What is Acne?
80% of people between the ages of 12-24 suffer from acne. Acne is caused by inflammation of the sebaceous glands. The sebaceous glands are located just underneath the skin, secreting oils to help lubricate the skin. When too much sebum or â€œoilsâ€ are secreted by these glands it usually ends up causing dead skin cells to stick together and clog up pores. So, take too much sebum, clumps of dead skin cells stuck in narrow pores, and mix that all together-does that sound like a recipe for acne? It can be in the form of pimples, blackheads, white heads, superficial cysts, or even pustules. Usually caused by blocked pores; acne has a red, irritated, often inflamed appearance. It is that inflammation that truly characterizes acne. It poses as a big problem to many teenagers, so how can it be prevented?
Characterized by, swelling, redness, and pain inflammation is our bodyâ€™s first line of defense. It works to ward off invading pathogens and begin the healing process, although, it can be a double-edged sword. With acne, the presence of bacteria in the sebum causes white blood cells to move to the infected area, which, in turn, propels the inflammatory process. Along with sending white blood cells, inflammation also deliverâ€™s nourishment to the affected area during the process to help ward off all the harmful bacteria.
Avoiding Acne and Inflammation BEFORE it Begins
Anytime food is consumed your body produces insulin to balance out your blood sugar levels. When people have high carb diets it can lead to insulin resistance-or the inability of insulin to effectively lower your blood sugar (glucose) level. This can also lead to diabetes. So, letâ€™s break it down: A high-carb/sugar filled diet leads to the bodiesâ€™ inability to fully break down and utilize glucose properly. This then leads to high amounts of insulin to be produced, in order to compensate for the high amount of sugar being digested. Insulin resistance causes this large amount of insulin to remain in the blood stream, in turn causing your sebaceous glands to secrete more oil then it would normally produce. These oils then contribute to the clogging of pores (along with excess clumps of dead skin cells), creating the perfect place for bacteria to thrive and multiply, inducing the inflammatory response.
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Enzymes and How They Work
Amylase: Breaks down carbohydrates, more specifically starch, into smaller dextrins and sugars;produced naturally by humans, microorganisms and plants
Proteases:Hydrolyze protein such as casein, steak, gelatin, soy, fish and other plant and animal proteins into smaller chains of polypeptides (small proteins) and amino acids for easier uptake throughout the body
Lipase: Breaks down fats into essential fatty acids needed for healthy tissues and cells*
Lactase: Breaks down milk sugars (lactose)
Hemicellulase: Breaks down carbohydrates, including fiber and other plant polysaccharides
Cellulase: Breaks down carbohydrates, like fiber and other plant polysaccharides
Maltase: Breaks down starch into the sugar maltose
Invertase: Breaks down sucrose into the simple sugars glucose and fructose
Bromelain: A collective name for the proteolytic (protein-digesting) enzymes found in the pineapple plant (Ananas comosus); known for its digestive properties. A good substitute for animal-based, digestive enzymes pepsin and trypsin due to its activity across a wide pH range
Serrapeptase(Peptizyme SPÂ® Brand): Enzyme used by silkworms to dissolve their silken cocoons; A systemic enzyme which has been isolated, studied and used extensively for more than 50 years for its excellent fibrinolytic (fibrin-digesting), proteolytic (protein-digesting) and anti-inflammatory properties*
Papain: Obtained from the latex of the fruit of the Papaya tree, papain has been used for centuries as an effective digestive aid*
Alpha-Galactosidase: Breaks down complex carbohydrates commonly contained in legumes such as raffinose and stachyose
Amla: Also known as Indian gooseberry (Emblica officinalis); a natural, efficacious antioxidant, and one of the richest sources of absorbable vitamin C
Papaya Powder: From green papaya fruit; a natural source of papain and chymopapain, two enzymes well-known for their digestive and proteolytic (protein-digesting) properties