Acne- Integrative Medicine
Acne is a skin condition that affects 70 - 85% of all teenagers, but is increasingly common in younger children and older adults. It is caused by inflammation or infection of the hair follicle due to excessive production of oil (sebum) by the sebaceous gland and by dead skin cells that "clog" the hair follicle becoming infected by bacteria or inflamed as part of the immune response. It is aggravated by hormonal changes, poor diet, systemic toxicity and a weakened immune system. Whiteheads are the result of clogged pores causing a bulging of the follicle walls, but when darkened by bacteria, white blood cells, oil and exposure to air it forms a blackhead. The pimples are red raised whiteheads and if developed deep inside the follicle they can form cyst-like lumps that present as severe infections with purple discoloration. Genetics can play a role as can medications that contain androgens, corticosteroids and lithium also diets that contain bio-identical or certain elemental compounds can aggravate as do oily lotions or skin care products. Stress plays an important role due to hormonal cascading and immune suppression. Do not wash or scrub vigorously because irritation increases inflammation and DO NOT squeeze because severe reactions can occur including scarring!
Eating from the Plant Kingdom has a preventive and healing effect. Foods high in antioxidants (fruits), high in essential fatty acids, minerals, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, carotene and Boron are important for skin health. Supplements that detoxify, boost immunity, have antimicrobial properties and support skin health are very beneficial. All sulfur containing supplements like Garlic (Odorless) and MSM Capsules are very effective as are supplements that strengthen the double bonding of collagen like Hawthorne Max-V.
Integrative Medicine choices for SEVERE Acne:
Garlic (Odorless), MSM Capsules, Ultra Preventive X, R-Lipoic Acid, Organic Greens and Reds, N-Acetyl-Cysteine, Ginger Root Max-V, Agnus Castus-V, Hair, Skin, and Nail Plus, Xtra Cell Thymus NF, Astragalus Max-V, Ayur-Ashwagandha, Multi Probiotics 40 Billion, Vitamin D 5000, Collagen Forte Caps, Hawthorne Max-V and FlavonAll for 60 days!
Once healed, just remaining on a Vegan diet with minimal supplementation should keep the skin clear and healthy.
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