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Acne and antibiotics, or a holistic approach?

Medically, a common approach for anyone complaining about experiencing acne, is to prescribe antibiotics. After all, bacteria play a vital role in the development of acne related pimples right? Yes, but there is waaaaaaay more to acne than just bacteria! And with it being common knowledge that antibiotics create many more problems in the body, why are adults constantly being prescribed antibiotics for a few pimples?

Maybe you read recently about the Dangerous C. Difficile bacteria that infects half a million Americans each year…and how it is enabled by the use of antibiotics? Based on this and other common-knowledge facts, using antibiotics for acne is a stupid solution as far as I’m concerned… Most of the clients I see found out that antibiotic use did not solve their acne problem. So why are so many adults still being prescribed antibiotics for acne? I believe it’s because the medical profession does not take the time to inform you of all the elements that combine to enable acne…..

There’s genetic acne and there’s incidental pimples…but the medical profession, drug manufacturers and acne cosmetics manufacturers prefer to lump it all under the term acne. After all, it’s easier to market products to the general population who have been conditioned to use the term acne to describe all types of pimples. I’ve had clients who have been prescribed antibiotics because they ‘break-out’ after hair removal by waxing, for resulting ingrown hairs, and some take antibiotics for keratosis pilaris… Yikes! There are better, simpler, more realistic, less dangerous solutions for these problems….

And if you still suffer from a few pimples even when you are on antibiotics, then you can be pretty sure that the reason for your pimples is not bacteria! Real acne requires a holistic approach to cover all factors implicated in the medical condition known as acne.

A complete acne program will have to address the following factors:

1. The over stimulation of the sebaceous glands – so creating more sebaceous fluid (aka ‘oil’)

2. Dry flaky skin that helps clog pores

3. Strong keratin growth that enables pools of sebaceous fluid (aka ‘oil’) to be caught under the skin

4. An unbalanced level of natural bacteria living on our skin

5. Hormonal influences that impact the sebaceous glands…and that is not just monthly hormonal cycles for women, it definitely includes the stress hormone cortisol, and food related hormones due to the typical bad diet of our modern society…

But then that’s waaaay too much for most people to have to consider – it’s just soooo much easier to just pop antibiotics into ones mouth…right? Or just buy up all the ‘acne’ products in the drug store. Rest assured, the marketing hyped ‘acne’ products will not solve the problem either…they usually have a short term result that makes you believe it’s working, then all the old problems return. The solution is to deal with ALL the aspects of acne as listed above. There are cruelty free approaches to acne. All medical solutions are tested on animals!

Check out the real facts of acne via this 2 part acne video. It’s important to note that teenage acne and adult acne are similar, but different, conditions and require different solutions.

And finally, a few pimples here and there, and infrequently appearing, does not mean you have acne. You have a few pimples because of maybe 1 or 2 of the aspects listed above. Check out the other articles in the acne category. Skin care treatments at Blue Turtle Spa will help you to properly address the factors causing pimples on your skin.

The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions. Please see your doctor or a trained medical professional should you have any concerns.

Hair products can make acne worse

Very often I have clients come in for a facial and they complain about increased numbers of pimples in the hairline and especially behind the ears and on the neck. When all these areas combine, or it’s just in the hairline around the face, it’s inevitably the shampoo and conditioner they are using….

The ingredients in shampoos (and definitely in conditioners) are designed to coat the hair. They ‘stick’ to hair. They do not rinse out. This is how the shampoo marketers can promise you shiny, silky, soft hair. The ones that offer thicker, full bodied hair are worse. The shampoos and conditioners that claim to make your hair curly are the worst.

The ingredients may work well on the hair, but they are really bad for the skin. These shampoo and conditioner ingredients will ‘stick’ to the skin and help clog pores, so enabling the potential for more pimples. The conditioners in particular have ‘clinging’ ingredients that can easily clog pores. Conditioners should never be used around the hairline – only on mid to long hair length areas. All-in-one shampoo and conditioners are REALLY BAD for clogging pores and enabling pimples at the hairline, behind the ears and the neck.

Detergents used in almost all commercial shampoos will also strip your skin of it’s natural lipid barrier, and these are the same detergents used in almost all commercial skin cleansers. These detergents make dry hair dryer and oily hair oilier, the same way that they make dry skin dryer and oily skin oilier by overstimulating the sebaceous glands (the more you strip your natural lipid barrier off your skin the more the sebaceous glands will produce sebum (aka oil) to replace the lipid barrier – you will never win this battle so don’t even try to! See the video ‘how the skin works‘ and check out the blog entry on the best way to deal with oily skin).

The best shampoo I’ve found that is gentle to the hair and gentle to the skin, and will not clog pores and cause blackheads and potentially pimples, is a shea butter based baby shampoo. My personal favourite is SheaTouch Baby Shampoo and Body Wash. It does not foam. It does not smell like a fake fruit orchard. There are no plants growing around you when you shampoo. There are no birds tweeting. In fact none of the seductive marketing BS you see in ads for almost all commercial cleansers. The facts are that the ingredients in commercial shampoos are BAD for your skin. The SheaTouch baby shampoo is GOOD for the hair and the skin. Yes, it’s great for sensitive skin too!

As with your skin, you should wash your hair in cool water. Yes, the hair and skin are part of one body system – the Integumentary system – so both require cool water, not hot or warm water! YES, use the SheaTouch baby wash as your body wash – because shower gels and soaps are SO BAD for the body skin.

For dry flaky scalp, try using Scalpicin and the SheaTouch baby shampoo. Those harsh dandruff shampoos are so bad for the skin, and the environment, and they’ve all been tested on animals…..uuuugh!

Adult acne is very different from teenage acne, so the solutions should differ too.

Acne is a pretty complex medical condition, (it is not right to refer to a few pimples on your face as acne)….and adult (or mid-life) acne is a very different condition than teenage acne… especially for women.

The big difference in the prevalence of acne today versus a few decades ago is the level and type of stress that women are under these days… Topical acne skin care solutions will help, but a reduction in the stress hormone cortisol, will be the best solution.

Here is a really good article on adult acne written by Dr Christiane Northrup. It is comprehensive and well worth the read – if you are interested in knowing more about your skin condition. Be warned though, it is longer than any article the average ADD person can handle!

Of course, being a doctor she goes through all the medical types of solutions, but later on in the article she also talks about lifestyle, food/diet, and holistic approaches….(it is so gratifying to see medical people step outside their pharmaceutical dominated world)….

My tried-and-true approach to adult acne is described in this article, and if you want to learn more about acne (teenage and adult) then watch this SkinCareTV video.

The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions. Please see your doctor or a trained medical professional should you have any concerns.