Skin problems such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, hives, rashes, dry skin, intolerance to sunlight, etc. are caused by imbalances within the body and not by a deficiency in creams, lotions, and drugs so often employed to treat these conditions. This conventional medical approach, while sometimes helpful with symptoms, does not correct underlying causes, and very often if a person stops using them, the skin problems come right back, sometimes more severely.
Acne can range from mild to severe. When severe, it can cause permanent scarring of the skin. It commonly occurs not only on the face but also on the back, neck and buttocks.
This occurs in 3 out of 4 teenagers and is also common in women.
Acne occurs when the sebaceous glands of the skin produce sebum, a fatty secretion, faster than the pores can excrete it. This along with dead cells creates a plug and blocks the opening of the pore.
One of the common underlying causes of this is an imbalance in hormones. It is during the teenage years that hormone production increases. This condition is also common in women who are supplementing hormones, like taking birth control pills or hormone replacement. While discounted by some, many people see a direct relationship to dietary indiscretions and the health of their skin.
Testing is done to determine if there are ways to help balance your hormone system using nutrients to up regulate your ability to detoxify these substances by your liver. Common nutritional deficiencies can make you unable to completely breakdown these hormones. Other lifestyle modifications are used to prevent or minimize exacerbating the acne. These can include a diet with limited refined sugars, or other foods that are found to aggravate your skin. After a lengthy questioning, specific tests are done to determine if you are missing specific co-factors that are necessary for proper organ function in your body. Balancing the biochemistry of your body is the holistic way to approach this problem.