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 Acne

Acne is a skin problem involving inflammation. It affects 80% of all Americans, normally between ages 11 and 25. However, women may suffer premenstrual flare-ups of acne. Oral contraceptives high in  progesterone may also cause acne to occur. Interestingly, one thing not commonly known is that it is important for your colon to be clean of toxins as this may also relate to acne problems. The skin is the largest organ of your body, and one of the functions of the skin is to rid the body of toxins. If the body contains more toxins then the kidney, liver, and colon can handle then the skin takes over. For this reason a good colon cleansing and restoration program may very help. Other factors involved with acne are:  stress, allergies, eating too much junk food, poor diet, pollutants, over-washing your skin, and nutritional deficiencies in the diet. ...more

Nutrient / Supplement Importance
( 1 - 10 )
Helpful notes
 Essentiall fatty acids 10 Provides GLA "gamma linolenic acid" which is very important for skin health. Needed for repair of damaged skin cell. Helps keep the skin soft and smooth. Used also to help dissolve fatty deposits that block pores. Essential fatty acids are found in omega fatty acids from fish oil, flax seed oil, and borage seed oil.
Multi-vitamin &
Mineral supplement
10 contains vitamin E , vitamin A , vitamin B , potassium , and zinc which all are helpful in both the treatment and prevention of skin acne. Should also contain acidophilus, selenium, vitamin D, and vitamin C. Often, nutritional deficiencies are related to an acne problem. A daily supplement provides nutrients required for general good health and well being.
vitamin A 9 strengthens the skin "epithelial" tissue and may assist in healing
vitamin B 8 B vitamins promote healthy skin tone, improves blood flow to the surface of the skin, boosts skin cellular reproduction, helps with stress. 
vitamin E 9 powerful antioxidant properties and it is also good for general healing in the body
vitamin B6 8 helps with stress which can aggravate acne
vitamin B5 8 works with vitamin B6
Garlic 9 destroys bacteria and helps the immune system
Zinc 9 aids in the healing of tissue and helps to prevent scarring both beneficial to people with acne. It also is needed in the oil producing glands of the skin.
Calendula 9 promotes wound healing and aids in preventing viral skin infections
Chaste tree 9 very helpful for women with premenstrual and related hormonal problems see Female Balance
Lecithin  8 aids in the absorption of essential fatty acids
Potassium 8 not getting enough potassium in your diet appears to be related to being vulnerable to acne.
Selenium  7 powerful antioxidant and helps skin elasticity
image acne skin Symmetry products people tell us they use for Acne
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Protection 4 Life

Skin Renewal

Advanced Omega

Nutra Pack

Mega Juice

BotanaCleanse Plus

Fruit A Mins

Future Star

complete supplemental health system

good for skin health and complexion

flax seed, borage seed, and omegas in one formula

complete daily supplement with all the vitamins and minerals listed above

healing extracts from fruits and vegetables

colon intestinal cleansing and restoration that can help the skin also

(children) daily supplemental blend

powder drink nutritional formula ... also good for brain development

Acne is a more common problem in males because the male sex hormones called androgens like testosterone will stimulate the production of both keratin and sebum, that helps cause clogged pores. In puberty, androgens increase in both males and females, making girls in this age group more vulnerable also. However, hormones do not magically go away after adolescence, and alot of women suffer pre-menstrual acne flare-ups which maybe caused by the release of the hormone progesterone after ovulation. Oral contraceptives which are high in progesterone can cause break-outs as well.. The sebaceous glands, located in each hair follicle or tiny pit of skin, produce oil that lubricates the skin. Sebaceous glands are found in large amounts on the back, chest, face, and shoulders. If the oil becomes trapped, bacteria grow and multiply in the follicle and the skin becomes inflamed. Several of these spots can come and go over a period of months or even years. Acne contrary to popular belief is not caused by "dirty" pores, but more often by overactive oil glands; the excess oil makes the pores sticky, thus allowing bacteria to become trapped inside. Blackheads form when sebum combines with skin pigments and plugs the skin pores. Whiteheads occur if scales below the surface of the skin become filled with sebum. In some severe cases, whiteheads may build up, spread under the skin, and rupture, which spreads the inflammation. The exact causes of acne are unknown, but contributing factors include: androgens, heredity, and oily skin. Other important factors are: allergies; stress; certain drugs (like steroids, lithium, oral contraceptives, and anti-epileptic drugs), over-consumption of junk food, saturated fats, hydrogenated fats, and animal products; nutritional deficiencies; exposure to industrial pollutants (like machine oils, coal tar derivatives, chlorinated hydrocarbons), the use of cosmetics, monthly menstrual cycles, and overwashing or repeated rubbing of the skin. The skin is the largest organ of the body. One of its functions is to eliminate a portion of the body's toxic waste products through sweating. If the body contains more toxins than the kidneys and liver can effectively discharge, the skin takes over.  Some doctors even call the skin the "third kidney." As toxins escape through the skin, they disrupt the skin's healthy integrity. This is a key factor behind many skin disorders, including acne. The skin also "breathes." If the pores become clogged, the microbes that are involved in causing acne flourish because they are protected against the bacteriostatic action of sunshine. Dirt, dust, grime , and oils from pollution may also clog the skin pores. Also a body pH level that is too alkaline can also cause acne bacteria to breed and multiply.

GOOD SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM TO TRY

1. Advanced Omega
2. Mega Juice
3. NutraPack
4. Genesis


OTHER CHANGES TO MAKE

- do not use oral contraceptives
- drink steam distilled water (6-8 glasses a day)
- eat high fiber diet (brown rice and millet are good)
- grapes, strawberries, and pineapple are good to eat
- make sure to get vitamin A, C, and E
- avoid alcohol, butter, caffiene, chocolate, hydrogentaed oils, fried foods, meat, soft drinks
- reduce dairy products in your diet for at least 1 month
- fasting for 1 day a week
- do not use iodized salt
- can wash affected skin area with "organic" apple cider vinegar mixed 
   with water 1 part apple cider vinegar to 10 parts water
- do not squeeze pimples this will cause infection to spread
- PRAY ... prayer helps with healing

 

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