Integrated Health and Wellness Can Help Acne Sufferers

Hear One Woman's Story

| January/February 1998

Adult acne sufferers can ­benefit from liver therapy

Barbara Walker washed her face for the fourth time that day. She looked up from the sink, inspecting her chin for the nasty red bumps she felt were ruining her life.

“Out, out damn spots,” she said, and even managed a smile.

This was good, because most of the time twenty-eight-year-old Barbara (name changed) was distressed by her acne. In fact, more often than not, she tried to hide from the world.

Lost hope

Barbara noticed the first signs of acne when she was in her mid-teens. She duti­fully washed her face, avoided chocolate, and applied medicated goo. But nothing worked. In fact, by the time she was eighteen, the small spots had turned into large, inflamed bumps. Her family doctor said she had a bad case of cystic acne, which causes painful, boil-like infections deep within the skin that may cause scarring. The news hit her hard—she had wanted to be a model, and her dream seemed shattered.

In her twenties, she pursued every treatment available, including steroid creams and antibiotics. Finally, she heard about the vitamin A derivative Acutane, which seemed to hold real promise for treating severe acne. She tried it and saw a difference, but when she stopped taking it, she broke out again.

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