Common acne (or "acne vulgaris") is almost a rite of passage among many Western youths going through puberty. Although the cause is unknown, it is important not to confuse this condition with other forms of acne that have known causes that can be quite easily treated: summer and "tropical" acne, caused by a hot, humid climate; cystic acne, which can be treated with isotretinoin, a Vitamin A derivative; etc.
Common acne, which usually appears on the face, neck, and shoulders, is accompanied by papules (or pimples) or lesions (called "comedos") with either black centers (pustules) or nodules created by overgrowth of connective tissue. Some lesions are deep-seated and can cause scaring.
Predisposing factors known to influence acne include hereditary tendencies and disturbances in the androgen-estrogen balance. External factors can include exposure to halogens, vitamin deficiencies, exposure to certain chemicals such as tar and chlorinated hydrocarbons, etc. Acne normally begins at puberty, when the body increases secretion of androgen in both males and females, thereby increasing the size and activity of the pilosebaceous glands. In females the lesions may worsen just before menstruation. Bacteria are known to worsen existing acne, which explains the benefit some sufferers receive from antibiotic therapy.
cne is so common, that most indigenous cultures
have a specific ethnobotanical solution. We
carry several products that users have reported
as having been successful with acne. We doubt
that anyone will ever find one product that works
on everyone. But the following products have
been reported to either alleviate, if not eliminate,
acne among customers who have used them:
(1) Cansema Capsules, a
couple of acne testimonials are on this site;
(2) Acne, a traditional Brazilian
formulation in our Amazon group; (3)
H3O Hydronium solution (see our
lab notes); and (4)
Neem Tree Oil,
which is one of the most common sources of treatment for acne
on the Indian subcontinent.
On this fourth source of treatment: the neem creme, lotion, soap and internal capsules ("vegecaps") are all useful in treating acne. (See our list of skin ailments treatable with neem on the third page of our Neem Common Use Table.)
We recommend that you become familiar with neem before using it. Recommending readings include: properties and general uses of Neem; traditional uses of neem; neem testimonials which includes a recent comment from a 13 year old boy; Neem: Ancient Herb from India, which includes quotations from scientific journals on the dermatological benefits of neem; and Neem: Gift of Nature. Our liberal Money Back Guarantee applies to all these products.
Acne: Input from the Allopathic Community Acne Classifications
Note: This information is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the use of a qualified health care professional. We strongly recommend the use of a physician for the diagnostic phase of any treatment. With an accurate diagnosis in hand, we believe the consumer, at that point, has a basic, unalienable right to seek out factual information on all therapeutic approaches, both orthodox and alternative, and choose those approach(es) that are right for them. Nonetheless, a "good doctor" should be considered a requisite starting point.