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Acne is a common skin condition in which the skin pores become clogged, leading to pimples and inflamed, infected abscesses.  Acne can develop in people of all ages although it is more common among teenagers. 

Acne forms when dried skin oil, flaked skin and bacteria block the skin pores. Excess keratin (a protein produced by skin cells) can also block the oil ducts within hair follicles.  If the blockage is incomplete, a blackhead appears; if the blockage is complete, a white head appears.  This type of acne is called superficial acne.  When bacterial growth in the plugged pores further irritates the skin, the pimples may develop into the underlying skin, forming larger abscesses. This type of acne is called deep acne. 

Superficial acne often appears as pimples with or without pus-filled blisters. Deep acne produces large red, raised inflamed pus-filled cysts and abscesses. These may rupture and leave scars. Squeezing pimples can make superficial acne worse leading to deep acne with further inflammation and scarring.

Acne is often treated with topical retinoids, keratolytics (salicyclic acid, sulfur), benzoyl peroxide, topical and oral antibiotics.  These topical treatments can cause dryness, itching, chapping and peeling, pigment change in treated area.  Oral antibiotics may cause stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness. Severe acne can be treated with Isotretinoin (Accutane).   Accutane is an effective drug to reduce oil gland size but it also comes with more severe side effects, such as dry, itchy, peeling skin, dry mouth, eye inflammation, bone and joint pain, loss of bone density, depression and birth defects.


Vitamins and Supplements for Acne:

Multivitamin and mineral complex

Vitamin A strengthens the epithelial tissue of the skin; vitamin B complex is the anti-stress vitamin, it improves blood circulation to skin surface; vitamin C improves immune function, reduces inflammation and helps the repair of skin tissue; vitamins D3 and E helps healing and repair of skin tissues; zinc helps healing and prevents scar; selenium improves skin elasticity.


Essential fatty acids (flaxseed oil, primrose oil)

EFAs improve skin tone and texture, they are essential for healthy skin.


Burdock, red clover, dandelion

These are blood cleansing herbs, they help cleanse the liver which eliminates toxins and excess hormones from the body.  The herbs can also reduce inflammation.  Burdock tea can be used as a face wash, simmer 1 tablespoon of dried herb in 2 cups of water for 15 min, let the tea cool and apply it to the skin, rinse with cool water.


Topical essential oils (lavender oil, tea tree oil)

Tea tree oil is a natural antibiotic and antiseptic.  A 5% tea tree oil preparation works as well as 5% benzoyl peroxide with fewer side effects.  Lavender essential oil is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and somewhat astringent.  These essential oils can be applied on acnes directly.


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