Selenium For Acne
Selenium is an important cofactor for vitamin E. Some scientific research has found that adult male acne patients have low levels of the antioxidant glutathione peroxidase, which normalizes with vitamin E and selenide treatment. Glutathione peroxidase puts a brake on inflammatory reactions throughout the body, especially in the skin. Selenides depress the parts of the immune system that cause allergic reactions, but encourages the parts of the immune system that respond to bacterial infection. There is also evidence that compounds of this essential trace mineral control the breakdown of thyroid hormones into forms that do not aggravate acne.
Organic seleniums taken from yeast are the best form for treating acne, but it should be taken with care. Taking this micronutrient at the same time as vitamin C reduces its absorption , and you should never take more that 1,000 mg a day.
The first sign that you have overdosed sis usually a garlicky breath odor. Excessive use can also cause hair loss, fatigue, irritability, and hyperreflexia or “jumpiness.” Horizontal streaking, blackening, and fragility of the nails when you take selenium-based compounds is a sure sign you are taking too much or you are taking a product that has been improperly standardized.
Both men and women with acne benefit from taking this versatile trace element with vitamin E in the form of mixed tocopherols. Taking these two nutrients together is especially important for acne that has reached the pustule stage.
Homeopathic medicine offers a number of treatments for acne. While homeopathic preparations are generally more effective than a placebo, the full benefit of homeopathy is found through interaction with a homeopathic physician who can match the symptoms of the whole person to a specific remedy. Because homeopathy treats people rather than diseases, homeopathic remedies match not only specific symptoms, but “central delusions,” the essential ways people misperceive their life issues, that lead to illness.
If you choose to try homeopathy without the assistance of a homeopathic physician, start with a single dose of the lowest strength (6C, 6X, or 12C) of the remedy matching the symptoms to be treated, and then wait for a response. If there is an improvement in symptoms, let the remedy continue to work until there is no more improvement, then take another dose. If there is no improvement, try a different potency (30X or 30C). Sometimes homeopathic medicines work for a few minutes, and sometimes they work for an entire day before another dose is needed.
Antimonium tartaricum treats acne in people who tend to get frequent infections and who are generally irritable. The specific manifestations of acne may be bluish marks that remain on the skin after pimples have cleared up, or large pustules that are tender to the touch.
Calcarea carbonica treats acne in people who have a tendency to sweat (especially in the hands and feet), are overweight, tend to become anxious when on a tight schedule, and who have cravings for sweets. For this person, acne outbreaks are frequent and coincide with other infections.
Hepar sulphuris calcareum is usually recommended for people who are sensitive to cold and who respond to cold with irritability. Skin eruptions may be sensitive to the touch and easily infected, but slow to come to a head.
Pulsatilla, sometimes labeled as silverweed, is helpful when acne is aggravated by eating too many sugary foods. The person often has a fair complexion and is inclined toward soft emotions. Homeopathic physicians often recommend it to women whose acne breaks out near menstrual periods.
Silicea (silica), a homeopathic remedy made from the most common material in the earth’s crust, relieves deep-seated acne with swollen lymph nodes and fatigue. People who benefit from this remedy are generally chilly but may wake up in the middle of the night drenched with sweat. They may have to endure deep depression stemming from deprivation in life.
Sulfur treats inflamed and itchy outbreaks of dirty-looking skin. Homeopaths tend to recommend it to patients who suffer a general lack of order and neatness in their lives.