A whopping 85% of all people will suffer with acne at some point during their life.[i] Acne doesn’t just affect your skin, it’s a disease that ruins your self-confidence, distorts your self-image and prevents you from being your best, most happy self. Americans spend close to 3 billion dollars a year on acne products, most of which only worsen acne in the long run.[ii] Fortunately, flawless skin is achievable even for the most stubborn acne cases; but you need to shun the traditional approach which clearly isn’t work, and instead, use lifestyle medicine to heal your acne from the inside out.
The Problem With The Traditional Approach
There’s no shortage of products out there claiming to ‘cure’ acne — the problem is that the majority are completely ineffective. To make matters worse, most of the chemicals used in topical acne products are harmful and toxic, and they are absorbed from the skin directly into the bloodstream. When topicals fail to work, oral medications such as isotretinoin, antibiotics and the birth control pill are often prescribed. These medications don’t work for everyone though, and they can cause nasty side-effects including peeling skin, severe sunlight sensitivity, potential liver damage, lasting immune system damage and hormonal changes; and the dreaded three month ‘purging’ period.[iii] [iv] Even if you’re part of the lucky minority who has managed to control their acne with chemical topicals or oral medications, these acne ‘cures’ are Band-Aid solutions that suppress the symptom (acne) but fail to address the root cause.
The DHT, Estrogen, and SHBG Connection
Numerous hormones play a role in the pathogenesis of acne, but the two most common culprits are DHT and estrogen. DHT is a strong androgen and when it builds-up in the skin, it increases the growth of bacteria and overstimulates the sebaceous glands, which leads to clogged pores, inflammation, and acne. A surplus of certain types of estrogen and not enough progesterone to balance out the effects is also a major acne culprit. This very common condition, which is called estrogen dominance, is problematic for acne sufferers because it causes an increase in DHT levels. Low sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) levels can also fuel acne because SHBG binds to and deactivates DHT and harmful estrogen-types and inhibits their damaging effects on the skin.[v] [vi] The birth control pill increases SHBG and that is why it is helpful for many acne sufferers. But the pill is a harsh solution and taking it unnecessarily subjects you to numerous side-effects and health risk (click here for more on this topic).
How to Safely Restore Hormonal Balance
The solution is not to directly eliminate the DHT, but to indirectly gain back control by increasing SHBG and reversing estrogen dominance. The latter is crucial because estrogen dominance not only causes acne, it also causes a myriad of troublesome side-effects and increases the risk for breast cancer, fibroids, cysts, endometriosis, and obesity.[vii] [viii] The best diet for acne is a low-fat, high-fiber, plant-based diet that is void of refined carbohydrates, caffeine and processed sugars (to prevent blood sugar imbalances and support adrenal health). You should also avoid vegetable oils and vastly reduce or eliminate saturated fats, animal products, processed foods and alcohol – this will help to boost SHBG and reduce estrogen and DHT.
Four Key Supplements
Dietary modifications are a great start, but diet alone is rarely enough to reverse acne. The following nutraceutical supplements allow for higher doses of nutrients to be delivered to the body, which typically leads to much quicker and more powerful acne-clearing results. The first supplement is called EstroBlock, and I recommend it to almost all of my acne patients. It contains two powerful compounds called DIM and I3C, which move harmful estrogens out of the body and help restore hormonal balance. DIM and I3C are naturally occurring in cruciferous vegetables, however you would need to consume large amounts regularly, in order to receive the full acne clearing benefits. Taking EstroBlock is a much easier way to get a clinically effective dose and just one serving provides the equivalent of eating two pounds of raw cruciferous vegetables. Liv D-Tox works adjunctively with EstroBlock and it is important because a well-functioning liver is required to reduce inflammation, to process hormones, and to eliminate excess estrogens and androgens (including DHT).
The third product is DHT Block and it is particularly helpful for people with stubborn, or cystic acne and for people who are also suffering with male or female pattern baldness. DHT Block helps to shift the production of estrogens from bad (acne causing) to good while clearing various forms of harmful hormone metabolites which are associated with acne and hair loss. The final product is called PCOS Heart Plus. This supplement is an essential tool for certain acne sufferers, but not required by everyone. PCOS Heart Plus is beneficial for acne sufferers who also have diabetes or insulin insensitivity, and for women who suffer with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). These conditions can trigger inflammation and abnormal growth in the skin, and PCOS Heart Plus helps to prevent this by stabilizing blood sugar. All of these products are safe and effective, and chemical and additive free, and they have helped tens of thousands of acne sufferers. Due to the great success of these supplements, there are many companies who try to mimic them, however most use cheap ingredients and low doses, and don’t use the highly effective delivery method that we use.
The Ultimate Tool for Lasting Radiant Skin
Acne is a complex disease and it’s usually caused by a combination of factors. Anyone who promises you a quick-fix or one-size-fits-all cure is deceiving you. The suggestions in this article are a great starting place for reversing acne, but if you’re really serious about identifying and addressing the root cause of your acne, and want to gain not only lasting, gorgeous skin, but also enhanced energy and radiant health, then get a copy of my new Annihilate Acne Book. I co-wrote this book with the top board-certified dermatologist in the country – Dr. Sonia Bansel Badreshi.
Annihilate Acne outlines a series of conscious steps you can take to balance your hormones and accelerate the skin healing processes using lifestyle medicine. The book reveals all kinds of hidden causes of acne, many of which most people have never heard about, and the recommendations are safe, highly effective and based on 40 years of research and clinical trials. I was compelled to write this book because I am a former severe acne sufferer myself and it breaks my heart to see the emotional toll it takes on so many. I’m so proud of this book and confident in the solutions offered that I have provided a 100% money back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose and flawless skin to gain!