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Addressing Adult Acne from the Inside Out

With your adolescent years behind you, you probably assumed your acne troubles were a thing of the past. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. But first things first...

What Causes 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, which causes inflammatory diseases such as acne to worsen dramatically. Inflammation on a cellular level, stress and hormonal changes can all contribute to this as well. We know that acne forms when oily secretions from the sebaceous glands beneath the skin plug up pores, but what causes all that oil to form in the first place? High levels of the neuropeptide Substance P plays a role in increasing both the size and activity of the oil-producing gland. On top of that, a stress hormone called corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) is released in the sebaceous gland, which also contributes to the production of excess oil and helps set the stage for acne. Oh, and let's not forget about the role that the wrong types of foods play in this whole chain of events. Fortunately, the solution is a relatively simple one; you can see acne dramatically decrease in a matter of days just by following the anti-inflammatory diet. It's also vital that we finds ways to eliminate that physical, mental and psychological stress—a huge of cause of acne. Those acne flare-ups you've had before important events? Yeah, that's no coincidence. The stress you were experiencing is directly correlated to those breakouts.

Important tips to keep skin clear:

  • Get enough sleep
  • Set aside 15-20 minutes a day for some form of stress relief, such as meditation
  • 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
  • Eat a six-ounce can of wild salmon for lunch to help increase protein for cellular repair, decrease inflammation, 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
Addressing acne from the inside out by changing your diet and adding specific supplements should lead to a clearer, blemish-free complexion.