Therapeutic Prescriptions by Vitaminx & Minerals

16. AD and pimples

AD and pimples often go in conjunction, which can be quite troublesome. When you put on ointments to treat AD, your pimples get worse, and when you try to get rid of pimples, AD gets worse.

I sometimes see patients who don’t realize that they have pimples with AD and continue to use steroidal ointments. Although pimples do not itch, the rashes that form due to AD do, and steroidal ointments are used to treat that itch. However, the Vaseline in ointments clogs up pores, which worsens acne.

In these cases, I advise patients to use a strong steroidal ointment for a short period, and once the itch stops, discontinue the use of the ointment. I then make them take mainly Vitamin B5, but also Vitamin B6, folic acid, selenium, and Vitamin E supplements. This is extremely effective, but these supplements need to be taken for at least 3 months.

 One of the causes of pimples is the overproduction of facial oil. The most important substance for the breakdown of facial oil is CoA, and the most important component of CoA is pantothenic acid, which is, in essence, Vitamin B5. When you have less CoA, the body cannot break down facial oil, which goes on the surface of the face, and as a result, clogs up the pores and makes pimples.

When conditions get worse and the pimples can get infected by bacteria (becoming “red pimples”), I sometimes give acne cream and ointments containing antibiotics, but these don’t work all the time. I sometimes also prescribe antibiotics, such as Minomycin (a type of tetracycline), that are taken orally. However, even though patients have better skin conditions while they are taking these, when they stop, the skin conditions tend to get worse again. It is harmful to use antibiotics over a long period, and thus you should try using supplements (mainly Vitamin B) first. Developing better sleeping habits may be helpful as well. When you sleep less and prolong a strained state, the amount of acne germs and facial oil secreted increases.

17. About soap

Many people ask this kind of question as well. There are many different types, and it is natural to wonder over which ones are best. These are the basic guideline for choosing soap.

The normal soaps sold at your local supermarket are most likely the safest. Whenever I say this, patients give me a strange look; they expect me to recommend some amazing soap, and I, instead, give them a rather plain answer. There is no soap that has been more tested by humans than those soaps. These are still on the shelves since although millions of people have used them, none of them have had allergic reactions to it. This fact makes the safety of these soaps apparent. However, how many people have used soaps aimed for people with AD? Even though sellers may claim that the soaps do not irritate skin, there is simply no way to know unless people have actually used them.

Therefore, my belief is as follows: The soaps sold at supermarkets are good enough. However, every person had different skin; if your skin condition gets worse when you use these kinds of soaps, you should search for something. You should not start with obscure soaps that have not been tested by lots of people. However, avoid using body soap and soaps containing synthetic surfactants, and stick to pure soap.

There are nearly a billion bacteria that maintain a delicate balance in the skin. The most prominent one is Staphylococcus epidermidis. The substance this bacterium produces is a weak acid. This, combined with moderate amounts of facial oil, make the skin weakly acidic. Staphylococcus aureus, which is an alkali, cannot grow on the skin for this reason. This is how skin bacteria act as a natural barrier. This is why AD patients should avoid lathering their body with soaps containing synthetic surfactants everyday. After all, people used to survive without using soap. Hot water is enough in most times.

There are many patients who want better soaps even when I explain this to them. They not only want soaps that are safe, but ones that will make skin conditions better. The ideal soap would provide nutrients to the skin and make the skin look healthier. There are also some patients who do not know where they should buy pure soap. In those cases, I recommend the soaps that are used at my clinic.

This soaps primary ingredient is clay-like peat found in Okinawa, called “Kucha”. It is a homogeneous and rare mud made from the yellow sand that got carried from the prevailing westerlies form Mongolia and accumulated in the ocean floor near the Okinawa Islands before they arose. It soaks deep into the pores and provides various minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, and silicon. The Ryukyu (Okinawa) dialect names this as “Urizun”, which means seasons of fresh verdure.

First, noni and sugar cane are fermented at 30 to 40 degrees fahrenheit. After that, natural plant extracts such as noni extracts (which helps produce collagen), Mozuku extracts (which contains fukoidan that softens the skin), and hibiscus extracts (which contains AHA, α-hydroxy acid) are added. After this, moringa oil, traditionally used by Ayurvedic medicine, is added. These processes allow the soap to not only take away the dirt on bodies, but also functions as a supplement to the skin.

The functions of liquid and solid fat have been ignored until now. One of the basic supplements at my clinic is flax seed oil, which is taken orally. Since I would like patients to use this on their skin as well, moringa oil was added. 70% of “Urizun” is made from oleic acid, which is commonly found in olive oil. However, moringa oil contains more vitamins and vital amino acids than olive oil, and is better for revitalizing the skin.

