Acne is an inflammatory disease involving the hair follicles and sebaceous glands of the skin characterized by papules or pustules also known as comedones or simply plugs. This common skin condition (especially in young adults) is marked by the eruption of pimples, sometimes painful, on the surface of the skin.
Acne is characterized by black heads, pimple outbreaks, cysts, infected abscesses, and sometimes scarring. The places in your body most susceptible to acne are locations with the most oil glands such as the face and forehead. This inflammatory condition can also affect the arms, back and chest.
Inflammatory – Closed papules that have become red, irritated and severely inflamed. In some cases rupture can occur underneath the surface of the skin causing scarring.
Non-Inflammatory – Oil trapped underneath the surface of the skin forming the so called white-heads or blackheads.
Acne rosacea is the variety affecting middle aged women and men. It is characterized by red eruptions and pustules without the formation of blackheads.
Propionibacterium acne is the normal bacteria that resides on the surface of the skin. It functions to protect your skin from harmful foreign bacteria. When these bacteria grow inside the oil trapped in a hair follicle the result is the transformation of the oil by the bacteria’s chemical processes. This alteration causes irritation and inflammation on the surface of the skin. This inflammation is the body’s way of trying to eliminate the irritating compounds produced by the bacteria.
Androgens are the hormones that are primarily responsible for the stimulation and secretion of sebum or oil underneath the surface of the skin. During puberty there is a significant increase of androgens which can cause blockages. Hormonal changes affect the oil glands underneath the surface of the skin causing an increased out-put of oils. If the pores become blocked from the collection of skin cells inside a pore then this oil becomes trapped causing all the symptoms of acne. Hormones are greatly affected by diet and will be discussed below.
Stress can have a direct effect on the hormones thus contributing to excess sebum production in the oil glands beneath the surface of the skin. This can have a cyclic result because you can develop stress from the way acne affects your appearance.
Ironically many beauty products and pharmaceutical creams claiming to be helpful in treating acne not only do not work, but they actually make acne worse in many cases. This is because oil based products that are not all natural contain rancid oils and oil compounds mixed with petroleum-derived chemicals as preservatives. This causes allergic reactions, a build-up of toxins, the clogging of pores and other conditions that make acne worse.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight but has been a build up over a period of time.
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you currently taking? Your non-prescription and prescription drugs will be a contributing factor towards the aggravation of your acne. We advise that you stop using these and instead follow our natural protocols below. If you wish to do this under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner then see http://www.naturalcures.com/doctor-referral-service
Acne can be caused by various things. Depending on the cause, depends on which is the best protocol. If you have Acne, you should consider doing all these things simultaneously. Using this protocol will result initially in some additional breakouts whilst the bacterial virus is pushed out of the system. It can take up to three to four months for the skin to become totally clear.
- Eliminate Candida: Click here to find out how
- Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
- Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.utopiasilver.com Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic. Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water. It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
- Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste www.wecarespa.com
Carry out a Virus Mineral Detox* go to www.resolveherpes.com. Although the Acne is not a Herpes virus, Acne is caused by either a bacterial or viral infection. Doing the Resolve Herpes protocol will eliminate this. *Please note you will finish the Mineral Detox before you finish the McCombs Protocol.
To remove toxic matter and encourage your body’s natural elimination process, colonic irrigation is very effective. We recommend two to three colonics a week for the first month and then one colonic a week until the end of the programme. Find a practitioner here.
Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water (see recommended products) or you can buy a Kangen Unit. These units filter your tap water and produce ionized alkaline water through electrolysis.
Invest in a shower filter, as it is important to avoid chlorine implored on your skin. Go to www.ewaterdeal.com for a recommended shower filter attachment.
Apply Allicin Gel to the affected area twice a day, once in the morning and once at midday.
Apply Terrasil Max to the affected area at night.
Apply DMSO Gel to the bottom of your feet at night and in the morning until you have finished the Candida Cleanse.
If you have a Kangen or water alkalising system at your house, take the acid water that the unit produces and wash your face two to three times a day. Do this first thing in the morning before you apply the Allicin Gel and do it at night before you apply the Terrasil Max.
You should not be using any soaps or moisturisers on the skin.
If you are using any cosmetics, switch to a mineral based product such as Naked Minerals or Bare Essentials. These products are naturally non-comedogenic, meaning that they will not block your pores.
If you do the Jeff McCombs Candida Protocol you will already be avoiding all of the foods that trigger Acne. However, here are the main offenders to avoid at all costs.
Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
Avoid all fast food restaurants.
Avoid all canned food.
Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
Eliminate wheat and wheat-based products.
Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef.
www.grasslandbeef.com The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
Take a probiotic such as Fivelac – one packet three times a day.
Take Alli-C (super powerful antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-parasite garlic capsules) – 4 capsules three times a day should be taken for the entire four months. 1 capsule is the equivalent to 40 cloves of garlic (without the breath to go with it!!).
Vitamin D has been shown to be a key factor in improving Acne. Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
The following should be supplemented if you are not getting enough from your dietary intake:
Vitamin A – it works to strengthen the skin’s protective tissue and prevents acne formation by reducing sebum production.
B Vitamins – each of the B vitamins has a specific role in promoting healthy skin, and many of them compliment each other. Besides direct effects in enhancing your skin tone, B-complex vitamins are also considered to play a role in reducing stress, which can indirectly aid in preventing acne since many studies show that stress contributes to acne formation
Chromium – it can combat acne by reducing infections in the skin.
Selenium – it aids skin elasticity and can also assist in acne relief through diminishing inflammation of the skin.
Zinc – it can help prevent acne because it aids in regulating the activity of your oil glands.
Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually dis-ease. It is no surprise then that many studies have concluded that Acne is worsened by increased stress. The science behind this is that there are receptors for stress hormones in the cells that produce sebum. Higher levels of sebum are produced during stressful times, resulting in acne. The knock on psychological effects of acne creates an additional stress of their own, with an extremely damaging impact on self-confidence, self-esteem and self-image.
Things you can do to combat stress:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Use the incredibly simple but extremely effective Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to remove past, present and future stress from your life.
According to Ayurveda, when something is wrong with the skin it is a sign that something is wrong in the body. From an ayurvedic standpoint it is a problem with toxicity in the liver and is very much to do with how one eats and lives. It is believed to be the body’s way of telling us there is an internal problem. The good news is that Ayurveda claims acne is a condition that is easy to treat.
As always, the fastest more effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here
You may wish to research or discuss the following Ayurveda herbal remedies:
Using the herbs neem and black kosch.
Using a face pack made up of Vacha (Acorus Calamus), Lodhra (Symlocos racemosus) and Jatiphala (Myristica Fragrance).
Applying the pastes of tender neem leaves and fenugreek leaves with turmeric and a face pack of ripe tomato pulp or besan flour (gram flour) with rose water.
Take blood purifiers like Anantmula (Tylophora Asthmatica), Sariva (Hemidesmus Indicus) for internal medication.
Take a digestive formula of coriander, cumin and fennel.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) takes an holistic approach when diagnosing and treating acne. It identifies areas of imbalance and then uses acupuncture and specialist herbs to correct them. In this way, correction is done at the root of the problem and the body is then triggered to heal itself. TCM improves overall health as well as treating acne.
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest TCM practitioners here
Here are some of the things they may recommend:
For blackheads and whiteheads – huang qin or sang bai pi.
For inflammatory acne – jin yin hua and lian qiao.
For cystic acne – Pu gong ying (dandelion).
For hormonal acne – chai hu and yi mu cao.
Essential oils have an abundance of therapeutic properties including anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, cleansing, calming and balancing. When used correctly, the oils penetrate deep down into the skin cells to nourish, heal and harmonise.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
The oils can be used separately or combined but must always be blended with a carrier oil, as they are extremely potent. For acne conditions, jojoba oil is a great carrier to use because it is non-greasy but moisturising and helps clean the pores. Another recommended carrier oil is grape seed oil.
The oils can be used in the following ways:
As a direct spot treatment (combined with a carrier oil or natural gel & used directly on problem areas. The essential oils should not exceed a 2% dilution.)
As a steam treatment.
As a face mask when combined with facial clay.
As a skin toner.
Essential oils that are beneficial for acne include:
Tee Trea oil – antiseptic, anti-bacterial, it heals the skin and reduces outbreaks and blemishes, eases itching and inflammation.
Neem Oil– anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial.
Niaouli oil – decongests and clears oily skin.
Palmarosa oil –antiseptic, stimulates cell regeneration, regulates sebum, fades scars.
Thyme Linalol oil (a special, gentle variety of thyme) – a natural fungicide, purifying and cleansing.
Peppermint oil –reduces oil production, relieves irritation and reduces inflammation and redness.
Rose Otto oil – probably the best for acne although quite expensive it is a powerful healer and cleanser.
