Acne is caused by overactive oil glands in the skin and a build-up of oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria, leading to inflammation in pores. It could be part of a systemic condition or a red flag for underlying disease. Therefore, maintaining good skin health is an important part of your body’s overall health.
Hormones due to puberty are the number one reason for acne outbreaks, but the tendency to develop acne can also be partly genetic, stress-related, or linked to an individual’s diet. A specific form of acne known as “sports-induced acne” frequently occurs in athletes of all ages, largely due to the heat, friction and pressure against the skin from wearing sports gear such as caps or helmets.
The indications of acne on the skin range from mild cases—blackheads, whiteheads, & pimples—to severe conditions—pustules, nodules, & cysts. If left untreated, severe cases can leave unsightly scarring on the skin.
Acne can also do psychological harm. Sufferers often experience varying levels of emotional distress—depression, anxiety, insecurity, and self-isolation—that can affect personal development and relationships.
Testing and Treatment
Conventional treatments for acne include over-the-counter (OTC) face wash or topical pharmaceutical medications. These may offer short-term relief of symptoms or discomfort, but do not safeguard against future breakouts or the return of more severe symptoms. Furthermore, more intense prescription medications are often accompanied by harsh side effects (dry mouth, weight gain, digestive intolerance, etc.). These treatments also don’t take underlying dietary, emotional and hormonal or glandular imbalances into account.
Our testing and treatment protocols are rooted in the principles of holistic and Functional Medicine—your specific treatment plan will depend on the severity of symptoms, medical history and test results. We address the root causes & tackle each patient’s individual needs for the ultimate goal of complete acne elimination. These methods include the following:
• Electro Dermal Screening