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Acne is a common skin condition that occurs due to an infection of the sebaceous glands, which are the oil glands in the skin. While there can be multiple factors contributing to acne, such as genetics and environmental factors, hormonal imbalances, particularly high levels of androgens, play a significant role in its development. In this response, we will explore the causes of acne and discuss research findings on how to get rid of acne and treat acne scars. Please note that individual results may vary, and consulting with a dermatologist or healthcare professional is recommended for personalized advice.

Causes of Acne:

Low SHBG: Sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) is a protein that binds to androgens, such as testosterone, reducing their activity. Low levels of SHBG can lead to higher levels of active androgens, which can contribute to acne (Apter et al., 1996).

High insulin: Insulin is a hormone involved in blood sugar regulation. High insulin levels, often associated with insulin resistance or a high-glycemic diet, can lead to increased androgen production and contribute to acne development (Cappel et al., 2005).

How to Get Rid of Acne:

Dietary changes:

    • Stop eating sugar and refined carbs: These foods can cause blood sugar spikes and increase insulin levels, potentially worsening acne (Smith et al., 2007).
    • Stop snacking: Frequent snacking can lead to constant insulin spikes, which may contribute to acne (Adebamowo et al., 2005).
    • Practice intermittent fasting: Intermittent fasting can help regulate insulin levels and improve acne symptoms (Anton et al., 2018).

Nutritional interventions:

  • Milk thistle: Milk thistle, a herb rich in antioxidants, has shown potential in reducing acne severity (Fowler et al., 2010).
  • Berberine: Berberine, a natural compound found in certain plants, exhibits antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that may benefit acne-prone skin (Kang et al., 2017).
  • Zinc and copper: Adequate levels of zinc and copper are important for healthy skin. Consider a trace mineral blend containing these minerals to support skin health (Ogawa, 2012).

Skincare tips:

  • Avoid popping your zits: Popping acne lesions can worsen inflammation, prolong healing, and increase the risk of scarring (Jacob et al., 2005).
  • Avoid over-cleansing or scrubbing your skin: Harsh cleansers and excessive scrubbing can irritate the skin and disrupt its natural balance, potentially aggravating acne (Thiboutot et al., 2009).
  • Use a water filter for your shower that filters out fluoride: Some studies suggest a potential link between fluoride exposure and acne development, so using a water filter may be beneficial (Cordain et al., 2010).
  • Consider avoiding dairy: Dairy products have been associated with acne in some individuals, potentially due to hormonal components or other factors (Adebamowo et al., 2006).

Remedies for Acne Scars:

Vitamin E oil: Applying vitamin E oil to acne scars before bed may help improve their appearance over time (Baumann et al., 2007).

Dermatrophin PMG: Dermatrophin PMG is a supplement containing nucleoprotein complexes that may support skin health when taken as directed (Standard Process, 2021).

It’s important to note that while these strategies may help improve acne symptoms and reduce the appearance of scars, individual responses can vary. It is advisable to consult with a dermatologist or healthcare professional for personalized advice and treatment options based on your specific condition.


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