Acne vulgaris is a common skin condition that appears on your face, chest and back. Pimples, zits, blemishes and spots are other terms for acne. Acne is common in adolescence because of increased hormone production during puberty.
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In the United States, 17 million adults are diagnosed with acne. It starts at the beginning of puberty--ages 12 to 13 for girls and 14 to 15 for boys--and can last into adulthood. More than 50 percent of adult women and 25 percent of adult men continue to suffer from acne.
Hormonal imbalances caused by the androgen factor of the hormone testosterone can contribute to acne. Both male and female bodies increase production of testosterone during puberty. Also, natural cycles such as menstruation, pregnancy and menopause disturb hormone balance, causing acne in women. These hormonal imbalances affect certain nutrients in your skin, and when you lack these pore-protecting nutrients, your pores become clogged. Oil and debris inflame your pores, resulting in acne.
Stress also contributes to acne because stress affects hormones. Physical or emotional strain may make your acne more severe.
Natural hormone therapy means using natural medicines, food and methods, not synthesized drugs, to regulate your body's hormone levels. Conventional hormone therapies can have side effects such as vaginal bleeding, abnormal blood clotting, gallbladder disease, pancreatitis, liver problems, headaches, depression, dizziness and pulmonary problems.
Specific natural substances that may help re-establish your normal hormone balance are soybeans, black cohosh and dong quai (angelica). The herbs dong quai and black cohosh are commercially available in pills, powders and tinctures. Soybeans and soy products are readily available, so they are easy to add to your diet. Traditionally, fenugreek, flax seed, licorice and ginseng also have been used to balance hormonal changes.
Many traditional and natural remedies have only anecdotal evidence for their effectiveness. They have not been empirically tested in the true scientific sense. Their toxicity levels and contra indications may not be fully known.
Homeopathy uses highly diluted natural substances to treat "like" diseases. Homeopathic practitioners say it can be an alternative to conventional hormone replacement therapy without the negative side effects. The remedy Sepia is used to balance hormones, as are Lycopodium, Lachesis, Nitricum, Aurum Metallicum and Belladonna. A licensed homeopathic practitioner should determine the remedy or remedy mix you should take.
Your diet is a major factor in your body's production of hormones. Eating the right foods goes a long way toward helping your body maintain proper hormonal balance. Consume more natural, unprocessed foods such as fruits and vegetable to balance your hormones and build your immune system. Remove high-sugar foods and simple carbohydrates from your diet. These foods weaken your immune system and build fat. Drink lots of water to remove toxins from your body.
The supplement colloidal silver, a solution of tiny silver particles suspended in liquid, is marketed as a treatment for a variety of health issues. According to Treatinghormonalacne.com, it has been used as a hormone replacement therapy reputed to kill bacteria and regulate hormone levels. No evidence supports the safety or effectiveness of this supplement.
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