Acne Causes & Cures
Acne has a lot in common with other eruptive skin conditions, like Eczema and Rosacea. They are all a result of stress in one way, shape or form.
As surprising as it may seem, all of these conditions have their origins in our stressed out digestive systems.
Acne Is Everywhere!
The cases of Acne, around the globe, affect well over half a billion people! And, the cost of treatment is immense!
The prevalence of acne vulgaris globally was 681.2 million in 2016. … Approximately 80 percent of people are affected by acne between onset of puberty and 30 years of age. In the US, the cost of acne in terms of treatment and loss of productivity is over 3 billion dollars per year.
Acne Is Misunderstood
In the same Global Acne Market Report it states that emotional issues are a consequence of Acne, but the reality is, it’s often emotional issues that lead us to develop Acne… and then lead to another set of emotional issues after we’ve had a breakout… It’s a perfect downward spiral!
More than 90 percent of world population is affected by acne at some point in their life. Although acne is a skin disease, it can lead to prominent emotional and psychological issues.
Acne & Emotional Health
In Hormone Health Part Two I explain why our deteriorating digestive health is at the root of our Acne outbreaks. But, deteriorating digestive health can also be the root cause of emotional and mental health issues too… And vice versa!
Simply put, when stress from emotional and other issues causes us to develop intestinal problems, we then get locked into a cyclical downward spiral.
In an article entitled Gut Health I explain how our digestive system is responsible for making and regulating most of our hormones, and 90% of our Serotonin, (the neurotransmitter which makes us feel happy and relaxed).
Clearly, a malfunctioning digestive tract will fail to make optimal levels of hormones and neurotransmitters, thereby further exacerbating the problem in a cyclical fashion. A dysbiotic digestive system fails to make what our body needs to support our emotional health, which then further compounds our digestive health problems. So on and so forth, ad infinitum.
Sadly, these deeper issues, which are the genuine root causes of our Acne, can have serious consequences if they go untreated. And, even more sadly, they rarely get a mention in the medical literature relating to Acne and other skin problems.
It’s not that the scientific community isn’t aware of the importance of intestinal health, and how our gut health largely determines our skin health… it’s just that there’s a lot of profit to be made from selling creams and other protocols which only attempt to deal with the outward expression of the problem… the symptoms.
Treating symptoms is clearly not going to address the root cause. And, the drugs being used to treat Acne are likely to seriously undermine the health of individual taking them.
Any drug which lists, “can cause serious birth defects”, is not a drug I would want in my body. Add to this, seriously dry lips, peeling skin, recurrent itchiness and a weakening of the skin, and you’ve got to wonder why anyone agrees to take these drugs.
Our bodies reveal symptoms in order to tell us something’s not working right. So, covering up one of the clues that our body is dysfunctional and then creating a whole slew of other symptoms, just seems like a whole load of crazy to me. Doesn’t it to you?
If the drugs are forcing our bodies to exhibit other unpleasant symptoms, then those drugs are causing problems we didn’t have before.
Is it any wonder that drugs, taken as prescribed, are recognised as the third biggest killer worldwide?
Acne & Stress
If a person is very stressed and has little or no support, or they feel unable to talk about their problems, then the emotional issues are likely to precede an Acne break-out, or accompany it.
But, if a person feels well supported, and their stress levels are manageable, there may be other stressors causing their digestive issues, which, if left unchecked, can result in Acne outbreaks and mental health issues over time.
Sadly, we live in a polluted world. There are many chemical stressors that can cause damage to our digestive tract. These are likely to lead to emotional issues because the normal function of our health is compromised at a systemic level.
If, however, your stress is from an emotional cause I recommend you check out The Ultimate Cause Of All Illness. This will provide you with a much deeper understanding of how our emotional issues affect the overall condition of our body.
Acne & Hormone Disruption
Hormonal disturbances make us more prone to outbreaks, and a poor functioning immune system exposes us to the risk of bad bacteria getting a strong hold, exacerbating Acne and other skin conditions, and ultimately causing infections.
Hormones can be disrupted by many factors. Our diets play a significant role, as do our stress levels, but so do Xenoestrogens and antibiotics.
