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This is good information. I think I will buy a ZINC supplement and eat more meat. I already take a few other vitamins but not zinc. Also I ordered FLAX OIL capsules from http://www.vitacost.com that still havent arrived. Flax oil is known for anti inflammatory properties. Taken internally I think it really helps treat and prevent acne. Flax oil (and fish oil) help balance the oil in our modern diets. Modern diets have too much of the other types of oils.

http://www.skintactix.com/moderate_to_seve...e_treatment.htm

Biochemically Speaking, Acne Is Easy to Understand: Testosterone (an androgen hormone) targets the skin and the sebaceous glands where sebum is produced. It combines with the enzyme 5alpha-reductase to produce dihydrotestosterone, which stimulates the sebaceous glands to produce increased volumes of sebum. Sebum is expelled out into the follicular tube.

Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) and other bacteria on the skin and within the follicles produce bacterial lipases (enzymes) that move into the follicle opening and convert sebum into free fatty acids, which irritate the follicle lining. This irritation causes excessive production of cells and cellular debris, which block the follicle and trap P. acnes inside. The P. acnes inside the blocked follicle breed and produce acne infections. Infections grow and irritate and inflame the skin and macrophage cells produce histamines that cause the skin to become red, puffy and sensitive or even itchy. This causes more follicle blockage and promotes more acne infections.

Most Other Acne Products: Most acne products attempt to kill P. acnes with ingredients like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, and keep the follicles open with ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid and glycolic acid. They do not address the other issues that cause acne. Benzoyl peroxide can cause premature skin aging, slow healing and is associated with increased skin cancer risks. In 1995 the FDA issued warnings regarding the use of benzoyl peroxide and changed its status from safe to uncertain. (See the Acne Tips page for additional information on this subject.)

Skintactix Acne Products: Skintactix acne products kill P. acnes and a variety of other undesirable bacteria that produce lipases. Antibacterial agents include cinnamon extract, sage extract, turmeric extract, wild marjoram extract and small amounts of salicylic acid. The products keep follicles open with sage extract, green tea extract, calcium, minerals in pascalitic clay and small amounts of salicylic acid. Skintactix acne products block 5alpha-reductase with cinnamon extract, zinc and green tea extract, and thereby reduce dihydrotestosterone. This reduces sebum production. The products very significantly reduce bacterial lipases by removing a variety of undesirable bacteria, and thereby reduce the production of free fatty acids that promote follicle blockage. The products block the production of histamines with specific extracts from green tea and turmeric to prevent additional histamine-induced acne. Skintactix acne products address all aspects of the biochemical progression that cause acne and achieve control or a complete acne cure in over 80% of cases, including tough acne cases that have even resisted treatment with Accutane.

Skintactix's high rate of success comes from its comprehensive approach of treating the multiple causes of acne, rather that focusing on the symptom like most other over-the-counter products. The dermatologist and biochemist who develop Skintactix products have a clear understanding of the skin biochemistry involved with acne and the natural plant extracts that will correct this skin chemistry and provide an effective acne cure.

More Biochemistry: Over a period of time moderate to severe acne creates specific chemical deficiencies in the skin. In some cases these deficiencies become systemic (bodily) deficiencies and this cause acne to become chronic (perpetual). As an example, the skin requires huge amount of zinc to fight acne and to repair/heal its infections, placing a strain on skin and body zinc supply. The majority of people with moderate to severe acne develop systemic zinc deficiency based upon the severity of the acne. As a result infections tend to become larger, last longer and heal more slowly.

Skintactix acne products contain zinc to help provide the skin with an adequate supply to block new infections and promote the repair/healing of existing infections, in the forms of zinc sulfate, zinc contained in pascalitic clay and zinc contained in plant extracts. Taking a multivitamin supplement daily with 15-25mg of zinc is beneficial in replenishing the body's supply, or a 20-30mg zinc supplement daily for several weeks. Do NOT take zinc supplements if pregnant or nursing without the advise and consent on your physician. Meats, poultry and fish are main sources of dietary zinc. Vegetarians should research other sources (such as beans) or consider some form of supplementation.

Linoleic acid is a normal component of sebum. It is an "essential fatty acid" required by the body and you may be more familiar with this bio-chemical as omega oil, fish oil, flax seed oil, safflower oil, evening primrose oil, or a number of other terms. Essential fatty acids are very powerful anti-inflammatory agents and sebum made with linoleic acid is calming to the skin. Modern foods have avoided these essential oils in favor of "designer" lipids like trans-fatty acids and research has found links suggesting trans-fats may break down the body's supply of essential fatty acids. When linoleic acid is not available in the skin, the sebaceous gland produces sebum with oleic acid and this form of sebum is irritating to the skin and promotes acne. It has been suggested that oleic acid sebum is drier, firmer and more prone to cause blackheads, whiteheads and promote follicular plugs that lead to acne infections.

Skintactix acne products contain linoleic acid to ensure it is available for production of non-irritating sebum and to act as a powerful antioxidant and reduce skin inflammation. People with very dry skin and continual follicle blockage (blackheads, whiteheads and/or acne) may benefit from increasing their consumption of foods rich in linoleic acid/omega oils or taking supplements such as flax seed oil. Do NOT take flax seed supplements if pregnant or nursing. (For additional information see the Acne & Essential Fatty Acids page.)

Moderate to severe acne involves other deficiencies, usually at skin level, such as antioxidants, calcium and other minerals. Skintactix acne products contain these elements to normalize skin functions and reduce inflammation. Inhibiting Gel contains all of the elements that have become deficient as a result of long-term moderate to severe acne and this highly specialized product rebalances the skin's chemistry. Therefore it is contained in all kits for moderate to severe acne. Once acne is fully under control this product is no longer necessary to maintain control. Green Tea Poultice also contains many of these elements and is extremely effective in drawing infections out of the skin and preventing new infections

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Ok I did a search on this messageboard and here is the link:

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...lite=skintactix

I guess a few don't like it but some really love it? eusa_think.gif

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