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Acne is the most common disease of Western civilization, and it has evolved to an epidemic affecting more than 85% of adolescents and 50% of adults.Acne is virtually absent in non-Westernized countries that do not consume cow's milk and dairy products...Imagine that - entire populations that have never experienced acneAcne is now more seriously being regarded as a disease caused by exaggerated production and activity of insulin within the body.So what does this mean for your face?...Well, first you need to understand IGF-1 (Insulin-like Growth Factor). A growth hormone that controls growth and developmentCow's milk and dairy product contain IGF-1 hormone, and consuming it dramatically increases IGF-1 hormone levels in humans.Now cows and humans have very different rates and measurements of growth as you can imagine.In fact, just 1 serving of any dairy product could contain up to 35 hormones an 11 growth factorsSo let's take a moment to remember what mother's milk from all species is designed for: Milk is a biological fluid produced only by pregnant females to feed their new-born. It is uniquely designed to nourish babies based on each species specific physiology.The average new born calve weighs a whopping 63.6 pounds...the average new born human is 7.7 pounds. Calves grow to weigh around 500 pounds within their 1st year of life, and humans around 24 pounds.And that 1,500 pound female bovine milk has extremely high concentrations of fat, carbohydrates, lactose (sugars), proteins, vitamins and minerals, genetic material, and sex hormones...over twice that of human milk so that her baby calve can grow 40x the rate of a baby human.So...what are the odds it's messing with our human physiology? Pretty good right!? Don't believe me?...Well, calves digest milk in specific compartment with their stomachs which produce the right kind of digestive enzymes to break it down. Humans also have specific digestive enzymes to break down and absorb human breast milk as well.Unfortunately for dairy lovers cow's and human's were not created equally. And from an evolutionary stand-point calves and human babies both eliminate the genes and enzymes needed to digest milk somewhere around age 3, because biologically we're meant to transition away from milk and onto solid foods.Humans are the only species to drink milk of another species and the only species to continue drinking milk after weaningThis could explain why 3/4 of the entire world population is lactose intolerant. Most humans do not produce lactose after infancy...It's what nature intended‼️Human are also not built to handle the massive IGF-1 hormone load from dairy, especially during puberty. The systematic chain of events within your body systems from chronic abuse of IGF-1 is the very root of all "hormonal and genetic" acne. And acne continues into the adult years because all dairy is a complex hormone signaling system which creates a detrimental IGF-1 overload on our systems... as long as we continue to consume dairy.The human body's reaction to diary results in malfunctions in the liver, pancreas, endocrine system like your adrenal, and pituitary gland, as well as sebaceous glands, acne gene expression, and so on. How it affects these systems is the pathway to acneIGF-1 is what's activating your Automatic Acne Signaling System driving your Breakout Mechanism and suppressing your Clear Skin MechanismIt's one the oldest known acne theories that's coming to light again. And there are more scientific research studies linking acne to dairy over any other study conducted on the disease.If you're interested in hearing more about what the Acne Signaling System, check outwww.DermaGreens.com
If you haven't heard of of the 'Caveman regimen, you're not stuck in the dark ages. It's yet another half-baked idea at to eliminate acne
What they mean by "caveman" is keep your face dirty... don't wash it... don't use chemicals... just let it be. You know what cavemen did before cleansers and before acne
Now, I couldn't agree more with this theory. After all cleansers and a most other acne products destroy your skin's microbiome which can make acne worse. Once you mess with your skin's acid mantle it's all down-hill from there.
Your skin's acid mantle is the film on the surface of your skin which acts as the barrier to bacteria, viruses and environmental pollutants and free-radicals which might penetrate the skin. Sebum from your sebaceous glands and your sweat make up this acid mantle. And we love washing it off when in reality you'd be better off going out into your backyard, dig a deep whole, scoop out a hand full of fresh dirt, pack a thick layer all over your face for as long as you can stand it, sit down, read a book for an hour, then wash . I recommend this treatment once a week...forget that facial you booked, you'll just go home and breakout...you know you will
Hang on though!... Giving up on washing your face entirely isn't the answer to eliminating acne....that's just gross. Eventually you need to cleanse your face to remove bacteria and environmental pollutants. Washing excessively however...like even more than once a day will disrupt your microbiome and your skin's natural ability to balance and restore itself. A little natural oil and sweat is a good thing
But that being said, even the perfect amount of face washing with the perfect acne product won't be as effective as they could be if you're not targeting your Acne Signaling System... and you're never going to cure your acne by NOT washing your face alone. That is why the Caveman regimen is only a half baked idea...
Because here's something you haven't heard...As long as you're constantly activating your Breakout Mechanism you'll always have acne.
What is your Acne Signaling System?
It's where acne begins, the central point of acne initiation and proliferation, the root cause....and it's NOT on the surface or even beneath the surface of your skin. So washing or not washing won't eliminate your acne alone
...Advances in medical science, technology, pharmaceuticals, chemical ingredients, natural ingredients, and medical acne interventions continue to become more sophisticated and evolve, but the acne epidemic does not?
And there have been no acne advances that have even come anywhere close to a long-term prevention.
Why and how the hell hasn't the multi-billion dollar acne industry found a cure yet? ...no seriously! Why?
Is it because there are so many different types of acne conditions?
Which means we just have to keep asking advice from other people suffering from acne, and continue to wade through the infinite amount of treatment options in order to find one that works for us?
Isn't that doing the same thing and expecting different results? Isn't that the definition on insanity?
