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Can using a tongue scraper improve your acne?

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Tongue pimple, pimple on tongue, pimple under tongueHome remedies for acne: the tongue scraper

To scratch or not to scratch

If you’re like Kiss’ Gene Simmons, you need a tongue scraper the size of a snow plow to get the job done.

When I think of ideas to blog about, I often like to think of the simplest and easiest practices you can use to fight the scourge of acne. Sometimes simple means cheap and easy – a creed by which many live their lives. By pursuing the “low hanging fruit” of the acne world, we may find solutions opening up corners of study we never knew existed.

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Ayurvedic treatment for acne

I am very interested in looking at the wide range of health options, one of which happens to be the Ayurvedic treatment of acne. Well, this post does not go into studying the practice or attempting to break down how and in what ways it is appropriate for the modern world. That’s beyond my qualifications. I am qualified to find topics that fit my curiosity complex.

As a study of health and medicine, Ayurvedic acne treatment would probably be closer to a holistic approach. The fact that it’s been around for thousands of years seems to give it some level of credibility. Otherwise, few patients would live long enough to boast of their virtues or produce offspring who would do the same if it were a miserable failure. This is hardly a ringing endorsement either; As new information emerges that upends the old order, what was once fashionable should give way to the closest approximation to the truth.

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To the best of our knowledge, tongue scraping has been a common practice in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine for several thousand years. [1] It has stayed in some form throughout this time to some extent. Outside the epicenter in which it is rooted – India and China – it has enjoyed varying degrees of popularity from ebb and flow, including a resurgence in recent years in other parts of the world.

Free Acne Guide

It was this resurgence that prompted me to include it in the free acne guide given away by this site. The guide is not an ancient tome with direct lineage to a forgotten source of knowledge passed down through the various stages of the rise and fall of human civilization, dating back several hundred thousand years when sticks and stones were all the rage and the wheel wasn’t yet’ t found his groove first.

For the same reason, it is unrelated to the Necronomicon, which blesses its reader with a power akin to the Ancients who ruled in the shadows. No, far from it.

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The Free Acne Guide is a PDF that presents the simple and easy ideas that I first wish I knew when I set out to defeat the nasty beast known as acne vulgaris. Most people are lucky enough to grow out of the condition, but for those who aren’t, it takes more hardship and sacrifice to pull through. This free acne guide is my note to past selves about things to cross off the checklist. Most are simple and easy with prices ranging from cheap to free. Not all, but many.

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It’s definitely something to put in your wheel house of acne fighting knowledge and just requires your time and dedication to try.

HP Lovecraft articles can be found here.

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What’s that about a scraped tongue you say?

Our tongues are super breeding grounds for all kinds of life. Think of it as the collection plate of the microbial world. Our mouths provide the perfect cradle for this life to flourish in abundance—food stains are everywhere and in every crease, darkness abounds, temperature is set to decaying perfection, humidity is mild and damp. It’s one of the main party buses for microbial life in the body.

Upon waking up, if you go straight to a mirror and examine the unfolded taste tester, you’ll find some freaky junk. Gunks of gunk contaminate every crevice with a sheen of saliva to match a wide spectrum of colors. [1] Make no mistake, this is normal and either directly or indirectly accounts for most of your dainty morning breath that can cut through a diamond or melt lead.

Tongue forest, tongue scraper, acneWiki Commons

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Tongue chart, tongue scraper, acne Wiki Commons

If you notice tendrils of hair or fur fibers growing, see a doctor as this is a sign of a bad stench that no weedwacker or edger can cure. You may need the jaws of life and an exorcism to get you going. Sympathy. It just means you’ve waited too long to scratch that tongue.

don’t feel bad We’ve all been through that. This is not fun. I won’t ask where your tongue was or what it tasted when you return the favor.

Tongue scraping comes full circle

The philosophy behind tongue scraping is simple. The body’s way of dealing with excess is to eliminate it with the least amount of resistance. This can sometimes be the skin that leads to acne in the T-zone. Combine this with the T-zone being close enough to the tongue for any residual rot to find an easy way out of the mouth through the thin skin that lines it.

It’s thought that this thin layer may allow conduction for some bacteria through the blood vessel network to spread and invade other parts of the body. This could explain why T-zone acne is so bad. Do you get acne around your mouth and chin? acne on jaw? Acne around lips? Between the eyebrows? Around the nose?

Through all of this, your immune system goes on the defensive against the acne bacteria, trying to wage a war on multiple fronts as the home base (tongue) gets crazier and crazier. [3] Since most of these bacteria also exist in a biofilm, [4] it puts additional strain on the immune system. The removal of the tongue’s biofilm also makes it easier for the immune system to do its job.

White pimple on tongue, pimple on my tongue, can you get a pimple on your tongue, pimple on your tongueBiofilm and pimples on tongue care from Wiki Commons

tongue scraper

There are several schools of thought to carefully weigh when deciding on your weapon (best tongue scraper choice). Do you want a quality metal tongue scraper? The kind that are made of materials worth more than a small country’s GDP, that are jeweled and have the kind of alloy that predates time and will exist after the end of the universe? Because if you have that, great! I need it to complete my space-time folding machine and get out of here.

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If not, there is little shame in lower-end real estate. Now you can find all sorts of materials to consider for a tongue scraper: plastic, bone, metal, etc. I can’t be too sure which way to go other than something cheap and easy to do as a starter kit find ( homemade tongue scraper). Even an ordinary kitchen spoon works and serves as an excellent substitute for a stainless steel tongue scraper.

How do you use a tongue scraper?

Various tongue scrapers can be found here.

The goal is to scratch with precision, in a consistent and persistent drive that will allow you to make an objective decision after several weeks.

Also, it’s better to start with a spoon and say fuck it than shell out for the Primo-level stuff and have to pay for it until you die.

If you want a recommendation, the tongue scraper from Dr. Tung of course an excellent product that does the job adequately.

Conclusion

I am not suggesting that tongue scratching will remove the reservoir that is causing your problems. Also, I’m not saying that failing to use a tongue scraper is the reason your acne won’t go away or heal. What I’m saying is, the fewer toxins and bacteria in your body, the better. Above all, it means that your immune system is under less strain and does not have to deal with as many attack fronts. Tongue scratching has the side effect of making your breath less foul [5] and can improve your sense of taste.

Finally, tongue scraping should be used in conjunction with proper dental protocol, and that includes brushing and flossing. In combination, they can work together to further reduce the amount of bacteria in the mouth and on the tongue. [6]

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Cited work:

[1] The metabonomic studies of tongue coating in H. pylori positive patients with chronic gastritis.

https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2015/804085/

[2] Oral hygiene: a history of tongue scraping and brushing.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0002817716304536

[3] Biofilm: A microbial dental infection.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3312703/

[4] Biofilms in the edentulous oral cavity.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18355168

[5] Tongue cleaning methods: a comparative clinical study using a toothbrush and a tonguee Scraper.

http://www.joponline.org/doi/abs/10.1902/jop.2004.75.7.1009?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori%3Arid%3Acrossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub%3Dpubmed&

[6] Effects of tongue cleaning on plaque and salivary mutans streptococci levels: A randomized controlled trial.

http://www.jiaphd.org/article.asp?issn=2319-5932;year=2015;volume=13;issue=4;spage=378;epage=383;aulast=Jacob

The same techniques also apply to tongue brushing, which is also workable. Keep in mind that a tongue brush, or anything other than a hard scraper for brushing your tongue, may not be as effective. Brush that tongue. Scratch that tongue. get it done

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