Cystic & Hormonal Acne: Allowing your skin to heal itself
“We can ignore reality, but we cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.”
- Ayn Rand
Acne are one of the most common and most visible skin problems. On this page I will do my best in disclosing to you the "secret" of controlling and curing cystic and hormonal acne. The first thing you should realize is that Acne is a REACTION to something you are doing.
In other words, YOU have the key to curing acne. You have to learn what that key is, and you have to learn how to eliminate all of your Acne triggers, and how to heal what needs to be healed!
What group of people do you belong to?
There are generally 2 main groups of people.
If you belong to a larger group, you are one of those people who take painkillers when you get a headache or a back pain or a leg pain. When you get ear infection or throat infection or lung infection or cold or flu, you ask your doctor for Antibiotics . When you have acid reflux, you take acid blockers. When you are constipated, you ask your doctor to give you something for constipation. When you get acne, your doctor gives you Antibiotics or other medications for acne. In other words, since you were a baby, you have been conditioned to believe that every symptom you get, is just a sign that you need a medication that will quickly suppress that symptom. People who belong to this group can live their whole life in blissful ignorance about what is the real cause of their health problems, and are genuinely surprised when they are suddenly diagnosed with some chronic or severe disease, never really understand it was just a consequence of their earlier lifestyle choices.
If you belong to the smaller group of people, you believe that every symptom and every health problem you experience is there to teach you something. It is a message your body is sending to you. It might teach you that you should stress less, sleep more, or that maybe food or drinks you consumed yesterday or today were not really good for you. You learn from your own mistakes, and you have discipline and knowledge to keep yourself healthy without ever needing prescription medications. You are conscious of everything you do, you understand that every meal you take, every drink you take, every visit to a dentist, or every visit to a restaurant may have far reaching consequences on your future health.
“The truth is not for all men but only for those who seek it.”
- Ayn Rand
My research on cystic and hormonal acne led me to believe that approximately 90% of people with cystic and hormonal acne are not ready to make a major changes in their lifestyle, changes that are needed, if they really want to become free from acne. They generally belong to the larger group of people who prefer to live in blissful ignorance. So, if you are one of those 90%, you should know that this page is not created for you, it is written for the other 10% of people who are really sick and tired of treating acne topically, and are willing to invest some time and some energy in healing what needs to be healed so they actually live symptoms-free life.
So, if you are the one who belongs to the larger group, but are ready to move into the smaller group, group that values knowledge, keep reading.
Let me first answer the most important questions.
What are the underlying causes of cystic and hormonal acne? How did you get Acne? Why did you get Acne? Underlying causative factors?
Acne happen to be a natural response of our body to a specific set of circumstances, which involve inflammation, impaired liver function, impaired kidney function, impaired stomach digestion, intestinal dysbiosis, skin dysbiosis, increased intestinal permeability, proliferation of pathogenic microorganisms inside intestines.
It also a one way how allergies and food intolerances may affect our body and result if the chain reaction may get manifested on our skin. And, not only food intolerances and/or allergies. There are also other factors.
Microorganisms, like bacteria and demodex mites may also play very important role in generating some of the more severe symptoms of acne. Topical bacteria and demodex mites are a major factor in more severe cases, but impaired liver function, impaired stomach digestion, dysbiosis, allergies and food intolerances are the primary triggers that are the underlying cause of the skin inflammation.
How? Can you explain that to me ?
Once your skin has been weaken by foreign proteins that have entered your bloodstream causing inflammatory response, like for example molecules of foods or molecules of toxins created inside your intestines by pathogenic microorganisms or anything else you are allergic to or intolerant of, that is how you may develop the first symptoms of acne. After that, the next step is bacteria and parasites like mites that may take a hold inside the natural "volcanoes" and make it even harder to cure the problem, as healing of the deep volcanoes now takes not just days, but weeks or even months.
Demodex mites are the last factor, and not everyone with acne has a large colony of demodex mites infecting hair follicles on your skin.
But, without dysbiosis, increased intestinal permeability, allergies or food intolerances, bacteria and mites would have no power to infect your skin, so instead of just treating the bacteria and mites, you must also address the underlying causes, allergies and/or intolerances and also anything else that affects immunity of your skin, including but not limiting to factors like stress, depression, lifestyle, environment, sleep, emotions, etc.
How to naturally kill bacteria and calm the inflamed skin?
