Acne / Skin Disorders – Eczema, Psoriasis, Dermatitis

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A com­mon inflam­ma­tory pilose­ba­ceous dis­ease char­ac­ter­ized by come­dones, papules, pus­tules, inflamed nod­ules, super­fi­cial pus-filled cysts, and, in severe cases, deep inflamed puru­lent sacs. Acne is most preva­lent among teenage boys and girls and the hor­monal changes that take place at this age are cer­tainly at the root of many skin prob­lems. These changes cause the seba­ceous glands to pro­duce too much sebum, which blocks up the skin pores and makes them more likely to get infected.

Causes may include long-term use of antibi­otics which may lead to a deple­tion of nor­mal bac­te­r­ial flora and an over­growth of Can­dida albi­cans, nutri­ent defi­cien­cies (e.g. B-complex vit­a­mins, vit­a­mins A and E, zinc), food sen­si­tiv­i­ties, poor liver func­tion, and the use of cer­tain drugs or cosmetics.

A diet high in sat­u­rated fat or fried food also makes pores more likely to get blocked. Vit­a­min A defi­ciency pro­duces skin con­ges­tion through over-keratinisation of skin cells which leads to a block­age of the sebum oil glands. Vit­a­min A and zinc defi­ciency lack leads to low­ered abil­ity to fight infec­tion, as does lack of ben­e­fi­cial bac­te­ria (over-use of antibi­otics). Ade­quate amounts of zinc are also nec­es­sary in order to trans­port vit­a­min A efficiently.

Proper nutri­tion helps by bal­anc­ing hor­mones as well as reduc­ing the risk of infec­tion. The most impor­tant nutri­ents are vit­a­mins A, B Com­plex (espe­cially B6), C, E, zinc, niacin and vit­a­min E. Good diet and inter­nal clean­li­ness with prop­erly func­tion­ing elim­i­na­tion organs are essential.

Fol­low an opti­mum diet and drink plenty of fil­tered water. Avoid sugar, refined foods, fry­ing and high fat foods. Eat plenty of fresh fruit and veg­eta­bles organic and chem­i­cal free when­ever possible.

Over­all, it’s more impor­tant to focus on the root cause and what are the under­ly­ing mech­a­nisms that are caus­ing the acne rather than just treat­ing it symp­to­mati­cally.  Each per­son is encour­aged to seek out a qual­i­fied nutri­tion­ist in order to assess exactly which nutri­ents, herbs, home­o­pathics and nat­ural reme­dies; in which com­bi­na­tion; in what pro­por­tion are right for the par­tic­u­lar indi­vid­ual and are intended at treat­ing the root cause rather than just a symptom.