Definition of Acne:

A chronic skin disorder due to inflammation of hair follicles and sebaceous glands (secretion glands in the skin).

Topics Related to Acne

Acute, Intermittent Porphyria

...the condition
“...Additional symptoms can be loss of vision, sensitivity to light, aches and pains, acne, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, constipation, and abnormal fat metabolism...”

Adolescent Acne

...the condition
“...Most can manage their acne with over-the-counter treatments but for some, acne is more serious...”
...recommendation Vitamin E
Acne in both men and women can show improvement with vitamin E and selenium treatment.”
...recommendation Vitex / Chasteberry
“Vitex has been found to be very useful for treating teenage acne, preferably accompanied by changes in eating habits.”
...recommendation Tea Tree oil
“124 patients with mild to moderate acne in a single-blind randomized trial were given either a 5% gel of tea-tree oil or 5% benzoyl peroxide lotion...”
...recommendation Selenium
Acne in both men and women can show improvement with vitamin E and selenium treatment.”
...recommendation Ozone / Oxidative Therapy
“Ozonated olive oil used topically has a reputation for fighting acne.”
...recommendation Glycolic Acid
“Products containing Glycolic Acid have proven very effective in the treatment of acne.”
...recommendation Boric Acid
“Boric acid's anti-bacterial properties make it useful as an acne treatment, either in the form of an ointment or simply diluted with water.”
...recommendation against Bladderwrack
“Iodine in any form – including from bladderwrack and other seaweeds – can cause or aggravate acne in some people.”
...recommendation against Iodine
“Iodine in any form can cause or aggravate acne in some people.”
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Adult Acne

...the condition
Acne is the most common of all skin problems...”
...relationship to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
“Among women with resistant acne (acne not responding to conventional treatments), PCOS is very common.”
...recommendation Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
“Women with premenstrual aggravation of acne are often responsive to vitamin B6 supplementation, reflecting its role in the normal metabolism of steroid hormones...”
...recommendation Dairy Products Avoidance
“...Jerome K. Fisher conducted a clinical study of 1,088 teenage patients over 10 years and reported to the American Dermatological Association that milk was a principal contributor to some patients' acne.  Dr. Fisher found that their acne tapered off as their milk consumption was reduced...”
...recommendation Nutritional Yeast
“...Although there is no difference in blood glucose tolerance tests between patients with and without acne, skin biopsies revealed that the acne patients' skin glucose tolerance is significantly impaired...”
...recommendation Ozone / Oxidative Therapy
“Ozonated olive oil used topically has a reputation for fighting acne.”
...recommendation Selenium
“See the link between Adult Acne and Vitamin E.”
...recommendation Vitamin E
“...Male acne patients have significantly decreased levels of erythrocyte glutathione peroxidase, which normalizes with vitamin E and selenium treatment...”
...recommendation Vitamin A
“Vitamin A has been shown to be effective in treating acne when used at very high doses (300,000 to 400,000IU per day) for many months, but caution must be advised because vitamin A toxicity can result...”
...recommendation against Iodine
“According to James E. Fulton Jr., M.D., head of the Acne Research Institute in Newport Beach, California, "In some who are acne-prone, ... one milligram of iodine a day could be a problem...”
...recommendation Colon Cleansing
“...Bowel toxins from poor digestion or a prolonged transit time may contribute to acne.”
...recommendation Zinc
“Zinc is important in the treatment of acne.  It is involved in local hormone activation, retinol binding protein formation, wound healing, immune system activity, and tissue regeneration...”
...recommendation against Testosterone
“Adverse effects of testosterone supplementation include minor side-effects such as acne and oily skin.”
...recommendation Boric Acid
“Boric acid's anti-bacterial properties make it useful as an acne treatment, either in the form of an ointment or simply diluted with water.”
...recommendation against Bladderwrack
“Iodine in any form – including from bladderwrack and other seaweeds – can cause or aggravate acne in some people.”
...recommendation Glycolic Acid
“...Glycolic acid used topically can effectively promote skin cells to shed more quickly and has been proven to be very effective in the treatment of acne.”

Arjun a treatment
“...Externally, Arjun has been shown to have positive effects in the treatment of acne, blemishes, and wounds...”

Bacterial Dysbiosis

...the condition
“...of the normal intestinal microflora may contribute to the development of inflammatory bowel disease, spinal arthritis, other connective tissue disease and skin disorders such as psoriasis or acne.  The responsible bacterial components include toxins which can cross-react with human tissues...”

