Numerous acne treatments are available without a prescription or with one. All of these have the potential to cause adverse effects. The most serious side effects are those associated with isotretinoin-based products, which include birth defects, depression, and suicide. Most concerning are recent reports that side effects may persist even after treatment is ceased. Many people, on the other hand, can treat their acne without taking these risks.
Acne Holistically Treating and Preventing
Acne can be safely treated and prevented using natural methods. A good place to start is with a regular skincare routine that incorporates natural products designed for sensitive skin. While it may appear to be a good idea to use harsh face washes that remove sebum from the skin, this frequently results in the sebaceous gland compensating by producing even more sebum. We can clean the pores without upsetting the sebum production balance by using gentle, natural skincare products. Additionally, many natural products contain mild antibacterial ingredients. A good skincare routine will include daily cleansing, toning, and moisturizing of the face, as well as once or twice a week use of a mask to draw out impurities.
Acne Mild to Moderate
Clinical studies demonstrate that blue light and red light, both of which operate at specific wavelengths, work synergistically to clear mild to moderate acne. Blue light is antibacterial, whereas red light is anti-inflammatory. *10 *9 With the Beauty Skin light box, this technology is now available for home use. When used for only 15 minutes per day, the Beauty Skin provides a safe and effective acne treatment that has been shown to produce results in as little as four weeks.
Acne and Diet
Despite popular belief, there is evidence that our diets contribute to acne.
While some argue against the link, they cite studies in which diets were maintained for only seven days. Few acne treatments, conventional or alternative, would be completely effective in that time frame. Indeed, research*1 with acne patients has shown that a diet must be followed for six weeks before the body exhibits the necessary increase in vitamin levels to help with acne.
Further research demonstrates that the blood of patients with severe acne has significantly lower levels of vitamins A and E than the blood of patients with mild acne*3. This appears to establish a direct link between vitamin deficiency and acne. As a result, consuming foods rich in those nutrients would be advantageous. Minerals are also critical; zinc*5 and selenium*6 have been shown to be beneficial in reducing acne.
The most effective way to increase vitamin and mineral intake is to follow a high-vegetable, high-fruit diet for at least six weeks. Combinations of freshly juiced blackberries, kiwi fruit, watercress, Swiss chard, cranberries, mango, and apricots for vitamin E; and broccoli, spinach, kale, carrots, green lettuce, spinach, watercress, apricots, peaches, mango, loquats, passion fruit, and grapefruit for vitamin A. Please keep in mind that there is such a thing as too much vitamin A; see the disclaimer at the end of the article. Moderation is critical!
If there is evidence for foods that we should eat, what evidence is there for foods that we should avoid? Milk consumption has been linked to acne*2, so eliminating or reducing milk from your diet would be prudent. Additionally, there appears to be evidence, albeit empirical, linking refined carbohydrates, sugars, and acne. Although scientists and physicians have not determined the exact cause of the link, it is believed to be because the body requires more chromium to deal with the high blood sugar caused by these food types. This is based on research showing that people with unstable blood sugar levels have a higher incidence of acne, but the acne improves rapidly when chromium supplements are given *7.
We are aware and accept that some countries have populations that consume a diet rich in fresh fruit, vegetables, lean meats, and fish and are generally acne-free*4. Additionally, we know that when these individuals relocate to a country with a diet high in processed foods, dairy, and refined sugars, many develop acne. While many people dismiss this as merely empirical evidence, if you want to treat acne effectively, this correlation is critical to note and incorporate into your daily diet.
Thus, acne can be treated, and more importantly, prevented, naturally and without the risk of side effects associated with many conventional medications. For at least six weeks, a gentle skin care routine and a diet low in processed foods and high in unprocessed foods should result in a significant improvement in your acne and overall skin condition. Combine the routine with Beauty Skin treatments for the ultimate acne-free skin care routine.
NOTICE: Vitamin A in doses of 25,000iu or greater has the potential to be extremely dangerous. Kale contains approximately 15,500 IU of vitamin A per 100g, while carrots contain approximately 16,812 IU per 100g. Moderation is critical.
*1 D. LABADARIOS, J. CILLIERS, L. VISSER, M. E. VAN STUIJVENBERG, G. S. SHEPHARD, D. WIUM, and R. WALKER 1987 Vitamin A in acne vulgaris Clinical and Experimental Dermatology 12 (6), 432-436
*2 CA Adebamowo, D Spiegelman, CS Berkey, FW Danby, HH Rockett, GA Colditz, WC Willett, MD Holmes.
Consumption of milk and acne in adolescent females.
Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America.
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*3 Z. El-akawi, N. Abdel-Latif, and K. Abdul-Razzak (2006) Do vitamin A and E plasma levels affect acne condition?
Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, 31, no. 3 (March), pp. 430-434.
*4 L. Cordain, S. Lindeberg, M. Hurtado, et al. 138:1584-1590, Arch Dermatol, 2002.
*5 G. Michaelsson, L. Juhlin, and A. Vahlquist. Oral zinc and vitamin A effects on acne.
1977 Jan;113(1):31-6. Arch Dermatol. 1977 Jan;113(1):31-6.
*6 G. Michaelsson, L. Edqvist. The activity of erythrocyte glutathione peroxidase in acne vulgaris and the effect of selenium and vitamin E treatment.
1984;64(1):9-14. Acta Derm Venereol. 1984;64(1):9-14.
*7 McCarty M. Is it possible to use high-chromium yeast to treat acne?
1984 Jul;14(3):307-10. Med Hypotheses. 1984 Jul;14(3):307-10.
* 8 Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/drug/infopage/.
*9 A. Katsambas, P. Papageorgiou, and A. Chu (2000). In the treatment of acne vulgaris, phototherapy with blue (415nm) and red (660nm) light is used. British Journal of Dermatology, vol. 142, no. 5, pp. 973-997.
*10 Elman, M., et al (2003). Acne vulgaris is effectively treated with a high-intensity, narrow band 405-420nm light source. Cosmetic & Laser Therapy Journal; 5: 111–116.