I was asked recently to contribute to an article on how to avoid teenage acne where 18 ‘skin care experts’ were asked their opinion. I found it interesting to read through this but again I see the same incorrect information being put forth, so I thought it would be helpful to address some of these points on the basis that I treat the root cause of teenage acne and do not simply remove foods out of diets and I never recommend anti-bacterial skincare products because they are simply unnecessary if the root cause is correctly addressed.
Having treated 100s of clients over the last 8 years, I hope you will find the under noted useful.
‘Teenage Acne is caused by excess oil (sebum)’ – FALSE – this was a theory put forth by doctors in the 1950s and has never been proven therefore it remains a theory. The body will produce 3 main types of spots, clogged pores (blackheads/tiny whiteheads), red spots containing no pus and red spots containing pus/liquid or blood. All these spots come in various sizes and locations. When the body produces spots that contains pus it is purging either toxins or undigested food particles out of the skin. If the body produces red spots with no pus it relates to the type of acid in your stomach. Clogged pores tend to be caused by high blood sugar levels which can be caused by various mineral imbalances. This is the reason why ‘teenage acne’ needs to be treated on an individual basis and by someone who understands the meaning behind spot types.
‘Squeezing spots spreads bacteria’ – FALSE – Any spots that contain pus should be gently emptied BUT must only be emptied when the face has been washed and fingers are clean. Empty pus filled spots using a thin sewing needle and squeezing gently with fingertips to remove pus then dab with tea tree oil. As the body is purging the spot needs to be emptied to heal, opting to leave the spot filled with pus does not benefit the skin any. The thought that teenage acne is caused by bacteria is incorrect in itself therefore to believe that emptying spots spreads acne is a myth.
‘Teenage Acne can be genetic and therefore cannot be avoided’ – FALSE – yes for some clients they have inherited an imbalance so if the parent has had acne it greatly increases the risk of the child having teenage acne. This however is not ‘genetic’ but simply mineral imbalances that are being passed down from generation to generation. Mineral imbalances can be fixed thus stopping this from passing down further. Mineral imbalances get worse as they pass down and can start to cause problems such as brain racing, fatigue, stomach problems, poor immune system and childhood problems to include tantrums and learning difficulties.
‘Hormones from dairy cause teenage acne’ – FALSE – dairy will only ever cause one type of spot caused by the body’s inability to digest lactase (milk sugar). Only 50% of my clients are dairy intolerant and even then they can use lactase enzymes to continue to eat dairy. It is NOT the hormones in milk that causes acne. This again is a theory. I have cleared skin for 100s of clients and if they are dairy intolerant I work with them to allow them to consume dairy again without the enzymes. I have never seen any proof that hormones in milk cause teenage acne this is a complete myth.
‘Stress can cause teenage acne so it is important to have a calm mind’ -TRUE – external stress can trigger teenage acne however for many clients it is not external stress that is the problem but inherited internal stress caused by mineral imbalances. Once these have been addressed acne can clear relatively quickly. Whilst some acne sufferers benefit from yoga to relax for others who have imbalances their brain cannot ‘knock off’ and brain racing is an issue that can cause them to become obsessive in their thoughts. Only by treating the root cause of these imbalances can they relax.
‘Medicated acne medication should be used to reduce oil that causes teenage acne’ – FALSE – as excess oil does not cause teenage acne the use of medicated acne medication is similar to polishing a car and fixing rust marks when the engine has moderate to severe issues. Any ‘skin care specialist’ who recommends anti-bacterial skincare products is not an acne specialist as by recommending these they believe that acne is caused by a build up of oils and by using these products are failing to address the root cause of the acne problem. If spots are not addressed correctly the health of the patient will get worse and spots will increase and change.
‘White rice, dairy, white bread and soy are the biggest acne triggers’ – FALSE – white rice cannot cause teenage acne. Dairy will cause one type of spot for some people only if they are lacking in the enzymes that are needed to digest dairy and that needs to be addressed and can be easily done by using lactase enzymes. Simply removing dairy, whilst it can stop one type of spot, is not addressing the root cause of the problem. Soy will cause spots for some clients but on this basis so will seeds, nuts, avocados and cocoa – but for some clients only and only if they have a mineral imbalance. White bread will not cause teenage acne. Food is rarely the cause of teenage acne, unless of course the diet is solely made up of junk food eaten for long periods of time. Certain foods only cause spots because there are problems with the digestive system that need to be addressed.
‘Sugar causes teenage acne’ – FALSE – sugar will only cause teenage acne if the diet is so poor that it has no nutrients to balance blood sugar. Most acne sufferers are deficient of magnesium and zinc and both are required to balance blood sugar. If sugar was the cause of teenage acne everyone who eats sugar would suffer from acne and this is not the case. We all know of people who have high sugar diets and they have great skin; thus indicating that the problem is far deeper.
A healthy diet that contains lots of fruit and vegetables will clear the skin – TRUE and FALSE – the first step for any acne sufferer if they have a poor diet is to increase the level of fruit and vegetables in their diet, erring on the side of vegetables rather than high fruit intake. If the diet is poor the skin will be oily and more inclined to be congested. A healthier diet will reduce oil and this will benefit the skin but in some cases spots can still appear. I have treated many clients over the years who have an exceptionally healthy diet, no sugar/dairy/processed foods and yet their skin was in very poor condition. If you have tried a healthy diet and spots continue to appear you need to speak to me at my clinic for further advice.
It is clear when I read what other ‘skin specialists’ have to say about teenage acne or adult acne that very few really understand spot types and what they mean and are all following the theory that all spots are caused by excess sebum. This is the greatest mistake they are all making and by so doing falling to understand what spot types mean because they are all treating acne in the same manner. This simply leads to putting acne sufferers on life long restricted diets; there is no need for a restricted diet when the root cause of acne is correctly addressed.
Treating teenage acne and adult acne needs to be done on an individual basis as in this way each sufferer can achieve good health as well as clear skin. There is no ‘one cure’ for all – a pitfall that most acne sufferers spend hours searching for.