Therapists are fearful of the “C” word. I suppose ethically to claim a cure is to imply a certain amount of ego and a lot of risks.
When we take a client from point A, bristling with pustules, papules, encapsulated milia, and other acneic anomalies, to point B with porcelain, satiny skin, do we say “they are cured” like a televangelist or do we say, “they are in a controlled remission”?
Technically, every cure is a controlled remission with the possibility that a recurrence could be the result if treatments and home prescriptives are not maintained—as long as we are not under the ground, at which point true permanency is guaranteed.
To remove the burden of acne, we must understand it fundamentally despite its many confusing varieties.
Looking at acne as a single disorder (as opposed to its medically pigeon-holed categories) will remove much of the confusion therapists are confronted with.
Acne, from the Greek word “akne” (meaning point), also known as acne Vulgaris, if full-blown over the face, back, and chest, is physically a disease where hair follicles are clogged with dead skin cells and oil from the epidermis.
This could be easily addressed by exfoliates and desincrustation formulas if the underlying genesis was not such an aggressive emotional roller coaster.
It all starts with the hypothalamus gland—currently replacing the pituitary gland as our master gland.
Think of the hypothalamus as a radio antenna receiving all signals of stress. The stress of puberty segueing into adulthood, the stress of dysfunctional relationships (onset adult acne), job-related or peer group-related stress and, the worst stress of all, subliminal stress that cannot be identified.
The hypothalamus picks up the phone and relays the stress message to the adrenal glands who become very excited and phones the testosterone hormone. He calls up the sebaceous gland in the skin and commands “pump more oil” as a defense mechanism at which point we would have excessively oily skin.
However, there is always a cuticle build-up to contend with. Dead cells stop voluntarily exfoliating and layer, many filling up the shunts of the hair follicle, impacting with sebum. Underneath, the epidermis tries to isolate this foreign impaction, creating a small granuloma or cyst-like pustule which may or may not spike into actual pus.
At some point, unable to help themselves, the person scratches or squeezes these bumps and P.acnes bacteria enters the picture, exacerbating the condition, spreading infection everywhere.
Psychologically, the stress levels will slow down as the patient sees something positive happening to their skin. Many times, their depression is very deep after having tried so many things before with little results. Now we have an internal as well as external treatment that ensures a positive result for a lifetime.
Skin health internally and topically is better able to fight back bacterial, parasitic or even viral attacks. No one needs to suffer the scourge of acne and its possible difficult-to-remove cuneiform scars.
Article sourced from DMK website