I am not a qualified medical professional and my views are based on my own experiences. After battling acne for so many years I have gained a significant amount of knowledge on the benefits of natural methods and the possible drawbacks of conventional medicine.
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No, my views are solely on the current treatments prescribed for acne and is not a reflection on conventional medicine as a whole. Aside from acne I have received excellent care by doctors in the past.
I do not recommend Accutane as I was prescribed 3 courses and it did not provide a long term solution. It does not address the root cause of acne but suppresses it on a short term basis. For some people that is enough, but in many cases (like my own), acne returns. As there are no guarantees it will work and I believe the risks outweigh the rewards.
Yes, as there are links to many severe long term side effects. It is a very aggressive form of medication that puts the body under extreme strain. Side effects can range from gastrointestinal disorders, psychiatric disorders, vision impairments and hair loss to name a few. Accutane is actually counterproductive as it can damage the liver, which is so essential for skin health.
I believe long term antibiotic use causes more harm than good. Like Accutane they can work on a short term scale, however they don't address the root cause and merely suppress acne. Extended use of antibiotics may cause a compromised immune system, which can actually make acne worse in the long run.
Absolutely, antibiotics can not differentiate between good and bad bacteria so they blast everything both out of the system. A healthy gut flora requires a balance of good and bad bacteria and I believe an efficiently functioning digestive system is key to clear skin. With no good bacteria, it can lead to an overgrowth of bad bacteria and cause inflammation of the skin.
Candida is a yeast overgrowth. As I took antibiotics for so long and wiped out all my good bacteria out of my gut, I developed candida and a parasite. The body's natural response is to initiate its immune processes to fight the infection, thereby causing inflammation. An overgrowth of bad bacteria can lead to Leaky Gut Syndrome.
It is the inflammation and weakening of the intestinal walls, very often the result of a candida overgrowth. Candida cells invade the cells in your intestinal lining and makes the membrane more permeable, allowing substances such as food particles to leak out into the bloodstream. Your blood thinks these particles are foreign invaders, leading to an immune response and inflammation. Consider consulting a naturopath and take a stool test to check the ratio of good and bad bacteria. Take probiotics to increase the level of good bacteria and then re-test yourself. Also have a food intolerance test and cut out problem foods from your diet. The biggest culprits are dairy and gluten as they harder to digest, particularly if you have a sluggish gut.
Inefficiently digested food particles and waste can decay and ferment, resulting in toxins being absorbed and delivered to the body. This puts a burden on the liver and its ability to filter the toxins. An overload of toxins results in the body expelling them through the pores of the skin, which is a major cause of an acne breakout.
The liver is the main digestive organ that is responsible for filtering and expelling harmful substances from the body. If the liver becomes overwhelmed with toxins or if it is performing inefficiently, this leads to harmful materials finding their way back to the body instead of being expelled. As the levels of toxins that are recirculating build up, the body will attempt to excrete them in various ways, such as through the pores of the skin, contributing to acne. I have read your blog and there is a wealth of information.
1. Used my own handmade natural skincare products on my skin. 2. Repaired my gut by taking probiotics and eliminating my yeast overgrowth. 3. Cleansed my liver so it was filtering toxins more efficiently. 4. Changed my diet by cutting out problem foods and eating healthy. 5. Followed a holistic lifestyle focussing on stress management and relaxation.
Holistic Health relates to treating the whole person, (ie, ‘whole-istic!’). So when someone is ill, instead of merely providing suppressive medication to lessen their symptoms, holistic treatments prefer to take a broader outlook. It believes that both the physical and mental aspects of life are closely interlinked and the connection of mind, body and spirit affect the overall wellness of a person.
For sustainable health and wellness, you need to think about making long-term changes. Healthy skin is a product of many factors relating to physical health, emotional well-being and spiritual renewal. Addressing these aspects in your life will not only have a positive effect on your complexion, but your longevity as well. What the key pillars of your holistic lifestyle? Eat Clean, Stress Less, Relax More, Sleep Well, Exercise, Acceptance and Skincare Habits.
Stress puts a strain on the body and inhibits the performance of the digestive and filtration systems.It can also affect our dietary habits. Without the correct nutrients, neither the gut nor the liver will have the energy source to function efficiently. Also when the body is stressed it creates the hormone cortisol. This hormone fluctuation causes an increase in the amount of oil your skin secretes, contributing to acne.
