Acne is really unfair. I know, because I had cystic acne for years and tried every standard therapy under the sun, with no lasting results.
You see, our skin is a reflection of what is going on inside our body. So acne is not just a skin disease. It is a symptom, a sign that our body is giving us that things are not right on the inside. Most standard treatments focus on the skin ONLY, and miss important underlying root causes, which is what I'm going to share with you here.
So many people focus ONLY on the skin when they treat acne, using creams, potions, and doctors prescribe antibiotics or even isotretinoin (Accutane) but while these may bring short-term benefits, none of these address the underlying root causes. When the bandaid comes off, the acne returns.
Obviously, in teenagers, hormonal imbalance is the commonest cause and fortunately for most, acne settles down after puberty. However, there is a growing epidemic of adults with acne. Some of it is genetic, some skin types are acnegenic, but as usual, genetics load the gun but our environment/lifestyle pulls the triggers.
What factors lead to acne?
How does dairy cause acne?
✔ It contains 5-a-pregnanedione which is a precursor to dihydrotestosterone (an androgen that stimulates sebaceous glands and is implicated in balding and prostate cancer)
✔ Dairy also kicks up the mTOR pathways which then leads to insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is what underlies PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) and we know a high circulating insulin level is associated with acne… (and by the way, the ‘mTOR march’ = early onset puberty, obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer, neurodegeneration means that if we heed the warning our body is giving us (acne), and we down-regulate mTOR pathways with lifestyle changes and diet, we may then stop the development of diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s later.
So what can you do?
Also consider: could you have food sensitivities? Do you have digestive issues? Do you have gut dysbiosis or leaky gut? Look at your lifestyle: is stress a prominent feature? Do you often feel overwhelmed? do you sleep enough? if your cortisol is high that also leads to insulin resistance
Do you have dental amalgams or exposure to heavy metals (e.g. too much high mercury fish) that could be playing havoc with your gut/liver health and therefore hormones? Do your personal care products have endocrine disruptors? Do your foods contain hormones and toxins? (animal products contain lots of sex steroids, PCB/dioxins which are all endocrine disruptors)
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