Acne Treatment (Natural Alternatives)

22 Jul


Also known as acne vulgaris, acne is a common skin disease that leads to blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and possibly scarring. Caused by the clogging of hair follicles with oil and dead skin cells, acne affects areas of the skin with the most sebaceous glands, which are connected to the hair follicle (face, upper chest and the back). Acne is an inflammatory condition that usually manifests during adolescence and puberty, but may also continue into adulthood. 80% of people aged 12-24 suffer from acne but the causes, symptoms and treatments can greatly vary.

Perhaps more serious than the effects acne has on the skin, it can cause psychological effects relating to self-esteem and depression. Especially during puberty, when insecurities are peaked, acne can cause severe emotional distress. Symptoms of acne depend on the type of acne present.



Comedones: Sometimes called whiteheads or blackheads, comedones are caused by a hair follicle becoming clogged. When they’re opened to the skin surface, they appear dark in color (blackheads), and when they’re closed, they are slightly raised (whiteheads).



Papules: Small raised bumps that signal infection and inflammation within the hair follicle – usually red and tender.

Postules: Another name for pimples, postules are red, tender bumps with white pus at the tip.

Nodules: Large, solid and often painful lumps located underneath the skin.

Cysts: Boil-like infections that often cause scarring – cysts are painful, pus-filled lumps beneath the surface of the skin.

Inflammatory acne occurs when the body’s immune system attacks the trapped oil and bacteria within the follicle. The inflammatory reaction is exacerbated by hormonal changes, the use of irritating products, rubbing, touching, squeezing and picking at the pimples. A major part of acne prevention involves the foods you eat and digestive issues. Problems with digestion often manifest as skin conditions, which makes sense when you remember that the gut controls most of your immune function.

Enzyme therapy can help support healthy skin in three ways:

1. Systemic enzyme therapy:

Systemic enzyme therapy involves taking the supplement on an empty stomach, where it then enters the bloodstream and travels to the site of inflammation. Enzymes help to dissolve debris and block inflammatory signaling – which means that inflammatory acne may be reduced after prolonged use. Systemic enzymes are also known for directly digesting scar tissue, which is a part of acne that’s usually difficult and expensive to address.

2. Digestive enzyme therapy:

Taken five minutes prior to food consumption, digestive enzymes help to properly break down all types of nutrients found in food. When the food is completely digested, food does not travel through the gut undigested, causing fermentation and the release of toxins. As a result, you get absorption of key minerals that promote healthy skin, and problems in the gut don’t manifest through the skin.


3. Immune support:

Taking a systemic enzyme with a probiotic component helps to not only address inflammation, but also replenish the beneficial bacteria necessary for immune function within the gut. Excessive inflammatory signaling is prevented, immune function is improved and probiotic supplementation helps to prevent nutrient intolerances (like dairy) from manifesting as skin conditions.



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