I have had similar problems to you. Aside from suffering from acne since age 11 I also had similar skin problems come up that were not acne. A couple years ago I had a number of bouts with strep throat..a week after the third bout my skin erupted in what the doctor told me was chicken pox (although I had had it when I was little). I had suspicions that it wasn't chicken pox at all as the spots weren't even itchy and they took ages to go away. I think that my body was reacting to all the antibiotics I was given. Here are the things that I have found to have been helping me with both my skin conditions:
-bowel cleansing with Bentonite
and psyllium shakes ( for info on this just go to the "cleansing" button on the curezone homepage.
-I have not tried liver cleansing yet but I will try it soon. I've heard a lot of great responses to it..especially in people with skin problems.
-I take Grapefruit Seed Extract which is a great anti-bacterial properties. I usually take 10 drops in water twice daily. Oregano Oil is also very good in similar ways (perhaps even better than GSE..I'm not sure)
-I am currently using a lot of "liver strengthening" herbs and foods and these seem to be helping in keeping the acne at bay. I think that they would be good for your condition too. The best place to read about liver strengthening is at www.sensiblehealth.com. The lady who runs this site is very knowledgeable and has herself suffered from many problems associated with the liver (including acne)
-I have also started on a simple cleanse program that supports both liver, kidney,skin cleansing and bowel cleansing. It's called CleanseSmart and I think you can find it at any healthfood store. It is very simple..just two capsules in the morning and two in the evening.
Here is a list of some liver supporting herbs and foods that I found on another site for liver support in AIDS patients:
Soy Beans contain lecithin which helps the liver break down fats and helps reduce high cholesterol levels; lecithin also helps maintain healthy membranes around liver cells.
Cayenne Pepper contains many phytochemicals including beta-carotene and lutein and is rich in certain B vitamins as well as vitamins C and E. It also aids in digestion.
Lemon is a bitter, acidic food which is helpful for general cleansing of the body.
Walnuts are a source of arginine which helps the liver detoxify ammonia, a waste product in the body; they are also a rich source of glutathione and omega-3 fatty acids.
Wheatgerm has arginine and essential fatty acids.
Caraway Seeds contain many flavanoids and carotenoids which act as antioxidants. Caraway is helpful in liver and gallbladder disease and helps produce glutathione in the body.
Beets: contain antioxidants such as beta-carotene, other carotenoids and healing flavonoids. Antioxidants help to limit the damage caused by free radicals, thus they have a healing and cleansing effect on the liver.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) falls into both the food and medicinal plant category. As a seasoning, turmeric is used a lot in Indian food. This substance helps to protect the liver against damage, fights inflammation and oxidation, aids in digestion by stimulating bile flow and supports liver detoxification. Try adding it to your favorite chicken and rice dishes.
Caution: Long-term use may cause gastrointestinal disturbances.
Typical dose: As a tea, use 1 teaspoon of dried root to 1 cup water, simmer and take 3 cups/day. Incorporate into diet as a seasoning.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is used in cooking and as a medicinal herb. It contains 8 liver-protecting compounds. It aids digestion by stimulating bile flow and contains more than 12 antioxidant compounds.
Caution: Ginger is not recommended for people taking anticoagulants, avoid taking if stomach is overstimulated and take in moderation during early pregnancy.
Typical dose: Use in cooking. To prepare a tea, add 1–2 slices of fresh ginger to 1 cup of water and simmer.
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is considered both a food and a medicinal herb. As a food, dandelion leaves are eaten as a vegetable and are usually added to salads or cooked like spinach. Dandelion root is used as an herb to help stimulate bile flow and help improve the symptoms of various liver diseases, including hepatitis.
Caution: Avoid if you suffer from biliary ailments or are low in pota-ssium. This herb may lower blood sugar levels.
Typical dose: 3 cups of tea per day. To prepare tea, add 1 teaspoon of dried dandelion root to 1 cup of water and simmer. Dandelion leaves are delicious as a vegetable.
Burdock (Arctium lappa) root can be added to soups and stews. Burdock acts as a powerful antioxidant and as a blood purifier. It is also good for gastrointestinal problems and can help to restore liver and gallbladder function.
Caution: Avoid using if allergic to ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds and daisies. Large amounts may cause hypoglycemia. If taking insulin, consult your doctor before using because your insulin dosage may require adjustment. Do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding.
Typical dose: 3 cups of tea per day. Add 1 teaspoon of dried root to 1 cup of water and simmer. Use in cooking.
The following is a list of herbs that are used as medicinal plants only:
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) root is an herb that can help to reduce injury to the liver cells. It has been used in the treatment of cirrhosis and chronic hepatitis. Studies have shown that it can reduce liver enzymes and improve the symptoms of chronic hepatitis.
Caution: Licorice root can increase blood pressure if taken in large doses. If you have high blood pressure, do not take more than 3 cups of licorice tea per day and avoid taking licorice extracts in liquid, capsule or pill forms. Also, avoid licorice if you are pregnant, have heart disease or take medications for heart disease.
Typical dose: 3 cups of tea per day. To prepare tea add 1 teaspoon of dried licorice root to 1 cup of water and simmer.
Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) seeds are used as a medicinal herb only. They help to stabilize cell membranes and limit the number of poisons that enter the cell. Milk thistle also acts as an antioxidant, helps to repair liver cells and helps the liver to make new cells. It can be used in either tea or capsule form. When purchasing capsules, make sure they are standardized to 80% silymarin.
Caution: Avoid using if suffering from breast, uterine or ovarian cancer; endometriosis or uterine fibroids. Avoid using when pregnant and/or lactating. Milk thistle may cause an allergic reaction in people sensitive to ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds and daisies.
Typical dose: If taking capsules, 400–800mg/day. If taking as a tea, drink 1 cup per day or as directed by your healthcare provider. To make tea, use 1 teaspoon of crushed seeds to 1 cup of water and simmer.
Schisandra (Schisandra chinensis) has been used for liver protection. It may help to lower liver enzyme levels and improve the symptoms of chronic viral hepatitis.
Caution: Schisandra may make symptoms of peptic ulcer disease or reflux disease worse.
Typical dose: 3 cups of schisandra tea per day. To prepare tea, add 1 teaspoon of dried berries to 1 cup of water and simmer. Herbal extracts should be standardized to 20mg lignan content.
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I hope this is not too much information at once! In short, it seems that the cleansing of the liver and bowel are very important in treating skin conditions. I am currently trying to reverse years of suspected liver damage caused by anti-biotics and birth control pills (luckily you don't have to worry about that last part..hehe :)
I hope that this will help you on your journey to healing!
peace, love and empathy,