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Low carb helps acne

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This is my first post here but I found something that worked for me so I thought I'd share. I started the Atkins diet about a month ago and my skin has been improving. I noticed a difference about a week after starting. I started the Dan's regime about 1 week ago. My skin is very close to being as clear as it's been in years.

Very low carb diets reduce insulin levels. Insulin spikes influence other hormones that can cause acne. It's working for me and it might work for you.

I'm attaching two links which explain current research about carbs and acne. One of them also gives a list of foods that cause the highest insulin spikes (Glycemic Index). They are worth reading. If you have any questions about what they are talking about... just post your question... I'll be happy to try to explain.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/2542801.stm

http://www.dermadoctor.com/pages/newslette...98041C712422%7D

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You can't attribute acne to insulin or pancreas over simulation.

If that were the case, every diabetic you ever knew would have horrible

acne since they don't eliminate glucose properly.


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Hey, I know diet definitely affects skin. It affects every other body organ so it only makes sense. i know that eating soy/going vegetarian for a couple years (so much for a healthy diet it was a HUGE mistake) gave me bad acne and caused me to get some noticeable scars. Before that I had NEVER had cysts that left indents but because of the stupid media lies about soy and vegetarianism I thought for sure it was hereditary. anyway I was put on accuatne (6 years ago) and now I very rarely hve pimples. I mostly have some blackheads and mild breakouts, but still those ugle scars because they didn't heal well while I was vegetarian (which is also when I was put on accutane so it was a double whammy) Also my teeth and gums were really affected and I had always had perfect teeth without braces. Oh yeah, photofacials help diminish scars and red marks, for real!

If you find you are also feeling crappy in other ways (i.e. teeth/gums, lethargic) diet could be the MAIN acne culprit, especially if your parents didn't have rampnat acne ya know. i don't use anything on my face now except sporadically and don't get cysts and when I do I almost never scar.

I've also never had issues with my weight, I'm really thin and eat a lot. I know there are very overweight people with good skin but maybe it's 'cause all the junk food goes in their hips/butt and not out on their skin! :blink: People are affected by diet differently, what can make on person fat. or another person's stomach ache, could make your skin break out.

By the way carbs/dairy cause my skin to grease up and eating LOTS of veggies like kale/broccoli/carrots/asparagus which is hard to do really helps my skin stay more clear. And yes, drinking LOTS of water does help, that's what helps keep your body running!

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You can't attribute acne to insulin or pancreas over simulation.

If that were the case, every diabetic you ever knew would have horrible

acne since they don't eliminate glucose properly.


Who wants to be normal? Who wants normal results? We want to be exceptional. Exceptions confirm what is not normal

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You can't attribute acne to insulin or pancreas over simulation.

If that were the case, every diabetic you ever knew would have horrible

acne since they don't eliminate glucose properly.

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This is your own theory. There are no studies whatsoever that tie

insulin and testosterone production together - interestingly enough,

the largest segment of people that require testosterone and erectile

disfunction therapy are DIABETICS (t1 and 2). How would that be the

case since they chronically produce more insulin (t2's) and have higher

post prandial blood glucose levels (t1 and t2)?

Again, back to my example. There are many type 1 diabetics and

type 2 diabetics that have totally clear skin. And not so clear skin.

You can't attribute acne to insulin, there is no link whatsoever -

if there was a link between insulin over-production and acne, all

type 2s would have horrible acne.


before you judge me take a look at you

can't you find something better to do

point the finger, slow to understand

arrogance and ignorance go hand in hand

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Ok... Really, I didn't just make it up. Anyway, here is one study that relates insulin to testosterone. I admit... it's not a perfectly consistent correlation, but there is good evidence, that for SOME people, reducing insulin levels can result in better skin.

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Pasquali R. Macor C. Vicennati V. Novo F. De lasio R. Mesini P. Boschi S. Casimirri F. Vettor R. Effects of acute hyperinsulinemia on testosterone serum concentrations in adult obese and normal-weight men. Metabolism: Clinical & Experimental. 46(5):526-9, 1997 May.

