Acne is a very common condition that is seen in both children and adults. Unfortunately, over 85 percent of us will deal with acne at some point in our lives and it is the most common skin condition treated by dermatologists. It can be embarrassing and emotionally painful.
Essentially, everyone has bacteria on their skin. However, acne results when the bacteria blocks the pores on the skin, leading to inflammation and infection. The prevalent treatment used by dermatologists is to prescribe an antibiotic designed to kill infections. This is in an attempt to kill the bacteria that is responsible for the inflammation and infection that occurs on the surface of the skin. Other treatment methods include using a topical agent such as benzyl peroxide or resorting to stronger treatment drugs including Accutane.
Although these treatment methods can be quite effective, they come with a variety of risks. Antibiotics, by their very nature, are designed to kill bacteria – but the problem is that they are non-discriminatory. In essence, both bad and good bacteria are killed off by the use of antibiotics. In a healthy body, the good bacteria actually make up about a third of the gut flora. When this balance is disrupted, harmful bacteria can begin to bind to the gut wall and cause damage. It can result in difficulty absorbing nutrients, vitamins, and minerals while allowing toxins through our intestines. This can lead to nutritional deficiencies, allergies, and auto immune disease. Also keep in mind that our bodies quickly build up antibiotic resistance and this means that usage becomes increasingly ineffective. Drugs such as Accutane are even more dangerous and I would strongly advise against its use. Accutane is classified as a category X drug (the highest rating possible) and this classification means that it is 100 percent guaranteed to cause birth defects in pregnant women. Studies also show that people taking Accutane suffer a 21 percent decrease in frontal brain activity, the part of your brain that plays a critical role in mood and social interaction. These changes may partially explain the depression, suicidal thoughts, and aggressive behaviour reported by users. Something that is so dangerous and toxic should not be taken into your body!
Although these treatments may work, they actually do nothing at all to treat the underlying cause of acne. They may temporarily kill the bacteria but that’s it. You need to ask yourself why you’re producing this excessive bacteria! At the end of the day, if you don’t eliminate the underlying cause then it’s almost guaranteed that the acne will return time and time again!
It is important to realize that your diet and lifestyle have everything to do with acne. What you are putting into your body is going to have a direct and profound impact on the health of your skin – your body’s largest organ. Our bodies are designed as a singular unit – from the inside out and it is important to remember that when dealing with skin conditions. The following factors may all be playing a serious role in your acne and the recommendations mentioned can drastically help reduce breakouts:
I can understand that pharmaceutical treatment of acne is big business. Considering the embarrassment and emotional pain that it can cause, it’s quite understandable. But it may be worth your time and much cheaper for you to consider the above suggestions. After all, you have to keep in mind that these treatment drugs are really doing nothing to correct the underlying cause of your acne and are only managing the breakouts, not eliminating them. It might be easier to take the drugs but in the long run, it’s doing nothing but making the drug companies rich.
If you feel that you have addressed all of the above suggestions and still aren’t seeing results, it might be time to get your hormones, GI system, and/or adrenals tested. That can provide a much clearer understanding of what may be the underlying cause of your breakouts. In any case, pharmaceutical drugs should be your absolute last resort (if even that). There are just too many side effects and dangers associated with consuming such toxins to overlook or neglect.
I deal with a lot of patients with this condition and understand the impact it can have on one’s life so I hope that some of you find this information useful. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions and remember that the only stupid question is the one not asked!