Dr. Stoll, I am a 21 year old male with acne on my back. I've went to the dermatologist and was given tetracycline and minocycline. The tetracycline made me feel bad. After I read the potential side effects of minocycline, I totally ruled that out. I've researched your boards for some time now, but I'd prefer a direct response on this matter. I remember reading where you said something about the effectiveness of taking "essential oils." Can you tell me more why these are good and what are their side effects? Also, what company manufactures them? I am also wondering about diet. What type of diet would you recommend for someone my age with chronic back acne that may help alleviate the problem (i.e. what foods to avoid)?
Re: Acne (WHY ESSENTIAL OILS)
Posted by Walt Stoll on February 14, 1999 at 08:02:52:
In Reply to: Acne posted by Quinn on February 13, 1999 at 17:15:42:
Acne seems to be at least partially related to fat metabolism and the majority of the USA population is deficient in most of the essential oils. These oils cannot be made by our bodies and that is why they are called "essential".
Since all fat metabolism is related to these essential oils, replacing them goes a long way to help you "normalize" the fat production of your sebaceous glands (which are the ones that are involved with all acne.
Hormonal changes are related to the fat production of these glands and that hormone balance is what is upset during puberty. Those who still have hormone imbalance, to that extent, later in life need to get their hypothalamus back under control which is why it is essential for them to do SR.
Takng the essential oils is not the solution to this problem but would help almost everyone who took them since they are a "part" of the physiology.
Your health food store is likely the best place to keep up with the best manufacturers. I, persently, am using NOW's brand of "Omegas 3-6-9".