Well-balance life with MNI – Hormonal Acne and Teenagers skin health

Well-balance life with MNI – Hormonal Acne and Teenagers skin health

If there's one thing you can count on as a teen, it's acne. More than 85% of teenagers have this common skin problem due to hormonal changes or imbalances.  

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What is hormonal acne?

Most of the acne we are familiar with is hormonal acne, also known as acne vulgaris. Most simply, it is acne that develops due to hormonal changes and imbalance, usually as a result of there being too much male hormone, or testosterone. Testosterone increases how much oil the skin secretes, which can lead to clogged pores. These can then be colonised by a bacteria known as Cutibacterium acnes, irritating the skin cells and leading to inflammation.

Hormonal acne is most common in teenage years when our bodies are undergoing many changes, but can arise at any time in your life.

Learn more: About hormonal acne here

Is there a difference between acne, hormonal acne, acne during puberty and acne vulgaris or are they all the same thing?

While the reasons for someone getting acne might differ, all acne is caused by excessive oiliness of the skin. While some people may normally have oilier skin, unexplained and regular bouts of acne all point to the same underlying causes – insulin resistance and hormonal imbalance. So while you have heard of different names, these acnes are actually the same.

It should be noted, though, that hormonal change at certain times of one’s life, like puberty, is normal, even if uncomfortable, while at other times may point to a bigger problem.

How are acne, insulin and my hormones linked?

Insulin and hormone balance are tightly connected. When insulin becomes too high, it is able to suppress the action of female hormones, and enhance that of male hormones. At the same time, male hormones, like testosterone, are able to cause insulin resistance. What this leads to is a snowball effect where hormones become more imbalanced and insulin resistance increases.

Male hormones are also responsible for causing higher amounts of oil, or sebum, production in the skin, especially on the face. This leads to blocking of pores and the development of acne.

I’ve already undergone puberty or am an older adult, what does it mean if I still suffer from acne break-outs?

Experiencing acne past puberty is not so rare that you should be worried, especially if you only get a few spots every now and then. Acne can be caused by many things, and you should try and figure out what is associated with spots. If you’ve tried your best, however, and either can’t find any link, or your acne is persistent, it may be worth considering that underlying hormonal imbalance or insulin resistance may be the cause.

How can I address my acne and what are the treatments?

Acne can be caused by many things, but ultimately is a result of excessive oiliness of the skin leading to blocked pores, invasion by the bacteria C. acnes, and ultimately, inflammation.

Treatment for acne should therefore be multi-layered, focussing on the underlying cause of oily skin, prevention of pore blockage and suppressing inflammation in the skin.

In many of these cases, however, the over-bearing evidence is that acne can be significantly reduced by adopting positive lifestyle modifications.

●      Maintaining a healthy weight. Weight loss can reduce insulin and androgen levels and may restore ovulation. Even slight reductions (as little as 5%) can make a difference and improve fertility.

●      Avoidance of processed, high-carbohydrate foods. Diet should be centred upon plant-based, minimally processed foods comprising complex carbohydrates, healthy fats and proteins.

●      Staying active. Exercise helps lower blood sugar levels, reduce inflammation and improve hormonal regulation.

●      Avoiding toxic substances, such as tobacco and alcohol. Not only can these cause direct damage via oxidative stress, but also affect hormonal regulation and inflammation.

●      Practising a good skin care routine.

●      Avoiding dairy if it appears to make your acne worse.

For optimal results in combination with a healthy lifestyle you can take a supplement like SkinVance + Zinc.

SkinVance + Zinc contains a unique blend of ingredients that help to optimise skin health by combatting hormonal acne and the effects of insulin resistance on the skin.  This blend leads to more rapid improvement in insulin sensitivity and hormonal imbalances, calms down overactive oil gland activity and alleviate skin inflammation.

SkinVance + Zinc, for male and females, optimise skin health from within.

Learn more: About SkinVance + Zinc and how it combats hormonal acne and the effects of hormonal imbalance & insulin resistance on the skin

Purchase online: SkinVance + Zinc

Remember the MNI Product Specialists are available for your support, you can contact them directly at [email protected]

For more information visit The Medical Nutritional website at www.mnilifestyle.co.za

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