Xenoestrogens are synthetic oestrogens found everywhere in our environment. There’s not a person on planet earth that isn’t already affected by them. Xenoestrogens are never good in any circumstance, so we need to learn all about them and then learn what we can do to avoid them as much as possible.
Antibiotics destroy gut health, and so in my opinion, they are THE LAST THING WE SHOULD TURN TO FOR THE TREATMENT OF ACNE!
Further reading: Thyroid & The Skin Connection
Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis, Rosacea, Vitiligo Etc…
And, if you thought you could only suffer from one physical outward sign of a dodgy gut, then think again… Who knew Acne, Eczema, Rosacea & Dermatitis etc, all have the same root cause?
Pretty much the singular root cause of all dermatological skin conditions is the same… a compromised gut, which is more formally known as gut dysbiosis… And, it’s stress, of one kind or another, in most cases, which lead to our gut problems.
Stress Causes inflammation
Whether it’s emotional or metal stress, or food intolerances, or toxic levels of heavy metals and nasty chemicals, and even antibiotics, which are tragically often used to treat Acne, the result is the same… these stressors cause inflammation and gut dysbiosis.
Chronic inflammation often indicates we are immune compromised, which means that opportunistic bugs on our skin will take full advantage.
80% of our immune systems are comprised of the microbiome in our guts. Taking antibiotics destroys the microbiome. So, instead of compounding the problem we should be looking to our guts, and our diets to try and resolve our issues. We do this by building up our gut integrity, thereby reducing inflammation.
This is why grains and dairy are usually the first food groups to have to go… they are inflammatory foods!
Dr Patrick Flynn has produced a brilliant video that deals with all of these issues. If you have Acne you need to watch this.
Quick Tips Secrets Revealed: Acne
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Root Causes Of Gut Dysbiosis
Stress is, unquestionably, the biggest cause of ill-health the world over, and it’s the biggest cause of our gut issues as well. But, there are many different forms of stress, ranging from emotional, psychological and physical.
Toxic emotions, like jealousy and envy, and even hatred will impose a very real physical burden on the body. Likewise, being judgemental and intolerant is harmful, as is an inability to accept ourselves and others.These toxic thoughts that create the associated toxic emotions will stress our systems out in very dramatic ways.
You can read more about these issues in the article on Universal Law.
Our immune systems will be undermined by all of these toxic emotions leaving us vulnerable to infections. In fact, every single bodily function is undermined by toxic emotions, which can lead to endless dysfunctions within the body.
Acne is actually one of the kinder malfunctions, because it is an unmissable outward sign that “something is rotten in Denmark”.
Our toxic thought processes are compounded if our diets are also toxic.
Toxic food will stress out our body in much the same way a diet of toxic thoughts impacts our body…
Acne & Fluoride..
There is a strong connection between fluoride and Acne. But why is the incidence of Acne escalating when most regions in the UK have water which is now fluoride free?
The simple answer to this is that it’s still in toothpaste and being used by UK dentists. Try eliminating fluoride out of your life completely to see how your skin benefits.
Fluoride also interferes with Calcium in the body which leads to a serious condition… it calcifies our Pineal Gland which is a critical part of our endocrine systems.
Learn more about this and how to detox fluoride for the body here :: Detoxing Fluoride With Tamarind.
Acne, Rosacea & Eczema :: the Big Cover-Up
It is astonishing to me that most people turn to concealer and foundation cream in an attempt to cover up our Acne rather than attempting to understand the root problem.
I have a strong hunch that this is because Western Medicine is also taking a pretty superficial approach to dealing with the problem too.
Western Medicine provides many topical applications for Acne, and it would be rare indeed if a conventional doctor would ever mention diet and nutrition as a primary cause of our skin issues. They are also unlikely to mention stress and emotional turmoil caused by toxic thinking as a root problem too, although to be fair to the medical profession, they are making huge advances in understanding this particular facet of the problem.
Topical medications have been developed to sooth skin irritations, restrict itchiness and combat bacterial overgrowths that occur in people with a dysbiotic gut. Sadly, these preparations do nothing to improve gut dysbiosis and hormonal imbalances…
Probably the most tragic factor in the way Western Medicine prescribes for Acne is the countless prescriptions of antibiotics that are given on a long-term basis for people with Acne, which will only annihilate what good bacteria there was left in their gut.
