Diet and Acne
There are many things we can do with diet to address the formation of acne and cure your acne for the long haul.
Firstly, scientific exploration demonstrates many hormonal links with acne (specifically androgens) so why eat foods that interact with your hormones and influence the production of androgens??
Secondly, ample research shows extraordinary improvements in acne when a low-glycaemic-load diet is implemented so why eat a high glycaemic diet??
What are the effects of a high glycaemic diet? A high glycaemic diet increases blood sugar, insulin and more importantly IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor). IGF-1 directly increases sebaceous production, stimulates androgen synthesis and activates androgen receptors, having a direct effect on hyperkeratinisation (overproduction of cells), and seborrhea (overproduction of sebum). This creates the perfect environment for Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) to colonise and multiply on the skin causing multiple acne lesions.
What makes people prone to acne?? People who suffer from acne tend to have follicle and sebaceous gland sensitivities. Follicles and sebaceous glands are particularly sensitive to the hormones IGF-1, insulin, and androgens. When we over-stimulate these hormones with particular foods the sebaceous glands produce excessive amounts of sebum and overproduce the epidermis cells, which creates the perfect environment for the (P. acnes) bacteria to overpopulate the skin causing acne lesions.
So what do we do?? At the Adelaide acne clinic as part of the first consult we thoroughly asses your diet identifying offending foods that may be interacting or stimulating certain hormones. We then formulate a diet plan tailored to your needs, eliminating the foods that exacerbate acne.
Things to note:
Results: Improvements are usually seen within 1-5 days depending on how severe your acne is, to begin with
You can eat treat foods occasionally once your skin is clear and under control
It can be difficult to change your diet, but it gets easy and becomes normal
These changes to your diet are healthy and beneficial to your whole body and you may also see improvements in mood, hormonal regulation, and energy
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