What is Acne?
Acne is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the skin, usually due to hormonal changes and overactive sebaceous glands during adolescence. Acne is more common in males due to androgens (the male sex hormones) that stimulate the production of keratin and sebum (an oily substance produced by the oil glands). During puberty androgens increase in both sexes, therefore girls in this age group are also susceptible to acne.
What are the Symptoms of Acne?
Acne vulgaris affects 85-100% of people at some time. Acne appears in a variety of different types, ranging from contagious pimples to deep seated skin conditions. Acne is accompanied by black heads, pustules and pimples that are red, swollen, and contains pus. The pus is seen as a yellowish or white tipped centre in some blemishes. In more sever advanced cases, cysts appear, that are red, swollen lumps beneath the surface of the skin.
What causes Acne?
The exact cause of acne is not clearly known, however factors which contribute to or aggravate the condition include; heredity, oily skin, androgens (hormonal imbalances), allergies, stress, over consumption of saturated fats, hydrogenated fats, nutritional deficiencies, the use of cosmetics and menstrual cycles.
Excessive sweating can encourage acne and some drugs, e.g oral contraception and corticosteroids can aggravate the condition.
A body pH that is too high or too alkaline also fosters the nesting and breeding of acne causing bacteria.
What Results Can I Expect?
Your qualified nutritionist is an expert in finding out what nutrients you are deficient in. Once these nutritional deficiencies are addressed your body then has the nutrition required to heal itself.
This coupled with specific dietary changes and you should start to notice great improvements to your overall health and vitality.
How can Vital Chi Nutrition help Treat Acne?
Vital Chi’s experienced naturopath can offer natural, drug-free treatment for Acne. Naturopathy takes a holistic approach to your health, assessing the ‘whole person’ and using accurate diagnostic testing to identify the causes and contributing factors to your condition.
Here’s what you can expect:
- Your Naturopath will take a thorough case history to determine the cause and severity of your condition.
- They may recommend testing, and other medical investigations to confirm symptoms and to eliminate any underlying factors, or conditions.
- Based on this, your naturopath will advise particular dietary and lifestyle adjustments, as well as prescribing nutritional or herbal medicines tailored specifically to your symptoms and the underlying issue(s).
Their approach may include:
- Reducing inflammation
- Promote healing
- Decrease keratinisation and
- Improve epithelial differentiation
- Balance hormones and
- Improve immunity