Acne is a frequent skin problem and a condition that presents more commonly in males but females are also prone to this condition. The condition presents mainly on the face but also on the back, shoulders and chest in both males and females. Untreated the condition can increase in severity and progression from the interplay of hormones, the increased production of sebum, keratinisation and through the activity of bacteria. Endocrine disorders such as PCOS, adrenal androgen excesses, glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity can influence the development of acne.
Diets high in refined carbohydrates, trans fatty acids and environmental chemical influences as well as skin care principles such as cosmetic use and excessive washing and rubbing the skin can exacerbate this condition.
I commonly see the orthodox management of acne in females as the use of the oral contraceptive pill to synthetically balance endocrine disruption; the use of antibiotics for bacterial infection and the use Acutane for these skin conditions. Unfortunately, while this may offer a temporary solution, the condition often presents worse when these treatments are ceased as the underline endocrine, adrenal and dietary influences are not being addressed. The long term consequences of the use of these agents and possible side effects also needs to be considered with each individual case.
Tailored natural interventions with the use of herbal medicine, nutritional supplementation and low glycaemic diet have been extensively reviewed for their benefits. The vitamins A, C, E, B6 and the minerals zinc and selenium are essential to normal skin functioning, wound healing and tissue regeneration. Topically key bio-actives of Vitamin A, C, E and B3 assist in the treatment of acneous skin while the the herbal extracts of Calendula (Calendula officinalis) Tea tree (Malaleuca alternifolia) Chammomile (Chammomila), Panax (Ginseng), Gotu kola are effective antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory herbs and are featured in Ocinium Serums, Facial Oils and Creams.
Chaste tree (Vitex angus cactus) is well researched as an efficacious treatment for pre-menstrual acne with the ability to influence hormonal balance. The natural intervention of acne should always be under the recommendation and supervision of a qualified naturopath as toxicity and pharmaceutical interactions can occur with some of these preparations. Enquire about a consult with Cassandra Hilton.