Whether a small eruption, a black spot, or severe occurrence of acne, it happens to everyone to get affected regardless of age. Acne are known as a skin condition caused by abnormal activity of sebaceous glands which produce an excess of sebum. As a consequence it is clogging the pores, resulting in increase of bacteria that colonize the cells and cause the appearance of blackheads, pimples and redness.
Acne is linked to high levels of hormones, especially during puberty, or an inherited genetic predisposition. Dr. Loren Cordain from the Department of Health and Exercise Science, offers a new approach in the treatment of acne. She rightly points out that this condition not only affects adolescents, but also many adults.
Similarly, she also found the people who live primitive way of life, such as the Zulus or the Amerindians of Canada were not affected by acne. Research in the Paraguayan jungle, with Indian population whose way of life has not changed for hundreds of years, has shown that acne was a completely unknown disease in these populations.
After analyzing all the factors that can be linked to acne or possible genetic factors, it was found that acne is related to a “globalized” lifestyle and particularly the degradation of our diet.
The insulin factor
Excess consumption of foods with high glycemic index (carbohydrates, refined sugars) stimulates the production of excess insulin and abusively engaging the pancreas, favoring the metabolic syndrome. This state then induces cardiovascular disorders, diabetes, and other health problems. According to Dr. Cordain, acne is added to this list of conditions caused by insulin resistance. In fact, high levels of insulin cause hormonal disorder that affect the skin condition. Specifically, it promotes a high androgen levels, responsible for excessive sebum production and causes inflammation of skin cells.
Treatment based on diet
Good news, according to Dr. Cordain, is a diet based on foods with low glycemic index, and taking zinc supplements and fish oil helps to overcome acne problems in less than 30 days.
The recommendations of Dr. Cordain to get rid of acne are as follows:
- Reduce carbohydrates (completely remove refined carbohydrates: ie, white bread, pasta …)
- Stop the consumption of refined vegetable oils (prefer olive oil or nut oils, flaxseed oil, canola oil)
- Eliminate all dairy products
- Promote the consumption of fish and poultry
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
- Eat nuts