Causes of Acne

January 19, 2018

Causes of Acne

Our skin is a reflection of our overall health, which is why glowing, beautiful skin often results from proper care, hydration and eating a nutrient-dense diet. On the other hand, skin ridden with whiteheads, blackheads and other types of pimples can indicate oxidative damage, poor nutrition and hormonal imbalances.

The main causes of acne include:

  • Clogged pores, caused by things like excess oil production and dead skin cells. Sebum is the type of oil released into hair follicles that can become trapped beneath surface of the skin and clog pores.
  • Bacteria.
  • Hormone fluctuations or imbalances. For example, when androgen hormones increase oil production rises. This often happens in teens and young adults suffering from acne, especially women experiencing PMS, irregular periods, pregnancy, early menopause, and other hormonal conditions such as poly cystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). 
  • Poor diet, such as the “Standard American Diet” that includes lots of refined grains, sugar and unhealthy fats.
  • High amounts of stress and related problems like psychiatric disorders such as depression and anxiety.
  • Use of certain medications, including corticosteroids, androgens, birth control pills and lithium.
  • Sleep deprivation.
  • Friction and irritation to the skin, such as from sports equipment and backpacks that can lead to acne breakouts on the chin, forehead, jawline and back.
  • Genetic predisposition.
  • Smoking and other causes of inflammation.

Once believed to strike most often during teen years, acne is now affecting millions of adult women, many of which never had a problem with acne in the past. Some women (and men too) will only deal with acne during puberty and their teenage years, but others will suffer well into adulthood, especially during times of stress and hormonal changes. While acne among adult women is usually linked to hormonal shifts and imbalances that occur during the menstrual cycle, or when transitioning into menopause, it’s important to consider elevated stress levels, a lack of sleep and a poor diet might also be root causes.

As part of the protocol to treat acne from the inside out, it’s important eat foods that don’t cause blood sugar spikes or increased inflammation. Here are tips for following a acne-free diet:

  • Focus on eating lots of leafy green vegetables and berries.
  • Healthy fats are essential to good skin health and treating acne breakouts at home.
  • Eat more high fiber foods since fiber found in vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds supports cleansing the colon and growth of good bacteria in the gut.
  • Add vitamin A rich foods to your diet, including spinach and carrots.

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