Acne is often overlooked as a cause of significant psychological distress and poor self image. It is a complex multi-factorial condition, and each patient has a different cause for their acne, and the treatment approach will vary.
In my general practice I have found that many patients respond well to nutritional therapies for acne. Indeed, many of my patients have been spared the use of strong, restricted medications such as isotretinoin through the implementation of my natural, supplement based Skin Health or Acne Rescue treatment plan. Some patients with pigmentation from old acne, iron infusions, or melasma have also found significant improvements to their skin by including IV therapy as part of their treatment protocol.
For many women, the cause of their acne is due to a metabolic or endocrine (hormonal) condition. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is one example, and managing these conditions can also help their skin health, as well as their fertility and cardiovascular health. Interestingly, I have had a few cases where undiagnosed, unmanaged coeliac disease has been the cause for acne and poor skin health. Other causes of systemic inflammation, and medications can also contribute to acne flares. As a GP, my expertise is in thinking broadly and managing a broad variety of conditions.
For those suffering severe acne, unresponsive to other treatments, isotretinoin is still a highly effective option. I work closely with compassionate dermatologists who are highly skilled at prescribing and treating acne with this drug.
Take home message: You do not need to suffer with acne. It is a medical condition that in most cases can be treated. The benefits of treating acne extend beyond just improvements in appearance, but also to improvements in mental and physical wellbeing.