Lavender oil – gentle and soothing, anti-bacterial, reduces redness, heals damage, softens scarring.
Homeopathy is based on the principle that ‘like cures like’ –i.e. something that in a large dose creates the symptoms of a disease will, in a smaller dose in fact cure it. Remedies are prescribed very much on an individual basis taking the whole person into account. To find a tailored remedy you should visit your local licensed practitioner. Find you closest homeopath practitioner here.
Here are some important homeopathic medicines that may be considered when dealing with your specific acne case-
- Asterias rubens
- Merc sol
- Radium brom
- Kali brom
- Calcarea sulph
Guggulipid (Commiphora mukul) an indian herb known for reducing acne lesions
Thyme – see the 2012 study in the research section.
Echinacea and white willow bark are antibacterial and anti-fungal – a useful remedy for acne and boils
Yellow dock, pau d’arco and zambroza can help to reduce inflamed areas on the skin.
Specifically for women:
The herb Agnus castus, probably through its hormone-balancing effects, has also been found to be of benefit in treating acne.
Wild yam and chaste tree – balance the glandular system, with an emphasis on female hormone activity.
NaturalCures.com trick that you will not find anywhere else: Make home-brewed kombucha (mature is best) and apply topically to the face. This gives your skin exposure to powerful friendly bacteria that work with your oils to promote healing and prevention of bacterial infection.
Flower Essence Therapy – The Bach Flower Remedy Crabapple deals with the emotional and mental patterns of self-dislike as well as aiding in cleansing and detoxification. It is the most popular flower remedy in treating skin conditions. It can be taken orally, with 3 drops added to water 3 times a day and can also be applied directly onto the skin.
Juice Therapy – Drink 2 glasses of freshly extracted juice daily, include plenty of green vegetables and sweeten with carrot.
Honey & Cinnamon Paste: Mix two tablespoons of powdered cinnamon with three tablespoons of honey, stir and then apply the paste to pimples before bed. Wash with warm water the following morning and then continue the process for the rest of the week.
Try reflexology to work the liver, adrenals, kidneys, intestines and thyroid.
Mist face daily with Willard Water www.nutritioncoalition.com (800) 447-4793
A Naturopathic Approach to Skin Care and Healing NC_Newsletter_12-04.pdf
Acne and stress NC_Newsletter_12-04.pdf
Go Green to Beat Acne NC_Newsletter_12-04.pdf
Using Essential Oils to heal acne – Essential Acne Healer NC_Newsletter_12-04.pdf
Heal from within – top food and drink for acne sufferers NC_Newsletter_12-04.pdf
Scar Tactics NC_Newsletter_08-06.pdf
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Simple Ways to Stop Acne Naturally – main video www.youtube.com/watch?v=B88-W68uwyE
Clean up your health – www.hungryforchange.tv/
Thyme fights acne-causing bacteria – www.webmd.boots.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/news/20120416/thyme-studied-as-acne-treatment
The Response of Skin Disease to StressChanges in the Severity of Acne Vulgaris as Affected by Examination Stress – archderm.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=479409
Vitamin B / Zinc tablets appear to be an effective oral therapy for the treatment of acne vulgaris and rosacea – www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16871775
Acne Vulgaris: A Disease of Western Civilization – archderm.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=479093
Glycemic Index, Glycemic Load: New Evidence for a Link with Acne www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20234032
Further Information (links and books)
Aromatherapy for Acne by Miriam Kinai
Homeopathic Medicine at Home: Natural Remedies for Everyday Ailments and Minor Injuries by Maesimund B. Panos, M.D. and Jane Heimlich
The Acid Alkaline Food Guide – Dr Susan Brown and Larry Trivieri, Jr.
No Grain Diet by Dr. Joseph Mercola
The Enzyme Cure: How Plant Enzymes Can Help You Relieve 36 Health Problems by Lita Lee, Lisa Turner and Burton Goldberg
The Green Beauty Guide: Your Essential Resource to Organic and Natural Skin Care, Makeup and Fragrances by Julie Gabriel
You Are What You Eat – The Plan That Will Change Your Life by Gillian McKeith
Detoxify your body
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Acne Cream, Acne-n-pimple cream
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Vitamin E, Unique E
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Liver Rescue III+, HealthForce Nutritionals
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Vitamin C, Pure Radiance C
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Zinc, Zinc Food Complex
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Burt’s Bees Anti-Blemish Solutions www.burtsbees.co.uk
Crab Apple Flower Essence www.bachflower.com