Before you find out what triggers your cystic acne, you may be able to at least kill some of the bacteria that is making it worse.
There is a huge number of natural anti inflammatory and antimicrobials that were of a great help to many people with acne.
The most popular and the most effective topical remedies for acne, easily available are:
1. unrefined Sea Salt dissolved in water like a face or skin wash (not more salty than sea water)
2. natural apple cider vinegar (with "mother") diluted with water, do not use it undiluted, it may burn your skin
3. live or pasteurized milk yogurt, diluted or undiluted, try both
4. Borax, dissolved in water, as a face or skin wash
5. Epsom Salts dissolved in water, as a face or skin wash
6. Cucumber juice, freshly juiced
7. Wash your skin with Colloidal Silver or Colloidal Gold
Applying one of these to your skin may result in a complete disappearance of acne, at least for a few days, few weeks or sometimes few months until you learn about your primary triggers. Yes, you can wash your face or your scalp with those remedies every day.
You can soak your skin in those remedies for several hours, if possible.
These remedies are readily available in your kitchen, or if not in your kitchen, you can get it in a local grocery store or online on Amazon.
All of those remedies are effective bacteria killers, and beside killing bad microorganisms, those remedies also are natural anti inflammatory.
Why 7 different remedies? Am I supposed to use all 7 remedies the same day ?
No. One per day!
No remedy works for every single person. If you are one of those people for who unrefined Sea Salt is of no help or even makes thing worse, you should try apple cider vinegar or live yogurt. Bacteria in live yogurt is extremely powerful antimicrobial, and helps to many people with skin infections. You are suppose to try one remedy per day, to find out if it works for you. Use the one that works the best for you.
Now, let us talk about the real problem, the elephant in the room.
Where does food intolerances and/or allergies come from?
Food intolerances and/or allergies have a lot to do with your digestion and increased intestinal permeability, also called leaky gut. There are also other ways how to develop allergies, other than increased intestinal permeability, one very common is vaccination. increased intestinal permeability is a direct consequence of dysbiosis, and dysbiosis is a direct consequence of Antibiotic use, poor diet and possibly use of other medications and other products of chemical industry. Another important factor in dysbiosis and in increased intestinal permeability is liver function. Impaired liver function is also a cause of dysbiosis and is also a consequence of dysbiosis, a consequence of Antibiotics , poor diet etc.
So, as you can see, the picture is kind of complicated, that is the main reason why so many people are struggling to understand it, and without understanding the cause, you cannot cure the problem.
I will list here all of the important underlying factors leading to acne:
- Impaired liver function
- intestinal dysbiosis (loss of intestinal microbiom, leading to skin dysbiosis)
- increased intestinal permeability, popularly called leaky gut
- Food intolerances
- impaired stomach digestion, (stomach producing too little hydrochloric acid)
So, how do I cure Acne?
You can not cure Acne without curing things leading to it, and these are: impaired liver function, dysbiosis, increased intestinal permeability, food intolerances, allergies.
Impaired liver function is the most important factor that needs to be addressed, if you suffer from cystic and hormonal acne.
Your liver is a chemical factory inside your body that regulates the metabolism of fats and all hormones.
All hormones are actually made from chemicals very similar to fats.
One of the function of your liver is to regulate the level of hormones inside your body, buy breaking down the hormones inside your blood stream and converting hormones into cholesterol acids and bile.
Another very important factor in acne is chronic intestinal dysbiosis!
Chronic intestinal dysbiosis leads to chronic skin dysbiosis.
What is chronic dysbiosis ?
There are about 1000 different species of microorganisms living inside digestive tract of a healthy human. Those microorganisms are called intestinal microbiom. Those 1000 different species have to be a in a relatively perfect balance in order for you to have a good digestion and good health. And, when one person is extremely healthy, that is usually a sign that his/her intestinal microbiom is in perfect balance.
When a part of the human microbiota, such as the skin flora, gut flora, or vaginal flora, becomes deranged, with normally dominating species underrepresented and normally outcompeted or contained species increasing to fill the void, than you have dysbiosis.
In simple terms, dysbiosis is an imbalance between normally dominating species of microorganisms and normally outcompeted species of microorganisms which usually fill the void when the numbers of the normally dominating species have been shaken.
