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Root Causes of Acne - Hormones and Health Issues
It's important to understand what causes Acne in order to clear up your breakouts. Many people simply go to their local store and buy a bunch of extremely harsh over-the-counter acne treatments, which only make it worse. Sometimes the best way is the simplest.
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Causes of Hormone Related Acne
Hormones. A woman's menstrual cycle, Higher than normal testosterone levels, abnormal estrogen levels are just a few to name that could be causing your acne. In order to correct these problems. Certain medications and skin treatments, as well as; taking too many spin classes, being pregnant and males having too high testosterone levels either from the creams or taking some type of testosterone supplement.
Cosmetics. Certain cosmetics contain Phthalates and parabens, which are linked to an increase in thyroid related problems and hormone imbalances. Pay attention to what's in your cosmetics and try to stay all natural when you can.
Your acid levels are too high. When your body isn't "Alkaline enough" your overall acid levels will be naturally higher, which causes hormonal imbalances. If you have this problem, you can find out by doing a simple ph test which will show abnormal levels. Natural remedies for high acid levels including eating more spinach among other things.
Diet. Many foods and beverages can actually cause an imbalance in hormones which lead to acne, but many foods that don't cause an imbalance in hormones may still cause acne, but some of the foods that will cause hormone related acne include; anything with artificial sweeteners, dairy, muffins bagels, white rice and white bread or anything made with white flour.
Kidney problems. Even though kidney problems aren't directly related to hormone related acne, I felt it wasn't mentioned enough in skin related discussions on the internet or anywhere for that matter and your kidneys are the most important organs in your body related to skin. Many vitamin deficiencies cause skin problems and are directly related to kidney problems. Take Vitamins daily A, B,C,D and E. You should also include more zinc, iron and copper in your daily vitamin regiment. These vitamins and minerals should help improve kidney function, which will help correct vitamin deficiencies related to kidney absorption of vitamins. Your skin needs vitamin A, C, D and E to be at it's healthiest state.
Taking "the pill." It's a fact that taking Birth Control will lead to a hormone imbalance, causing unstable estrogen levels. Try using a condom or becoming sexually abstinant to avoid having to take birth control.
Taking Hormone Replacement therapy. Hormone replacement therapy can cause an imbalance in hormones which leads to over-production of sebum and the clogging of pores, leading to acne.
Clearing Up Breakouts by Balancing Hormones
Avoid High Omega-6 Fats. Stay away from Peanut oil, Vegetable oil, Canola oil, Soybean oil, Margarine or shortening because all of these fats have been chemically altered and will cause an imbalance in hormones, ultimately leading to an increase in sebum production and breakouts.
Vitamin D. Another Hormone friendly Vitamin is VItamin D or (the sun vitamin) which helps with certain hormone problems and overall health.
Eat organic. Organic foods are unbelievably healthy overall and not only help with hormone problems but will lead to overall better health.
No Caffeine. Caffeine can cause problems with hormone production or overproduction and ultimately causes skin problems.
Get a better nights sleep. Not getting enough sleep can and will lead to breakouts if you are prone to getting acne. Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep at night, so your body doesn't become confused and start producing too much or too little of certain hormones.
Gelatin. Calcium, magnesium and phosphate are found in Gelatin, which supports hormone production and digestive health.
Moderate exercise. Exercising too little or too much can lead to unstable hormone levels, which is why Yoga and similar workouts would be appropriate for someone with hormone problems. The stress relief you get from exercise is needed to decrease certain stress hormones, but if you exercise too much, hormones responsible for exhaustion and heat stress will become an issue.
Drink more water. Water helps your organs function better and ultimately leads to normal hormone production by calming certain organs. Drinking certain beverages will cause certain hormones to become unstable, which is why drinking more water helps so much with breakouts.
Stay away from alcohol. Alcohol is widely known in the medical community to not only disrupt certain hormones, but cause skin problems. It's best to stay away from alcohol all together.