Vital Health, Inc. Provides Tips On How To Combat Cystic Acne Through Dietary Changes and Natural Remedies

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Many natural remedies and nutritional supplements are proven effective ways to treat cystic acne and the underlying health problems that are present.

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Healthy skin starts from the inside out. Cystic acne is a sign other health issues are present.

No matter what condition, disease, or health problem a person faces, the root cause can be traced back to the underlying factors the body is facing.

“The American diet, which is high in sugar, dairy and refined carbohydrate consumption, has lead to an increase in the number of people living with cystic acne. Eighty to ninety percent of teenagers suffer from acne to varying degrees. In fact, many adults who have never experienced acne as a teen are also now experiencing cystic acne,” began Barbara Griffin, NMD, CNC, Certified Gluten Practitioner and director of Vital Health, Inc.

Dr. Griffin continued, “No matter what condition, disease, or health problem a person faces, the root cause can be traced back to the underlying factors the body is facing. Healthy skin comes from the inside out which is why addressing issues such as hormone imbalances, stress, inflammation, nutritional deficiencies, and diet needs to be a focus.”

What is cystic acne?
Cystic acne is a severe form of acne that results in large, inflamed cysts and nodules that appear on the skin. Typical areas affected are the face, chest, and shoulders. It starts out much like typical acne, but builds up in the pores and causes redness, inflammation and a mini infection.

What causes cystic acne?
A number of factors contribute to cystic acne and can include: improper skin care; dietary food allergens; dairy foods, excess carbohydrate intake; hormonal changes; nutritional deficiencies; inflammation; and gut imbalances.

What are standard treatments for cystic acne?
Traditional medical treatment call for the use of a combination of topical steroid creams, antibiotics, oral contraceptives and other pharmaceuticals. These treatment options carry a long list of serious side effects.

What are natural and effective treatment alternatives Vital Health, Inc. encourages?
1. Remove dairy from the diet.
Milk is naturally full of anabolic hormones which are the same hormones body builders use to increase muscle mass and which causes cystic acne. These are mostly androgens hormones, like testosterone, and growth hormones including insulin like growth factor 1 (IGF-1). There is no such thing as hormone-free milk. (1) Eliminate dairy for a couple of weeks and see if acne improves.

2. Eat a low sugar, low carbohydrate diet.
Sugar, liquid calories and flour products all drive-up insulin and cause pimples. Sugar raises insulin levels, which promotes the production of Dihydrotestosterone and inflammation in general. (2) Try incorporating more vegetables that contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Certain foods have been linked to improvements in many of the underlying causes of acne. These foods include: fish oil; turmeric; ginger; green tea; nuts; dark purple and red foods such as berries, green foods like dark green leafy vegetables, and omega 3-eggs.

3. Remove food allergens.
Food allergies can contribute to acne with gluten, dairy, yeast and eggs as being the most common culprits. If someone is allergic or sensitive to a particular food and it is consumed, it creates an immune reaction starting in the gut. The body’s response can cause increased skin redness and inflammation and GI symptoms.

4. Address nutritional deficiencies.
Several nutritional deficiencies promote acne. Dr. Griffin recommends the following nutritional supplements.
a. ProVitality Evening Primrose can help to reduce inflammation and boost immunity.
b. Probiotics, such as lactobacillus, can improve cystic acne. They also are beneficial for maintaining gut health.
c. B vitamins, specifically B2, B5, B6 all help to balance the body and alleviate acne. B3 gel containing 4% of the niacinamide form applied topically alleviates acne.
d. Vitamin E is an adjunct in acne treatment due to its ability to enhance the function of Vitamin A and Selenium.
e. Folic Acid improves skin condition of cystic acne patients.
f. Omega-3 oil helps to address inflammation and acne.
g. Superoxidismutase which addresses the liver detoxification pathways.

5. Hormonal imbalances can cause cystic acne.
The largest factor affecting hormones is the glycemic load of the diet. This refers to how quickly the food increases the blood sugar and insulin levels. For women, cystic acne on the chin or along the jaw line can be a sign of underlying polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and other types of hormonal abnormalities. Left untreated, PCOS can increase the risk for infertility and diabetes. Increased Dihydrotestosterone from the glycemic load can cause male pattern baldness, hirutism, and cystic acne.

Vital Health, Inc. and New Vitality Health Foods, Inc. carry a complete selection of nutrition supplements that can assist in the treatment of cystic acne. It is recommended that clients consult their physician before beginning any nutritional supplement regimen.

Vital Health, Inc. recommends consulting your physician before starting any new supplement regime.

Sources:
(1) http://drhyman.com/blog/2010/05/19/how-to-get-rid-of-acne-pimples-and-other-skin-problems-
(2) http://annmariegianni.com/9-natural-treatments-cystic-acne/

About Vital Health, Inc.:
At Vital Health, Inc. Dr. Griffin integrates a whole body approach with the intention of facilitating wellbeing and optimal health amongst her clients. Dr. Griffin’s specialties include: traditional naturopathy, nutrition, EAV Meridian Stress Assessment, Food Sensitivity Screening, Environmental Screenings, Iridology, SKASYS, Live Blood Cell Analysis as well as established integrative therapies such as Neuroemotional Therapy, Neuromodulation Technique, Cold Laser and clinician for Spectracell Laboratories, Inc. Vital Health, Inc. is located within the office complex of the Orland Park Crossing, 14225 S. 95th Avenue Suite 409, Orland Park IL, 60462. 708-226-1131. http://www.vitalhealth.org

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