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This summer has been so hard!
The most difficult thing is skin problems. First of all, it is easy to get dark. If you go out without sunscreen, you will get two degrees of black immediately. Maybe you will get peeling and sunburn. Sunscreen is especially sticky.
Especially at the moment of the epidemic, it is necessary to wear a mask, which is hot and stuffy, and it is easy to suffocation if you wear it for a long time. If you have oily skin, it is even more terrible. .
Many girls spend a lot of money on skin care, whether it is caviar mask, water light needle or medical beauty, but they still have acne.
Acne can’t be solved, it’s so depressing, no amount of powder can cover acne and acne.
So far, there is no systematic cure. Everyone says it’s because of oil, hormones, and lifestyle habits.
In today’s article, we’ll explore the different causes of acne.
We always think that acne is caused by clogged pores, bacteria and excess oil, but acne is medically a inflammatory skin disease strong>, characterized by pimples, acne, and redness.
Inflammation and intolerance
The exact mechanism of the acne process is not entirely clear, and it is also related to overproduction of sebum, hyperkeratosis of hair follicles, androgens, microorganisms, etc.
In fact, oxidative stress and inflammation are the earliest causes of acne.
When it comes to inflammation, fast-reacting classmates may have thought about the impact of diet. The speculation that dietary factors can affect acne has been debated for decades.
It’s just that a growing body of emerging research is finding that diet may indeed be an important factor, especially in regulating inflammation and oxidative stress in the acne process.
Acne drugs LTB4 inhibitors, LTB4 is the inflammatory chemical leukotriene B4 that upregulates sebum production.
Complex research has recently shown that each pilosebaceous unit makes inflammatory chemicals, including LTB4.
Some emerging research also suggests that patients with acne may have increased local and systemic oxidative stress, so various antioxidant and anti-inflammatory markers may be reduced, reflecting increased acne lead to increased antioxidant demand.
HGH, which causes clogged pores
Some classmates have a lot of pimples during adolescence, and they can’t be cured, but they heal automatically after adulthood; some girls always have a few pimples before their menstrual period, which are all
Some hormonesStimulating cell division, the hormonal fluctuations can cause skin cells to go into overdrive, piling up around pores and clogging them, trapping bacteria inside and causing inflammation.
Adolescent children secrete a lot of growth hormone, and the skin on the face is also excessively divided as they grow, which leads to many acne.
So what is the hormonal effect of persistent acne in adults?
Actually, insulin is also a growth hormone…it stimulates cell growth and division.
A rat study found that topical insulin accelerates the division of skin cells in the wound by enhancing the AKT and ERK pathways, reducing the time it takes to heal.
That said, if insulin is too high, it also speeds up cell growth and division in normal skin tissue, so there’s a reason you break out after a high-carb diet.
Excessive sebum production
In summer, everyone is afraid of excessive oiliness on the skin. A shiny face not only looks dirty, but also increases the risk of breakouts.
Normally, sebum is a good thing produced by healthy pores and keeps skin supple and hydrated. But some people secrete too much sebum, which is often referred to as oily skin.
Excess sebum builds up in clogged pores, and instead becomes food for bacteria under the skin, helping them to overproduce and inflammation to strike again.
But pay attention to two misunderstandings: First, sebum does not come from the fat in food. If you eat oil, it will suffocate oil, then our body should be called a sieve.
Second, it is best to don’t over-wash if your face is oily, especially with soaps with stronger cleaning power. Because over-washing will make the skin too oily, it will secrete more, and gradually lose the balance.
What should be the correct adjustment? What to avoid to reduce sebum secretion in a healthy way? Don’t worry, just watch it and you’ll know.
What is the root cause of acne?
From an evolutionary perspective, shouldn’t humans have acne at all?
If we observe carefully, we will find that many people start to have acne during adolescence, and most young people are in love, so acne on their faces is not conducive to mate selection.
Assuming that there is a setting for acne in our genes, it should also be optimized in the long evolution.
Actually, our ancestors didn’t get acne.
Acne is a civilized disease
The primitive people do not have acne, and even in Africa with poor economic development, few people have acne on their faces. Acne and acne seem to be a kind of “civilization disease“.
