Candida Acne

The ironic thing about candida acne is that, since it is thought to be triggered by long-term use of antibiotics, it may actually be caused by products and medications which are used to treat acne. Both internal antibiotics and external antibiotic creams are often used in the treatment of regular acne, so it is possible that using either of these treatments for an extended period of time can actually exacerbate the original acne problem.

Overview

As odd as it sounds, treating acne with antibiotic ointments and internally ingested medications may not only cause acne to persist, but it can actually be made worse. Candida is a kind of yeast which occurs naturally in the body and is normally managed by good bacteria in the body so that the yeast doesn’t get out of control and cause damage.

When acne is treated by creams or ointments, the antibiotics, e.g. tetracyclines, work by eliminating bad bacteria from the body. However, the tetracyclines cannot distinguish between good and bad bacteria, so all of them get eliminated at the same time. Since the good bacteria are no longer present in sufficient quantity to manage the growth of yeasts, there often develops an over-abundance of those yeasts, resulting in a brand-new flare-up of acne.

In effect, regardless of whatever caused the acne originally, treating it with antibiotics over an extended period of time has the definite potential to end up making the problem worse, or at least making it last a much longer time, even indefinitely.

The physiology of candida acne

There are two different ways that candida can cause acne. In the first way, the well-known link between the health of your digestive system and skin problems is the avenue by which conditions develop on the skin. Candida can easily disrupt the delicate balance of micro-organisms which live and thrive in the digestive tract, where millions of such micro-organisms reside.

Very often this candida influence causes leakage from the digestive tract, which then spreads throughout the body via the bloodstream. Since there is a toxic overload that the body cannot handle, many of those toxins are simply released through the pores of the skin, where they mix with oils and other material to form acne. In this way, there can be acne flare-ups literally anywhere on the body, although the facial area is one of the most common sites. This points up the tremendous importance of maintaining good digestive tract health. Most scientists and doctors are well aware of the connection between good digestive tract health and good skin health.

The second way that candida can trigger an outbreak of acne is via an over-aggressive response from the immune system. As soon as the immune system detects an excess of candida yeast in the body, for some people it goes into overdrive and triggers a huge response which is observed as a flare-up of acne. It can incite a whole new acne outbreak, or it can make an existing one considerably worse.

Diagnosing candida acne

If your acne is due to candida, it can easily be diagnosed so that appropriate measures can be taken, and the cycle of acne perpetuation can be broken. If you suspect that your acne might be caused by candida, or even if you don’t, it’s a good idea to have your family doctor examine your skin for confirmation.

Sometimes candida acne can be diagnosed with a few simple observations by a trained medical professional, but even when visual confirmation is lacking, some tests in the doctor’s office, or in a medical laboratory, can prove or disprove it conclusively.

Treating candida acne

The conventional method for treating candida acne calls for the prescription of antifungal medications since antifungals go directly after yeast infections and outbreaks. This is usually fairly fast-acting and successful in its results. Then you may be left with the original acne, which would require a different treatment program, in order to control that as well.

A second approach to treating candida acne involves something of lifestyle change. Since candida excesses occur in the body as a result of good bacteria being unable to manage the abundance of yeast, a good way to counteract that situation is to restore a healthy colony of good bacteria in the digestive tract, and around the body in general.

The best way to do this is to adopt a healthy diet which minimizes carbohydrates, fats and sugars, and instead features more whole grains, meats, fruits and vegetables. A great boost to this process is including foods such as yogurt which have a high content of probiotics, the ‘good bacteria’ characterized in the above discussion. Although eating healthy may take a while to restore balance in your digestive tract, the infusion of probiotics is more immediate and can have a strong impact in just a few days, as it promotes the increase of good bacteria.

There is actually a third approach, which is a kind of variation on the second treatment idea and calls for a complete detoxification of the body. This is a more focused plan which aggressively attempts to rid the body of excess candida yeast, while at the same time restoring healthy levels of probiotics in the digestive tract.

This detoxification process takes about three weeks and involves a two-pronged approach. First, sugars and carbohydrates are virtually eliminated from the diet, while high protein content is included as a replacement. Then, large quantities of probiotics are also included in the diet, so as to increase their presence in the body, and allow them to do their normal job of managing yeasts, among other things.

While this may sound like a hard process to accomplish, some people who have been locked into the cycle of changing antibiotics every few months to keep treating acne that never seems to go away, are only too happy to try something which offers better prospects for success. People who have undertaken this detoxification report that lab results showing their pre- and post-levels of yeast and bacteria, can personally attest that the program does accomplish what it’s intended to and that because candida is then under control, so is their candida acne problem.