Acne (also called Acne vulgaris)

Acne vulgaris

Condition Description

Existence of comedones, papules, pustules and nodules affecting the skin. Acne may have a psychological impact on any patient regardless of the severity of disease

Common Symptoms

 Whiteheads or comedones without inflammation


  • Blackheads or comedones with inflammation
  • Raised papules and pustules with obvious inflammation
  • Generally involves the face but may also involve the chest, back, or upper arms

Underlying Causes

  • Genetic predisposition
  • Hormonal causes including Polycyctic Ovarian Disease (PCOD), Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, or Hypothyroidism
  • Hidden food allergies
  • Sensitivity to facial cosmetics
  • Nutritional deficiency (primarily Vitamin A or Zinc)

Traditional Approach

  • Use of topical and as well as systemic medications
  • Topical medicines include Retin-A, Tazorac, Benzoyl peroxide, Cleocin T, or topical Erythromycin
  • Oral antibiotics like Minocycline, Tetracyclin, Erythromycine or Septra
  • Accutane for severe cases
  • Where hormone-related in women, birth control pills or Spironolactone

Our Approach

  • Topical agents as per the Traditional Approach:
  • Avoid oral antibiotics as they can cause yeast overgrowth
  • Use bacterial vaccines to build up immunity instead of using antibiotics orally
  • Look for hormonal causes like PCOD, Hypothyroidism or adrenal problems
  • Test and treat any hidden food allergies
  • Vitamin A, Zinc or Copper supplements