ACNE

GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS ON ACNE

Acne is the most common skin problem. Acne is most common among males during puberty, due to hormonal changes. Acne is dependent upon male hormones, such as testosterone, that stimulate the manufacture of sebum. Long-term use of antibiotics may result in an overgrowth of the yeast Candida albicans.

The recommendation is to avoid sugar, trans-fatty acids (hydrogenated fates and oils), milk, fried foods, and iodine.

THE KEY RECOMMENDATION is to avoid processed carbohydrates like highly processed breads and cereals. Highly processed breads and cereals are easily digested. The resulting flood of sugars makes the body produce high levels of insulin and insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1).

This in turn leads to an excess of male hormones. These encourage pores in the skin to ooze large amounts of sebum, the greasy goop that acne-promoting bacteria love. IGF-1 also encourages skin cells called keratinocytes to multiply, a hallmark of acne.

There is strong evidence that suggests a link between insulin or IGF-1 and acne as many women with acne overproduce insulin and IGF-1.

Key nutrients to aid in the treatment of acne include vitamin A, vitamin E, selenium, and zinc.

Topical treatment with tea tree oil or azelaic acid has produced results equal to benzoyl peroxide without the side effects.

The natural approach to acne is designed to address the underlying hormonal and local processes.

GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ACNE

Avoid medications that may cause acne:

  • Anabolic steroids, such as testosterone
  • Corticosteroids
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Progesterone
  • Drugs that contain bromides or iodides
  • Avoid exposure to processed oils and greases
  • Avoid the use of greasy creams or cosmetics
  • Wash the pillowcase regularly in chemical-free (no added colors or fragrances) detergents
  • Remove excess sebum and oil from the face by washing thoroughly twice daily (more if necessary)

Dietary Recommendations

  • Eliminate all refined and/or concentrated sugars from the diet.
  • Do not eat foods that contain trans fatty acids, such as milk, milk products, margarine, shortening, and other synthetically hydrogenated vegetable oils and fried foods.
  • Sip 2 to 3 ounces of filtered spring water every 30 minutes while awake each day (more if you are sweating).
  • Increase raw foods high in fiber
  • Eat only extra virgin olive oil, fish oils and coconut oil as you only source of dietary oils

NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

Primary Nutrients:

1. BIO-MULTI PLUS Iron Free – 1 tablet, 3 times daily after meals.

2. BIO-C PLUS 1000 – 1 tablet, 3 times daily after meals.

3. M S M POWDER – 1/2 teaspoonful 2 to 4 times daily depending on the severity of symptoms. NOTE: Always take MSM with your Vitamin C.

4. BIOMEGA-3 – 4 – 5 capsules, twice daily after meals for 1 month, then 4 – 5 capsules once daily thereafter M – F of the week.

Specific Nutrients: When symptoms begin to subside, gradually, as needed, wean yourself from the Specific Nutrients & stay on the Primary Nutrients. If any symptoms re-occur resume taking Specific Nutrients.

5. BIO AE-MULSION FORTE – a dosage of 125,000 IU (10 drops) twice daily.

6. E-MULSION 200 – 2 capsules daily with a meal

7. SE-ZYME FORTE – 1 tablet daily, 2 times daily with meals

8. ZN-FORTE – 1 tablet, 2 times daily with meals

9. LIVOTRIT-PLUS – 2 tablets, 3 times daily with meals

Physical Medicine

Acne tends to decrease with exposure to the sun or ultraviolet light.

Topical Treatment

Choose one of the following:

  • Tea tree oil (5-15% preparations)
  • Azelaic acid (20% preparations) – can be substituted for benzoyl peroxide or tretinoin.
  • Sulfur (3-10% preparations)

ADDENDUM

Acne

– 1996, American Institute of Preventive Medicine

Acne is the teenagers? curse. Teenagers have to worry about pimples just when they want to look their best. Acne can pop up on the shoulders, back, neck, and face. Many people still have acne or acne scars when they are adults.

These things do not cause acne:

  • Greasy foods
  • Chocolate
  • No sex

Teenagers get acne because they have a lot of androgen. Androgen is a hormone. The glands under your skin make more oil when you have a lot of androgen. The oil ducts get clogged and infected. Then bumps pop up on the skin. Newborn babies can get a little acne from their mother’s hormones. This can happen when the baby is 2 to 4 weeks old.

These things help cause acne:

* A girl’s hormones before her period or when she is pregnant
* Heavy lotions or greasy makeup
* Stress
* Foods with iodine–like kelp, beef liver, broccoli, asparagus, and white onions
* Vitamin pills that have iodine
* Cooking oils, tar, or creosote in the air
* Sleeping on one side of the face or resting your head in your hands
* Birth control pills, steroids, anti-convulsive medicines, and lithium

Your child’s doctor can give your child special creams, antibiotics, or Retin A cream or gel if your child’s acne is bad. Ask the doctor for advice. Don’t do anything special for a baby’s acne. Just wash the skin gently.

Questions to Ask

  • Are there signs of infection with the acne such as fever and swelling?
  • Is the acne very bad?
  • Are the pimples big and painful?
  • Have you tried self-care, and it doesn’t help?
  • Does self-care make the skin worse?
  • If any of these are answered yes, then you should consult your physician.

Self-Care Tips

Time is the only cure for acne, but these tips can help:

* Keep the skin clean. Wash often with plain soap and water. Use a washcloth. Work the soap into the skin gently for a minute or two. Rinse well.
* Have your child use a clean washcloth every day. Bacteria grow on a wet washcloth, and they can give your child more pimples.
* Have your child try an astringent lotion, degreasing pads, or a face scrub.
* Ask your child’s doctor for the name of a good acne soap.
* Leave your child’s skin alone! Tell your child not to squeeze, scratch, or poke at pimples. They can get infected and leave scars.
* Buy a lotion or cream that has benzoyl peroxide. (Some people are allergic to benzoyl peroxide. Try a little on your child’s arm first to make sure it doesn’t hurt the skin.)
* Have your child wash after they exercise, and any time they sweat.
* Have your child wash their hair at least twice a week.
* Have your child keep their hair off their face.
* Don’t let your child spend too much time in the sun.
* Don’t let your child use a sun lamp.
* Have your child use only water-based makeup. Don’t let them use greasy or oily creams, lotions, or makeups.

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