Antibiotics utterly compound the problems with the gut, even if the skin temporarily clears up.
I appreciate why so many people just want to cover up their Acne, and it makes perfect sense to do this as long as people are also willing to address the deeper problems at the root of their Acne.
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- Bakuchiol Oil
- Buriti Oil :: (Has the highest quantity of Vitamin A out of all of all of the supplementary oils in this list. Vitamin A is the ingredient in Acutane which works so well at reducing Acne. Sadly use a synthetic Vitamin A which has had negative side effects for a lot of users, some of which are extremely severe, but natural Vitamin A has no known negative side effects.)
- Marula Oil
- Tamanu Oil
- Prickly Pear Oil
Acne Treatment First Steps
It’s imperative to address the toxic issues feeding your condition.
If you suffer from a lot of toxic thinking, and self criticism, you may want to turn to a family member or friend for support in finding ways to understand how to have a better relationship with yourself and others.
Or, if your family and friends are all part of the problem or the focus of the problem, as they so often are, then there’s an awful lot of self-help books out there designed to help. I particularly like the work of Kelly Brogan, who is heavily featured in Hormone Health Part Four. There are a number of videos featuring Kelly Brogan on that page.
You may also want to see a therapist, but I personally believe that some therapists will do more harm than good. So choose well if you decide to go down this root.
It’s also imperative to clean up your diet. A good way forward on this front is to follow the advice provided in the comprehensive article about Gut Health.
You may also find reading and watching some other articles and videos on this website very useful…
I recommend Hormone Health Part Five.
Because Psoriasis and Eczema have the same root cause as Acne, this article will be very useful: Eczema & Psoriasis Causes & Cures
Here’s two excellent video interviews with Dr. Patrick Flynn and Magdalena Wszelaki in Hormone Health Part Six
Morning Detox Protocols outlines lot of ideas on how to reduce the psychological, emotional and physical burdens our bodies are exposed to.
As you will see in Morning Detox Protocols, stress comes in many different forms. One ever-increasingly pervasive form of stress is from the technological gadgets we have grown increasingly addicted to. Evening Detox Protocols details how our technological devices are seriously impacting our health.
FACIAL OIL No. 2 For Acne explains how to heal the scars and discolouration caused by Acne.
FACIAL OIL No. 2 For Acne Testimonials lists all of the feedback from people who have successfully used FACIAL OIL No. 2 to clear their Acne.
Other Useful Wild As The Wind Products include:
A very healing and tonifying product that delivers a lot of minerals into the skin. Great when used in conjunction with a Wild As The Wind FACIAL OIL, all of which are formulated to help with the physical, hormonal and emotional symptoms of Acne.
Mineral Sprit will not only help to heal Acne, but it will also help with healing Eczema & Psoriasis etc.
Mineral Spritz also works as a dietary supplement, helping to increase bodily amounts of vital trace minerals, particularly Magnesium.
A makeup removal protocol that has been specifically devised to be used with Acne prone skin, which will actually help to eliminate the physical aspects of the condition.
This Makeup Removal Protocol has been nick-named 100 Uses Makeup Removal because it is so versatile.
Acne & The Gut
Cassandra Bankson, whose video I’ve featured above, is pretty amazing. She’s a YouTuber with a squillion followers, a Model With Acne, Beauty Expert, Published Writer, Lifestyle Blogger, World Traveler & Student! (She’s studying dermatology, but says that what she’s learning on her course doesn’t describe how she mainly got to grips with her Acne… watch the video above for the full story!)
Topical Herbal Applications
Herbs mixed with the healing power of raw, unfiltered honey, can have an amazing impact on an Acne outbreak.
Holy Basil, or Tulsi powder, with a bit of water and honey (50/50), to make a dessert spoon of Tulsi into a paste, for application as a face mask is great for Acne.
Other herbs that are really useful are Cinnamon and Turmeric… but Turmeric will stain for a little while.
Acne & Diet
The following quick 8 minute video is an excellent quick insight into all the dietary changes you can employ to heal your gut…. and your Acne, Psoriasis, Eczema, Vitiligo, Rosace and Dermatitis…