Emily Fitzgerald N.D.

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How Do We Treat Acne Differently?

What kind of acne do I have?

Sometimes, the hair, sebum, and skin cells clump together into a plug. The bacteria in the plug cause swelling. Then when the plug starts to break down, a pimple grows. Below are the stages of acne and types of pimples. Whiteheads. These are pimples that stay under the surface of the skin. Blackheads. These pimples rise to the skin’s surface and oxidation makes them black. Papules. These are small pink bumps that can be tender. Pustules. These pimples are red at the bottom and have pus on top. Nodules. These are large, painful, solid pimples that are deep in the skin. Cysts. These deep, painful, pus-filled pimples can cause scars. ​​

What causes acne?

It is a common belief that things like too much sugar, chocolate and alcohol can cause acne. While these things can contribute to the problem the cause can be much more complex, for example an imbalance of your gut microbia. An assessment by a physician will help you gain a better understanding of your specific cause.

Example of testing for acne cause - Live Blood Analysis

With a drop of blood drawn painlessly from your finger, this test can provide an amazing amount of information about your health. Live Cell Blood Analysis is simple, quick and accurate. It can identify nutrient deficiencies, gut dysbiosis, infections, immune stress and much more. It provides real time results that are viewed on a monitor and discussed together with the technician. Seeing it live exposes so much more for the patiient and means your doctor can accurately course correct your program management. Click this link for more information on our Live Blood Analysis service.

What do functional medicine doctors at CRM do differently?

A functional medicine assessment can identify the root cause and help our doctor provide a course of treatment specific to your needs. To get an idea of the depth of assessment please review the functional medicine intake form. This needs to be completed when you make your appointment. Please see the next question and answer to understand how to manage active acne while you are being treated by the physician.

What is acne?

Acne is a disease that affects the skin’s oil glands. The small holes in your skin (pores) connect to oil glands under the skin. These glands make an oily substance called sebum. The pores connect to the glands by a canal called a follicle. Inside the follicles, oil carries dead skin cells to the surface of the skin. A thin hair also grows through the follicle and out to the skin. When the follicle of a skin gland clogs up, a pimple grows. Most pimples are found on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders. Acne is not a serious health threat, but it can cause scars.

Will my acne ever go away?

Acne flare ups can disappear on their own if the body can restore balance however sometimes the body needs help to normalize and this means finding the root cause. Use of conventional physician prescibed medicines and topical treatments are temporary measures and often dont provide a long term solution to the problem. Similar to a laser treatment centre, we will find the right treatment plan for you and it is a realistic expectation that acne can be resolved. Acne scarring can also be treated with skin care programs and laser.


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