Dermatologists Wrong About Acne, Colorado State University Study Proves
One reason that doctors and dermatologists say that diet doesn’t cause acne is because they can’t sell a healthy diet.
But if diet has nothing to do with acne, why is the incidence of acne in underdeveloped countries eating natural, native diets almost zero while the incidence of acne in Western countries is in the double digits?
Dr. Loren Cordain, PhD, and his team from Colorado State University studied two non-Westernized populations: the Kitavan Islanders of Papua New Guinea and the Ache hunter-gatherers of Paraguay.
Are you ready for the number of cases of acne observed by these trained researchers?
Of 1,200 Kitavan subjects and 115 Ache subjects examined, not a single case of active acne was observed.
The Kitavan Islander Diet …
Tubers, fruit, fish, and coconut represent the dietary mainstays in Kitavan, and, according to Cordain, dietary habits are virtually uninfluenced by Western foods in most households.
Similarly, the diet of the Ache of eastern Paraguay contains wild, foraged, locally grown foods, and only about 8 percent Western foods.
So what’s the big difference between the diet of these acne-free people and our modern, Westernized diet?
The Main Reason a Western Diet Leads to Acne…
The answer to that question is simple…
Cordain hypothesizes that a diet which produces high levels of the hormone insulin is partly the culprit when it comes to acne.
Insulin elicits a rise in another hormone called IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor). IGF-1 has a high potential for stimulating growth in all tissues, including the follicles.
Both insulin and IGF-1 also stimulate more testosterone (in both men and women).
And more testosterone—with its especially nasty metabolite DHT—may well be acne’s best friend.
The Hormonal Connection…
According to Michael Murray, ND, acne is considered a “male hormone dependent condition” because testosterone fuels the growth of keratin (the main structural component of hair) and causes the sebaceous glands to enlarge and overproduce sebum (a component of skin oil).
This is what leads to acne.
But it’s not just the amount of testosterone you have that causes the problem. It’s how your body metabolizes it.
You see, testosterone converts to a nasty little compound called DHT—dihydrotestosterone—which stimulates the sebaceous glands even more meaning they turn out ever higher levels of sebum.
Too much sebum can block the skin pores and these overstuffed pores can become infected by bacteria—making your acne even worse.
That’s why DHT is not the friend of anyone with acne.
To complicate things further, the high glycemic (high-sugar) diet most American eat not only increases insulin and testosterone production but also accelerates the conversion of testosterone to DHT.
So the key to getting rid of acne lies in the carbs you eat.
Choose the Right Carbs…
It’s not necessarily a “high-carb” diet that’s responsible for the surge in insulin and its resulting effect on acne.
The Kitavan Islanders ate a diet almost 70 percent carbohydrate—but they never saw a Twinkie or a processed breakfast cereal. Their carbs came from tubers, fruits, and vegetables, which is considered a low-glycemic, or low-sugar, diet.
It’s the type of the carbs you choose that matters, not necessarily the amount. Stick to low-glycemic options like the Kitavan Islanders did and your skin will show the difference.
Enter Saw Palmetto…
The herb saw palmetto has the document ability to help prevent the conversion of testosterone to DHT which is why many practitioners add it to their acne treatment regimens.
Incidentally, saw palmetto can help more than just acne, if you happen to be a man.
DHT is also involved in benign prostate hyperplasia which results in increasing trips to the bathroom at night. Reducing the conversion of testosterone to DHT may also help men support a healthy prostate.
How to Clear Up Your Acne Problem…
For acne, we recommend a controlled carb diet very low in sugar and processed carbs, to bring insulin under control. We also suggest including saw palmetto as a supplement.
And while too many people take care of their skin only from the outside, that doesn’t mean the outside doesn’t need care and protection as well! That’s why we have included some incredible skin care products in our recommendations below.
We like Douglas Labs products, because they are free of allergen, fillers, preservatives, and other unhealthy chemical Each capsule of Saw Palmetto Max-V contains 160 mg of Saw Palmetto standardized to 30% fatty acids. The recommended dose is two capsules per day.
DevitaRX formulates these pads with salicylic acid, an effective method of acne control. It removes residual dirt, oil and make-up helping to prevent the development of new acne blemishes. And these pads also contain certified organic aloe vera gel and witch hazel without any alcohol.
This is a light, aromatherapeutic moisturizer which helps manage excess oil, clogged pores, and unwanted shine. Ylang ylang, lemongrass and lavender oils help to balance sebum production while disinfecting and targeting acne bacterial. And this fast absorbing facial moisturizer is light enough to use every day!
By changing your diet and including these products in your daily regimen you may find your skin has a whole new glow.
Wishing you health and happiness,
The Rockwell Nutrition Team
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