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Episode 257 – Acne, Beyond the Surface of Our Skin

In this episode of the modern woman’s podcast, Elizma, Danielle, and Nicole dive into the facets of acne, history of topical insight, and the realisation that it is much further than just the surface of our skin that is involved. They take a look at medications, and hormonal systems of the body to breakdown possible causes that you may not have known were possible. We hope you enjoy the knowledge bombs!


50 Min – Accutane side effects 

58 Min – Treatment of acne with a combination of propolis, tea tree oil, and Aloe vera compared to erythromycin cream: two double-blind investigations. V MazzarelloMG DonaduM FerrariG Piga Et Al. Clin Pharmacol. 2018; 10: 175–181. Published online 2018 Dec 13. doi: 10.2147/CPAA.S18047

58 Min – Shenefelt PD. Herbal Treatment for Dermatologic Disorders. In: Benzie IFF, Wachtel-Galor S, editors. Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition. Boca Raton (FL): CRC Press/Taylor & Francis; 2011. Chapter 18. Available from:

60 min : Tea Tree References:

  1. Effects of Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) Essential Oil and the Major Monoterpene Component Terpinen-4-ol on the Development of Single- and Multistep Antibiotic Resistance and Antimicrobial Susceptibility Katherine A. HammerChristine F. CarsonThomas V. Riley DOI: 10.1128/AAC.05741-11
  2. Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil: a Review of Antimicrobial and Other Medicinal Properties C. F. Carson,1 K. A. Hammer,1 and T. V. Riley1,2,* Clin Microbiol Rev. 2006 Jan; 19(1): 50–62. doi: 10.1128/CMR.19.1.50-62.2006

Poke Root, Echinacea, Blue Flag  – The New Holistic Herbal by David Hoffman, Published 1992, Element Books Inc.

Oregon Grape –

Berberine as an antibacterial –

Goldenseal –

Garlic –

Sulfur Cystine –

Linseed –

High Insulin presence – file:///C:/Users/elizm/Downloads/[1479683X%20-%20European%20Journal%20of%20Endocrinology]%20Intensive%20insulin%20therapy%20increases%20sex%20hormone-binding%20globulin%20in%20newly%20diagnosed%20type%202%20diabetic%20patients.pdf

Turmeric –

Nettle, saw palmetto  –