Tuesday, June 2, 2015

What to Tell A Patient About Acne When Commonly Prescribed Treatments Don't Work!

One of the kickers about going to a doctor and getting treatment for  acne is that invariably, no matter what you are told to do or what you are prescribed, your patient will be told that the outbreak of acne must run its course.  It makes you wonder why anybody consults with a doctor to treat acne in the first place.
Antibiotics Create a Vicious Cycle
More often then not doctors prescribe antibiotic medicines to deal with the infections associated with    acne.

Tetracycline is the most widely prescribed antibiotic for acne. The usual dose prescribed is 500 mg twice a day and this is continued until the acne lesions seem to disappear.  Tetracycline must be taken on an empty stomach to be effective
Erythromycin is an antibiotic with anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce the swelling of lesion. It causes stomach upset and nausea.  Typically 250-500 mg are prescribed twice a day.
Minocycline is a derivative of tetracycline that has many side effects including dizziness, nausea, vomiting, skin discoloration and yellowing of teeth. Doctors usually prescribed 50 to 100 mg twice a day.
Doxycycline is often prescribed for people who cannot tolerate erythromycin or tetracycline. It causes significant nausea and sensitivity to the sun.  The usual dosage given to acne sufferers is 50 to 100 mg a day. 
Clindamycin is an oral antibiotic that I not prescribed that often because it can cause a serious intestinal infection called pseudomembranous colitis.  It is usually prescribed in 75 to 150 mg doses.
When reading the above you might be thinking, “All is well. The antibiotics destroy the bacteria and the pustule is healed.”  The problem is that antibiotics create an acidic condition in the body that leads to problems like candida yeast overgrowth, which in turn inflames the body and encourages breakouts.  Many antibiotics also have the side-effect of skin sensitivity, which can also trigger a break-out.
Unfortunately Western doctors are increasingly happy to prescribe antibiotics and their over-use has caused bacteria to mutate and become invulnerable to them. In addition to the fact that there are potentially dangerous side effects suffered by thousands of people every year because of our increasing reliance on antibiotics, it is important to understand that antibiotics are fairly indiscriminate killers of bacteria. They are not ‘smart’ enough to differentiate between harmful and beneficial bacteria and they will therefore kill the probiotic bacteria that populate our digestive system as well as the bacteria that cause infections. 
There is Such a Thing As Good Bacteria
Despite the fact that as humans, we are conditioned to think of bacteria as being harmful in every situation, nothing could be further from the truth and reality. In fact, your digestive system only works as well as it does because of a very delicate balance between beneficial probiotic bacteria and potentially harmful strains such as staphylococcus. Unfortunately, antibiotics will kill both varieties of bacteria and that upsets that balance because it allows more of the bad bacteria to take the place of the recently deceased ‘good’ germs.
It is believed that 80% of the effectiveness of your immune system is dictated by the presence of healthy probiotics in your gut. However you already know that a weakness in your immune system then makes it more likely that you will have an outbreak of acne if this overload if you continue to take antibiotics for your acne problem.
This is how a vicious cycle of chronic outbreaks can be provoked.  You get a cyst, you go to the doctor and you are prescribed an antibiotic. You take the antibiotic and the cyst appears to go away (or it may have gone away on its own anyway without antibiotic treatment) and then your lower intestinal health is compromised.  This, in turn, causes inflammation and provokes an immune response which ultimate also results in a new crop of pustules on your face.
Thankfully you can offer cosmetic mesotherapy and other treatments to help your patient improve thier complexion.

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