Accurately, acne is a “disease of civilization” specific to countries where Modern Dietary Guidelines practice better, and Western countries are more serious than us, affecting 79 % to 95% of the adolescent population.
And 40% to 54% of men and women over the age of 25 have facial acne of varying degrees, some persisting into middle age.
Acne incidence is much lower in non-Westernized societies, such as the smaller, less industrialized nations of Africa and South America, and Inuit both No acne.
However, it is not absolute, the Inuit lived and ate the traditional way without acne, and today Inuit have changed their diet and have acne rates similar to those in Western societies.
TotalIt is said that the closer the diet structure is to Western countries, especially Europe and the United States, that is, high-sugar, high-carbohydrate, and vegetable seed oil, the more health problems there are.
Modern dietary guidelines have made the diet go into a misunderstanding. I dare not eat fat but let go of sugar. The good fat is reduced and the bad omega-6 fat is increased, which provides fertile ground for acne.
Modern diets provide fertile ground for acne
Modern diets create an environment for acne that consists of three things: high inflammation, high insulin, and high hormones.
High inflammation does not need to be explained too much. Rice noodles, junk food, high-sugar beverages, cakes and other refined carbohydrates, omega-6-rich plant seed oils, trans fats, alcohol, etc. cause chronic inflammation.
Hyperinsulin is a by-product of high carbohydrates. Long-term hyperinsulinemia can lead to diabetes. Before that, insulin causes cell overgrowth.
High hormones include many types, such as androgens, which stimulate sebum production, resulting in excessively oily skin.
Men have higher androgen levels, so they tend to be more “grey”.
How to improve acne?
By now, we should know that the best way to beat acne is to start with improving your diet.
Reduce refined carbs
Most people can accept not eating cake milk tea, but it is difficult to accept not eating rice noodles. In fact, it is not necessary to strictly low-carb to improve acne. Reducing the amount will help.
Also try a low glycemic load diet, comparing minimally processed plant and animal foods, such as whole grains, vegetables, legumes, and other unrefined whole foods .
A Korean randomized controlled trial demonstrated significant clinical improvement in both non-inflammatory and inflammatory acne just by replacing dietary carbohydrates with a low glycemic load diet.
Risks of milk and whey protein
If you have a lot of acne and love to drink milk, try stopping for a while.
Milk contains whey protein, which acts like carbohydrates to boost insulin secretion, as well as basal insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) levels, which increase skin growth and sebum production.
Whey protein contains beta cells, a growth factor, and bodybuilders like to use whey protein supplements, and studies have found that it is prone to acne after use.
Also, casein increases insulin and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), which have strong growth-promoting effects, including on the skin of the face cell.
Good fat omega-3
As mentioned above, reducing sebum secretion does not mean not eating oil. On the contrary, fish oil rich in omega-3 fatty acids should be eaten more, which is beneficial to improve acne.
The acne drug zileuton inhibits the inflammatory factor LTB4, as does omega-3, inhibiting the conversion of arachidonic acid to LTB4.
At the same time, omega-3 can relieve oxidative stress and chronic inflammation, eliminating the cause of acne at the root; and its immunity is improved, which is more conducive to wound redness and swelling of healing.
Studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids and gamma-linoleic acid as an adjunct in the treatment of acne reduce inflammation and immune tissue lesions, and have a significant effect on inflammatory acne.
Key Thin Dragon Says
It should be noted that it is more important to reduce bad habits than to increase good habits.
So it’s not enough to just increase your omega-3 intake, reduce your omega-6 intake.
If you also have acne that is difficult to treat, you may wish to analyze the above reasons and analyze which situation is.
For acne breakouts caused by periodic hormonal changes, there is no need to deliberately pick or squeeze acne, but it is easy to leave acne marks or scars, and wait for the body’s hormones to normalize and naturally will be healed.
Acne caused by diet should be taken seriously. You can try to gradually reduce rice flour sugar, dairy products, processed snacks, omega-6 vegetable oil, and reduce frying.
Also, be aware of allergies and food sensitivities, such as gluten, legumes, and nuts, which are generally hard to spot and can be determined by exclusion.
Also, unhealthy lifestyle can lead to breakouts. Such as smoking, drinking, heavy spicy food, lack of sleep and personal hygiene.