Statistics show that 62% of acne patients are adults, and most are women. Face? Neck? Back? perfect.
Is it hormones-stress-oily skin- maybe the wrong products? Should I see a dermatologist or a nutritionist?….maybe the answer is both.
More and more evidence suggests that diet does in fact impact the skin for many people. Loren Cordain and others have been researching this concept and talking about it for many years. Most studies are focused on what appear to be acne triggers like refined sugars and processed grains. High sugar load increases insulin levels in the blood, this triggers androgens, growth hormones, and cell signaling pathways, resulting in low grade inflammation which equates to more oil secretion, clogged pores and acne flare ups. In addition, very recent studies suggest that emotional states (e.g. depression and anxiety) could alter normal intestinal microbiota, increase intestinal permeability, and contribute to systemic inflammation which as noted equals more acne flare ups.
There isn’t a clear answer on the subject just yet. Each of us is unique-so it isn’t one size fits all either. However, a safe bet is to focus on a low glycemic index diet- meaning eliminate processed foods, and white carbohydrates. Be aware of how much sugar is in that morning smoothie? Add nutrient rich low glycemic foods that won’t spike your blood sugar. Good suggestions are endless but might include lean meats, vegetables, sweet potatoes, and beans. Add antioxidant rich foods that include beta carotene, vitamin C and omega-3 fatty acids. As always- I am going to suggest that helping good bacteria bloom in the gut via probiotic supplementation or low fat yogurt is another tool that may help you to avoid break outs.
Nutrition from functional approach is focused on the concept that diet and nutrition each play a key role in the prevention and improvement of various conditions….including acne. This is a proactive approach that you can control, give it some time? At least if you do decide to visit a dermatologist, this is one question you will have already answered.
In good health and clearer skin.