I made a thread about this in the nutrition section, heres what it said basically
Well after seeing a couple of these type of threads on Acne.org it got me thinking...
This has probably been theorized before on the boards before but anyway..
Say a skinny person has a fast metabolism, because their body processes food that quickly, their liver is more likely to become overloaded and isnt able to deal with all the toxins/crap as effectively, well since a high metabolism is something you are born with that means your liver has been consistently overloaded and strained since an early age so your liver is probably generally in worse shape then someone who has a slow metabolism?
Secondly and more importantly, someone with a fast metabolism who consumes alot of carbs, processes it that quickly that the blood sugar level spikes are much more intense, insulin response is heightened because of this and the body becomes resistant to these high levels of insulin over time (again since early age), so at the end of the day in the skinny person's case, high insulin levels (meaning higher androgen activity in general, also meaning more of the androgen DHT which causes more oil) are the norm for the person, which combined with the poor liver function = acne.
Whereas a larger person with a slow metabolism processes food much more slower, so both the liver function and insulin/blood sugar levels have not been damaged or unbalanced consistently since early age.
I was thinking maybe thats why people who are skinnier generally have more acne whereas bigger people usually have nicer skin. I personally have noticed this and the general consensus on these boards is the same.
Has what I said made much sense? Im pretty new to this whole diet and holistic, high GI, sugar and insulin thing but I think I've got the right idea maybe?
This is the first thing that I have ever read about acne that makes COMPLETE sense to me.... Trust me if there was a herb or some way of slowing down my metabolism I would do it. I eat VERY healthy but I also eat like a pig.. I eat A LOT of food... and I am STILL SO SKINNY. PLUS I have issues with alcohol, I cant drink like my friends can, even if I have one drink I feel like complete ass the next day. Could my liver be the culprit? I had a lady at a health food store tell me that if your liver is over loaded it has a hard time processing your hormones too. For me, I honestly think that my birth control pill was a huge problem, I think it over loaded my liver with fake hormones, plus back in the day I used to eat super crappy... so I started to get acne after being clear all through my teen years, on my 4th year of being on the birth control pill. It all just seems to add up. I think us skinny people have to be careful with our livers. I've been mean to mine, so now I am trying to repair the damage... went off the birth control pill and am taking hormone and liver supporting herbs. I may do some liver cleanses soon too.
Good luck! What liver supporting herbs are you taking? I currently take Milk thistle extract, Taurine, Niacin (non flush), vitamin C, Vitamin D3, calcium, magnesium and Alpha lipoic acid and NAC (although the latter two not every day). To be honest it is hard to see if they have made much difference but they havent made things any worse so I stick with em
Recently though Ive changed to a low sugar diet (no refined sugars and limited fruit) and also low GI food such as brown rice instead of chips or white rice, and Ive seen a massive improvement in acne, an actual noticable improvement which makes me think the thing about insulin and blood sugar spikes is a major factor for me as I used to eat really crappy aswell, and a LOT of sugar. Ive started taking psyllium husk (a fibre) after carb heavy meals to slow down the digestion (therefore slowing down glucose metabolism), and also have bought some chromium picolinate (supposed to help balance blood sugar levels) but have yet to implement it into my supplement regimen.
A good place to look for liver tips, and general acne/diet/health tips is Alternativsta's thread in the nutrition section. Full of useful stuffhttp://www.acne.org/...;hl=cliff notes
Edited by JoeBloggs, 20 April 2010 - 08:44 PM.