Acne tends to occur mainly at puberty. It tends to appear mostly on the face, but the neck, chest and back can be secondary sites.
What a mix!
Puberty is a very self aware time as hormonal changes herald the maturation from childhood to adulthood. This is a time when there is a strong desire to let parental advice and nurturing fade as peers take on more importance. It’s a time of questioning parental, societal, cultural, etc values and trying to work it out for yourself. Finding your own place within your peer group is very personal.
However, presenting your acne ridden face to an insecure peer group, who may also be struggling to find themselves, is not going to increase your confidence.
And so help is sought.
The first place that is normally considered is hygiene. However, most teenagers with acne already have reasonable hygiene in place. That is rarely the issue.
The family doctor is next on the list of help sought. With the long list of acne drugs available, they will select their favourites, for whatever reason. However, drugs invariably have side effects, so you need to check them out, as well as the likely interference with any other drug you’re taking. Drugs.com is a great place to check both of these issues out.
Causes of Acne
It’s important to understand, that drugs never deal with the cause. They only ever suppress the symptoms. This is not in your long term best interest. Although most doctors take the Hippocratic oath of ‘doing no harm’ at graduation, it seems this is forgotten in the next breath.
The main cause of acne is too much fat in the diet. Animal fat is the most problematic, including butter, cheese, milk, meat fat, etc. Neal Barnard MD, who is passionate about healing ourselves through diet (unusual for an MD, which is why I admire him) recommends this book on how to help your skin.
Other problematic fats are the oils and fried foods, even the ones that are considered healthy, such as olive oil and coconut oil, when they are consumed in higher amounts than very little.
It can be as simple as that. Healing acne naturally can be as simple as being aware of what you put in your mouth.
The Medical Approach to Acne
Isotretinoin, often sold under the brand names of accutane or roaccutane is a favourite drug for severe acne. But the long list of official side effects is impressive. One side effect that doesn’t seem to be mentioned even on Drugs.com, but is referred to on the acne forums is type 1 diabetes.
Swapping acute acne, that probably won’t last more than a couple of years, for a serious, life long disease like type 1 diabetes seems insane. If the potential taker was warned of this, it’s unlikely anyone would take it. Sales would drop.
What if you have already taken the drug and already have type 1 diabetes?
How To Heal Acne Naturally
The first thing to do is to change your diet. The above mentioned book is a good place to start. Neal Barnard gives graphic demonstrations, in a lively, humorous manner in this video, of what the fat does to your body.
While eating healthy food is going to make a big difference to your health, it may not be the complete answer to your diabetes.
Good homeopathic treatment, which is a complete system of natural health care, is by far the most effective and fastest way to address this complicated problem.
Homeopathy is able to undo old traumas. And swapping acne for diabetes is most definitely a trauma. It may take time, depending on how long ago the drug was taken and how severe the diabetes is, for a complete healing. However, your chances of healing acne naturally and completely are high, when you seek out professional homeopathic help.