Acne

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Acne is a chronic inflammatory condition of the sebaceous glands. Sebaceous glands are responsible for oil production in our skin. When they overproduce and become clogged with dead skin cells, acne begins to form.

Blackheads and whiteheads most commonly characterize acne. Blackheads are considered open comedones. They occur when excess oil accumulates in the skins sebaceous glands. Oxidation of our skins’melanin causes the comedone to appear black in color. Whiteheads are called closed comedones. They are composed of the same material as blackheads, but only have microscopic openings not allowing for oxidation.

Other common forms of acne are known as papules and pustules. Papules are raised lesions of the skin that appear to be red or inflamed. Pustules are similar, but appear more white and take on and infected appearance. Cysts are the most severe form acne takes. Cysts are pus- filled raised nodules. They require more in-depth healing solutions than other forms of acne.

Causes and Risk Factors

Triggers of acne can include diet, hormonal changes or imbalances, certain drugs, heredity, and the use of comodegenic products. Acne can affect anyone from teenagers to adults.

Diet can influence acne. There is no one food or food group that causes acne. Everyone has different triggers. A generally healthy diet consisting of whole grains, protein sources, vegetables, fruits is a good balance. If you notice a certain food creates acne flare-ups it could be a personal trigger for your acne.

Hormonal changes can contribute to acne as well. Certain hormones such as androgen and testosterone can increase the production of sebum in the sebaceous glands. This can lead to clogged pores. In women, hormonal changes such as pregnancy, menstrual cycle, and birth control pills can trigger acne. Teenagers experience high levels of hormonal changes, which could play a part in the high instance of acne in teens and young adults.

Stress is a contributing factor for almost everyone. There are two main types of stress, emotional and physical. Emotional stress includes the internal stressors in our lives. Anxiety over a big event, bullying at school, relationship concerns, issues at work, and concern over a loved ones’ health are emotional stressors. Physical stress occurs outside of our bodies. From a hectic schedule to a sedentary lifestyle, physical stress affects us all. The key is to learn how to handle your stressful in a healthy, positive way.

By consuming a healthier diet, monitoring hormonal changes, and lowering external stressors, acne can be reduced and possibly alleviated. People living with acne should pay close attention to personal triggers and use these healing solutions to combat the condition.

Healing Naturally

The first step in healing naturally is changing your diet and instead practicing what John Robbins, author of Diet for a New America, calls the New Diet for America. Robbins suggests cutting out genetically engineered foods, eliminating meat and animal products, switching from refined carbohydrates to whole grains, buying organic, and increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables consumed. This will not only help control acne, but will also promote an over all healthier body and lifestyle.

Healing the body naturally means consuming more raw fruits and vegetables. They are nutritious and are mostly alkaline, which is beneficial to the body’s pH. Drinking plenty of water is another way to heal. Our body depends on water for nearly every necessary function and without it the body slows. Water will flush toxins out of your system and is another way to purge your skin of the waste that is contributing to acne. Alkaline water is thought to be most beneficial to the body. If alkaline water isn’t available, other great options include:

  • Electrolyte- enhanced water
  • Structured water
  • Distilled water

Remember to think about what goes on the skin. Commercial face products generally contain some harmful chemicals. DHerbs and several other natural skin care lines carry all-natural soaps that are a good alternative. Deep cleaning the face with a loofah brush or a wet cotton towel in a circular motion will assist in opening up pores. Remember to use warm water to open the pores and cool water to close the pores after cleansing. For an additional deep clean, use a facial steamer periodically.

Clays are a great natural cleanser as well. They should be used periodically due to their drying nature. Clays can be beneficial to acne prone skin. A few notable clays that can be used for cleansing are:

  • Bentonite clay
  • French green clay
  • Moroccan red clay

Avoid using anything harsh on the skin, including alcohols. Good alternatives to alcohol are tea tree oil and witch hazel. Make sure to read the labels before selecting a witch hazel product, as some contain minimal amounts of alcohol.

