Acne vulgaris is a common skin condition experienced by teenagers and some adults. People with acne may have any of the following:
- Scaly red skin
- White heads
Healing Acne with Natural Medicine
Naturopathic doctors believe that acne is more than just skin deep. It can be a reflection of internal inflammation in the digestive tract, the liver and the hormonal system. Diet, food sensitivities, stress, travel and other hormonal shifts can make acne symptoms worse.
At Boulder Natural Health, we address acne in a different way than conventional medical care. We view the skin as an organ of elimination. For example, when we sweat, we are allowing the body to eliminate toxins and other biochemical waste products. When our main organs of elimination–the digestive tract (bowels), the kidneys, and the respiratory tract–are congested and not working properly, the skin has to pick up the slack. When the skin gets overloaded, it can produce acne. Imbalances in the hormonal system, including elevated estrogen and testosterone, can also result in acne. Supporting the liver and helping the liver process the body’s hormones is important in healing acne.
We take an individualized approach to treating this condition. Depending on your specific symptoms, you will receive a specific naturopathic protocol including diet recommendations, lifestyle changes, and herbal, homeopathic, vitamin and/or nutrient supplementation that work together to optimize the function of elimination and heal the skin. Naturopathic medicine can successfully heal open comedones (black heads), closed comedones (white heads), oily skin, papules, pustules, acne cysts, and other skin blemishes.
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