As an herbalist, specializing in the treatment of skin conditions, I am often asked: “Why go holistic?”
I see countless families in turmoil thanks to the fight against acne drugs. It usually looks like this: A teenager with chronic pimples and deep, acne cyst is “dying” to go on a strong medication like isotretinoin. The parents are opposed to the dangerous side effects. The teen, already insecure and depressed because of the acne, is now also angry with the parents. Fortunately, there is an alternative.
The number one basic patient choose holistic Dermatology is that it works! Healing your makeup from the inside is the best way to completely eradicate acne.
The second reason is that acne medications have side effects: some small and some very serious.
For severe cases of acne, I always prescribe internal herbal remedies along with botanical current products. For acne that is mild to moderate, simple botanical ingredients can create a successful protocol to completely erase the skin.
Holistic alternatives to pharmaceutical drugs
1. Pharma: Current Vitamin A derivative
Holistic approach: Cleaning with Moroccan Rhassoul clay
Vitamin A derivatives (such as retinol) dry sebum and remove the upper layers of the skin. They often cause skin side effects such as stinging, burning, redness or exfoliation. Rhassoul Clay is a wonderful alternative. It reduces the oil production without drying the skin out, leaving the skin soft and smooth. I prescribe many of my patients a mask made with Rhassoul clay and a mixture of Chinese herbs.
You can also make your own home. Simply mix a teaspoon of Rhassoul clay with warm water. If your skin is a fat, add 1/4 teaspoons of green tea leaves to the clay. For skin redness, mix in 1/4 teaspoons of chamomile tea leaves. Clean daily with one of these clay combinations.
2. Medicinal Products: antibiotics
Holistic approach: gel or cream with Tea tree
Antibiotics used to treat acne can upset stomach, dizziness and coloring of the skin. And, of course, the excessive use of antibiotics ultimately leads to resistance to antibiotics, which has become a global health problem.
The current use of tea tree reduces redness and has strong antibacterial properties. It was shown to be effective against p. Acne and Staph aureus, the two strains of bacteria associated with acne. I recommend current products with at least 5% tea tree. Make your own serum at home by combining 5% tea tree oil with 95% of a non-comedogenic oil (like Argan oil).
3. Pharma: Benzoyl hydrogen peroxide
Holistic approach: Serum or washing with green tea
Benzoyl hydrogen peroxide extinguishes the pores and reduces bacterial count by creating an environment in which bacteria cannot survive. It dries the skin and works as a peeling agent. It often leads to dryness and irritation, and in some can burn, itching, exfoliation and swelling. Current use of green tea reduces sebum production and protects against acne-causing bacteria. Its high antioxidant concentration eliminates the free radicals that lead to inflammation.
Use a green tea serum, or just add 2 tablespoons of loose green tea leaves to a cup of boiling water. Leave the tea too steep for 10 minutes and use it as a daily laundry. While you’re at it, drink one to two cups of green tea per day for general anti-inflammatory benefits!
4. Pharma: Salicylic Acid
Holistic approach: Cleaning agent or serum with willow bark
Salicylic acid is used as a topical ingredient to reduce inflammation and exfoliation of the skin. Willow Bark contains a natural source of salicylic acid. While salicylic acid actually causes skin irritation in some people, willow bark offers a gentle method of exfoliation. It is from the dead skin and accelerates the turnover of cells, accelerating the entire healing of the skin.
5. Pharmaceutical industry: Isotretinoin
Holistic approach: avoidance of milk and sugar
Oral Isotretinoin (sold under a variety of different names) is used to treat acne cyst and often causes dry lips, skin and sun sensitivity. More seriously, it has been associated with birth defects, liver disease, severe depression and thought suicide. Chinese medicine teaches that cysts and nodules that are associated with acne consist of a buildup of “mucus” and “moisture.” Ice cream, cheese and milk are a direct cause of mucus production. Sugar creates “moisture” which lays the foundation for acne cyst to develop.