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Acne can be mild or severe and can be very uncomfortable. It is  inflammatory condition of the skin’s sebaceous glands which produce oil to lubricate the skin. When there is a lot of oil production this can easily become trapped meaning bacteria then multiply and the skin becomes inflamed.

Acne is characterised by blackheads, white heads, inflamed areas of skin, deep cyst formation and subsequent scarring.

 Contributory factors

  • Excess androgens – Sex hormones called androgens stimulate production of oil in the skin and this can lead to teenage acne in both men and women. One of the androgen hormones is testosterone. Certain nutritional imbalances can cause testosterone in the body to be converted into a more aggressive form which exacerbates acnes. A qualified nutritional therapist can help to reverse this by correcting nutrient deficiencies and suggesting supplements to reduce levels of the aggressive form of testosterone. Excess testosterone can be detected using A Simple Testosterone Saliva Test. 
  • Imbalanced female hormones – Hormone imbalances premenstrually and during the menopause can also lead to skin outbreaks. These imbalances can be pinpointed by having a hormone test however this is not always necessary and a consultation should pick up any imbalances and can then help to address these with dietary and lifestyle changes.  
  • PCOS – Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is one of the most common hormonal disturbances affecting women. Acne is a recognised symptom of the condition, along with weight problems, overgrowth of facial hair, infertility, menstrual problems and blood sugar imbalances. A PCOS profile can identify the condition, which can then be effectively managed with the help of Smart Nutrition. A PCOS Profile.
  • Imbalance in fats – A diet high saturated or hydrogenated fats and low essential fatty acids can make acne much worse. A Consultation with Smart Nutrition would evaluate your diet for both good and bad fats and achievable goals would be set with meal and menu ideas to help you make changes in your diet. 
  • Nutritional deficiencies – Deficiencies of certain vitamins and minerals are known to be factors in the development of acne. A nutrition consultation can help you to pinpoint any areas where your diet may be lacking certain nutrients and would provide you with a plan to help you to address any areas that may need attention.
  • Toxic overload – Normally the liver deals with excess toxins, but if it is overloaded or not working properly then the body has to do the next best thing, which is to excrete toxins through the skin. Consequently a sluggish liver or toxic diet and lifestyle can be key contributing factors in acne. 
  • Body pH is too acidic – A diet high in refined and junk foods, a toxic lifestyle (smoking, drinking, and working in the city) and regular stress can all cause the body to be too acidic. This extra acidity favours all the nasty bacteria which cause acne. Body pH can be measured with urine stix that can be bought from a chemists. This is also a useful way of monitoring progress whilst following an alkalinising protocol.