Most people accept acne as an inevitable part of growing up. Acne is blamed on everything from “evolutionary biology”, which I found interesting, to genetics, hormones, chocolate, or too much sun.
The most common explanation is hormones. ‘Experts’ claim that during periods in our lives, hormones become unbalanced and ‘wreak havoc’; most notably during puberty. While we do have times in our lives where our hormones change, they certainly should not be wreaking havoc. And that includes menopause, but that is another story.
The simple fact is, acne is a modern disease. Traditional societies didn’t suffer from acne. However, between up to 95% of teenagers are afflicted with acne today. In addition, up to 54% of adults over the age of 24 also suffer with a degree of acne. And for up to 12% of women and 3% of men, it can continue well into middle age.
Our Western diet is the cause, which means, there is a very simple, and exciting solution. Acne is not caused by bacteria or genetics; it is a result of our overconsumption of refined carbohydrates and sugar.
Grain consumption increases insulin and an insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1), which increases male hormones and leads our pores to secrete more sebum; oil that traps acne-causing bacteria.
A more natural, low carbohydrates diet can cure acne permanently. Stress can also impact acne, so keeping our stress levels low not only benefits our health, but our looks as well.