Bladderwrack a treatment
“...Bladderwrack is generally safe, though there are three potential problems with its consumption: acne, thyroid dysfunction, and heavy-metal contamination...”


...the condition
“...Seborrheic blepharitis is often associated with dandruff of the scalp or skin conditions such as acne.  Among the most common causes of blepharitis are poor eyelid hygiene, excessive oil produced by the glands in the eyelid, bacterial infection (often staphylococcal) or an allergic reaction...”


...related topic
“...Cystic acne is most common in the teenage years...”

Boils, Abscesses, Carbuncles

...the condition
“...The appearance is similar to acne pustules.  Cystic acne: A type of abscess formed when oil ducts become clogged and infected...”
...recommendation Antibiotics
“...For acne and hidradenitis suppurativa, antibiotics may be required on a long-term basis to prevent abscess formation...”

Colloidal Silver a treatment
“...Claims are made for benefits in the following conditions: Acne*, allergies, arthritis – some types*, athletes foot*, bad breath, bladder infections, cystitis*, bleeding gums, boils*, burns*, candida*, canker sores, chronic fatigue, colds, colitis*...”


...relationship to Adolescent Acne
“Bowel toxins from poor digestion or a prolonged transit time may contribute to acne.”
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DHEA a treatment
“...Caution is advised against using higher doses of DHEA (greater than 50mg) because of possible short- and long-term side-effects, including acne and increased facial hair (the primary short-term side-effects...”

Eucalyptus Blue Gum a treatment
“...headache-related; Fever: A cold compress with eucalyptus oil has a cooling effect that reduces fever; Wound healing: The oil is used to treat wounds, herpes simplex virus, skin ulcers, and acne: diluted eucalyptus oil or crushed eucalyptus leaves are applied to the affected area after washing; Dandruff: A few drops eucalyptus oil with coconut or olive oil moisturizes the hair and...”

Glycolic Acid a treatment
“...AHAs also help to unclog pores and thus decrease the tendency for acne to develop...”

High Female Testosterone Level

...the condition
“...rarely and over time, some women may experience virilization, which is increased muscle mass, redistribution of body fat, enlargement of the clitoris, deepening of the voice, male pattern baldness, acne, and/or increased perspiration...”


...the condition
“...If it occurs either with or without acne after hormone use, it is a sign of elevated DHEA or testosterone levels...”

Hormone Imbalance

...the condition
“...Some of the symptoms specific to women include: Heavy or irregular periods; Hirsutism (excessive body hair); Acne; Darkening of skin (specifically along the neck, in the groin and under the breasts); Skin tags; Vaginal dryness; Vaginal atrophy; Pain during sex; Night sweats; Hot flashes – experienced by...”

Hydrochloric Acid Deficiency

...the condition
“...use of stomach-acid-reducing medication; Being over the age of 65; Chronic health conditions often associated with hydrochloric acid deficiency include: Asthma; Allergies; Thyroid problems; Acne; Eczema; Lupus; Psoriasis; Gastritis; Osteoporosis; The most common signs and symptoms of HCl deficiency include: Bloating; Nausea and vomiting; Heartburn; Feeling full as soon as you start...”


...related topic
“...often linear mass of scar tissue, tender and frequently painful, consisting of wide, irregularly distributed bands of collagen, usually occurring after trauma, surgery, a burn, or severe acne, more common among people of African origin.”

Lavender Oil a treatment
“...Other unproven uses of lavender oil include: Insomnia, depression, menstrual pain, migraine headaches, nausea, vomiting, colic, constipation, toothache, ear infections, acne, eczema, hypertension, head lice, loss of appetite.”

Low Sex Hormone Binding Globulin

...the condition
“...Decreased SHBG levels are often seen in cases of hirsutism, acne vulgaris and the polycystic ovary syndrome...”

Maca a treatment
“...Maca can help clear acne and skin blemishes, and reduce skin sensitivity so that it is better able to withstand extremes in temperature...”

Natural Progesterone a treatment
“...A partial list includes headaches, depression, fluid retention, increased risk of birth defects and early abortion, liver dysfunction, breast tenderness, breakthrough bleeding, acne, hirsutism (hair growth), insomnia, edema, weight changes, pulmonary embolism and premenstrual-like syndrome...”

