Using Accutane can be a daunting undertaking and seriously tax the body. This is because Accutane acts as if the entire body has acne as opposed to one particular area. For this reason, the skin all over the body can become excessively dry and peel off while one takes Accutane.
Accutane helps to normalize the functions of the hair follicle where the sebaceous glands are located. Accutane lowers the production of sebum, slows the growth of a bacterium called Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes), and reduces inflammation. The drug is praised for its ability to seemingly affect the key underlying causes of acne formation.
The same conditions can be mimicked exclusively in the area where acne is present by following a few simple steps. To mimic what Accutane does, one needs to accomplish the same beneficial things that Accutane does which are:
- Reduce excess oil secretion by the sebaceous glands
- Encourage extreme shedding of the skin
- Reduce the spread of infection
- Reduce inflammation
In the section below, I will explain how you can accomplish all three of these things with diet and a sound skin-care regimen.
Reduce excess oil secretion by the sebaceous glands
Accutane is a derivative of vitamin A. Vitamin A reduces the secretion of oil by the oil glands. However, for extensive periods of time, overuse of vitamin A can be fatal, also pregnant women should use vitamin A supplements with caution.
To achieve the benefits of Vitamin A’s oil reducing abilities, some holistic health practitioners advise taking 25,000 UI each day for a period of 2 weeks. Then reduce this dosage to 10,000 UI each day for three weeks, and then reduce the dosage to 5,000 IU each day for two weeks.
The dosage however will depend on your specific needs and how you respond to Vitamin A. These numbers are only suggestions. Keep in mind that more is not better because daily does of Vitamin A above 50000 IU can cause dizziness, blurred vision, headache and nausea.
I prefer to eat my vitamins. There is whole array of foods that will supply you with Vitamin A and beta-carotene (which is converted to vitamin A by the body) that include:
- Liver, oily fish, milk, cheese, whole eggs, carrots, sweet potato, winter squash, broccoli, Brussels spouts, collard greens, kale, spinach, pumpkin, squash, apricots, cantaloupe, peaches, nectarines, mango, and papaya. You can also drink vegetable juice.
If you will recall from earlier chapters, persons who eat fresh fruits such as mangos and papaya will experience a healing crisis where they will actually experience more pumps for a few days before their acne gets better.
Please do not let this deter you. For example, when I first used Super Colon Cleanse, which contains papaya and fiber, I experience a healing crisis.
For almost a week I had large pimples covering my entire face. Realizing that this was temporary helped me endure the makeover. A week later I received compliments on the brightness and clarity of my skin from people who had not seen me in over month.
Having acne means your body needs a healing. Be patient and allow this healing crisis, which may last only 2-3 days, to reveal a healthier more beautiful you.
Encourage extreme shedding of the skin
Using a peel is the easiest method to promote shedding of the skin. Shedding the skin is important to preventing acne because a build-up of dead skin cells can clog the pores and lead to the formation of more acne. Peels are also important because they promote rapid cell turnover, which reveals healthier skin. Additionally, since peels can go deep into the skin, they help remove old and embedded waste in the skin that causes congestion and acne.
Peels come in varying degrees, from very mild to harsh. One extreme peel is the trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peel. This peel can cost from $100 to $500 depending on the degree of the treatment, and it is only performed in a doctor’s office.
This peel, like Accutane, dries up all the impurities beneath the skin that can cause acne. Meanwhile it also causes extensive peeling of the skin. You may look horrible dur ing the week of the peel.
For instance your skin may appear burned. And, scales of dead skin will peel and hang from your face. But under no circumstances can you pull off the scaling skin, it must shed naturally.
However, this relatively short period of horror may be worth the sacrifice. The end result is that your skin looks a lot smoother and clearer afterwards. Plus, many, if not all of you acne scars may be removed by the treatment.
However, the TCA is not a save all. This peel can make your skin sensitive to the sun. Also, since this peel could cause hyperpigmentation, it is not ideal for persons with medium to dark skin pigmentation.
Remember, however, that this treatment is not a cure. Dealing with acne requires work, which is why you would need to return to have the treatment performed again in a few weeks or months if you had not decoded your acne messages.
Even persons who have taken Accutane have had to continue taking Accutane for short periods of time to treat flare- ups after their initial Accutane treatment. To cease this repletion, interpret your acne messages. This way you can avoid costly peels and drugs.
Peels that you can do yourself
In the previous chapters I outlined various inexpensive peels that you can perform yourself. I highly encourage you to do peels yourself because they are relatively inexpensive and crucial to optimal skin care.
Have you noticed that skin care professionals recommend doing peels and microdermabrasion in a series of sessions? Save yourself some money and do it yourself. Even if you cannot buy a peel, you can make one at home. Just make sure that you are consistent with the peels.
To encourage extreme shedding, you can safely use a light peel, such a papaya peel, everyday for a month. Please refer to Appendix G for a series of peels that you can inexpensively create at home.
Reduce the spread of infection
Methods for reducing the spread of infection are discussed in the Disinfecting the skin section. Please refer to this section for instruction on this topic.
One of the simplest methods by far to reduce inflammation is to drink fresh squeezed lemon juice (without any sugar added). The citric acids within the lemon have the ability to break up thick mucus within the body and remove toxins.
You can enjoy other citrus fruits such as oranges, pineapples and strawberries. But lemons have much more citric acid than fruits like the oranges.
To reap the cleansing benefits of lemons, I suggest preparing a gallon of lemon water. This is easy to make. Just squeeze about 5-6 lemons into a gallon of water and drink it all throughout the day. You can add more lemons if you please.
To ease the sourness of the juice, you can add a little (tablespoon) of honey to the gallon of the lemon water. But try first to accustom yourself to the lemon water because it’s the sourness that makes it so effective.
Drink a gallon of lemon water each day for 2-3 days to reduce inflammation. Then have a glass of lemon water daily to help keep inflammation at bay.
Also, you can use ice to reduce inflammation on the surface of the skin. This topic is covered in the Applying the ice section.