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What is acne?

As leather needs to be oiled, our skin needs sebum / tallow to remain flexible. This sebum is produced in pockets in the true skin and transported to the surface of the outer skin through narrow tubes: sebum canals.

If these sebum canals are partially or completely blocked, sebum accumulates in these pockets, and inflammations are caused.

What causes acne?

Too much moisture in the skin pinching off sebum canals combined with a high sebum production.

If the skin does not contain excessive moisture, a high sebum production is not a problem at all. Sebum is essential to keep the skin flexible and young. The more sebum is produced, the more flexible and healthy the skin is. The less sebum is produced, the faster the outer skin cells dehydrate and age.

If your skin contains too much moisture but produces little sebum, you will not have acne, but you will have a swollen skin.

What causes water retention in the skin?

- Consumption of too much prepared proteinaceous food and/or salt/spicy foods, in particular.

- Consuming too little fat can cause too strong fluctuations in blood-sugar level, which can make you temporarily retain more water; see Ch. 7 en Ch. 10-H.

- Stress (for stress-hormones enhance decomposition of cells into smaller proteins, which hold more water)

- Alcohol

- Hormones in hormonal contraceptives, meat, cheese or milk.

- Fluctuation of hormone levels due to sterilization or removal of the womb, ovaries, or the oviducts.

- Naturally elevated levels of one or multiple hormones, which is rare.

- Many drugs and medicines

What causes a high sebum production?

By nature there are dominant and less dominant individuals; this ensures diversity within a population so that there are leaders and followers, for example.

Therefore, some individuals will produce more of specific hormones than others, and some will produce more sebum than others because hormones like testosterone and progesterone stimulate sebum production. Dominant individuals, in general, may produce more testosterone and / or progesterone (relative to estrogen), and therefore be more susceptible to acne. In some, their hormones may even cause a bit of acne if they consume only raw natural foods and no salt or spices at all, but in most acne patients (even in severe cystic acne) an adequate change in diet will totally eliminate their acne.

Besides hormones there also other factors that determine whether you produce much sebum or not. For example:

Exposing your skin to excessive sunlight or aggressive chemicals may stimulate the skin to produce more sebum to counteract their dehydrative effects. And in some patients acne can be decreased by taking supplementary (mega doses) vitamin B5 for example.

However, be aware that this can also have adverse effects, since the body also produces vitamin B5, and supplementary B5 can impair the system that regulates B5 production by the body. (Like administration of corticosteroids can impair the system that regulates secretion of cortisol by the body; see Ch. 17)

This is from www.freeacnebook.com written by Wai.

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What is acne?

As leather needs to be oiled, our skin needs sebum / tallow to remain flexible. This sebum is produced in pockets in the true skin and transported to the surface of the outer skin through narrow tubes: sebum canals.

If these sebum canals are partially or completely blocked, sebum accumulates in these pockets, and inflammations are caused.

What causes acne?

Too much moisture in the skin pinching off sebum canals combined with a high sebum production.

If the skin does not contain excessive moisture, a high sebum production is not a problem at all. Sebum is essential to keep the skin flexible and young. The more sebum is produced, the more flexible and healthy the skin is. The less sebum is produced, the faster the outer skin cells dehydrate and age.

If your skin contains too much moisture but produces little sebum, you will not have acne, but you will have a swollen skin.

What causes water retention in the skin?

- Consumption of too much prepared proteinaceous food and/or salt/spicy foods, in particular.

- Consuming too little fat can cause too strong fluctuations in blood-sugar level, which can make you temporarily retain more water; see Ch. 7 en Ch. 10-H.

- Stress (for stress-hormones enhance decomposition of cells into smaller proteins, which hold more water)

- Alcohol

- Hormones in hormonal contraceptives, meat, cheese or milk.

- Fluctuation of hormone levels due to sterilization or removal of the womb, ovaries, or the oviducts.

- Naturally elevated levels of one or multiple hormones, which is rare.

- Many drugs and medicines

What causes a high sebum production?

By nature there are dominant and less dominant individuals; this ensures diversity within a population so that there are leaders and followers, for example.

Therefore, some individuals will produce more of specific hormones than others, and some will produce more sebum than others because hormones like testosterone and progesterone stimulate sebum production. Dominant individuals, in general, may produce more testosterone and / or progesterone (relative to estrogen), and therefore be more susceptible to acne. In some, their hormones may even cause a bit of acne if they consume only raw natural foods and no salt or spices at all, but in most acne patients (even in severe cystic acne) an adequate change in diet will totally eliminate their acne.

Besides hormones there also other factors that determine whether you produce much sebum or not. For example:

Exposing your skin to excessive sunlight or aggressive chemicals may stimulate the skin to produce more sebum to counteract their dehydrative effects. And in some patients acne can be decreased by taking supplementary (mega doses) vitamin B5 for example.

However, be aware that this can also have adverse effects, since the body also produces vitamin B5, and supplementary B5 can impair the system that regulates B5 production by the body. (Like administration of corticosteroids can impair the system that regulates secretion of cortisol by the body; see Ch. 17)

This is from www.freeacnebook.com written by Wai.

What do I think? I think some of it is accurate, some not. For example, the water retention in skin part... alcohol dehydrates you... so I don't think it would promote water retention. I also don't think eliminating salt from diet is good... it's an electrolyte and necessary for the body to function. Some good some bad info.

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I don't think she meant to eliminate all salt from you diet. She just said consumption of too much salt can cause water retention. I just was not sure if this information differed from others explanations of why we have acne. If it did differ I thought people might be interested to hear about this information. I strongly believe in this author because when I follow her acne sample diet I do not break out at all. Its just hard to follow.

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I don't think she meant to eliminate all salt from you diet. She just said consumption of too much salt can cause water retention. I just was not sure if this information differed from others explanations of why we have acne. If it did differ I thought people might be interested to hear about this information. I strongly believe in this author because when I follow her acne sample diet I do not break out at all. Its just hard to follow.

Glad it works for you! There must be an explanation then, even if this one is a little simplified and has some errors. Congrats, and hope you keep up your clear skin!

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