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Yesheen (dr.) Singh Medical Doctor View profile

Dear K



Thank you for your question. It is quite difficult for me to provide you with an accurate response with the little information you provide. There are many causes of adult acne and usualy it requires an in-depth history taking and clinical exam to ellicit the possible causes. Usually it has something to do with the balance of various forms of oestrogens within the body. I can recommend something like Saw Palmetto for example which is know to be of assistance in some cases but if it works, or does not, we will not know why without proper investigation.



You are welcome to try the Saw Palmetto - Solgar make a great product - but if you would like to discuss this further please contact me via www.healthnation.co.za to make an appointment.



Many thanks and warm regards

Yesheen Singh

Yesheen (dr.) Singh Medical Doctor View profile

Dear R



Thank you for your question. BioOil uses a base of petroleum-derived oil so I would not recommend it for anyone, let alone people with sensitive skin.



With regards to helping reduce scarring from acne there are no products that will completely rid your skin of the scars. For that you will have to experiment with dermabrasion of laser therapy with a registered therapist. IF you are looking to minimise them though then I would recommend a combination of rosehip, lavender and geranium oil in a mixture applied twice daily to the affected areas. Gentle exfoliation twice a week also helps to stimulate scar reduction. Make your own exfoliator with oatmeal, avocado and some of the oils I mentioned above. Also include a high-dose omega 3 supplement and consider ading in some MSM to help build collagen.



Many thanks and warm regards

Yesheen Singh

HealthNation

Yesheen (dr.) Singh Medical Doctor View profile

Dear Lauren



Thank you for your question. The reality is that scars are notoriously challenging to "influence" - they will usually take their own course and all you can do is try to perform damage control. Fortunately though your son is young, so his scar will more easily allow itself to be helped along.



To this regard there are a couple of pointers you should keep in mind that decrease his systemic levels of inflammatory markers, be they from the scar process itself or from something completely different like a blocked nose - they all share similar inflammatory signalling and so one can influence the other. Ensure he is cutting out as many inflammatory foods as possible - sugar, dairy, gluten, preservatives, artificial colourants and sweeteners. Secondly add in a good probiotic, usually an adult one from the fridge section of your local health shop. Probiotics not only help bowel health but keep the skin microenvironment in good running order. Thirdly introduce him to a paediatric omega 3 supplement - there are some available in liquid format and a teaspoon of this once a day will increase the availability of omega 3 in his body which can then be used as the preferred building blocks of new cell membranes instead of other "second-grade" materials that lead to anunsightly scar. Fourthly massage into the scar a good organic natural essential oil. Bio Oil is petrochemical based (horror!) and I would not advise anyone to continue applying refined petrol to their faces. Start off with a base of rosehip (3 drops in the palm of your hand) and add to it some lavender (1 drop), some marigold (1 drop) or some geranium (1 drop). Mix together and massage into his skin twice daily for as lon as it takes for the scar to whiten or to contract. Usually this can take a couple of months.



The fact that the incident occured in January will make it more challenging to alter the scar now but if you combine the systemic tips and the topical oil application then you will be hitting it in both directions with the best nature has to offer.



Best of luck, many thanks and warm regards

Yesheen Singh

HealthNation


Yesheen (dr.) Singh Medical Doctor View profile

Dear L



Please see my response to you other post regarding your son's facial scar.



Warm regards

Yesheen Singh

Felicia Rubin Pharmacist View profile

Dear Wendy,

Thank you for your question regarding Oratane 20mg & your interest in your health.

I am sure your dermatologist has explained the use over a period of 4-8 months as well as the effect should you have any existing medical problems.

However, your dosage is not high & am sure you are taking same according to your prescription.



Oratane does have side effects as do all medicines, of which dryness causes the most discomfort.

As far as long term use, the liver needs to be taken into consideration, & perhaps a liver detox, on a homeopathic level, would be most useful. (Heel Detox Kit)

Thus alcohol would not be recommended.

Further, check your cholesterol by means of a fasting Lipogramme, as the good cholesterol (HDL) maybe reduced.

,& Triglycerides increased.

Most of all, avoid prolonged exposure to UV rays or sunlight.



Best wishes

Yours in Health, Felicia Rubin (Senior Pharmacist & Integrated Health Practitioner)














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