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Saturday, 1 December, 2007 1:58 PM

Is Your Acne Killing You?

PITTSBURGH, PA -- With 80% of Americans suffering from acne at some point in their lives, it is no surprise that doctors and dermatologists are filling prescriptions for treatments and pharmaceutical companies are filling the shelves with treatments.

However, a recent outbreak of MRSA (a breakdown of the human body’s natural resistance to microbes) among teenagers, including the tragic death of one boy, has prompted doctors to re-evaluate the use of antibiotics for those suffering from acne.

Many afflicted by chronic acne also suffer from depression and the news that a hitherto popular method of remedy is seemingly cut-off, may well cause increasing personal misery in some, with further potential negative consequences.

Chris Gibson, bestselling author, holistic health and lifestyle coach says in his new book “Acne Free In 3 Days” that antibiotics are in fact not the savior of acne sufferers, quite the contrary they can cause many health problems and actually increase the severity of acne in some people.

“You take your teenager to the dermatologist who prescribes antibiotics,” says Gibson, “then the family doctor says he doesn’t want to over-prescribe antibiotics. With all the antibiotic-resistant ‘super-bugs’ in the news, no wonder parents – and their kids – are anxious. Just look at the numbers: An estimated 80% of teens have some acne, so imagine the volume of antibiotics being consumed! Even if only a fraction of these teens get prescriptions.”

Gibson himself was a chronic acne sufferer from his teens through to his twenties. He went through 15 years battling acne and he suffered the many pit-falls during his ordeal.

“I can speak from experience about the side effects of prolonged antibiotic use.” Gibson says today. “The digestive issues alone can create a major disruption to the balance of good bacteria in your body – the bacteria that your immune system needs to stay healthy.

Even the non-antibiotic medications are beginning to become a concern for parents and teenagers alike: Accutane have been the subject of lawsuits after being linked to heart, liver and bowel disease, as well as depression and suicide.

But when cystic acne (the most serious form of acne) sufferers are already in states of extreme depression, some bordering on suicide, what then are their options? Take drugs that might depress them further and increase the chance of suicide, or don’t take anything and still be suicidal?

Although never driven to those depths, after 15 years of being bullied and teased, disgruntled at having spent thousands of dollars on over-the-counter cures and treatments, but ultimately no better off than when he started, Gibson began what was to become years of study; pouring over medical textbooks and journals, conducting interviews with doctors and scientists, and delving into the history and case studies of fellow sufferers.

This work has culminated in Gibson finding a natural plan that rid him of his acne and continues to do so today. “When your skin has problems it means your system is taxed,” explains Gibson, “that’s why you have to attack acne with a ‘big picture’ mentality and find the right balance for you. And for people who’ve been suffering from acne for a long time, to see results in just three days is a mind-blowing experience.”

It is also reassuring to know that there is a method to combat acne that is not only totally natural, but will not lead to further health problems down the line.

About Chris Gibson

Chris Gibson is a best selling author who has been a holistic health and lifestyle coach for over 20 years. He has also written the best selling books “No More Moles, Warts, Or Skin Tags” and “Rapid Weight Loss By The Numbers.” Gibson has been featured on various TV and radio shows, including The Morning Show on the A Channel in Canada, as well as a career in film and TV. Chris’ expertise in holistic health has allowed him to write about and share research on the holistic approach to life in hitherto unexpected detail. Chris Gibson’s website can be found at

Source: News and Experts




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