By naturopath Margaret Jasinska
Simone is a 22 year old girl who came to see me for help in overcoming acne. She had been suffering on and off with acne ever since she was a teenager. In the last 3 months it had become much worse. Simone thought it was due to the stress caused by a painful breakup.
Simone had taken antibiotics for acne for several years as a teenager. They reduced the acne but she didn’t want to be taking antibiotics long term anymore because she knew it wasn’t healthy. She had a sensitive stomach and antibiotics always aggravate it, and sometimes they triggered a urinary tract infection.
Simone’s doctor had prescribed the oral contraceptive pill to control the acne and Simone had been on it for the past two years. The pill did reduce the acne, but Simone didn’t feel great while taking it. She felt quite depressed and suffered with headaches. She wanted a healthy and permanent solution for acne.
The pimples on Simone’s face were very large and red, and quite painful. This made her feel very self conscious, as it was difficult to cover them adequately with make up. Acne can cause significant depression, particularly for young people.
The only other health problem Simone had was with her digestion. She felt very bloated most days and the bloating got worse as the day progressed. She often experienced gas and abdominal cramps which made her extremely uncomfortable.