What are your Pimples Telling You about your health?
While acne most definitely has a genetic component and of course hormones mean there aren’t too many teenagers who come through unaffected, anyone who gets pimples will tell you that certain things make their breakouts worse. Are these simply coincidences or is your acne telling you something about your health?
Of all the things that increase breakouts, stress seems to be the big one, but is there any truth to this? Well, yes. Stress increases our Cortisol levels, a hormone that in turn increases our testosterone levels. This lead to significantly more sebum being produced blocking the pore and wham…a breakout.
What about certain foods? Does what you eat make your acne worse?
This is a contentious issue as there is conflicting data. What seems to be clear is that a high GI diet with processed foods and high sugar will definitely lead to increased breakouts, especially more cystic acne. It is interesting to note that indigenous cultures like the aborigines did not have acne until the introduction of a western diet.
Does this really mean no chocolate – just less might be the idea and balance it with a low GI diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables. Some people also find that a dairy free diet can reduce acne and while that certainly doesn’t work for everyone (if only it were that easy) it is worth a try.
For more information on how to care for your skin, contact a Clear Complexions Clinic near you. www.clearcomplexions.com.au.
About the author:
Suzie Hoitink is a Registered Nurse and the Founder of the award winning Clear Complexions Clinics. At Suzie’s clinics the doctors and nurses treat everyday skin conditions using the latest technology available, and in doing so, not only improve the health and appearance of their clients skin, but their overall confidence as well.