Although widely accepted as an adolescent problem, acne can be just as troublesome for an adult. The face is usually most affected, as well as the neck, back and chest. Mild cases of acne are characterized by red pimples and blackheads, but do not leave lasting impressions on the skin. Severe cases can cause painful abscesses, widened pores and knots of scarred tissue. Scratching spreads the infection to other areas.
Acne Vulgaris: A common disease caused by increased testosterone release, usually during puberty causing an over production of sebum, an oily substance which helps protect the skin. A build up of sebum blocks and infects pores, which produces pustules and blackheads. The black colour of blackheads is a result of their exposure to air at the skins surface. People with naturally oily skin are more susceptible to acne. Testosterone during puberty also stimulates the production of keratin proteins in the skin which can also block pores.
Hormonal disturbances usually cause. Women whose skin is affected by PMS or who are taking the birth control pills get acne as a result of an imbalance of hormones. The hormonal imbalance is usually coupled with blood impurities caused by a poor diet, including deep fried foods, saturated fats, sweets and junk food, chronic constipation and an overburdened, sluggish liver, unable to detoxify the blood thoroughly. Since the skin is another means of detoxification, wastes that remain in the blood are eliminated through the skin.
Acne conglobata: A more severe form of the above which can result in cysts and scarring from deep pustules which accumulate pus compounds that do not discharge their contents to the surface, but infect surround tissue
Acne rosacea: A condition that occurs in middle age where the face becomes flushed and covered with pimples, similar to the above acne vulgaris. Thought to be caused variously by menopausal imbalances, fungal/parasite infection, metabolic imbalances, digestive problems and malnutrition –Usually, a shortage of B-Vitamins
Certain fats can be the best dietary weapon against acne. Unrefined cold pressed flax seed oil, sesame oil and walnut oil contain the essential fatty acids, alpha linolenic acid and linoleic acid. These oils lower bodys production of sebum. Flax seed oil in particular ensures regular bowel movements, which encourages toxins to be eliminated via the bowel, not the skin. Use 2 tablespoons of unrefined, cold pressed oil daily on salads of raw, leafy vegetables or in any dishes which do not require heating.
Vitamin C aids in resisting the spread of acne infection, and fibre helps keep the colon clear. Raw fruits and vegetables also contain enzymes which boost immune system strength. Raw unroasted and unsalted pumpkin or sunflower seeds provide zinc which is an important nutrient for skin health. A deficiency in zinc causes acne in some people. Many adolescents are deficient in zinc.
Vitamins B2, B5 and B6 help reduce facial oiliness and blackhead formation.
Avoid oil and greasy foods as far as possible and avoid processed foods, sugars, dairy products and sweets
High doses of vitamin A have been very beneficial when taken over several months. Beta carotene is a precursor of vitamin A and can be added for optimal effect. Vitamin E enhances the action of vitamin A and helps prevent scarring. Vitamin E also has a balancing effect on the hormones.
Vitamin B6 is often useful for reducing acne flare ups during PMS. As B vitamins are best taken together, supplement B6 with a vitamin B Complex. Acne sufferers are often low in zinc and selenium. Zinc plays a vital role in immune function and regulates oily secretions in the skin. Selenium enhances the action of vitamin E. gamma linolenic acid in Evening primrose oil is also highly recommended to control acne, as it is an excellent nutrient for the skin. Dairy free brands of acidophilus which should not be confused with either yoghurt or acidophilus milk can be taken in capsule or powdered form. These friendly bacteria are the ones killed off by antibiotic prescriptions. Without these micro organisms the individual’s resistance to infections worsens and more infections develop. Green superfood such as spirulina and chlorella can also be effective. All supplements should be continued for several months for full effect.
Clean out your pipework with a magnesium oxide bowel cleanse
To cleanse blood impurities causing acne, drink herbal teas or tinctures made of stinging nettle, dandelion, yarrow or horsetail.
Drinking Aloe Vera Juice for 2 weeks will greatly contribute to clearing up acne by cleansing internally.
Aloe Vera Gel or calendula cream can be applied directly to the skin.
Echinacea has a long history of use in inhibiting inflammation, promoting wound healing, stimulating the immune system and killing bacteria.
Tea Tree Oil has a variety of antimicrobial activities and has been successfully used as a topical treatment for many different skin conditions especially those associated with fungal or candida infections. Dab 1 drop of tea tree oil on the head of the pimple twice daily.
Vitex agnus-castus has been used since ancient times as a female remedy. One of its properties was to reduce sexual desire and it is recorded that Roman wives whose husbands were abroad with the legions spread the aromatic leaves on their couches for this purpose. It became known as the chasteberry tree. During the Middle Ages, Chasteberry's supposed effect on sexual desire led to it becoming a food spice at monasteries, where it was called "Monk's pepper" or "Cloister pepper
Acne (associated with menstrual cycle), Amenorrhea, Catarrh, Cholera, Colic, Diarrhea, Dysmenorrhea, Dyspepsia, Ear disorders, Endometriosis, Female infertility, Fever, Fibrocystic Breast Disease, Headache, Heart Disease, Hemicrania, Hemorrhoids, Liver disorders, Malaria, Menopause, Menorrhagia (Heavy Menstruation), Menstrual Difficulties (Secondary Amenorrhea), Nausea, Premenstrual Syndrome, Rheumatism, Skin diseases, Ulcers, and Worms. A study conducted in London (double blind study) showed a 60% group reduction or elimination of PMS symptoms such as anxiety, nervous tension, insomnia, or mood changes, from subjects who were taking dried agnus castus capsules.
Employing an aqueous extract from the fruit, a 1979 study reported good results on premenstrual water retention. Women were able to sustain a good level of milk production for breastfeeding while taking this herb. While it took some time for the drug to take effect, the women were able to continue the use of the drug for months without harmful side effect
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