Although stressful situations are inevitable, worrying about a problem doesn’t resolve anything. It just creates more stress. There are a number of stress management techniques, however generally, I recommend finding a relaxation routine, exercising and talking therapy, either with a loved one or health care professional.
I like the phrase, “when you eat stuff, stuff happens”. Different foods draw out different kinds of reactions from the body. Some cause inflammation, hormonal imbalances or a spike in blood sugar. Whereas others cleanse and repair the body through regulation of blood sugar, promotion of hormonal balance, strengthening of the immune system, and prevention of inflammation.All of which can have a positive or negative affect on the skin.
The best advice I can give when it comes to an anti acne diet is in its simplest term: “Eat food. Not much. Mostly plants”. Consume a minimum of five servings of deeply coloured fruits and vegetables daily. Other foods to eat: beef, chicken, fish, wholegrain breads, muesli or porridge, brown wholegrain rice and wholemeal pasta.
Gluten and dairy are particularly hard to digest, therefore it places a burden on the gut. Poorly digested food particles can eventually turn to toxins in the body and lead to acne. Furthermore, dairy can contain hormones that trigger the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum, leading to clogged pores and eventual pimples.
An allergy and food intolerance test will tell you if any particular foods don't agree with you. By cutting problem foods out of your diet you can help to repair the gut and improve the efficiency of the digestive system.
Worrying about your diet can actually create more stress and therefore is counterproductive. Enjoy your food, try not to obsess and remember everything is acceptable in moderation.
For best results, going natural should be a complete holistic approach. It is essentially a lifestyle choice involving numerous factors that go hand-in-hand with each other to offer a complete regimen.
Our skin takes 28 days to renew itself sloughing off old dead skin cells and replacing them with fresh new ones. Also acne lesions actually form 6 weeks before they become visible on the skins surface. This is why acne treatments claim you will not see an improvement until 6 - 10 weeks. Therefore you should not expect immediate results and like any new regimen, the effects take time to reflect in your skin.
Your skin must get worse before it gets better. There will be different types of acne lesions present on your face. Some of your pimples are elderly, having already risen to the surface and some are very young and not visible yet. When you start a natural skincare regimen, you start to age every pimple on your skin and accelerate the ones under the surface. For the first 4 - 6 weeks you are likely to experience an initial flare but after this the pimple pipeline is mostly empty. You will start to grow fewer pimples and the ones you do see are less severe. The challenging part is sticking to the plan and convincing yourself that even though your skin may look worse in the short-term, it will be worth it in the long run.
The Daily Essentials are exactly that, use daily, morning and evening. The Weekly Regenerators should be used once or twice a week. The Targeted Treatments should be used as an when required. I like all your skincare products but I am on a budget.
You may want to replace the products you use in your current skincare routine like-for-like. If however you are open to change, I recommend starting with the Daily Essentials, consisting of the Cleanser, Toner, Day Moisturiser and Night Cream. If you prefer a more oil based product at night then I suggest the Acne Serum, which can be used before the Night Cream or by itself.
Although my products have been subject to rigorous testing in accordance with the appropriate regulations and has produced positive results on myself, I cannot guarantee the results of use in each and every case. They are not intended to be a miracle cure. Every product has been specifically formulated using the purest of organic oils known for their therapeutics to the skin and anti acne properties. By containing biologically active ingredients they will optimise skin health, improve tolerance and maintains barrier quality. Acne is a highly complex condition and can be the result of many underlying factors in the internal systems of the body. The health of your skin essentially mirrors what is going on inside. Based on my own experience and research, I am a firm believer that the efficiency of the digestive and filtration systems are key to controlling acne. Therefore, for best results, the body must be fully functioning, cleansed and have no toxicity. For best results, your natural skincare should be supported with a holistic lifestyle, such as part of a healthy diet and suitable stress management.
On every product page there is a list of ingredients. Before making a purchase, please check the ingredients to ensure you are not sensitive to a particular ingredient. If you have concerns at any point during your use of this product, for example if you experience an adverse reaction, we recommend you cease using this product and consult your doctor as soon as possible.
My products are formulated for sensitive skin types as a whole and can be used for sufferers of skin conditions other than acne. The organic oils that are present in my products are known traditionally for having numerous therapeutic benefits to the skin, such as antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, healing and nourishing to name a few.
Absolutely, the organic oils used in my products have fantastic skin regenerating and rejuvenating properties.