Causes of Acne

Undercover There is a lot of information written about the causes and many methods applied in the treatment. Finding the root cause of acne and solving it is the main thing in the treatment approach. The cause of acne, which is enough to make our lives unbearable, sometimes does not stop no matter what we do, and descends from the face to the neck, back and chest, is not only the problems on the surface of our skin.

The most common acne is acne, which typically appears on the t-zone or chin area of ​​your face, presenting with a mixture of whiteheads, blackheads, and general redness around the affected area. This type of acne is called ‘Acne vulgaris’.

Another type of acne is cystic acne, which forms like a hill under the skin and never shrinks. These types of acne tend to go deeper into the skin. They tend to be painful to touch, more persistent. Cystic acnes are mostly found in the lower half of the skin and on the chest, back and shoulders.

Having acne is obviously mentally disturbing. It has been discovered that people with chronic acne are more prone to depression. People with acne experience discomfort in the social environment. They are judged to be not clean by the social environment. Yes, although skin cleansing is very important in acne formation, it is not that simple. Although people with acne eat healthier and wash their skin frequently, these two measures may not solve acne.

More than 50% of people experience acne in adolescence. While most people have acne in their late 20s and early 30s, it tends to persist in some people.
Adult acne tends to be cystic, on the lower face and neck, décolleté and back. At least, we predict when acne will regress during adolescence, the biggest problem of adult acne is not knowing when it will regress. It makes people feel like they are in a tunnel with no light at the end.

The first thing we need to do to resolve acne is to find the underlying cause.

Acne, especially in adolescents from hormonal imbalances known to originate. In advanced age, it is known that the cause of acne formation in women, especially during the menstrual cycle, is hormonal. Well, it’s hormonal, but why is there an imbalance in hormones? Especially in adults, the most important reason for this is; estrogen dominance.

Some of the Causes of Hormonal Acne;

1. Estrogen dominance; It describes an increase in estrogen levels versus progesterone levels. Normally, estrogen and progesterone are in a balance, when the balance is disturbed, the increase of estrogen against progesterone is called estrogen dominance. This can cause appetite imbalance, mood changes, headaches, anxiety, in addition, it is one of the most important causes of acne,
2.Androgen excess; Testosterone causes overproduction of Sebum and keratin on the skin surface. This leads to clogging of the pores. Among the causes of excess androgen; polycystic ovary syndrome, stress-induced disruption of the adrenal axis may take place. Other symptoms of testosterone excess include; hair growth, irregular menstrual periods, apple-type weight gain can be counted.

3. A familial hormonal problem, namely genetic transmission, may play a role in hormonal acne. If there is a family history such as PCOS, early hair loss, and prostatic hyperplasia, genetic predisposition should be considered.

After hormonal reasons to feedI want to draw attention.
Among the factors that can cause acne in terms of nutrition are foods that we know to be inflammatory. these foods;

Gluten, milk and dairy products, and refined sugar, which we absolutely cut out in the elimination diet, are. These cause inflammation, that is, a toxic reaction, in the intestine and then in the whole body in general, and the excessive increase in inflammation causes damage to various organs and systems in our body. One of these consequences is acne.
Foods with a high glycemic index are among the foods that we can count among inflammatory foods and that we know that their frequent consumption causes acne. Foods with a high glycemic index cause the excessive secretion of insulin and another substance we call IGF1. The receptors of this substance are also found in the sebaceous glands, which are responsible for the formation of acne on the skin. Therefore, excessive secretion causes acne formation.

Another reason for acne formation detoxificationpathways are insufficient.

Our body has complicated detoxification pathways consisting of the liver, gallbladder, kidneys and urinary tract, intestines, lungs, lymphatic system and skin. Each of these organs plays a critical role in balancing the level of toxins and wastes in the body. Especially liver detox systems are also important in acne formation. Supporting liver detox systems in our patients suffering from chronic acne is one of our most important approaches.

And as the reason that plays the most role in all of our lives; stress. As a result of stress, the body releases the hormone cortisone from the adrenals. Since cortisone and sex hormones such as estrogen and testosterone are synthesized through the same pathways, the hormonal balance is disturbed. Stress affects the adrenals in this way, causing hormone imbalance in your body and can cause acne.

Another issue that we have been focusing on recently is gut, immune system and skin connection . We can briefly explain as follows; An imbalance in the intestinal flora can activate the immune system due to bacterial endotoxins and lipopolysaccharides. The increase in inflammation as a result of excessive stimulation of the immune system cells in our skin causes the skin barrier to deteriorate and subsequently bacteria to settle easily and cause acne.
Another part of how gut dysbiosis causes acne is SIBO. Impaired motor movements in sibo cause constipation and this causes inflammation and acne formation.

In order to treat acne and get rid of it forever, it is very important to elucidate the underlying mechanism.

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