In order to get rid of acne, doctors at present have around 200 different acne treatments to choose from. These include antibiotics, different types of lotions, medicated washes and even the contraceptive pill. Many doctors also think that they can help acne sufferers by recommending high potency single vitamins. This is all done in an effort to help acne suffers get clear skin. However, I ask the question: If these acne treatments are so effective, then why do people still struggle with acne spots and pimples?
Unfortunately many acne sufferers don’t realise that these popular remedies for acne can actually do more damage to the body than good. These remedies can actually harm their body. So the end result is that they don’t get rid of acne, and the matter is compounded with more health problems.
After much research I have discovered that with changes to nutrition a person can find a cure for acne naturally. This will be the subject of another article on how to get rid of acne. Here is my research on what common acne treatments are doing to an acne sufferer’s body.
These include: Tetracycline, Oxytetracycline, Minocycline, Minocin, Lymecycline, Tetralysal and Erythromycin. In discussing these first of all let me make one point – treating acne with antibiotics is completely different than treating infections with antibiotics. Why is that so? Antibiotics kill of the bad bacteria as well as the good bacteria. In the cases of serious infections this is a calculated risk. However, some doctors will prescribe a course of probiotics in order to restore the normal flora of the gut. This is because antibiotics will destroy the good and bad bacteria in the gut. An acne sufferer needs good bacteria in the gut in order treat acne.
The gut contains a balance of yeast and good bacteria. This is essential to keeping acne at bay. When a person destroys the good bacteria an increase is an increase in yeast. When a person also has diet with a high sugar intake, this will cause the yeast to thrive. What a person has done is to create the perfect environment for problems like thrush, fatigue, cystitis, increased anxiety, mood swings, bloating and PMT. So rather than a remedy for acne, the antibiotics have destroyed the body’s internal balance and made it even more difficult to treat acne.
That is not all, treating acne using antibiotics can cause the following conditions – loss of appetite, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, headaches, sore mouths and dried out skin.
Unfortunately doctors around the world are fully aware of the dangers of prolonged use of antibiotics, however they are still using them to get rid of acne. So they are a long way from finding a natural acne cure. Antibiotics are not needed to get rid of acne and to get clear skin.
Vitamin A Based Medicine
The most popular vitamin A based medicine is Roaccutane. While this can offer some acne sufferers short-term relief from acne, it is just that – short term. It will probably not help you get rid of acne. A person needs to consider the damage that this will do to the body in the meantime. Did you know that this drug is so dangerous that a doctor needs a special licence to use it? If you read the consumer medicine information on Roaccutane you will see that there is a high chance it will damage the liver. The liver is necessary for proper body function and you can’t get rid of acne naturally if the liver is not functioning properly. So again we have to ask the question: If this medicine is so dangerous that a medical practitioner needs a special licence for it, and if they know that it can damage the liver, then why is Roaccutane being prescribed to thousands of people? Is it because they do not understand the root causes of acne and are simply relying on drugs? The result of this is that many teenagers using this are developing poor health, which will stay with them into adulthood. Recently in an inquest into the tragic suicide of a teenager in the United Kingdom Roaccutane was mentioned as a contributing factor to the teenagers depression.
Birth Control Pills
Birth control pills are effective as contraceptives, they are not acne cure pills. They work by stabilizing the hormones. So when a doctor prescribes birth control pills to get rid of acne this makes people believe that acne is a hormone problem. This could not be further from the truth. After much research I have been able to prove that acne can be treated by proper nutrition and that by simply making changes to your diet, you can control the production of hormones. This avoids any risks and side effects that are associated with the use of the contraceptive pill. Common sense dictates that it is much better to balance your hormones naturally rather than resort of harmful hormone pills. If hormones are the root of a person’s acne problem, then by balancing hormones naturally a person will cure his acne as well as getting clear skin naturally.
A person also has to remember that the contraceptive pill also is fraught with side effects. These include high blood pressure, blood clots and strokes. Prolonged use of birth control pills have also been linked to breast cancer, weight gain and even heart attacks. Acne sufferers have another matter to take into account: long term use of this will also kill off your good bacteria, thus making it doubly difficult to get rid of acne.