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Hormonal Skin Problems

 

Female hormonal acne

For a number of reasons, the sebaceous (oil) glands at the base of the hair follicles in the skin can become blocked, resulting in acne – an unsightly skin disorder that includes pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, and, if the oil glands become inflamed, pustules and cysts.

The most common form, Acne vulgaris, affects the areas of the body with high concentrations of sebaceous glands: the face, neck, upper chest, shoulders, and upper back. A tendancy toward acne may be heriditary and the condition is linked to hormonal activity – some women are prone to outbreaks in the days before their periods, for example, and outbreaks commonly occur at puberty, affecting as many as seven out of ten adolescents.

Each case is obviously different and a holistic approach is essential. The aim would be to find the right holistic stimulus to prod the body’s natural ability to heal and balance itself. A constitutional homeopathic remedy will be selected and prescribed.

Diet will be reviewed and supplements may be recommended. If stress is a major factor this will be addressed and appropriate stress reduction techniques will be recommended.

It obviously makes sense in “hormonal skin problems” to treat the whole person than just the end result on the skin. The endocrine (hormonal) system of the body is similar to a sophisticated orchestra and can easily stop playing in harmony. The ethos of my approach is always to try and persuade that “orchestra” to get back to playing in harmony. For this some from of an holistic stimulus to the whole organism will be used.

Testimonials

Stephanie, Teddington

We came to see Dr Downing when our son Matthew was seriously unwell aged 10 with an unspecified post viral fatigue syndrome. Our GP had not been able to reassure us or provide us with anything other than advice to rest and it would pass. We were desperate when Matthew was unable to get out of bed and seemed to be going downhill. Dr Downing reacted immediately with a series of blood tests and vitamin infusions . It took two sessions but Matthew stabilised and started to eat and drink. Over the next two months, his condition improved and he was able to go back to school. It has been nearly three years since those dark months and Matthew has grown into a very tall, handsome 14 year old who has not been ill once - not even a cold!.

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