Posted 09 December 2012 - 09:43 AM
It screws up hormones and increases chronic inflammation. The same things a bad diet and poor sleep and other habits do. And these are the root causes of acne.
I can understand how chronic stress might increase inflammation, if you develop a resistance to glucocorticoids. But if you have a bad week, the anti-inflammatory stress hormones should have the opposite effect, right?
Well, here's a problem with saying "stress can cause chronic inflammation": it's too vague. There are various 'inflammatory' chemicals: nitric oxide, histamine, IL-8 to name a few off the top of my head. It depends how much is increased, how long it lasts and its "location". Same concept goes with saying that "stress hormones have an anti-inflammatory effect [on acne]"-- what stress hormones and how are they anti-inflammatory?
In short, saying 'stress hormones cause chronic inflammation' is an ambiguous assertion.
That argument is pointless. The specific chemicals involved are irrelevant to most people.. Chronic Stress causes chronic inflammation. That's what we need to know.
It also elevates blood sugar thru a couple of pathways which means increases the harmful effects of a SAD Diet.
This week was a very stressful week for me. I had a lot of papers and projects due, and had to work nonstop with very little sleep.
The weird thing is, I got no acne all week long. Near the end of the week, my skin got a little bit itchy, and when I pressed certain spots, dry sebum would come out. It was as if I had gotten clogged pores, but there was no inflammatory response, so the sebum just stayed there and eventually reached the outside of my skin.
This got me thinking. Stress makes your body release cortisol, which suppresses the immune system and reduces inflammation. It's a very simple and direct explanation of what I observed this week.
Obviously I'm not saying that people should stress themselves out to help treat acne symptoms, because stress has many other detrimental effects on your health. But I have to wonder: why do people say that stress contributes to acne?
More likely your skin was clearer that week because of what you had done the prior weeks and are breaking out later as a result of your stressful week. Acne usually takes weeks to form.
Edited by alternativista, 09 December 2012 - 09:52 AM.
Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.
Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing
. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear
Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.Diet effects acne in so many ways
: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!
For more information, see my Good Things for Acne
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