Acne is the most common skin condition. It is estimated that 80% of people between ages 11 and 30 have acne outbreaks at some point. This condition not only affects appearance but can also cause oily skin as well as skin that is painful or hot when touched.
What causes acne?
Acne is a toxic condition of the blood and the lymph. It happens when the body cannot precisely remove toxic waste through its primary elimination channels: the kidneys, the lung, and the bowels. The toxins are instead excreted through the skin follicles, not the pores.
It is essential to understand that a pore is something that we sweat through, but a follicle actually has a hair, a blood supply, and an oil gland. So we actually get acne through our follicles, not our pores.
When fat-soluble toxins are pushed out through the skin, they can clog the pores, and then the microbes begin to feed on this waste. This usually affects the face also, and may also affect the neck, the back, and the chest. In severe cases, it can be anywhere on the body.
Current Western Solutions for Acne
There are a variety of things a traditional doctor may recommend for acne. These include:
In my practice, I use a variety of holistic solutions to treat acne. These customs are better for you than traditional Western treatments because they focus on the root of the problem.
The first thing I do to address acne is to find the suspected cause. To do this, I use the Chinese 5 Element theory combined with ZYTO scanning.
As an example, if a client has acne located profoundly on their forehead and a ZYTO scan shows the lung and large intestine Virtual Items are out of range, I have a pretty good indicator that gut (colon) and lung are out. (In Chinese Element theory, this means that the entire metal/air element needs to be addressed.) So then my best course of action would probably be to optimize the gut and support the respiratory system.
Once I know what area needs to be addressed, I then recommend a cleanse for that area. In this scenario, I would focus on cleansing the colon and the large intestine. As a side note, cleansing is something I put in all my protocols to treat the skin, not just acne.
The next thing we want to do in this scenario is to restore the healthy gut bacteria. I like to do a ZYTO scan for this to see the biological preferences of various probiotics because I use so many different probiotics in my practice. This way, you can scan for the different ones that are most coherent.
I also love the ZYTO Foods for Wellness scan because it can give you clues not only about what the person should not be eating but also what should they be eating that's going to be helpful for them for that month.
Like cleansing, I also put all my clients on specific skin-supporting supplements regardless of whether they have acne or not. These supplements are:
• Vitamin A & D
• Vitamin C
• Vitamin E
• Essential fatty acids
• A green powder drink
Along with these supplements, there also needs to be some kind of local support for acne. I personally use colloidal silver gel almost daily. I use it for all types of things, but it is really great for acne because it doesn't dry out the skin. It doesn't cause a cellular turnover or anything like that—it just ensures that no bacteria are growing.
A healing salve with tea tree oil or any sort of anti-inflammatory herbs is also great for treating acne. When you're doing essential oils on the face, you can apply them neatly, which means directly without carrier oil.
A spa treatment or facial can also be useful for acne. If you do this, just make sure that the practitioner is natural and uses organic products—you don't want them putting a bunch of toxic things on your face.
Additional Solutions for Hormonal Acne
In addition to cleansing and using skin-supporting supplements, additional support is typically needed if the acne is hormonal. If the answer is yes to one or more of these questions, hormones are likely responsible for the acne:
As far as individual herbs for hormonal acne, I recommend:
About Diana Dannelly
Diana Dannelly is a licensed esthetician and clinical herbalist. The owner of Denver Holistic Skincare Clinic, she specializes in whole-body solutions for inflammatory skin conditions. To learn more, visit Diana's website at myholisticskinclinic.com.
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Legal Disclaimer: None of these statements have been evaluated by the FDA. None of the herbs, protocols, equipment and assessment technology are FDA approved or can be legally used to diagnose, cure, prevent or treat any disease or illness. These therapies do not take the place of medical care by a licensed medical professional.