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Home > Acne (And Other Related Skin Issues)

Dave Foreman

Acne (And Other Related Skin Issues)

by Dave Foreman
Volume 7, Issue 4
- Repair And Recovery
- Homeopathy May Be The Relief You Are Looking For
- Antioxidants For Serious Health Concerns
- Acne (And Other Acne Related Skin Issues)
- Arrhythmias
- Using Tonics To Improve Your Health
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Herbal Pharmacist Health Update
- Smart Weight Loss Options
- Allergy Relief Alternatives
- Focus: Women's Health
- Menopause Symptom Relief
- Focus: Men's Healths
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Antioxidants for Blood Sugar Control
- Bone Health 101
- The Basics for Healthy Eyes
- Uterine Fibroids (revisited)
- Wait Before You Cut!

- Holiday Travel Tips
- Time for a Tune Up
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Energy: Who needs more?
- PCOS-Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Heavy Legs
- Stay Hydrated this Summer
- Lower Back Problems-Sciatica
- Antioxidants for Cardiovascular Health
- Prostate Health: not just an old man’s concern
- Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Fats? Good for you?
- Prostatitis
- Superfoods
- Timing your Training Supplements
- Juice Up Your Life with Superjuices
- Infant Corner-Homeopathy
- Foundational Health
- Top Toxins
- Fall Cleansing
- Heart Health
- Protein Recovery and Repair
- High Blood Pressure
- Tart Cherries
- Infant Corner: DHA
- Healthy Digestion: Is it possible?
- Holiday Gift Ideas
- Herbal Tea
- Tired, moody, can’t sleep? It might be STRESS.
- Infant Corner: Healthy Digestion
- Healthy Aging
- Breast Cancer
- Get a Jump on the Winter Cold and Flu Season
- Children's Essentials: No-Guilt Popsicles
- Infant Corner: Breastfeeding - Energize Yourself
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Hot Health Tip: Swimmer's Ear
- Infant Corner: Teething
- Understanding Homeopathy
- Green Foods Supplements
- Amino Acids
- Dry Eyes
- Infant Corner: Diaper Rash
- Blood Sugar Control
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Blood Sugar Concerns & More
- Sciatic Issues?
- Separating Myths From The Facts About Probiotics
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Infant Corner: Cradle Cap
- Swine Flu and Flu Season Worries:
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Weight Loss
- Quick Tips For Hypertension
- New Year's Resolutions
- A Natural Approach to Ear Infections
- Unraveling The Vitamin D Story
- Infant Corner: Prenatal Care
- Protein-Hype Or Hope
- Drug-Nutrient Interactions
- PMS-Something New
- Guide To Designing Your Supplement Regimen
- Why Can't I Sleep?
- Infant Corner: Developmental Support
- Hints for a Clearer Complexion
- Dental Tips
- Infant Corner
- Breast Cancer
- Healthy Aging
- Infant health corner
- Immune Support
- Secrets of Healthy Fats Revealed
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 4
- Chia seeds part II
- Healthy fats revisited
- Prostate health
- Infant health corner
- Fish oil & coq10
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 3
- Quick Tips for Women
- Bone Health
- Skin Health
- Quick Tips for Men
- Quick Fix For Allergy Sufferers
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 2
- Beauty Sleep
- Eye Health
- Weight Loss
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You
- Holiday Digestion
- Winter Dry Skin Tips
- Alzheimer's Disease
- TMJ Syndrome
- Breast Cancer Facts
- Bone Health
- Healthy Aging
- Children's Supplements
- Chia Seed the new superfood
- Understanding Chromium
- Water perhaps the most critical nutrient
- Stress! Tips to relax
- Allergy Tips
- There's A New CoQ10 In Town
- Tired? Quick tips for getting your energy level up
- Fats: Good For You?
- Flu Season
- Go Away Aches & Pains
- Oh!!My Aching Back
- Ear Infections
- How Sporty Are You
- No Bones About It
- Nattokinase
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Fiber
- Skin Cancer
- Sleep Problems
- Specific Herbs For Men
- Cleansing
- Nails
- Probiotics
- Specific Herbs for Women
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Your Breath Stinks
- Blood Pressure
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS)
- Colorectal Cancer
- Uterine Fibroid
- The Eyes Have It
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
-Putting Out the Fire
- Solving America's Energy Crisis
- Natural Gum Care
- Jazz Up Your Life with Juice
- Natural Relief for SAD
- Immunity Know-How
- Stop Smoking!!
- Let's Talk About Irregularity
- Free Radicals
- Asthma
- Memory Problems
- L-Carnitine
- Men's Health
- Women's Health
- The Four Pillars of Great Health
- Blood Sugar Control
- Probiotics
- Supplement Interactions
- Are You Consumer Smart?
- Digestive Blues
- Taking Control of Stress
- Heart Health
- Pycnogenol®
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Greens
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Happy (and Healthy) Trails to You!

