Welcome to Ask Whole9 Canada, where Summer Innanen and Sarah Ramsden answer all of your health and nutrition questions. In this week’s episode, Corinna in Nuremburg, Germany asks, “What are the common reasons for skin breakouts in adults?”
Unfortunately, many adults (especially females) suffer from acne, and the root cause is generally the result of things going awry inside the body. Acne that you find around your jaw line is often the result of hormonal imbalances, specifically low estrogen, high progesterone, high testosterone as well as any abnormal patterns in their rhythm. Adult acne can also be attributed to compromised digestion and poor gut health, as well as increased chronic systemic inflammation in the body.
In this episode of S&STV, we discuss the primary causes of adult acne and give you specific direction as to how to heal it.
Here are the key things to address when you are trying to heal adult acne:
- Address food sensitivities & eat a nutrient dense diet – Start by completing a Whole30 as this will remove inflammatory foods, help to balance hormones and heal the gut.
- Heal the gut – You may need a more comprehensive gut healing protocol
- Nutrient deficiencies and gut dysbiosis – Too much ‘bad’ bacteria in the gut can promote skin redness and irritation, so eating probiotic foods is critical. In addition, consuming foods that are rich in omega 3, vitamin A, D, E and K2 are critical to balancing inflammation in the body. Supplementing with fermented cod liver oil gives you the bulk of these nutrients and you can obtain K2 from ghee and egg yolks.
- Consume gelatin or bone broth
- Change your skin care routine – While fixing what is going on inside the body is critical, you must also change what you are using topically. Switching to body care products that are chemical free is the best way to do that. We love the Primal Life Organics skin care line or if you don’t want to spend the money, take the time to make your own.
- Sleep and de-stress – Lack of sleep and chronic stress can alter your hormone levels and rhythm, in addition to promoting inflammation in the body.
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