Understanding the acne..
Acne is one of the most common skin conditions that affect people of all ages, particularly during adolescence and young adulthood. Skin problems are more internal problems than face washes and face treatments.
Our diet and lifestyle can impact our health and well-being tremendously, and studies show that specific dietary patterns are linked with healthy anti-ageing. In contrast, others have been linked with elevated ageing or high oxidation.
This is because your diet can influence how your body extracts and metabolises nutrients. Also, certain dietary patterns are related to how your skin looks; whether it’s oily Acne, or pigmentation, our health is always overlooked.
Our skin always gives us clues and hints as to how healthy or unhealthy we are; sadly, when you look up different skin conditions on Google that affect people, 9 out of 10 times, they will recommend a face cream, skin treatment, or medical treatments. None of these searches focuses on the deeper reason: your diet.
If you want to treat something, you need to understand how it affects you and know how to counter it. So this is a breakdown of skin conditions; understanding will help you treat them instead of their symptoms.
The sebaceous glands are a big problem when it comes to Acne; it is the most critical thing to understand when going into this trying to treat the root cause. These glands are the small hair particles all around your face; they produce an oil-based substance called sebum, which aims to fight dry skin, dandruff, and flakey skin. But it becomes a problem when the sebaceous glands produce too much sebum. The sebaceous glands are highly sensitive to hormones like androgens, estrogen, and insulin. So if you are trying to treat the root cause of your Acne, you must understand that your hormones are out of control and must balance them.
If you have Androgens or Estrogens?
The difference between androgen and estrogen is quite simple; one is the male hormone, and the other is the female hormone. Knowing which one is affecting you is also simple; as a female, your estrogen levels (which is the female hormone) are high if you have these symptoms
· Your Acne only occurs when you go on your menstrual cycle.
· If your Acne is one-sided
(NB*, this means that it’s affecting the right or left ovary depending on which side your Acne is).
· You have irregular periods and painful ovaries.
And if your androgen levels (male hormones) are high, you will have the following symptoms.
· If you exhibit male features, such as muscular body, bone density
· Hair loss on the top of your head, or facial hair growth, is also known as Alopecia
· Deeper voice
· Acne even when you are not on your cycle
If you have androgens as a female, you may have PCOS. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a hormonal disorder that affects women of reproductive age and can lead to various symptoms and health challenges.
And as a male, it all comes down to a lack of testo, whether estrogen or an androgen problem. You have to focus on building your testosterone. But the causes for males and females are all linked to insulin, liver dysfunction for estrogen, an unhealthy gut, and a lack of exercise.
The biggest mistake you can make on your skin is treating the symptoms and not the root cause because these symptoms come back more robust, like a boomerang. Treatments like;
· Face washes and face scrubs,
· Taking antibiotics is the worst of them all.
There is a certain PH balance on your skin, and completely removing all those bacteria means that your skin loses its protective layers and leaves your skin exposed to inhibiting the wrong type of bacteria; hence the Acne only comes back stronger.
So now that I’ve compiled basic information on the underlined causes of Acne, let me give you, based on our research, the best way to treat the root causes and what you shouldn’t be taking.
What increases Acne?
· A high sugar and carbohydrate diet which weighs heavily on insulin.
· Frequent eating increases Acne because your insulin spikes not only when you eat carbohydrates and sugar but also when you eat anything in general.
· Omega 6, an imbalance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, pushes the body into an inflammatory state, which may worsen acne severity.
· Stress is as bad as overeating sugar or carbs because it spikes your insulin and increases cortisol, which breaks down and damages protean ( Your skin is part protein), so you must be happy; playing sports is a great way to reduce Stress.
· Alcohol, chemicals, drugs, or nutritional supplements cause a toxic liver. Your liver eliminates used hormones, and a toxic liver leads to an excess of certain types of hormones that can cause skin issues like Acne.
Eating unhealthy causes a toxic colon; the skin being the largest organ in the body, it can get overwhelmed with all of the waste and toxins building up in the colon, which can eventually manifest itself in the form of Acne
High saturated fat content causes gallbladder sludge. The buildup of substances storing concentrated bile helps break down fats; too many fats are not good for the skin. So you can’t eat certain foods, cheese, sausages, fish oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil, and palm oil
Low-fat diet, the skin is part fat, so you need to increase fat intake, which is high in omega 3.
The acne treatment is significant because it treats the root cause and is cost-effective rather than buying face washes and skin strategies. There are a few things you can do to treat the root cause which is;
· Detoxing to clear out all the toxic things in your colon and to start on a clean stomach.
· Eating twice to once a day to increase Autophagy is very important; you cannot eat any snacks between your fasting, whether fruits or sweets. Remember, your insulin spikes when you eat carbohydrates and sugar but also when you eat anything in general, so fasting is the most important thing you have to do.
· Autophagy is conserved degradation of the cell that removes unnecessary or dysfunctional components through a lysosome-dependent regulated mechanism. It allows the orderly degradation and recycling of cellular components (meaning it removes all the dead cells and pimples on your face), achieved by fasting; that’s how vital fasting is.
· Cod Liver oil which produces high amounts of vitamin D3 and Vitamin A
· Foods high in probiotics such as plain yoghurt (Yes, it has to be plain) and Sauerkraut (Powerful form of bacteria, search on how it’s made), daily
· Doing any form of sports, as long as your blood has circulation and you are exposed to the sun. It helps nourish your skin cells so you’ll look flawless after Acne.
· And eating Cruciferous foods, which are high in antioxidants and probiotics. These foods help balance estrogen levels.
If we tell you to change your diet immediately, you will probably fall back into eating unhealthy after 3 to 8 days. So my suggestion for building strong eating habits and exercising daily would be to start with small habits. Always keep a water bottle with you wherever you go; this will get you into a habit of drinking water, which I did not mention, but is good for overall health.
Foods that are Okay to eat!
Foods that are low in carbohydrates or a no-carb diet include meat, Fish, eggs, cheese, butter, oils, water, and plain Coffee or tea, but for Acne, you cannot consume any saturated fats; this includes your cheese, butter, saturated oils, and sausages.
· Extra virgin olive oil
· Any form of meat, except fatty cuts of meat (the white part) and eggs.
· Raw egg yolks are high in Vitamin A,
· Coffee is good with MCT Oil, which I highly recommend.
· Fish and other seafood, flaxseeds, and chia seeds.
· Plain Yogurt
· Cruciferous foods include leafy greens, Cauliflower, sweet potatoes, and carrots.
· Foods with high fiber, such as baked beans, green peas (boiled), and cruciferous foods.
· Fruit or vegetable salads
· And then Mabele (Brown Pap)
Foods NOT to eat
· Saturated Oils such as canola oil, soy oil, corn oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, and fish oil.
· High Carb or Sugar diet
· Walnuts and corn.
· Alcohol is a big no.
· Cutting down your fats, your skin is part fats, so it needs to acquire more fats after repairing.
· High amounts of salts
These are the treatment that helps treat the root cause of Acne, but we suggest you focus on your habits because they play a significant role; even after getting rid of Acne, you need to eat healthy.
Focus on small wins, then gradually increase, and have someone who will check up on you constantly and remind you about your goals. Do not start insanity because you will fail. You already have unhealthy eating habits, and breaking those habits is similar to an alcoholic trying to leave Alcohol.
We strongly encourage you to start small and take time with the process. We hope you find this helpful. We are optimistic that it will work; you need to understand that quick treatments do not resolve the underlined problem.
If this helped you, please share it with your peers or anyone suffering from the same problem so that it can help them as it did for you.
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