Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

assassin.

Would putting the body in ketosis be a good way to reduce sebum?

8 posts in this topic

Ketosis is basically when one consumes very low carbohydrates and high protein and moderate fats, forcing the body to use fats instead of carbohydrates for energy.

If the body was in ketosis wouldn't sebum be reduced since the body would be using the sebum it would have released on the skin for energy instead?

Sebum, is, afterall, basically "fat".

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sebum will be reduced but not because of the reason you mention. Ketosis is not the same as starvation (that's when you cannot waste that fat). You can be in Ketosis and not be starving, just eating a really high fat diet (Eskimos, meat only, etc). After some weeks in being in Ketosis, if you are not starving yourself, you will bump out of ketosis even if you are not eating carbohydrates. This happens after your body gets more efficient at glycogeneisis and creates enough out of protein to fuel your brain with it.

The reason why being in Ketosis will reduce oil in skin is because you will stabilize your insulin level since you are eating really high fat without carbs. Insulin is a hormone that starts a cascading effect, one of the spill-offs is oily skin (more IGF-1, less IGFBP3 triggers more production of sebum in skin, along with other processes that create acne, as delayed apoptosis (programmed cell death) in keratinocytes).

Source of ideas in last paragraph: The Dietary Cure for Acne

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Anything's possible, but nothing is proven along these lines AFAICT. But in a related note, on the ability of a low GI diet to influence the composition of the sebum:

The effect of a low glycemic load diet on acne vulgaris and the fatty acid composition of skin surface triglycerides.


I think impaired zinc metabolism is the root cause of chronic acne.

A Zinc Regimen. | My crappy blog.

"When you believe in things that you don't understand, then you suffer -- superstition ain't the way" -- S. Wonder


Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
The reason why being in Ketosis will reduce oil in skin is because you will stabilize your insulin level since you are eating really high fat without carbs. Insulin is a hormone that starts a cascading effect, one of the spill-offs is oily skin (more IGF-1, less IGFBP3 triggers more production of sebum in skin...).

Source of ideas in last paragraph: The Dietary Cure for Acne

Exactly how and why does insulin (or more IGF-1) trigger more sebum production? Does your source (The Dietary Cure for Acne) say anything specific about that?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes, it explains it completely. Not gonna type up an explanation as it would take me time. Google it to learn more (I think some posts about it might be spread around this forum).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I did a Google search on it, but found nothing but a bunch of reviews and sales pitches for the book. Can't you just explain the basic idea to me in three or four sentences?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It's kind of common sense that ketosis would reduce sebum. If spiking insulin causes a rise in sebum, then eliminating all types of carbohydrates, even complex ones, would result in a drastic reduction of insulin in the body, therefore much less sebum on the skin.

For the past 2 days I've been following a ketogenic diet (partly for bodybuilding and partly for acne) and I've noticed that my acne is starting to clear up and my face doesn't seem as oily. All I've been eating is eggs, chicken, vegetables, and vitamin/mineral juice so I am not deficient in any important vitamins/minerals, especially those which aid in helping acne.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

At the beginning of a ketogenic diet I believe my skin actually started to break out on my shoulders (but quickly cleared it up with Protex soap). Maybe it was all the sweating at the gym?

Anyway it's not a healthy diet for the long-term. I only did it to get very toned for modelling. I follow a reasonably low BAD carb diet. Meaning I eat good carbs, like brown rice, sweet potato, vegetables and fruit.


SUPPLEMENTS:

Orthoplex Multi Flora Probiotic

Zinc & Vitamin C


Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites