Call them zits, pimples, or spots, these can be seen to be the worst thing in the world, and come at the worst time in life - just when teens are finding out about themselves, their changing bodies and taking an interest in potential boyfriends or girlfriends!
The physical signs of acne are obvious, and can range from just one or two at a time to a severe outbreak on the face, neck, chest and back that can result in cysts and life-long scarring. The mental, emotional and social aspects of health can be severely affected too, with acne generally being perceived as worse than it really is, and thus affecting one's confidence and self-esteem, and this can lead to depression, anxiety and other mental health issues that can last a long time.
I recently had an adult client who had a sudden onset of acne which was very unusual for her. She was very depressed about her looks and had isolated herself away for months from her studies and friends. She went down the medical path - GPs and 3 dermatologists, who all recommended Roaccutane (a very strong medication for severe cystic acne, which hers wasn't) so she took for 3 weeks until the side effects were too much to handle. In that time though, the acne worsened instead of getting better. She refused to take any more of this drug, and saw her dermatologist again, who prescribed antibiotics and a topical cream instead. Again these medications made the acne worse, and now spread to all over her chest. She was very depressed and almost suicidal.
In desperation, she contacted me to see how I could help. 2 weeks later her skin was much improved and 2 more weeks later her skin was completely clear from any acne! I knew the treatment plan would work, but was surprised how quickly it cleared!
The medical treatment from the doctors didn't work because it didn't address her causes, and didn't address her body or her unique circumstances. I treated her hole body on many different aspects of her health (physical, mental, emotional and environmental), which included dietary changes/substitutions, lifestyle improvements and some short-term nutritional supplementation to help with the healing process.
Contrary to some old research, your diet does play a role in acne, but it's not the only thing, which is why I take a holistic (whole body) approach to treating acne, or any other health condition.
This client is now no longer depressed or suicidal, has a much better diet and lifestyle, and has resumed her studies and social activities again! This is a huge turnaround in about 4 weeks!
If you know a teenager or adult with acne or other skin condition, please refer them to see me! I've personally been through it too and I know what it's like, which is why I would like to help others and avoid the issues I had with acne too.