Acne is a common skin condition that affects many youths and can last in to adulthood. While the short-term effects of acne can be embarrassment due to blemishes, a long-term effect may be permanent scarring which can be associated with loss of self-esteem and a negative body image.
A common treatment of acne with antiobiotics for a long time can lead to the intestinal overgrowth of the yeast Candida albicans which can make acne even worse.
Acne results when hair follicles most commonly on the face, neck, chest, back, and shoulders become blocked with oil and dead skin cells. Overproduction of oil, irregular shedding of dead skin cells resulting in an irritation of the hair follicles, and a buildup of bacteria can all lead to acne. Acne can be triggered or aggravated by: hormones, certain medications, direct skin contact with greasy or oily substances (cosmetics), family history of acne, and/or friction or pressure on the skin. Stress doesn’t generally cause acne but it can make already-existing acne worse.
A naturopathic doctor (ND) will work with each individual patient to determine the root cause of the acne, and manage prevention. A naturopathic doctor may recommend a change in diet and nutrition combined with a face-washing regimen that will help to manage and prevent outbreaks.
To prevent acne, a naturopathic doctor may recommend washing acne-prone areas only twice a day, avoiding heavy and/or oily makeups and creams, removing makeup before bed, wearing loose-fitting clothing that will not trap heat and moisture, and showering after exercising.
Description Courtesy of The Ontario Association of Naturopathic Medicine
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