Another important fact is that “Urizun” retains the live fermenters from the fermentation of noni and sugarcane. Many of these bacteria have an important function in keeping the skin healthy. The fatty acids made from these bacteria maintain the weak acidity of the skin and prevents infections from Staphylococcus aureus, streptococcus, and other harmful bacteria. It also becomes food for good bacteria such as Staphylococcus epidermidis. In addition, the sucrose and maltose in sugar cane can combine to become gluco-oligosaccharides, which maintains the balance of the bacteria on the skin. Therefore, after washing your face with “Urizun”, your skin will feel light and healthy since this soap supplements the skin with good bacteria and gluco-oligosaccharides.

This does not contain synthetic surfactants, and instead uses saponin in order to be safer than pure soap. In addition, since it goes through a cold process, which takes time unlike neutralization methods used for mass production, the abundant natural glycerin blends in and leaves a mild feel. This soap is excellent because of its intricate manufacture process. This is a supplement soap. I would recommend people use once a day to treat not only AD, but also acne, skin whitening, and antiaging.

However, this special soap, ordered all the way from Okinawa, has not been used by millions of people, as mentioned before. As a result, there may be some people whose skin may not react well to the soap. If this happens, stop using this immediately.

18. About shampoo

The same things about soap can be said for shampoo. Although the shampoo sold at supermarkets are the safest, understand first that shampoo is similar to detergent. They are both made from water and synthetic surfactants and are not good for hair or for the scalp. Therefore, it is best if you wash your hair with pure soap, and instead of using conditioner use vinegar (dilute the concentration brewed vinegar to one fifth or sixth). If you want more information, you should read Oharu Ozawa’s book on why you should wash hair with soap (Ryu Books Publishing, Inc), which contains detailed explanations. Also, the soap used at my clinic can be used as shampoo as well. If the shampoo you use right now does not work for you, you should consider testing my soap.

Since we are on the topic of hair, I’d like to mention how there are some children who have bangs that reach their eyelids. Just looking at that almost makes my face itch. Bangs should be cut so that it won’t touch the skin, or it should be put up.

19. About cosmetics

There are more types of cosmetics than there are soaps and shampoos. Even if you use a different kind every day it would probably take 10 years to get through just the Japanese brands. If I write about this in detail, it would become more like an encyclopedia, but it is best to not use make up at all. It is as simple as that. However, many women cannot just top using it; it seems to be their natural instinct to use it. If you cannot resist using it, try to limit yourself to skin lotion with hyaluronic acid. Avoid putting on layers of make up.

Normally, you would wash your face, put on lotion, moisturizing emulsion, and UV-protecting foundation cream, and then finally you would apply foundation. However, you do not need emulsion, since these are made from emulsifying synthetic surfactants; it is made from the same substances as detergent. As a result, the emulsion covering the skin is sucking out the moisture, to make it seem like the skin is hydrated when it’s actually doing the exact opposite. Foundation cream does not have to be used (unless it’s a particularly sunny day) since its constituents overlap with those of foundation.

20. About scalp itchiness

There are many AD patients who complain about scalp itchiness. Although the itch can subdue if you use lotion with steroids in it, there are many people who don’t want to use steroids and are wondering what they should do. Although I explain that using lotions with steroids has little to no harmful effects, there are patients who stay adamant in their refusal.

In these cases, after washing your hair with soap, use conditioner with 1 to 2% boric acid (there aren’t any conditioners with boric acid already in them, but boric acid can be easily purchased at a drug store, so ask your pharmacist how much boric acid you can put in). However, you should do this when you clearly have rashes on your scalp, and this is useful to prevent the further outbreak of these rashes,, and not to stop the itch. There are times when shampoos with eucalyptus extract work.

There are times when I allow patients to take antibiotics for two weeks. There seems to be a strong dislike towards steroids, that people would rather take antibiotics than use lotion with steroids on their scalp. This is can be quite effective. However, as I have mentioned in the section about acne, it is highly unfavorable to use antibiotics over a long period.

This is information obtained from Dr. Makise’s having cured atopic dermatitis of 40,000 people or more in total and the latest and highest atopic dermatitis treatment. But this is provided for information only. No action should be taken based solely on the contents of this website; instead, readers should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating their health. Readers who fail to consult with appropriate health authorities assume the risk of any injuries. Dr. Makise is not responsible for errors or omissions.
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