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Pimples And Blemishes
Teenage acne has been “a sore point” since at least Greek
and Roman times. Four out of five teenagers develop it as
hormones rage and try to adjust to new roles. But today’s
adults see another bump raise its head! Adult acne is
prevalent, and rising, a clear sign of today’s chronic stress,
continuing body imbalance and poor diets. Adult acne now
affect 54% of women and 40% of men over age 25. It affects
80% of all adults at some point
Do You Have Acne?
Not all pimples are acne. Acne blemishes are not only
inflamed but infected and often occur on the face, chest and
back, too, with rough textured, flaking, red skin patches.
Some experts think acne is in fact a type of eczema-like
dermatitis. Cystic Acne (fluid-filled cysts) are the ones that
cause itching and scarring.
Plugs of oil and dead skin cells under the surface of the
skin that block oil from flowing to the skin surface. They
may turn into blackheads (open comedones) when they
reach the skin surface, or spread under the skin, rupture
and irritate (the more you touch them or try to pop them
out, the deeper they seem to go and the more they inflame).
Mega-doses of vitamins may aggravate acne because too
much iodine and vitamin E can stimulate sebaceous glands
to produce too much oil. Adult acne along the jawline
along with irregular periods and excessive hair on face and
abdomen, can be a sign of polycystic ovarian syndrome (a
serious health problem).
What Causes Acne?
For teenagers: gland imbalance (especially pituitary), and
hormone imbalance (especially male testosterone activity).
For adult acne: studies say stress is a big cause for men; for
women, it’s hormone imbalances around menstrual periods,
some oral contraceptives, polycystic ovarian syndrome
(PCOS), and pregnancy. Both teenage and adult acne are
aggravated by fatty foods, lack of green veggies and essential
fatty acid deficiency. Poor liver function, constipation, and
drug abuse are related to acne development.
Media reports tell us that acne is not triggered by food
choices (in fact over 80% of susceptibility to acne stems
from genetics), but new studies show our Western diet
of sugary, over processed foods is at least partly to blame.
Too much sugar raises insulin and IGF-1 (Insulin Growth
Factor) levels, triggering production of excess testosterone
and sebum that clog pores and cause breakouts. Sugarsaturated
skin is susceptible to acne, because a rise in blood
sugar is multiplied by 5 by the time it gets to the skin.
Research shows that a low glycemic diet reduces pimple
breakouts. Testing on teenage girls showed increased acne
breakouts with low intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, and
high intake of chocolate and chips. Tetracycline and other
antibiotics prescribed for acne often don’t help much, and
can lead to antibiotic-resistance if used long term. Accutane,
a prescription drug for severe acne, is linked to birth defects,
bone loss, depression, even higher suicide risk. Amazingly,
an American study is taking acne products back to Nature.
Tests in 2010 find that creams with lauric acid, derived from
either coconut oil or breast milk, can effectively treat acne.
Another product, Frutels, all-natural, sugar-free, vitaminladen
dark chocolate does appear to help smooth stress and
diet-related acne roughness.
Natural healing methods rely on removing causes of acne
breakouts like high sugar diet problems, too much stress,
chronic inflammation, and hormone imbalances. Blood
cleansing herbs are a traditional herbalist’s tool to help
acne heal from the inside out. Herbalists incorporate
blood cleansing herbs that also target acne inflammation
to minimizes acne severity and prevent breakouts. Crystal
Star Beautiful Skin caps, tea and gel (soak in cotton balls
and apply, often works overnight for breakouts) are premier
anti-inflammatory compounds, especially formulated for
good results for acne sufferers. Follow the initial acne diet,
(see next page), then adopt a low glycemic diet like the one
on pg. 470 to help regulate your body’s sugar use for long
term acne relief.
What About Acne Rosacea?
Rosacea is the hyperactive, inflammatory response of
skin capillaries to stress, heat, foods and some cosmetic
chemicals like salicylic acid and alpha hydroxy acids. Its
hallmarks are red, acne-like bumps, white heads, broken
capillaries and redness over the facial T-zone. People of
Celtic descent and menopausal women are most affected.
The medical approach to rosacea is antibiotic treatment
along with metronidzole (Metrogel), an antiparasitic agent.
Both treatments seem to provide only temporary results
and can actually worsen rosacea over the long term.
Avoid Rosacea Triggers
For menopausal women, relieve triggering hot flashes
with herbs like Crystal Star Est-Aid or Pure Essence
Labs Transitions. Limit: spicy foods, hot drinks, vinegar,
meat marinades, alcohol, tomatoes, red peppers, caffeine,
chocolate and excess salt. Include Betaine HCl 600mg with
extra pancreatin 1400mg. Avoid: prolonged sun or heat
exposure (heater or dry sauna), or intense exercise (during
flare-ups). Soothe your skin: Crystal Star Red Skin Relief,
Dr. Diamond Herpanacine caps (all show excellent results).
Crystal Star Anti-Bio caps work (highly recommended,
start with 6 daily) if there is accompanying H. pylori
infection (many rosacea sufferers). Use either formula with
Evening Primrose Oil 4-6 daily for best results.