This article looks at why you should get a hair mineral analysis for acne healing and how hair mineral analysis results can help determine imbalances that may be causing your skin problems.
If you’ve been keeping an eye on my Instagram Story the past few days you may have noticed that I recently sent off a chunk of my hair for a Hair Mineral Analysis, a lab test that reveals your body’s mineral composition from a small sample of your hair.
Reliable Hair Mineral Analysis labs will test a minimum of 20 different elements including:
Minerals are essential to our overall health and wellbeing and aren’t produced naturally in our bodies, meaning that we must get these vital elements from food sources. Minerals are found in fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and animal protein but unfortunately; stress, poor gut health, poor diet, prescription drugs and soil depletion are all factors that mean we might not be absorbing and utilising enough minerals, or in some cases, retaining too much – especially if we’re self-prescribing popular acne clearing supplements such as Zinc, Selenium, Magnesium and Chromium.
Both mineral deficiency and mineral excess can lead to problems including:
- Hair Loss
- Poor Immunity
- Low Energy
- Breathing Difficulties
why you need a hair mineral analysis for acne healing
Because both deficiencies and excesses can lead to skin problems, it’s a great idea to submit your hair for analysis so that you can be sure that the supplements you plan to take to heal your acne naturally are right for you.
I’ve been seeing a Kinesiologist for the past two years who (I hope!) has helped me correct my individual mineral imbalances – specifically magnesium and zinc, but my Kinesiologist wasn’t able to determine the specific ratios of the major minerals which can tell you so much about your hormone health, therefore your acne. Doing a Hair Mineral Analysis for acne healing takes out so much guess work and is a great way of finding out more about your health and what steps you can start taking to clear your skin naturally.
Mineral ratios are often more important in determining overall health patterns than just a single mineral level on its own, although both are important, the understanding of the ratios can reveal so much more about your health, our hormones and your acne! For example, if the ratio between your Calcium and Magnesium levels is out of whack, then it indicates a problem with your blood sugar whereas an imbalance between Sodium and Magnesium can reveal a tonne of information about your adrenal function.
why I’m doing a hair mineral analysis for hormone balance
I’ve wanted to do my own Hair Mineral Analysis Test for a while for two reasons: 1) Out of curiosity to see where my body is at and 2) See if it can provide any clues as to why I still suffer with terrible breast pain for an entire week of my cycle and odd breakouts during my follicular phase (days 1-14).
Apart from double checking how my individual minerals levels are doing, I’m also very interested to see the ratios of different minerals in my body as these can tell you so much more about underlying health issues.
For example, I suspect I may have low thyroid function – this could explain my sore PMS boobs, stubborn skin issues, constipation, low body temperature and low progesterone – and the mineral ratios in my Hair Mineral Analysis will be able to show me if an under-active thyroid is actually the underlying issue for me.
hair mineral analysis vs blood & saliva tests
The main reason a Hair Mineral Analysis trumps blood and saliva tests for mineral testing is because it provides a long-term reading. One issue with saliva, blood and urine tests is that they only really capture a current snapshot of your health, your results from one day could totally differ to the next depending on your activity level, food choices and even time of day. Plus, blood tests will only really show up severe mineral deficiencies whilst a Hair Mineral Analysis can reveal deficiencies long before they show up in a blood test. If you want to learn more about the benefits of a Hair Mineral Analysis for mineral testing, visit this post here.
If you’re interested in purchasing a reliable Hair Mineral Analysis test, then it’s important that you use a company or practitioner that test their samples using either the labs Trace Elements or Analytical Research Labs as they don’t screw around with your hair prior to testing it (many labs wash the hair before testing which can alter results). Head over to this blog post here to see my list of places to pick up your own reliable test.
Have you ever done a Hair Mineral Analysis for acne healing? What did your results tell you and how were you able to treat your imbalances?
Peace, Love & Clear Skin