Oils and butters can be great body products. Be sure to use botanical oils on the skin. Some good botanical oils are:

  • Coconut oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Sweet almond oil
  • Rose hip seed oil
  • Olive oil
  • Kukui nut oil
  • Babassu oil
  • Palm kernel oil
  • Grapeseed oil

Botanical butters are generally derived from different trees. They are highly therapeutic and soothing for the skin. Here is a list of botanical butters that work well on the body:

  • Shea butter
  • Kpangan butter
  • Coconut butter

Herbs that may benefit acne sufferers are:

  • Oregon Grape
  • Manjistha
  • Yellow Dock Root
  • Burdock Root
  • Dandelion Root
  • Cleavers
  • Chickweed
  • Echinacea Root
  • Goldenseal Root
  • Nettle
  • Devil’s Claw

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    Q: I have severe cystic acne that has caused acne scarring. Some are raised while others are depressed. I have come completely off of the acne medications I've been prescribed and over the counter medicines (i.e., Proactive) and gone the natural route. I first started by changing my diet and followed that with the Full Body Detox. I purchased the olive oil and Shea butter soap and Oz Oil and use this daily. In addition, I use Bentonite clay twice weekly and steam 3-5x a week followed by hydrogen peroxide. I have two questions, will this alone regenerate the scar tissue? And will this also be effective for hyper pigmentation?

    A:

    What you are using now will greatly help your condition (as well as hyper-pigmentation). Just keep doing what you're doing and just know that with Nature patience is required.

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    Q: I've had acne since about the age of 12. Back then my acne was very serve but now it's light to moderate because I am on birth control. I have read information on your site and want to stop the birth control pills but I don't know what to do about my acne. I know I need to do a detox to my body but the products you have on your website are very expensive for me at the moment. I saw the product for cleansing your blood. Would this be a good place to start? Could please give me some recommendations? Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks

    A:

    An effective blood cleanser is the FULL BODY DETOX and if you can't afford the FBD, then drink vegetable juice daily (beets, carrots, parsley, spinach, apple, etc.

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    Q: I have bad acne....which means I break out almost daily and with the cystic acne deep in the skin. I have tried almost everything and nothing will clear up my skin and keep it clear. Would any products on this site help me without drying my skin to the point of being flaky and without making it oilier than it is alone?

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    I recommend that you read our "ACNE" article for remedy and recourse. Everything you need to know is here in this article.

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    Q: Can OZ OIL help with acne or scarring from the effects of acne

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    Try our OZ OIL in the daytime and HEALING SKIN OIL at night applied to the face! These can and will help!

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    Q: I'm a raw vegan, and still suffering from acne. I stay away from all sweeteners, except fresh whole fruits. I started to have lots of greens juices these days, and my skin has improved a little bit. What about spices such a cayenne pepper, is it bad for your skin? What about goji berries? I know they are diet fruits, thats why I stay away from them for a while. I even fast for a while. I just don't know how my skin can getter better.

    A:

    Greetings! Have you detoxed (Full Body Detox)? Acne is a blood disorder. Please read our article "Skin Disorder = Blood Disorder" for more information. Our Healing Facial Kit will be out later this month. Recommended reading: The Mental Science Manual. Stay positive! Don't focus so much on the problem. Use visualization techniques, and see yourself as you desire to see yourself, with flawless skin.

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    Q: I am a 39 yr old woman with acne. Today I visited the dermatologist and he suggested that I take spironolactone. I have an issue with prescription drugs. Although I want to get rid of this horrible acne and scaring I don't the side effects of this drug. The doctor mentioned that this drug would reduce the male hormone. What would you suggest that I take in order to balance this hormonal war inside my body? Sincerely

    A:

    Perform the FULL BODY DETOX. Use Bentonite Clay on your face. Apply OZ OIL on your face as well. These products are available in our on-line store. Please read our article on "ACNE".

