WHAT CAUSES ACNE SCARRING AND BREAKOUTS
What causes Acne?
Acne is a skin condition that used to be considered more a teenage skin condition as sufferers experienced changes to their hormones and their skin during adolescent year however it is now not confined to just teenagers and people of all walks of life, sexes and ages are experiencing acne as we see the changes in in our diet and how they affect our skin, hormones and blood sugar levels.
Acne may be caused by one or a combination of lifestyle and nutritional triggers that flow on to affect hormonal, digestive and skin/sebaceous gland health;
- Over exposure to environmental triggers such as chlorine and harsh cleaning chemicals
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Poor gut health affecting food break down and absorption
- Hormonal changes such as pregnancy, puberty and menopause
- Dietary triggers such as fast food, over processed foods to GMO foods and regular ingestion of allergens such as dairy products, corn and soy based foods, low dietary starch ingestion, over ingestion of fruit and not enough greens to stabilise and maintain a healthy blood sugar
- Medications such as the contraceptive pill and some inhalers.
What can I do now to get rid of my acne once and for all?
If you haven’t changed your diet already see What easy changes can I make to my diet to improve the appearance and health of my skin?
If you are frustrated and you feel that you have a healthy diet then you might have some nutritional deficiencies. A nutritional deficiencies assessment and skin profiling may be a way to help you identify the reason that you acne is not improving and allow us to get to the core of the problem.
Reassess the skincare that you are using. If you have been using the same skincare and your acne is not improving then your skin care is not doing working for you need to make some changes.
- Avoid harsh chemical and exfoliants that damage or weaken your skin’s barrier as the integrity of your skin’s barrier is vital to go from acne skin to a healthy glowing complexion.
- Use non comedogenic sun screen and make-up. Check the list of products that weaken your skin’s barrier and ensure that they are not in your skin care or makeup.
- Check your gut health with our questionnaire to see if your is out of balance
- Check your diet to ensure that your diet is not full of hidden and well as macro sugars that can cause Insulin Resistance which is lined to Acne. Check our questionnaire to see if this applies to you.
- Be prepared to make lifestyle and dietary changes as you start to understand your unique problem. It is the imbalances are what is driving your acne now and we need both external and internal strategies to affect your skin conditions once and for all.
What type of Acne do I have?
There are different types of acne from mild to severe however they all results in blocked sebaceous pores, over keratinization, (overproduction of skin cells), over sebaceous oils which leads to congestion in your sebaceous glands, inflammation, redness and uneven skin to the touch. The skin’s barrier is also often damaged or weakened due to over cleaning and exfoliation therefore increasing the risk of infection and irritation.
Acne can present in mild to severe forms. The mildest form of acne and is non-inflammatory. It is usually triggered by a digestive imbalance and often presents itself as closed and/or open comedones, which we know as whiteheads and blackheads. It is generally more prevalent on the forehead and can be due to low levels of nutrition as poor gut health and low levels of healthy gut microbiome.
A more moderate type of acne presents more like an infection or a whitehead in the follicle. It can potentially become severe and affect the back, arms and face. When a follicle ruptures, causing it to become red and inflamed. This inflammation is known as a papule, and is caused by the white blood cells filling your pores, and again, becoming trapped. White blood cells will make their way to the surface of the skin causing a pustule, or what we commonly refer to as a pimple. These pustules are what we associate with acne.
The most severe type of acne is known as cystic acne. It may be the result of nutritional deficiencies, poor gut and microbiome health leading to hormonal imbalances, Insulin resistance, weight gain, sugar cravings, mental fog, depression, scarring and metabolic disorders.
What is the difference between whiteheads and blackheads?
Whiteheads occur when the natural sebum (oil) and bacteria your skin produces become trapped in the gland, often resulting in tiny flesh coloured bumps. If and when your pores open, the oil previously trapped will oxidize and turn black. The discolouration that takes place is due to our natural oils carrying melanin (pigment), and when exposed to the surface, these turn brown or black, hence the term ‘blackhead’.
What is scarring and want can I do help my scarring?
Scarring is the process by which wounds are repaired. Damage to the deeper layer of the skin, the dermis, is required to produce a scar. Damage to only the epidermis, the most superficial layer of skin, will not always produce a scar. Scars produce a structural change in the deeper layers of the skin which is perceived as an alteration in the architecture of the normal surface features. It is not just a change in skin colour therefore to improve scarring we need to reach the dermal layer. By using natural Vitamins and organic botanicals together with our latest innovative technology we are able to deposit these vitamins into the deeper skin cells where cellular regeneration, remodelling and rebuilding occur.
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