What causes acne?
No one factor causes acne. Acne occurs when sebaceous (oil) glands attached to the hair follicles are stimulated at the time of puberty or due to other hormonal changes. Sebum (oil) is a natural substance that lubricates and protects the skin. Associated with increased oil production is a change in the manner in which the skin cells mature, predisposing them to plug the follicular pore. The plug can appear as a whitehead if it is covered by a thin layer of skin, or if exposed to the air, the darker exposed portion of the plug is called a “blackhead.” The plugged hair follicle gradually enlarges, producing a bump. As the follicle enlarges, the wall may rupture, allowing irritating substances and normal skin bacteria access into the deeper layers of the skin, ultimately producing inflammation. Inflammation near the skin’s surface produces a pustule; deeper inflammation results in a papule (a pimple); if the inflammation is deeper still, it forms a cyst.
Here are some factors that don’t usually play a role in acne:
Food: Parents often tell teens to avoid pizza, greasy and fried foods, and junk food. While these foods may not be good for overall health, they don’t play an important causal role in acne. Although some recent studies have implicated a high-carbohydrate diet, milk, and pure chocolate in aggravating acne, these findings are far from established. Dirt: Blackheads are oxidized oil, not dirt. Sweat does not cause acne and is produced by entirely separate glands in the skin. On the other hand, excessive washing can dry and irritate the skin. Stress: Some people get so upset by their pimples that they pick at them and make them last longer. Stress, however, does not play much of a direct role in causing acne.
Patients taking acne drugs should be alert to possible side effects
Some prescription creams include two or more active ingredients. The typical side effects from these treatments are mild and confined to the skin. They include stinging, redness, irritation, and peeling
Interactions with other drugs and herbal remedies should be considered.
The topical retinoids and benzoyl peroxide can leave skin reddened, dry, and sensitive to sunlight.
Some over-the-counter acne products can cause rare but serious allergic reactions or severe irritation. Seek emergency medical attention if you have symptoms such as throat tightness, difficulty breathing, feeling faint, or swelling of the face or tongue. Also stop using the product if you develop hives or itching. Symptoms can appear anywhere from minutes to a day or longer after use.
Oral antibiotics may cause sensitivity of sunlight and stomach upset.
Benzoyl peroxide may inhibit the effects of some topical retinoids, so never apply them at the same time of day.
Taking oral antibiotics for more than a few weeks may leave women susceptible to yeast infections.
The key to getting your skin clear is to find out which hormones are out of balance so that you can focus on getting them back to the levels they should be. Seed cycling can definitely help, but getting a real hormone test done will give you accurate insight into what’s going on. Hormonal acne is suuuper complex to deal with, so I definitely recommend getting your hormones tested. The essential oils you are using will help, but they will not heal the root cause of your hormone imbalance.
Topical acne medicines suppress symptoms too.
Topical acne medications like Retin A and antibiotic creams (like tetracycline) can cause birth defects in the unborn children of pregnant women. Think this doesn’t matter because you’re not pregnant or you’re not even female? Think again because you’re missing the point. The point here is that topical acne treatments are dangerous. They just cover the symptoms up for a while.
But wait, it gets even WORSE. The chemicals in topical acne medicines are absorbed into your body where they have a tendency to collect in your brain and kidneys. That doesn’t sound too healthy, does it?
You need to treat the causes of acne naturally, instead of hiding away the symptoms with chemicals.
Step 1 of my 5-step acne treatment plan is to stop relying on modern acne medication. There is a huge difference between symptoms and causes, and modern medicine has got it all WRONG. Hiding away symptoms with chemical acne medications, does not help! In today’s prescription-filled world, this is the most valuable piece of health information ever, so don’t forget it!
See, I told you step 1 was easy! Next, lets find out about the hidden dangers of many acne products and how even the wrong choice of shampoo can make your acne worse.
Lets take a closer look at oral acne medication
Accutane is one of the many acne medications prescribed by doctors. Its reported side effects include liver damage, suicidal thoughts, bone degeneration, and even hair loss. Hardly worth the risk, don’t ya think?
What about oral acne antibiotics?
Surely they are useful, right? WRONG! They do more harm than good. Antibiotics are not selective about what bacteria they kill. They wipe out billions of very important bacteria that live inside your digestive system. Once these good bacteria are wiped out, it’s an open invitation for worms and other parasites to breed inside your digestive tract. Antibiotics depress the immune system instead of strengthening it, like nature would have you do.
“Unfortunately, we have reached a time where, what is best for the patient, is no longer the issue.” Dr. Ronald Drucker
Did you know? The human digestive system contains BILLIONS of living bacteria. They live in harmony with us and serve many functions. They stop bad bacteria from getting out of control. They produce thousands of enzymes that are ESSENTIAL to all body systems. In fact a highly active eco-system exists inside your digestive system which you could not live without.
Here is an interesting quote from a famous book about Antibiotics:
“Simply put, antibiotics are poisons that are used to kill bacteria. Certainly, many people have benefited from using them. However, if bacteria were the only organisms that antibiotics killed, much of this book would be unnecessary. In fact, I contend that poisons that kill small organisms in small doses — can also kill big organisms. You, my friend, are a big organism.” Doug Kaufman – The Fungus Link