Acne is a problem not only for teenagers but for every fifth adult as well. Most people get the type of acne called acne vulgaris, which can appear on your face, neck, shoulders, back, and chest. It’s an infectious disease, triggered by bacteria. In some cases, it produces large and painful lesions. Topical administration of (creams, gels, lotions) can decrease the amount of sebum produced by the skin, enhances the cell change and kills bacteria which leads to a decrease in inflammation. Derivative of vitamin A, tretinoin (marketed as Avita, Retin-A, Renova) and Adapalene (marketed as Differin) have proved to be especially efficient. I’ve written a separate post about tretinoin which you can read here.
Acne is most commonly treated with topical and oral antibiotics, steroids, hormonals (oral contraceptives included) and a product first marketed by Hoffman La-Roche against acne under the name Accutane. What you need to know about this medication is that it’s one of the most dangerous drugs ever produced in the world!
RULE ONE: Avoid using Accutane. In June 2009, the Swiss pharmaceutical company Hoffman-La Roche, producer of Accutane, decided to remove Accutane from the US market after juries had awarded millions of dollars in damages to former Accutane users over inflammatory bowel disease claims. The generic, Isotretinoin is still available on the market under: Clavaris, Sotret and Amnesteem. Among Accutane side-effects are: depression, psychosis, suicidal tendency, inflammatory bowel disease and guaranteed birth defects if taken during pregnancy. Isotretinoin is rated X by FDA in relation to pregnancy.
RULE TWO: acne can be treated naturally. It is often caused by an unbalance in the body, and in order to treat it you need to restore homeostasis. Just follow the steps below:
- More and more evidence attest to the fact that acne is caused by environmental factors rather than bacteria and genetics. So first of all, follow the correct diet. No refined carbohydrates and sugar. Scientists are now saying that a diet with almost no grains or no grains at all will probably clear your skin forever!
- Simple carbs. Avoid them at all cost. Especially try to avoid corn syrup with high fructose content. It’s one of the main ingredients of soda and processed food.
3. Complex carbs. They’re mainly found in beans, nuts, whole grains and vegetables. You’ll have to eat fewer of those as well if you have acne. Giving up grains, sugar (especially fructose), grains, potatoes, corn, rice, pasta and processed food will help you diminish your acne considerably. Avoid juice as well. Replace it with vegetable juice.
4.Gluten. Does it make your acne worse? Yes, it does if you have gluten intolerance, as many people do. Gluten is the main culprit if you have rosacea.
There is also a link between milk, iodine and acne. Milk contains significant amount of iodine which makes acne worse. There’s more iodine in pasteurized milk than raw milk. So, if you have to drink it, just choose raw milk.
The second most significant factor that influences acne is STRESS.
It can make your acne worse, scientists say. Stress and exhaustion can lead to adrenal fatigue which drains the adrenal glands. This also leads to acne worsening and to increased stress levels.
It is very important that you learn to control your emotions. Don’t let them overwhelm you.
How to deal with stress these days? There is a great technique called EFT. I posted about it and you can read it here.
Just a few more pieces of advice to turn your acne problem into nothing more than a bad memory.
- Cleanse your face daily for no less than 5 minutes. Never go to bed with your makeup still on. Do some soft scrubbing once or twice a week.
- Drink a lot of fresh water every day. Your urine should be pale yellow color, then you’re drinking enough water (except if you’re taking vitamins B, they render a deep yellow color to urine).
- Practice sports: high intensity exercises help your body get rid of the toxins, inclusively the ones located in the pores of your skin. It’s also a good idea to go to the infrared sauna. The more you sweat, the more dirt you’ll get out of your pores.
- A good sleep releases stress and clears the skin.
- A proper bacteria balance: you can restore the bacteria balance by taking probiotics and by including naturally fermented products in your diet.
- Vitamin D: keeps a healthy immune system. There’s not enough vitamin D in almost everyone’s system. Best source for it is the sun. Stay under the sun until you get a rosy skin shade, this means you’ve received enough vitamin D for the day.
You can also take vitamin D supplement, just don’t forget to do bloodwork regularly to check your vitamin D levels.
If you follow all of the above, you’ll notice an improvement in your general health and well-being as well as in the state of your acne!