Adult Acne
Dr. Perricone Discusses

Adult Acne

When our blood sugar and insulin levels rise, whether from a poor diet or from stress, we experience a serious increase in inflammatory chemicals at a cellular level. This causes inflammatory diseases such as acne to worsen dramatically. Inflammation on a cellular level causes acne. Stress and hormonal changes also contribute to acne. We know that acne forms when oily secretions from the sebaceous glands beneath the skin plug up the pores. But what causes the oil to form in the first place? High levels of the neuropeptide Substance P plays a role in increasing the size and activity of the oil producing gland, in addition, a stress hormone called corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) is released in the sebaceous gland - also contributing to the production of excess oil, which sets the stage for acne. The wrong foods also start this chain of events resulting in acne.

Fortunately, when we follow the anti-inflammatory diet we will see acne dramatically decrease in a matter of days. It is also vital that we find ways to eliminate physical, mental and psychological stress - a huge cause of acne. If you have ever had an acne flare up before an important event, it is not a coincidence. The stress you were experiencing is directly correlated to the breakouts.

Fortunately, when we follow the anti-inflammatory diet we will see acne dramatically decrease in a matter of days.

Important tips to keep skin clear:

  • Make sure that you get enough sleep.
  • Set aside fifteen or twenty minutes a day for meditation or prayer. It is a well-established fact that people who do this have significantly lower cortisol (a major stress hormone) levels.
  • Stay well hydrated with pure spring water.
  • Detox with a watercress salad every day.
  • Eat plenty of probiotics in the form of plain, unsweetened organic yogurt and kefir.
  • Enjoy a six-ounce can of wild salmon for lunch. A great way to increase protein for cellular repair, decrease inflammation (acne is an inflammatory disease), burn body fat and reduce stress.

Beneficial supplements for clear skin:

  • Take targeted nutritional supplements including alpha lipoic acid, zinc, DMAE, pantothenic acid.
  • Add essential fatty acid supplements - including the Omega 6, which are rich in linoleic acid.
  • Acne patients have a low concentration of linoleic acid in their sebum, and the levels decrease as the acne increases.

Addressing acne from the inside out by changing your diet and adding specific supplements should lead to a clearer, blemish-free complexion.

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