Saturday, 1 December, 2007 1:58 PM
Is Your Acne Killing You?
-- 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
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