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    Q: Hello, I'm 39 years old I had acne since I was thirteen years old. I tried everything I have even tried the Moroccan red clay nothing seems to work I suffer from acne scars Blemishes marks that won't go away can you recommend something that will work for me thanks

    A:

    Heal from the inside out! Perform the FULL BODY DETOX followed by the 10-DAY ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD CLEANSE and apply OZ OILto your skin daily. Focus on your healing, not on having acne. Order our MENTAL SCIENCE MANUAL e-book to help with your focus on healing. Also read our article on "ACNE" in our articles section.

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    Q: What is the best formula for a woman who has inflamed acne? Also, what are the dangers of taking antibiotics for acne for a prolonged period of time?

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    THE BEST FORMULA IS THE FULL BODY DETOX. READ THESE TWO ARTICLES: 1. "ACNE" 2. â€DANGERS OF ANTI-BIOTICS†GREAT INFORMATION AND ALSO OFFERS YOU SOLUTIONS.

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    Q: My daughter is 12 and has acne and oily skin I am changing what we eat and a friend suggested I buy her a colon cleanse.

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    THE FRIEND GAVE YOU GOOD ADVICE HER SYSTEM ESPECIALLY HER COLON NEEDS TO BE CLEANSED! CHECK OUT OUR DHERBS 10-DAY SUPREME COLON CLEANSE!

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    Q: Which one of your herbs is really good for acne? I have been a vegetarian for 5 years, but I still have some issues with my skin.

    A:

    Read the article â€SKIN DISORDER = BLOOD DISORDER†and "ACNE" in our articles section on our site!

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    Q: I have a question. My son is 16 and got him detox just 2 days ago. He hasn't started it because he cannot do with school so I told him to wait for vacation and then start because he cannot handle the food diet. anyway, we are vegetarians, and was wondering if he has bad acne, would just the blood and lymph formula work for now until we start detox to take care of his acne. I also ordered that but thought I will start after the detox and he wants to clear his face sooner and detox with diet is impossible at that age and being in school unless he does not follow the diet? What do you think? Can you let me know? Please thanks.

    A:

    Just do the BLOOD AND LYMPHATIC FORMULA for now until he can FULL BODY DETOX and do the diet. Just do what you can do diet-wise given the circumstances. An "ACNE" article is coming very soon! Stay tuned to Dherbs.Com!

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    Q: My sons is only 2 months old, and his face is very dry and flaky. I keep his face moisturized with either shea, or cocoa butter, but it keeps drying out. I was told he has baby acne, which is when during birthing stages, my hormone passed to him, causing acne. What do you recommend from your product line?

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    Please read our articles entitled "Eczema", and "Skin Disorder = Blood Disorder" in our articles section. Diet-wise, please order and read our "Alternative Diet and Lifestyle" manual, and start feeding the child a vegan diet. Avoid all acidic foods which irritate his skin.

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    Q: I have suffered from sever acne on my face and back for the past 8 years. I have tried a lot of things from prescription drugs to natural products and I still break out. I have some other symptoms like vaginal discharge, excessive hair growth and swollen lymph glands in my jaw and neck. Are all of these things related to one another? Please help me! I am 28 yrs and feel that I will look older than I am if I don’t find a solution.

    A:

    You're blood is TOXIC and needs purifying and cleansing! Acne is the result of your skin defecating via the skin because your eliminative channels are not working. Read our articles (â€SKIN RASHâ€, â€VAGINAL ODORS AND DISCHARGEâ€, etc.). Perform the FULL BODY DETOX followed by the TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE, change your diet (raw foods and vegan), soak in hot water, sea salt, and hydrogen peroxide DAILY! All of your problems are connected which is why the total body needs cleansing The new ACNE article will be up soon so stay tuned to Dherbs.Com!