Dave Foreman, RPh, ND is a pharmacist, Naturopathic Doctor, author, television commentator, radio host and practitioner of natural living and holistic approaches to better health. His weekly radio program is broadcast throughout North America. Dave is currently a contributing columnist for Pharmacy Today magazine and several other natural health publications.

Even though acne is not a life threatening condition, it obviously can be a major issue for some people. Acne has always seemed to be mostly a teenager’s problem, but in the past 10-15 years it has become a problem for people of all ages. In more severe cases, the acne becomes more like boils and can cause permanent scaring and pain. Believe it or not, treating your acne and/or boils does not have to be rocket science. My experience with this topic has yielded outstanding results for those who stick to my very simple program.

Here is my expanded protocol for handling your acne/boil issues.

Part 1 – Cleansing

Cleansing is actually divided up into two types when it comes to your acne needs. The first type is to use a more dramatic/deep cleanse. These “total” body type of cleanses work on the major systems of your body (refer to my past articles on 4 Steps to building a healthier you (step 2). Not only do these multi-system cleanses work on your bowel system, they also cleanse your skin, blood, lymphatic system, liver, kidneys, etc. They work quickly to rid the body of unwanted toxins and clean the major filters of your body. I suggest using this type of cleanse for 4 weeks to assure thorough impact. Immediately following this type of cleanse, move directly to Flor*Essence Tea. Flor*Essence is a great detoxifier/cleanse, but is gentle enough to use every day. The fact that it is a liquid makes it easy to dose for people of all ages. Back in the day, I had a gentleman use this tea with his three year old daughter who suffered from boils. Gentle daily cleansing will help support your body from developing another toxic buildup. Remember to consume plenty of purified water each day to assure yourself that you are flushing away the toxins.

Part 2 – Probiotics (friendly bacteria)

Besides using a probiotic to help with digestion, we also use them to help suppress other disease causing bacteria that may end up in our digestive tract. There are certain types of bad bacteria, which secrete toxins that can cause skin issue. Other types of bad bacteria can decrease the effectiveness of the hard work your liver does to neutralize toxins. If we don’t do anything to rid the body of these harmful bacteria, we not only open ourselves up to skin issues like acne and boils, but also to other diseases like cancer, arthritis and more. Using a probiotic is one of the ways we can help suppress or rid the body of these disease-causing bacteria. When choosing your probiotic, make sure you get one with multiple strains of bacteria.

Part 3 – Omega-3s from Fish

Omega-3s from fish and Chia seeds could be the “miracle” for skin health problems. I realize that I just made a huge statement, but until you try using Omega-3s you won’t know what you are missing. In most adults, using 3-5 grams per day will give you the added nutrition to make sure you are producing new healthy skin cells. These omega-3s can also help fight inflammation, which is another issue that affects those with acne and boils. Make sure you read the supplement information on your product. Just because the front of the product says each gel cap contains 1000mg of fish oil doesn’t mean that each capsule is 1000mg of Omega-3s. Products vary depending on the concentration and type of fish used. Add up the total amount of Omega-3s/serving on the label and divide that into the daily dose you desire. If my product says that 2 capsules contain 240mg DHA and 400mg EPA, that equals just 640mg of Omega-3s per serving (2 capsules). If I desire to take 3 grams (3000mg) of Omega-3s per day, then I would need 4 ˝ servings or 9 capsules per day. Once your acne begins to clear up, you may be able to get by with just 2-3 grams of Omega-3s per day.

Part 4 – Diet (garbage in and garbage out).

I have to laugh when I hear people say that their doctor told them that diet has no impact on acne. Diet has a huge impact on your skin. There are two primary suggestions: avoid dairy and avoid bad fats/cooking with oils. Dairy is a major contributor to acne issues. Don’t ask how, it just is. You will have to trust me on this one. The bad fats and cooking using oils like canola oil and vegetable oil will have a negative effect on your skin. There is no wiggle room here either. No cheating allowed. There are other ways to eat and cook that don’t involve dairy and these fats. Also, certain allergens like gluten can trigger acne problems. Often times, people with acne and boil issues have severe sensitivities to certain food groups-Gluten (found in wheat, barley and rye) is the most popular. If you aren’t sure what foods are causing your skin outbreaks, then stop eating these foods for a few weeks and see what happens. Or, you can have blood work done to determine what sensitivities you may have. Wouldn’t it be sad if after all these years of creams, lotions, soaps, antibiotics, etc. that you found out your skin problem was due to something you were eating. No cream, lotion, soap, drug will help if this is your issue.

Finally, this is a non-negotiable program. If you have been suffering for years with acne then you need to take the bull by the horns. Get it fully under control and then learn what you can do without causing more problems. Before I got into practicing what I preach, I learned that if I ate microwave popcorn (I hear you gasping at the thought-LOL) I would develop pimples a few days later. I played with the idea for a while and then stopped eating it completely. Of course now I realize that there were worse things in that food than I care to know now, but that is beside the point. Get your acne/boil situation under full control first, then play with what supplements and dietary choices you make later.

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