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Having clear, vibrant skin imparts a considerable boon to self-confidence and promotes psychological well-being. Therefore, the impact of blemishes, blackheads, and scars runs more than skin deep for the millions of people around the world affected by acne (Saitta 2011; Dreno 2007; Behnam 2013; Dunn 2011; Feton-Danou 2010; Cordain 2002; Jansen 2013).

Although acne is typically thought of as an ailment of adolescence, millions of adults are also afflicted. In fact, acne among adult females may represent an underappreciated epidemic affecting more than 50% of women aged 20 – 29 and more than 25% of those aged 40 - 49 (Preneau 2012; Collier 2008). In this population, the presence of acne may indicate underlying hormonal imbalance. Mainstream physicians, however, often fail to recognize this link (Kim, Michaels 2012; Kamangar 2012; James 2012).

Prominent misconceptions about acne, such as it being caused by poor hygiene, make it difficult for those affected to retain a positive outlook regarding the appearance of their skin. Contrary to popular belief, acne results from multiple physiological processes within the body, the causes of which are known and, most importantly, can be targeted with specific treatments and lifestyle changes (Bellew 2011; Beylot 2013; Lee 2013; Rebello 1986; Weldon 1998; Lee, Jung 2010; Dawson 2013).

That being said, combatting acne requires a comprehensive approach. Sadly, many conventional physicians fail to communicate this to their acne patients, instead simply prescribing an antibiotic or topical ointment and sending them on their way. The consequences of this approach are enormous. The over-prescription of powerful systemic antibiotics can lead to the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that are much more difficult to treat (Tzellos 2011; Luk 2013). Aside from possibly causing treatment-resistant acne, antibiotic-resistant organisms can also cause severe and potentially fatal infections (Diene 2013; Johnson 2013). 

Life Extension’s approach to clear skin is different. In this protocol, you will learn how complementing mainstream acne treatments with evidence-based natural interventions, such as zinc and lactoferrin, may improve skin appearance via multiple mechanisms. You will also learn how novel and innovative acne treatment strategies, such as light therapy, can target several specific factors that compromise skin appearance like inflammation and colonization with bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes). In addition, you will learn about emerging therapies such as hyaluronic acid injections that can help revitalize skin appearance even for those with severe acne scars.