When people start taking vaccines, antibiotics, artificial hormones, hormonal birth prevention, other medications, other products of chemical industry like pesticides, fungicides, taste enhancers , food preservatives designed to kill microorganisms, chlorinated water (chlorine is added to water in order to kill microorganisms), pasteurized and sterilized foods, etc, the final possible result of this experiment is a chronic intestinal dysbiosis. You have reached the state of chronic intestinal dysbiosis once your digestive tract is unable to naturally reestablish the perfect balance between normally dominating species and naturally outcompete normally outcompeted species.
The major consequences of chronic intestinal dysbiosis are increased intestinal permeability, food intolerances, food allergies .
In severe cases, chronic dysbiosis may lead to Ulcerative Colitis, Chronis Disease, Colon Cancer, Diverticulitis, and life threatening infections like Clostridium Dificille as well as many other diseases.
It is not my intention to write a book about dysbiosis. If you are interested to learn more about this subject, please follow the next links:
What is increased intestinal permeability ? What is leaky gut?
Healthy intestines are suppose to be partially permeable. Intestinal permeability is a term describing the control of material passing from inside the gastrointestinal tract through the cells lining the gut wall, into the rest of the body. Food that has been properly digested inside our intestines, is suppose to be absorbed by intestines and transported by bloodstream through portal vein directly into your liver. When intestines are working properly, they are absorbing only small molecules, like molecules of water, molecules of digested food like minerals, amino acids (building blocks proteins are made of), fatty acids (building blocks fats are made of) and simple sugars (building blocks complex sugars are made of).
Microorganisms, beside aiding digestion, also help keep your intestines healthy and help keep correct intestinal permeability. Once the balance between microorganisms have been destroyed beyond the ability to be spontaneously repaired, some new microorganisms may take the place previously occupied by the good ones, like fungal form of Candida albicans, and toxins produced by those "bad" microorganisms may damage intestines even more, more than they have already been damaged by, for example, antibiotics and other products of chemical industry. That is a very poor and very short story how you develop increased intestinal permeability. Books are written on this subject, if you are really interested to learn more.
Once your intestines have become highly permeable, large molecules like proteins may enter your blood stream, leading to development of a new food allergies , and you have got a perfect storm or a perfect cocktail of factors leading to cystic acne or hormonal acne. (and not only to Acne.)
So, from now on, I will not be talking much about Acne, as that is just a consequence of the other BIG 5 underlying and serious problems.
Instead, I will be talking about how to cure the BIG 6 :
1. impaired liver function
2. intestinal dysbiosis
3. increased intestinal permeability
4 food intolerances
5 allergies (both allergies to food and allergies to other environmental factors like pollen or rubber or cosmetics)
6. impaired stomach digestion, stomach producing too little hydrochloric acid
Once you have cured the impaired liver function, intestinal dysbiosis, increased intestinal permeability, food intolerances, impaired stomach digestion and allergies, acne disappears as if it has never existed.
Sometimes, elimination of just one of those is enough to make Acne disappear.
Like, sometimes, it is enough to eliminate the allergen, or to eliminate the food you are intolerant of, and Acne disappears.
There are many people who cured their Acne by eliminating milk products or gluten or wheat or alcohol or processed sugars from their diet. Or, if you are allergic to dental braces, getting rid of dental braces may be more than enough to get rid of Acne.
But, for some people, eliminating just one allergen, or one dietary trigger may not be enough, and they may need much more work.
“This power of choice means that we are not merely a product of our past or of our genes; we are not a product of how other people treat us. They unquestionably influence us, but they do not determine us. We are self-determining through our choices. If we have given away our present to the past, do we need to give away our future also?”
- Stephen R. Covey, The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness
The BIG 6 underlying problems are not only the underlying cause of Acne, they are also the underlying cause of over 90% of all modern chronic diseases, including but not limiting to: eczema, asthma, Rheumatoid Arthritis , depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, Candida, athletes foot, diabetes, ulcerative colitis, crohns disease, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, many forms of cancer, and many other health problems.
What about Genes?
Yes, your genes play a role here, and your genes are one of the reasons why you actually got acne, but you did not get Seborrheic Dermatitis or Psoriasis or Exfoliative Cheilitis, or Eczema, or Diabetes or Rheumatoid Arthritis or Asthma or Cancer or whatever else.
Or, maybe you also got some of other problems listed above.
Nevertheless, consider it a blessing you actually have a genetic predisposition for acne, cause one of the alternative health problems you may have gotten is actually a Skin Cancer or Multiple Sclerosis, or Diabetes ... and if you know anything about those diseases, you should know that having acne is a blessing in comparison.
