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The Cause Of Acne Part Deux

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Previously, the role that diet plays in the etiology of acne was discussed. In part two, will provide some information on treatment and prevention.

As mentioned before, brewer's yeast taken daily can offer up to an 80% success rate in the remission of acne, but imagine how effective the results could be if diet is controlled as well.

For those who have recalcitrant, chronic forms of acne, there is a derivative of milk protein, called lactoferrin. Lactoferrin is also present in exocrine secretions that are commonly exposed to normal flora, such as within the fluid of tears, nasal and bronchial mucus, gastrointestinal fluids and saliva.

In patients with rosacea or acne have lower levels of lactoferrin in their tear ducts. The surface of the eye provides an inert barrier against infection, and it offers this though antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activities of  lactoferrin.

Lactoferrin also plays a protective role in the skin, providing antimicrobial action by binding free iron, thus preventing its availability necessary for microbial growth and its survival.

Moreover, the action lactoferrin has on scavenging free iron in body fluids, acts to suppress free radical-mediated damage. 

In a trial using lactoferrin on adolescents came with impressive results. The average decrease in acne lesions was 71% within one month and 95% decrease within two months respectively.

Look for a 200 milligram capsule, taken once daily.

There are different forms of acne, and for if it is the cystic form, then brewer's yeast and lactoferrin may not prove to be all that effective.

For cystic acne, the best approach is to supplement with a quality probiotic. One particular set of strains may not necessarily work as well as another, so it pays to experiment until you find the variety of probiotic strains that work with your body best.

One probiotic product that works quite well for many with cystic acne is called Dr. Ohhira's, Essential Formulas Inc., Probiotics 12 PLUS. In any event, if you have used antibiotics within the last year or two, it is imperative to take a quality probiotic for at least while.

Antibiotics allow opportunitic yeasts to crowd out beneficial bacteria, causing an elevation of androgen activity, and poor glucose management.

Finally, another important measure to prevent acne is to incorporate sufficient intake of omega-3 fatty acids, especially in the form of EPA and DHA. If you're a vegetarian, then opt to take supplemental forms of gamma linolenic acid (GLA) from borage oil.

These fatty acids, help balance prostaglandins, which are hormone-like fatty acid molecules that a play a regulatory role in inflammatory processess. 

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