It may be hard to pinpoint which came fist. Did you have recurring acne and then noticed your hair falling out, or did it happen the other way around?
Do you find you spend as much time trying to clear up your skin as you do trying to stop your hair loss? Here’s the real question, did you know you were fighting two different symptoms of the same problem?
Teenagers have acne because they are supposed to have acne. They are growing and full of excess hormones, like testosterone and DHT. These are needed to generate new growth.
In between growth spurts, the DHT pools in their bodies. It increases oil production and inflames the pore (does this sound familiar when you think about your scalp?).
The swollen, clogged pore has no hope but to erupt in acne. The cycle of growth ensures a regular stream of pooled DHT leading to regular breakouts. Growing teens are using enough DHT to make their hair fall out, because their bodies are using it so quickly, but it can cause pretty embarrassing acne.
Once the teenager grows up, they normally stop overproducing DHT and their skin clears up and they should live the rest of their lives in a hormonal balance.
You already learned in The Hair Loss Black Book how excess DHT is causing your hair to fall out because it attacks the pore. Chances are, you are also suffering from acne and it is probably as bad as or even worse than when you were a teenager.
Excess DHT is once again pooling around your hair follicles and pores. Causing the same excess oil, clogged pores, swelling, and the same embarrassing acne that it did when you were 16.
Enough is enough, right? Acne, hair loss, and the unhealthiness you always feel can all be blamed on our old friend, DHT.
My program is designed to help you stabilize the amount of DHT in your body. (If you are a man, you should have a small percentage of DHT present in your body and if you are a woman you should have none.)
In the long run, once you get control of your hormones you will become acne free as well as regrowing healthy hair. In the mean time, here is some knowledge and advice I can pass along to you to help alleviate your suffering while you journey down the path to healing.
Types Of Acne
Acne can be broken down into two categories, dermal and subdermal. Recognizing the type of acne you are treating is very important. Knowing will help you more effectively heal the wounds, shortening flare ups and reducing scarring.
1. Subdermal Acne
Subdermal acne occurs deep within the skin, typically in the areas where you have the most hair follicles such as your face, neck, back, and scalp. Even though it will become a very large, red, painful, and inflamed cyst, it is located so deep that it will rarely reach the surface.
Unfortunately, due to the largeness and swelling, subdermal acne is often likely to leave a darkened area, like scar tissue, on the surface of the skin.
Because it does not reach the surface of the skin, you cannot use traditional topical skin remedies on the outbreak. There is no cream, soap, or other product you can put on your skin to make it clear up. It comes from under the skin, so the solution must also come from under the skin.
As you guessed, cysts occur when a follicle becomes extremely flooded with DHT and the infection spreads quickly downward and outward instead of upward toward the surface of the skin.
The only true way to control cystic acne is to control DHT, but there are some things you can do to help a cysts heal up more quickly and not leave lasting scars.
- The most important tip I can give you is to NEVER pick at your acne. Don’t squeeze it, don’t poke it with a needle, and don’t try to manipulate the skin with any tools.
If you unnaturally break the surface of the skin, you are forcing more bacteria into the wound and increasing the infection. You are also forcing existing infection deeper into your skin, this will definitely cause scarring.
- Using really harsh astringents on cysts is useless because they will not sink deep enough into the skin to reach the wound. However, a warm salt water compress will help soothe inflamed skin and help blood flow more freely in the area, removing the infection.
- Take a good supplement which includes immune system boosting vitamins and minerals. You may not be able to stop a cyst from forming until you stop DHT, but you can control how infected your skin becomes and how long the infection lasts.
A stronger immune system will be able to fight the infection more quickly. It may even be able to remove the outer cystic particles and prevent a large cyst from ever forming.
The Hair Loss Black Book has a list of supplements you should include to help your body heal; these supplements will also help your skin heal.
- Finally, always remember the shorter the cyst’s lifespan (as in, the less it gets infected), the less likely you are to have severe pain and scarring. Anything you can do to improve skin health will shorten a cyst’s lifespan.
2. Dermal Acne
Dermal acne occurs on the surface and very outer layers of your skin. It can come in several different forms. Blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and even pustules are all dermal acne.
Dermal acne can happen anywhere on your body and is the acne you suffer from on your scalp. Each form is highly visible on the surface of the skin and is more susceptible to topical remedies.
Dermal acne is a result of a clogged pore. DHT greatly increases oil production. This oil mixes with dirt and germs from the surface of the skin. Sometimes it forms thick, waxy goo which fills in the pore- also called a blackhead.
When this goo clogs the pore so much that it cannot “breathe”, it begins to abscess and fill with fluid starting with the appearance of a whitehead. If left untreated, this whitehead will grow to a pimple and then a pustule.
Once again, DHT is your true foe here. You must stop the DHT to stop the acne. However, you have more direct methods of quickly healing individual outbreaks, controlling their severity, and lengthening the time between outbreaks.
- First, let me tell you the truth about an old wives’ tale. Super-strong ways to get rid of oil will NOT help your excess oil problem. Like it or not, your skin is supposed to have oil to keep it soft and protect you from the elements.
If you wash away all of the oil and moisture to get that “squeaky clean” feeling, you are going to tell your body that your skin needs lubrication. In other words, you’re going to tell you body to make MORE oil. Instead, go for a milder cleanser that removes EXCESS oil, not all oil.
- That being said, you have to keep your follicles clean. While you should use a mild cleanser, you should clean your skin at least twice a day but preferably three times per day.
The most effective time to cleanse your pore is immediately after your skin is heated (either from a shower’s steam or physical activity). This is when your pores are enlarged and can be more easily washed clean.
- On a similar note, ALWAYS wash off obvious contaminants. If you are sweaty, if you have been around pollution, or if there is actual dirt on your skin it is important that you remove it as quickly as you can.
If you are a woman and wear makeup, make sure you use a type of makeup that rests on top of your skin and does not sink into it. Also make sure you remove the makeup as soon as you can.
- Scalp acne often happens within your hair follicles which are suffering the most. These follicles have either already stopped producing hair or are producing very weak hair which cannot force oil out as it grows.
The good news is, if acne is showing up then it means the follicle is still trying to work and can be saved. The bad news is, if you don’t get the clog out of the pore and follicle you are hastening permanent hair loss.
Fortunately, the same safe scalp treatments in the Hair Loss Black Book you use to promote growth will also help you keep scalp acne to a minimum until you fix your DHT issues.
- Finally, try to always go for natural remedies instead of the commercial chemical versions. Artificial acids take too much moisture from the skin and they put the pore under duress, making it more vulnerable to DHT.
Natural acids, like lemon juice, green tea extract, white bark, and tea tree oil will help dissolve the goo clogging your poor. They will also help alleviate the swelling and remove some of the excess DHT.
Also, steam and salt water compresses are excellent ways to heal skin and something I recommend doing daily.
The Solution Is Still DHT Based
These are tips to help you. They are not long term solutions. You don’t want to treat the problem, you really want to cure it.
Once again, the solution to your acne is the same solution to your hair loss. You have to STOP the DHT.
Once you are in control of your hormones, your skin will improve. Your hair will improve. You will have more energy. You will look healthier and feel fantastic. In general, if you stop your DHT you will have found your miracle to a youthful, happier life.