Shea butter is good for acne because it is rich in antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. But I think it's too heavy for acne. And yes as stated above you would only want it to be unrefined SB. When I used a Retinoid is was so drying, I assume you're experiencing the same. Rosehip, Grapeseed are great for moisture as well and aren't quite as rich as SB.
This looks like a severe case of dermatitis over typical acne. Nothing to be alarmed at, it's easier to clear this topically compared to acne. Maybe ask your doctor for a Corticosteroid cream. If it just began a year ago you need to try and figure out if there is something you're exposing yourself to or constantly coming in contact with to that makes it persist. It looks like an extreme Allergic Dermatitis or a Contact Dermatitis to me.
If you're male and have acne you may have overlooked a few reason your acne persists.
Your acne will most likely never go away if you aren't targeting your Acne Signaling System - the central point of acne initiation, where it all begins
I'm going to guess it's pretty damn frustrating to be a grown man with zits!? Not so hot right! This can definitely be a source of insecurity and depression. You're feeling unattractive and maybe aren't comfortable being as socially active as you want to be.
Acne is 3x more likely to go untreated by the male population. A large percentage of men with acne may not consider taking the time for regular facial care as often as women will. You may not even know where to start with product right?... shopping for skincare is not necessarily your thing?
Plus, as you have most likely already accurately imagined... there are currently a whopping 1,953 over-the-counter acne products on the market, not to mention topical ointments and medicated creams, and acne medications (Wow, you'd think the industry would have found a cure by now right!?)
Obviously proper cleansing and moisturizing is important, it isn't nearly as important as effective as cleaning out your insides
So here are some tips to optimum internal balance that can have great impact on your acne
REDUCE INFLAMMATION: It's critical to reduce internal inflammation. Inflammation is the root of all disease, including acne.
*Diet Related Inflammation
Inflammation almost always begins in your gut, causing hormonal imbalances and forcing your immune system to go into overdrive. When you eat certain foods you reduce the good bacteria that live inside your gastrointestinal (GI) tract that aids in repairing your gut lining
These good bacteria are essential in supporting the immune system, digestion, decreasing inflammation, AND yes...the production of your man hormones. A poor diet kills your healthy gut flora and is replaced with bad bacteria causing inflammation which directly affects your skin.
Scientific research... (forgive me, I know those two words run rampant in all acne information) has long proven there is a direct connection between intestinal bacteria and chronic acne and the gut bacterial imbalance is 10 times more prevalent in acne patients than healthy people
1.Reduce Stress - When you're stressed your adrenal glands produce the stress hormone Cortisol(also known as the "death" hormone) You also secrete more testosterone. If you have have chronic stress your adrenal glands will eventually become exhausted and as a result too much testosterone will lead to more oil production in your pores
2.Reduce Caffeine Intake - High caffeine consumption may affect adrenal glands which produce hormones and cortisol levels
3.Reduce Simple/Refined Carbohydrates - There are 2 types of refined Carbs:
- Refined/Processed Sugars - white sugar, all processed foods that contain white sugar
- Refined/Processed Grains - Basically any grain derived food that doesn't say "Whole Grain" on the package
Refined carbs have been stripped of almost all fiber, vitamin, minerals, and have all the nutritious parts removed. They are considered "empty" calories
They are digested quickly and have a high glycemic index which leads to rapid spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels after meals. A diet with a high in glycemic index is positively linked to acne
4.Reduce Gluten - IF (and only "if") you suspect or know you have gluten sensitivity, eating gluten will cause poor digestion, stomach issues, and bad gut bacteria growth, leading to inflammation which will aggravate acne
5.Reduce Hydrogenated oil - increases bad cholesterol (LDL) and decreases good cholesterol(HDL). They block production of chemical that combat inflammation and benefit the hormonal and nervous system
6.Reduce Trans fats (basically all junk food and fast food/everything yummy) - Trans fats inhibit an enzyme necessary for the regulation of blood flow and also increase inflammation and contribute to insulin resistance.
7.Reduce Sugar (especially white refined) - Foods high in sugar and saturated fats like white bread, candy, fried food, soda will spike your body's insulin levels which triggers inflammation and binds to collagen, degrading your skin cells. Too much insulin in the bloodstream leads to growth of pore-clogging cells and excess production of oil and bacteria in your follicles
8.Reduce Dairy Products - Our bodies contain IGF-1 is the hormone in our bodies that promotes increased cell growth. Cows also contain IGF-1...So adding foods with a high insulin index around puberty is like adding octane fuel to and already full tank of raging hormones. Dairy is already being packed full of it's own growth and sex hormones and expecting your body to manage that is impossible. Now back to cell growth. Remember IGF-1 being the hormone in our body responsible for increased cell growth. This increase starts happening inside our pores, increasing sebum production, and bacteria which leads to clogged pores, and acne. I'm gonna guess you don't want those female Bovine post-natal sex hormones circulating in your blood anyway!?
Good luck Guys! Please message me anytime with any questions about this post, diet, acne product recommendations, or any acne related info. I'm always happy to help
Also, give me suggestions for future posts on relevant acne topics you're curious about
If you are curious to learn more about the Acne Signaling System check out
There are 2 phases for Acne sufferers:
1. Those who look for a cure by trying every solution and medication
2. Those who realize they haven't found a cure by trying every solution and medication
Most acne sufferers spend their lives in phase 1
If you're in Phase 2 you're half way to finding a cure