See also Rosacea, Candida

Acne, a chronic disorder of the sebaceous glands, which produces oily substances on the skin, occurs most commonly during puberty and adolescence. At this time, sex-related hormones are especially active and affect the secretions of the sebaceous glands. Hormonal imbalance can often be caused by emotional stress resulting in excessive oil secretion. Often the emotional response to one’s appearance, especially during puberty, makes the acne worse. When the system attempts to excrete toxins through the skin, it causes the oil to become dry and hard, thus clogging the pores, producing swelling, soreness and redness. We commonly find the acne sufferer eating a modern diet high in meat, deep-fried foods, concentrated starches and sugars, which overwhelm the system with toxic waste. This diet also lacks the necessary nutrients for maintenance of an adequate hormone balance. Bacterial infections are frequently associated with acne and are the direct result of picking or squeezing which irritates the skin eruptions.

Recommended Action

A change of diet is very important. Avoid strong acidic foods such as meats, sugars and refined starches. Whole grains help to correct hormonal imbalances and therefore should be eaten daily after the Cleansing Diet. They are especially useful if sprouted or soaked overnight to change their pH. Millet, buckwheat and brown rice already have a suitable pH.

Krill / Black Currant Oil (EFAs) are very important here. Many people have an inadequate balance of healthy oils in the body. This is particularly true if their ancestors consumed larger amounts of oil (such as fish, small game) than they are presently eating. If the oil that lubricates the skin becomes too waxy, it will clog the pores, resulting in acne. By increasing EFAs in the diet (with fish or hemp oil, or in the form of supplements such as borage, black currant, evening primrose oil) one can often reduce acne. Sometimes congestion in the liver or gallbladder can also prevent the body from producing the right balance of oils.

Other areas to consider are Candida or Syndrome X (fill out the questionnaires), as these issues have been found to increase the incidence of acne.

Single Herbs: Burdock root, Dandelion root, Echinacea or Sassafras (blood cleansers); Kelp, Alfalfa and Dandelion root (vitamins & minerals); Buckthorn, Turkey Rhubarb, Cascara Sagrada (bowel cleansers); Liquid Chlorophyll, Siberian Ginseng, Aloe Vera.

Nutritional Supplements: Vitamin A, B complex, Vitamin C, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc (30 – 50 mg, daily), Vitamin E, and Multivitamins and minerals.