The natural approach to sucessfully treating Acne
In every case of acne there is an underlying cause…something individual to each person. If at one time you didn’t have acne and now you do, obviously something has changed within your body which has led to acne being produced. Acne is merely a symptom of the underlying cause.
Have you ever had large, red, painful breakouts? These breakouts can affect both men and women as young as 8 or as old as 50. The face is the most common and concerning area of occurrence, but other problem areas can include the chest, back, upper arms and shoulders. I’m talking about cystic acne, which is way worse than just any old pimple — it’s actually the most severe form of acne possible.
Also called nodulocystic acne, cystic acne is an intense form of acne that results in large, inflamed cysts and nodules that appear on the skin. Unlike other milder forms of acne, cystic acne is noticeably painful and occurs when oil and dead skin cells build up deep down in hair follicles or pores. Cystic acne is most common during puberty for young boys, but sadly, it can continue into the adult years, especially when there is a hormonal imbalance. For adult women, it’s common to to experience cystic acne around their menstrual cycles, especially on the the jawline and chin, which are the common areas for hormonally motivated breakouts.
Common medical treatment for cystic acne like Accutane might work, but it’s been linked to really serious side effects, including birth defects, Crohn’s disease and even suicide. That’s why I always recommend trying your own home remedies for acne first. I’m sure you’ll be happy with the results.
One of the surest and best tools to fight cystic acne is to address the gut-liver-skin connection with the use of probiotics through food, supplements and even skin care. Way back in 1961, a case report found that out of 300 acne patients given a probiotic, 80 percent had clinical improvement.) The idea of probiotics for skin health isn’t new, but I’m happy to say it’s getting more attention in recent years. So before you resort to picking at your skin or using dangerous topical or oral remedies, read on to learn how you can naturally treat your cystic acne and have clear skin once again.
Acne is caused by a plug of skin cells obstructing the flow of Sebum (an oily substance secreted by the sebaceous glands) at the neck of the hair follicles. When sebum becomes trapped in a follicle, bacteria multiply and the follicle becomes inflamed, taking on the appearance of a spot.
Acne can be a hereditary condition, and often manifests in both males and females during hormonal changes. The condition can be aggravated by some drugs, including steroids, barbiturates, and drugs used in the treatment of other health conditions such as epilepsy.
Cystic Acne Symptoms
Acne vulgaris is the medical name for common acne. Acne conglobata, or cystic acne, is a more serious and more rare form of acne that occurs mainly in young men, but it can affect people of both sexes and various ages. When you have cystic acne, your skin’s pores get clogged with oil and dead skin cells and become inflamed. It becomes cystic acne when the pore ruptures underneath the skin, which causes the inflammation to spill out into the surrounding skin tissue. This chain reaction can continue in the skin, triggering wider inflammation, spreading more acne bacteria and more breakouts. Next, your body forms a cyst around the area to stop the inflammation from spreading further.
Symptoms of cystic acne include:
• large, red and painful breakouts on the face, chest, back, upper arms, shoulders and/or thighs
• nodules that appear as raised, red bumps that generally do not have a whitehead showing
• lesions that are usually felt beneath the skin before they’re seen
• more visible acne that produces cysts and nodules in addition to pustules
• breakouts that are painful to the touch or even when not touched
• decrease in self-esteem and mood and increase in psychological distress, especially when cystic acne occurs on the face
The unique appearance of a cystic acne is due to the acute damage to the oil gland causing intense inflammation and irritation, which leads to redness, swelling and soreness. Cystic acne is easy to diagnose to by a dermatologist and does not require any special tests.
Acne occurs mainly on the face, in the centre of the chest, on the upper back, on the shoulders and around the neck. The most common acne spots are open blackheads, closed whiteheads, papules, pustules, nodules (firm swellings below the skin) and cysts (larger, fluid-filled swellings in the skin).
Cystic Acne vs. Rosacea
• Acne and rosacea are two of the most widespread dermatological conditions.
• It can be difficult to tell the difference between rosacea and acne.
• In the earliest phases of rosacea, the patient may notice gradual reddening of the skin, often mistaking these changes for acne, sunburn or dermatitis
• The two disorders may be especially confused when the term “acne rosacea” is used, a phrase that was once frequently used to describe what’s now known as subtype 2 (papulopustular) rosacea, which may include bumps and pimples that appear similar to acne.
• Rosacea is a chronic disorder that occurs primarily in the central portion of the face and usually includes redness, flushing and blushing, and bumps (papules) and pimples (pustules). Rosacea can also involve the eyes and even a bulbous nose.
• Though both conditions may involve bumps and pimples, the causes and biochemical processes are different for each. Cystic acne is a product of many factors, involving the hair follicles, hormonal stimulation of oil gland cells and bacteria. On the other hand, recent research has found that rosacea appears to be linked to a dysfunction of the body’s natural immune system and should thus be treated with anti-inflammatory agents rather than antibacterial agents.
• Cystic acne predominantly affects teenage boys and young men in their 20s (as well as women with hormonal issues), while rosacea predominantly affects women of northern or eastern European descent, especially those who are blond and fair-skinned. With rosacea, women ages 20 to 60 are the predominant epidemiological group.
