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Could Fluoride Be Causing Your Acne? Fluoroderma Facts

25 Aug 2013, by Cathy Blackburn in Articles

If you are suffering from cystic acne, particularly around the mouth and jaw line that hasn’t responded to treatment then you might want to ask yourself “could fluoride be causuing your acne?”. You could be suffering from a condition called Fluoroderma. As the name suggests, this largely unknown condition is related to the chemical “Fluoride”. The good news is that you can easily ascertain whether fluoride is causing your acne and you can easily treat the condition.

Fluoroderma or fluoride acne

Fluoroderma or fluoride acne is a condition causing acne pustules on the face, particularly around the mouth, jaw line and ear lobes. Fluoroderma is considered a rare condition, however it is more likely that it is rarely diagnosed rather than rare in it’s self. Many doctors simply don’t recognise the symptoms and will just treat you for Acne Vulgaris (common Acne) rather than fluoride acne. There is a major difference here though and that is that Acne caused by fluoroderma will typically not respond to the usual treatments such as antibiotics or Roaccutane.

Test for flouride acne

It is easy to ascertain whether fluoride toxicity is causing your symptoms by minimising contact with the chemical as much as possible. If symptoms subside then Fluoroderma is to blame for your acne symptoms.

Acne around the mouth is usually blamed on hormonal activity, yet it is possible that your acne is caused by fluoroderma. The reason acne caused by Fluorodema affects the area around the mouth, jaw and ears is because when Fluoride is used orally, as with toothpaste and mouth wash, it can be absorbed by the lining of the mouth and the throat very easily. Fluoride is not generally absorbed by the epidermis of the skin though another related condition called perioral dermatitis can be caused by fluoride products coming into contact with the skin immediately around the mouth and sometimes on the chin as these areas commonly come into direct contact with toothpaste.

Problems with fluoride toxicity include not only fluoroderma and perioral dermatitis but also a condition called Fluoridosis which can cause discolouration of the teeth and also in extreme cases, deformity of the bones. Fluoride is a highly toxic inorganic chemical. It is a neurotoxin, and a mutagenic, and has been shown to cause deformity in experiments.

The condition of Fluoroderma is due to you having developed a sensitivity to fluoride. This may have been triggered by over exposure to the chemical previously. Usual causes are:

• Being given fluoride mouthwash as a child
• Eating toothpaste
• Being exposed to excess fluoride in the water supply
• A combination of all of the above

If you have symptoms of Fluoridosis, i.e. Teeth which are streaked and speckled with brown or white then there is every chance that fluoride is affecting your skin and causing acne.

Sources of Fluoride and how to avoid them

The most obvious source of fluoride is of course toothpaste and other oral hygiene products such as fluoride mouthwash. Even dental floss may sometimes contain fluoride so check the packaging thoroughly. Swap to a non fluoride toothpaste and non fluoride mouth wash. You should be able to locate non fluoride toothpaste easily in your local health store. Choose a chlorhexidine-gluconate mouthwash rather than a fluoride one. This will help prevent tooth decay by combating bacteria that break down sugar in the mouth into acid. Or try bicarbonate of soda instead of a proprietary mouthwash. Simply add half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda to a small glass of water and rinse or gargle with it. This is a great antibacterial and tooth whitening treatment.

Check to see if you live in an area where the water is routinely fluoridated or if you live in an area where fluoride levels are naturally high. Tap water is routinely chlorinated (treated with chlorine gas) to kill bacteria, in some areas it is also fluoridated. The argument for fluoridating the water supply centres on reducing tooth decay. Whether water should be fluoridated is hotly debated due to the possible toxic effects of too much fluoride. Buy a water filter (reverse osmosis type) or drink bottled water but check the natural fluoride level of the brand you buy.

Since fluoride is concentrated in the bones and teeth of humans and animals, any food containing animal bone such as mechanically reclaimed meat found in cheep sausages, burgers, chicken nuggets etc, meat stock produced from bones and tinned fish with bones should also be avoided. This will be less of a problem where animals are organically reared as exposure to pesticides and drugs which would have contained fluoride would be minimal.

Black tea is naturally high in fluoride and non organic black tea even more so due to pesticide use. Again, avoid wherever possible.

Some drugs contain high levels of fluoride, including Fluoxetine (Prozac) and some general anaesthetics. Indeed, a 56 year old man was severely affected by fluoroderma after exposure to the general anaesthetic sevoflurane.

If you eliminate as much fluoride contamination as possible and your symptoms improve then flouroderma is the culprit for your acne symptoms.

References

http://www.fluoridealert.org/studies/hypersensitivity02/

http://bja.oxfordjournals.org/content/107/1/106.full

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/507887

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/01/02/fluoride-controversy.aspx

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