The following are excerpts from the abstract:

In this study, we investigated the effects of acute hyperinsulinemia on major androgen levels, including testosterone...

Acute hyperinsulinemia was obtained by the euglycemic-hyperinsulinemic clamp technique.

During the clamp study, testosterone was significantly increased in the obese group (11.79 +/- 3.64 nmol/L, P < .05) but not in the control group (15.81 +/- 4.54 nmol/L, P = NS).

These findings are consistent with the hypothesis that insulin may regulate testosterone blood levels also in male subjects. Whether these effects are primarily due to increased hormone secretion or reduced clearance needs to be investigated.

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That study proves nothing. I hesitate to even call that a study, actually...its

pretty ridiculous.

There are obese people with perfectly normal glucose metabolism, and

skinny people with impaired glucose metabolism.....this study would have

been more helpful in evaluating the insulin sensitivity of all individuals involved,

instead of just putting them in a "normal" and "obese" group


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Ok... I'm not the sort of person to argue just for the sake of argument. I understand your point about the diabetics.

As far as knowing for sure if LC works or not... we will have to wait for the Melbourne study to be completed... either LC will help or it wont. We will certainly see in the near future.

Do you have a different hypothesis about why hunter-gatherer societies don't have acne? It seems clear that some environmental factor is involved. I doubt that their genetics are very different than ours.

Here is some more detailed info. about the proposed carb-acne link.

The following is from: http://www.holdthetoast.com/archive/030402.html

So how do refined starches cause acne? Dr. Cordain suggests a few mechanisms:

* It is well-established that high insulin levels trigger an increase in androgens - male hormones, like testosterone. This is the cause of poly cystic ovarian syndrome, now widely accepted as a carbohydrate intolerance disease - and one that is accompanied by serious acne. Those androgens, in turn, stimulate the production of sebum - skin oil. Result? Oily skin.

* At the same time that a diet high in refined carbohydrate is stimulating insulin and androgens, it is also stimulating the production of insulin-like growth factor-1, or IGF-1. At the same time, it reduces the level of insulin-like growth factor binding protein-3, or IGFBP-3, which counteracts IGF-1, which means that IGF-1 becomes even more powerful. I know the jargon is getting deep here, but stick with me; I'm getting to the point: As its name suggests, IGF-1 causes stuff in your body to grow by stimulating the division of cells. (Incidentally, and far more serious than acne, this means that IGF-1 is associated with many kinds of cancer.) When those cells that are dividing and growing are in your skin, they can cause overgrowth of the cells inside the sebaceous (oil) glands on the face. In short, clog city.

* IGFBP-3 levels are apparently interconnected with your body's ability to use various relatives of vitamin A, called retinoids. This part of the article involved some serious med-speak, but what I got out of it was this: Those retinoids help reduce the growth of those cells inside your sebaceous glands. This is no doubt why Retin-A and Accutane, the most-used prescriptions for acne, are powerful vitamin A-like chemicals. Anyway, eating junk carbs suppresses IGFBP-3, which in turn means your body can't use the vitamin A right to keep your skin clear.

In the meanwhile, halfway 'round the world, a team of researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia are planning a 3 month test of a low carb diet for acne treatment, using 60 teenaged boys as subjects. It will be one of the first clinical tests of the carbohydrate/acne theory.

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When will the Austrailian study be complete,do you know?

Women with PCOS are told to go on a low carb diet because high levels of insulin stimulate the ovaries to produce high levels of testosterone,thus increasing oil production and causing more acne.

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Hey, I know diet definitely affects skin. It affects every other body organ so it only makes sense. i know that eating soy/going vegetarian for a couple years (so much for a healthy diet it was a HUGE mistake) gave me bad acne and caused me to get some noticeable scars.

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