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You might be surprised to learn that many patients who’ve visited the IBS Treatment Center have experienced or continue to experience acne. There are several things that these people have in common, but one stands out. Many have undergone long term treatment with antibiotics.

Antibiotics are not new to the treatment of acne, and they continue to be prescribed to control this pesky problem. However, their use in the treatment of acne stands out as one of the prime examples of the overuse of antibiotics.

Acne patients often take antibiotics nonstop for months at time, and it’s not unusual for antibiotics to be prescribed continuously for several years to treat acne. Of course, this has many consequences. The biggest problem with this approach is that while it treats the acne, it kills good bacteria in the digestive tract. Killing the bacteria in the digestive tract may not cause a noticeable problem at first, but over time it almost inevitably leads to poor digestive. The main reason for this is that while antibiotics kill bacteria, they do not kill yeast. And everyone is exposed to yeast. However, yeast are usually kept in check by the good bacteria.

But the fewer good bacteria that you have in your digestive tract, the less competition there is for the yeast, so they begin to take over more territory.

If you create an opportunity for yeast to flourish, then they most certainly will do just that. And what happens then? Bacteria play an important role in the digestion and fermentation of your food. Yeast doesn’t break down food as well or in the same way. Therefore one of the primary consequences of this is often the production of a lot of gas. Gas can then cause bloating and abdominal pain. An overabundance of yeast can also lead to diarrhea or constipation.

The longer you take antibiotics, the greater the chance that you will develop a yeast overgrowth in the digestive tract. However, a digestive problem may not manifest itself right away. It may take months or even years as the yeast continue to develop. In fact, digestive problem may not occur until many years after you’ve discontinued antibiotics.

Taking probiotics can be helpful, but they cannot guarantee the prevention of a yeast overgrowth, nor can they necessarily treat a yeast overgrowth. Ultimately treatment will require antifungals and a strict diet, since yeast thrive on all of our favorite sweet foods, regardless of whether or not they are processed or natural.

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Acne may be one of the most common conditions known to humans. It can be embarrassing, frustrating, and downright unfair. Fortunately, most of the time, it is also avoidable.

The Traditional View of Acne and Its Treatment 

Most people assume that getting acne is a normal part of life. But why do some people get acne when others do not? And why do certain people have such bad cases of acne? Commercial treatments for acne focus on keeping the skin clean and clearing clogged pores. This sounds reasonable, but again, why do some people have to obsessively clean their skin when others do not? And why do some people cleanse, exfoliate, deep clean and still get acne?

What’s Wrong with this Approach to Acne?
The real problem with this approach to acne is that acne develops from inside the body, not outside. The skin is an organ, and it is an organ of elimination. We eliminate waste products through our skin, just as we loose minerals when we sweat. Too many toxins inside the body can lead to inflammation in the skin resulting in clogged pores and acne. In order to treat the cause of the acne we must first remove the toxins. 

Why Do Antibiotics Help, but Only Temporarily?
The inflamed and clogged pores of acne become infected. This is what causes puss. Antibiotics may help treat this infection. Unfortunately, acne comes back when the antibiotics are discontinued because the underlying cause that leads to inflammation and clogged pores, toxins in the body, still exists. 

What Really Causes Acne? 

A majority of acne cases, as well as many other skin blemishes, are caused by food allergies. Hormone imbalances may also play a role, but are largely over-rated. Fortunately both are treatable.