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    Q: I am a 49 yr. old black female. When I was younger I had severe cystic acne that left me with what the dermatologist calls "ice pick scaring" and enlarged pores. I had 2 full face dermabrasions in my 30s and have been on retina A from then up until now. I have a pretty healthy diet and exercise routine. My Father and a couple of Uncles of mine also had the same type of skin problems, left with the same aftermath. I use French green clay masks which slightly reduce the look of the large pores and a sugar, honey, and lemon scrub (I make it at home) and I use it on my face. I'm not unattractive, but my skin looks rough and dull and pitted on my cheeks and nose. All the doctors talk about scar revision (cutting),laser treatments, chemical peels, and all sorts of invasive surgeries. I don't want to go that route again and I feel bad about the way I look sometimes. Are there ANY suggestions that you can give that will help me?

    A:

    SKIN PROBLEMS ARE UNDERLYING BLOOD PROBLEMS. CLEANSE YOUR BLOOD, GIVE YOUR BODY NUTRITION. STEAM YOUR FACE. KEEP CLAYING YOUR FACE. IMPROVE UPON YOUR DIET GO ALL RAW FOODS OR VEGAN DIET). A GOOD ARTICLE TO READ IS â€SKIN RASH†ON OUR SITE UNDER ARTICLES.

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    Q: Do you have any facial products for sensitive acne prone skin, fragrance free oil?

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    Facial products are coming to Dherbs.com very soon. Try bentonite clay for now. Great for acne!

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    Q: I've purchased the items for the acne regimen and was wondering is there any particular order I should use the products. For ex. the OZ OIL. Should I take it orally? Please advise. Continue the good work!

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    You can create your own order. It really doesn't matter! OZ OIL can be used internally as well as externally. Thank you for your words! We will keep up the work we are doing! Peace and Love!

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    Q: I'm a 40 yr old woman with genital herpes. I also have had acne since I was a teen resulting in some dark spots on my face/neck. What do you suggest to help control the above?

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    Please read our GENITAL HERPES and SKIN RASH articles to have your question answered in depth.

    For healing of genital herpes, I suggest you perform our Full Body Detox kit and regimen followed by our Anti-Viral kit and regimen.

    You can be healed, but healing is an wholistic approach.

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    Q: I'm in my last two days of the full body detox and my skin is just glowing outside of the two huge cystic acne pimples that popped up around day 6. They have not made any signs of going down, despite the facial steaming, Bentonite clay, peroxide, etc. Any suggestions?

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    You should perform 1. FULL BODY DETOX. 2. TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE. Drink FEMALE HEALTH TEA daily. Also, use FEMALE BREAST OIL as well. SUGGESTION: Be patient and don't focus on the pimple. You are creating a block to your healing!

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    Q: I am a 29 year old woman currently living with one functioning kidney. Both kidneys were found to be "swollen" many months ago due to polyps that had formed inside my uterus. These issues were treated and now I'm interested in treating adult acne that has been forming on my cheeks for many years. My nephrologists told me not to take any herbs especially in capsule form because it may affect my kidneys. What is your opinion about taking herbs for people with one functioning kidney (or which article should I refer to)? Is there another alternative to treating acne without taking herbs. I am now greatly increasing my water intake and drinking one cup of unsweetened cranberry juice every day.

    A:

    If drugs don't hurt one kidney, how in the world could a plant hurt it? Herbs are 1 million times safer than drugs. The choice is yours however to make on taking herbs. We deem them safe. You may be interested in performing the 10-DAY ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD CLEANSE as well as the HEALING SKIN OIL for external application of the acne. Please read our article on a href="http://www.dherbs.com/articles/acne-210.html">"ACNE". Check the articles section on our site!

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    Q: Hello I wanted to know what should I do about my acne and my hair has been extremely shedding alot ( I don't receive relaxers/perms) after I had my son and he will be one year old in march 2008? Thank you

    A:

    ACNE: please read our article â€SKIN RASH†for more information. HAIR: please read our article â€HAIR PROBLEMS†and â€BLACK HAIR, NAPPY HAIR†for more information.