Is it your fault you got acne?
Yes and no. You were actually programmed to get acne maybe even by your great grandmother or your mother.
If your maternal grandmother have ever taken a vaccine or an Antibiotic or an artificial hormone or any other prescription medication during her childhood or during any time before giving birth to your mother, than that was one of the reasons why you have acne today.
And if your mother have ever taken a vaccine or an Antibiotic or an artificial hormone or any other prescription medication during her childhood or during any time before giving birth to you, than that was another reasons why you have acne today.
And, none of it is your fault. You cannot go back in time and change that.
Now, if you have ever taken a vaccine or an antibiotic or an artificial hormone or any other prescription medication during your childhood or during any time before actually developing acne, that is another reasons why you may still have acne today. Even if you have never taken any prescription medication in your life, but your parents or grandparents did, that may just be enough.
And, guess what. Most of it was probably not your own fault. Even if it was, if you knew that medication you were taking will increase the chances of developing acne, still, you cannot go back in time and change your decision.
But, you can definitively learn from your mistakes. The first step in learning anything is becoming aware of your own ignorance.
If you are interested in learning how Antibiotics and Vaccines and other prescription medications affect your health, please watch my video on Allergies here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ze0UIv0_UeI
Now, I assume you have listen to my video, and you have read the newsletters, so I do not have to give you any more explanation on how people develop allergies and intolerances, or what happens with your intestinal microbiom when you repeatedly take vaccines and antibiotics, or what happens to your liver when you repeatedly take vaccines, antibiotics, artificial hormones or any other prescription medications.
Now you may still ask a question: "OK, I understand the intestines, and the liver and the antibiotics and the diet , but what does all of it have to do with my face?"
Why did I get acne on my face?
Because it was your weakest point. Some people get acne on some other part of their skin, but majority gets it on their face.
Chain breaks at the weakest point. And, there is also another reason.
We humans, we advertise our inner health on our skin, and especially on our face, our eyes, our hair, our nails our teeth, our gums, our tongue .
By having acne on your face, you are adverting: "I have problems with my internal organs." or "I am not healthy!"
There is an evolutionary advantage in advertising your health to other people. It is advantage for the whole species of humans, not an advantage for you.
If you are a man with acne, by you advertising that your are unhealthy, you prevent potential females to have sex with you, and instead they will choose to have sex with another guy, a guy that is more healthy, and more likely to give them healthy offspring.
The same is for the girls. Guys are more likely to choose to have sex and also to have offspring with a girl who have healthy skin.
On a long run, across 10,000 generations this will become an evolutionary advantage. That is why it is built into our genes. Our face and our skin and our eyes and our nails and our teeth are our dashboard where we advertise our inner health.
So, let's now cure the big 5, and by curing the big 5, lets cure the seb-derm.
Find out if foods and cosmetics you are using are your triggers.
1. Eliminate all cosmetics and all laundry detergents for at least 60 days or longer, to make sure cosmetics like toothpaste, shampoo and soap are not your triggers. Wash your hair and your body with Borax or with salty water.
Try Epsom Salts bath or Sea Salt bath. You can brush your teeth with sea salt dissolved in water or with baking soda.
2. Start the total Elimination-Rotation Diet and find out if any food is your trigger! For over 90% of people, at least one food is a trigger or cofactor, making it more likely to get acne.
The most common dietary triggers of acne are: sugar, alcohol, milk, wheat, gluten, fish, shrimps, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, soy, corn, oranges, strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, margarine, industrially processed foods, foods fried in deep oil, margarine.
4. start with coffee enemas, to help both your liver and your intestines recover
5. start regular exercises, at least try waling in nature several hours every or every second day
6. Get Betaine Hydrochloride, and start taking one pill per day. If that helps, try 2 pills. then 3 pills. Betaine Hydrochloride helps people who have impaired stomach digestion. Symptoms of impaired stomach digestion are:
- burping, having problems digesting food, bloated stomach, frequent overeating, distended stomach, stomach pain, problem digesting water etc.
7. Eliminate anything you suspect as a trigger, to see if it is a trigger.
If you are still having problems with acne after trying the steps 1-7, try the more advanced steps, 6-11
9. consider the possibility that dental metal may be a trigger factor, if you have many dental metal fillings or if your wear braces or retainers.