dry brushes from Amazon for less that $10 and dry brush before taking a shower.
Chlorophyll is a relatively new addition to my detox routine, thanks to the Healthy Hormones Group I am in for the next few months. Chlorophyll binds to toxins to help push them out of the body. I add some liquid chlorophyll to a glass of water with lemon. Sometimes I will also add just a bit of pomegranate juice (another great tool for detox) or just drink it simply with lemon. It’s basically flavorless so you don’t have to worry about it changing the taste of anything. You can also add it to smoothies or juices!
Beautycounter Charcoal Cleansing Mask
While most of the tools listed above work from the inside out or indirectly, this charcoal cleansing mask works directly on problem areas. If you’re unfamiliar with Beautycounter or why I made the switch the non-toxic makeup, I highly encourage you to read this post. The charcoal cleansing mask is something I use several times a week as a mask and even more often as a spot treatment. Not only does it help to pull toxins from pesky pimples and help them heal faster, but it’s also a fantastic way to prevent me from picking my skin. I often keep the spot treatments on overnight if need be.