• Approximately half of all people with rosacea develop eye involvement, called ocular rosacea, with chronic tearing and eye dryness, a gritty sensation within the eye, flaking at the base of the eyelashes (called blepharitis), and recurring sties.
• An anti-inflammatory diet can help both cystic acne and rosacea. Also, changing your diet to remove any allergens, sensitivities or common gut irritants can help both problems.
• People who are predisposed to acne or rosacea can experience flares as a result of a shift in gut bacteria and subsequent inflammation.
• Healthy signals produced by probiotics can stop skin cells from sending “attack” messages to the immune system that result in flare-ups of acne or rosacea.
The Orthodox Approach
Over-the counter or prescribed topical treatments (applied to the skins) such as benzyl peroxide, retinoic acid, antibiotic lotions and creams containing sulphur, act by unblocking pores and removing sebum to promote healing. If topical treatment fails, long-term therapy (lasting at least three months) using oral antibiotics or the contraceptive pill can be an option.
In the case of severe acne, the use of retinoid drugs can improve the condition, but these will not usually be prescribed until other forms of treatment have failed, and must be used cautiously because they can lead to liver damage. They can also cause foetal malformation, so must not be given to a woman who might become pregnant.
Acne cysts can be treated by intralesional therapy (injection of drugs into the acne spot) which can help prevent scarring. For those who already carry severe acne scars, dermabrasion (removal of the top layer of affected skin under general aesthetic) is occasionally used to improve the appearance. However, you will still be left with a rough complexion and it is an extremely painful treatment that would only be considered as a last option in extreme cases.
Some beauty spas offer a cosmetic treatment for mild acne scarring whereby collagen is injected into small acne pits to plump them out. It is reported to give perceptible results but the effects are not permanent and the treatment has to be performed repeatedly.
However none of these treatments address the underlying cause of your acne, so will not cure it.
Cystic Acne Root Causes
Cystic acne can be caused by or related to:
• Hormonal changes, including polycystic ovary syndrome
• High levels of humidity and sweating
• Pore-clogging and irritating face and body care products
• Some drugs and chemicals (for example, corticosteroids, lithium phenytoin ,isoniazid, which may worsen or cause eruptions that are similar to acne
Cystic acne often runs in families. If one or both of your parents had severe cystic acne, then you have a greater chance of having it as well.
It’s most common in teenage boys and young men. It’s believed that hormones called androgens can play a part in the development of cystic acne in teens when there is an increase in androgens. This increase leads to changes in your skin that can result in clogged pores and acne.
Cystic acne doesn’t only affect men, though. For women, hormone changes that trigger cystic acne can be brought on by menstrual cycles, pregnancy and menopause. Cystic acne is also more common among women who suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome.
The Health Transformer Approach
In every case of acne there is an underlying cause…something individual to each person. If at one time you didn’t have acne and now you do, obviously something has changed within your body which has led to acne being produced. Acne is merely a symptom of the underlying cause. To heal acne we need to address the cause. In this center we specialize in root cause diagnosis of any health condition using our state of the art Meta Health Scan.
Meta Health Scan…for more details please click here
The Meta Health Scan is carried out utilizing the amazing diagnostic ability of Clinical Kinesiology. It is reliable, accurate and reproducible. The scan will reveal the imbalances unique to your body, and how these are affecting you. The scan reveals such issues as endogenous bio-toxicity, nutrient imbalances or deficiencies, sub-clinical infections, allergies and food sensitivities. We also test for organ imbalances, hormone imbalance, and leaky gut. Any abnormality in these areas will easily be picked up during the Health Scan. We also examine your entire lifestyle, sleep quality and any emotional/psychological contributors to your condition.
5 Step Protocol
1. Detect (In-Depth Evaluation & Advanced Testing)
2. Detox (Heavy Metals, Chemicals, Hydrocarbons, Bleaches, EMF)
3. Eliminate (Pathogens…virus, post virus, bacteria, parasites, fungi)
4. Rebuild (Tissues & Pathways)
5. Rebalance organs (kidneys, liver, etc.)
The 5 Steps to Restoring Health Protocol had been developed following many years of research and experience and utilizes food, nutritional supplements, herbal and energetic formula
In-Depth Consultation regarding your results
.Once this information is gathered we offer you an in-depth consultation to discuss your results, during which we discuss what has been revealed by the scan, where and how this has arisen, and how to remove or transform it, and reboot your system. I believe it is very important for each person to understand what has been going on in their body, how the condition has developed, and how to unravel and resolve it naturally. My intention is not just to teach you about your condition, but more importantly to empower you with understanding in order that you are able to take back control of your health.
Individually tailored Treatment Plan
Together we create an individualized tailored treatment plan for you. This may include some or all of there: a gentle detoxification protocol, dietary changes, specific supplements, life style changes, exercise, etc tailored to your specific needs. In the majority of cases treatment can be implemented by you at home without the need for repeated visits to the center; however Health Coaching and support is built in to this package to assist you through your treatment.
Once on the prescribed treatment, some clients choose to support their system with other therapies toastiest healing. This is not essential but will speed up your progress. These include Acupuncture, Aromatherapy Massage, EFT, Hypnotherapy, Craniosacral therapy, Reiki, Time Line Therapy and NLP coaching…all of which are on offer at this center.
I am delighted to be able to report that the results our client are achieving with this approach are outstanding and long lasting in the vast majority of cases.