Noni a treatment
“...The noni seed oil is abundant in linoleic acid, found in products in the beauty industry, as research points to its affective properties when applied topically on the skin, i.e. anti-inflammatory, acne reduction, moisture retention properties...”

Orange Peel (Extract) a treatment
“...The extract oil works to dry out oily skin, which might prevent acne breakouts and problems...”

Osteoporosis - Osteopenia

...the condition
“...Disadvantages are androgenic effects such as hair growth, acne and voice lowering, as well as nausea, dizziness, rashes, headache, backache and nervousness...”

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

...recommendation Weight Loss
“...This results in increased levels of unbound testosterone and contributes to the acne and hair growth seen in PCOS.”
...recommendation Sugar Avoidance / Reduction
“...Prior, M.D., the increased insulin from sugar consumption stimulates androgen receptors on the outside of the ovary, causing a failure of ovulation and the typical PCOS symptoms of hirsutism and acne.”

Premenstrual Syndrome

...the condition
“...Some physical symptoms of PMS include ... Acne...”
...related topic
“...The symptoms begin about midcycle, are generally the most intense during the last seven days before menstruation and include: anger; acne; backache; bloating; fatigue; headache; sore breasts; changes in sexual desire; depression; difficulty concentrating; difficulty handling stress; irritability; tearfulness.”


...the condition
“...From diaper rash and cradle cap (in infants), through ringworm and chicken pox (children), acne and athlete's foot (teens), psoriasis and rosacea (adults), to shingles and scabies (seniors), they can affect us at different stages of life...”


...the condition
“...Rosacea used to be called "acne rosacea" but it is different from acne...”

Steroid Abuse

...the condition
“...Symptoms of steroid abuse include ... Severe acne...”

Stillingia a treatment
“...It has been used to improve chronic skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne.  Large doses can lead to rapid evacuation of the bowel and vomiting, and are not recommended...”

Tea Tree oil a treatment
“...Tea tree oil has been used in the treatment of: acne, athlete's foot, boils, burns, carbuncles, impetigo, infections of the nail bed, insect bites, ringworm, and vaginal infections...”

Tendency To Sunburn Easily

...the condition
“...A 15 to 20-minute daily walk outside (avoid the most intense times from noon to 1pm) is actually a recommended treatment for some skin conditions like acne and psoriasis...”

Test Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) a treatment
“...Even slight increases in testosterone production, caused for example by polycystic ovarian syndrome, can cause hormone imbalance and lead to conditions such as amenorrhea, infertility, acne, and hirsutism...”

Therapeutic Fasting a treatment
“...Conditions responding to fasting include: Headaches, hypoglycemia, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, acne and eczema, tinnitus, vertigo, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, cervical dysplasia, chronic neck and back pain, polymyalgia rheumatica, and many others...”

Ultraviolet Light Therapy a treatment
“...kidney disease; Chronic eczema and neurodermatitis; Chronic recurrent polyarthritis; Diabetes mellitus; Diabetic retinopathy; Keloids; Migraine; Raynaud's disease; Psoriasis; Inflammatory disease Acne; Allergic gastritis; Arthritis; Autoimmune thyroiditis; Bursitis; Boils; Mastitis; Osteomyelitis; Pancreatitis; Periodontitis; Peritonitis; Rhinitis, sinusitis; Septicemia; Diseases due to...”

Vitamin B2 Requirement

...the condition
“...Riboflavin is given for skin difficulties such as acne, dermatitis, eczema, and skin ulcers...”

Vitamin B3 Requirement

...the condition
“...depression and emotional agitation, irritability, apathy, confusion, nervousness, hallucinations, headaches, memory loss, insomnia, muscle weakness, deterioration of amino acid utilization, acne, increased serum cholesterol...”

Vitamin E a treatment
“...These successes include the treatment of plantar warts (warts on the bottom of the feet growing inward), scars from acne, chicken pox and burns, and the stretch marks of pregnancy...”

Vitex / Chasteberry a treatment
“...Herbalists have used vitex with much success in treating teenage acne.  Well-known herbalist and author, Christopher Hobbs, finds vitex very useful for treating teenage acne, preferably accompanied by changes in eating habits...”

Yeast / Candida Infection

...the condition
“...Psychological and Allergic ... Acne...”

Zinc Requirement

...the condition
“...Symptoms of deficiency include ... diverse forms of skin lesions, including eczema, psoriasis, acne...”
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