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One of the most significant and obvious root causes of acne is digestion. A slow or bad digestion system contributes to inflammation and immune system problems which causes digestion related acne.
You need to make sure that you are eating healthy food followed by healthy eating habits to keep your immune system working properly. If you have reason to believe that your digestive system is always upset, we have listed down some ways to improve this part of your body.
5 Simple Ways to Beat Digestion Related Acne
Stop Rushed and Stressed Eating
Did you know that when you are stressed, your body automatically shifts into fight or flight mode? It is basically the body’s way to tell your brain that you are in danger.
When you are in this mode, your body treats digestion as a secondary thing. After all, surviving comes first so it just doesn’t digest the food properly.
Things get worse if you suffer from chronic stress. If the stress continues for many days, your body basically shuts down the digestion process and it starts to take a toll on your body.
This is why when your digestive system isn’t working, you’ll come across digestion-related acne. So try your best to reduce stress from your life. Take a walk, join a yoga class, meet friends, play some video games, do whatever that relaxes stress.
There’s one more thing you need to keep an eye out for – eating slowly. Give your body the time to work with food, don’t stuff it with everything you find on the table, it only puts the body at stress.
If you’re going to gobble down tons of food in a matter of minutes, whether it’s healthy or junk, your body will just not digest it properly. And when digestion is not working properly, toxins tend to stay in your body causing inflammation that results in dull skin, redness, and acne breakouts.
So relax! Eat slowly and let it heal your body.
Increase Stomach Acid
Stomach acid is very important if you want your digestive tract to tear down food properly. After all, it needs time and juices to break down food and absorb all the nutrients. Try to hydrate your stomach by drinking a glass of water at least half an hour before a meal.
If that doesn’t work, you can try adding a bit of Apple cider vinegar to the mix and it’ll get the bile juices flowing.
You could also take a mix of spices before any meal to kickstart the digestive process before the food goes in. Anything from coriander seed, cardamom, ginger, fennel seed or cumin will work. You can also find these in supplement form.
Stop Eating When You’re 80% Full
Never ever overstuff yourself with food. You tend to eat more than required when you skip meals or snacks. Have a 5 meal schedule to make sure that you are getting plenty of food. This will stop overeating too.
Some people have a natural thing for overeating. They eat fast and they keep stuffing their mouth with food until they can’t breathe. Try to get rid of this problem by eating slowly. The brain requires at least 15 minutes to register the food that is in your belly. So take plenty of time to eat and it will naturally stop you from overstuffing.
About 90% of people who overstuff themselves with food get digestion related acne. So next time you’re eating, think about it and slow down.
Stop Wearing Tight Pants
Wearing tight clothing such as skin-fitted jeans and other tights is a great way to show your body’s attractiveness. But did you know that if your pants are too tight, they’re practically sucking in your stomach which reduces its ability to digest food properly?
If you can’t give up on tight and fitted clothing, at least give your stomach some breathing air while you are eating. This will really help your body digest food quickly and easily.
Change Your Eating Habits
Healthy digestion is often only possible when you are eating healthy food. So start by making changes to your eating habits. Instead of going for burgers, try grilling some patties at home and eat them with vegetables.
Drop that soda and replace it with water or other detox drinks. Make these changes gradually and your body will thank you forever. You’ll also notice a significant improvement in digestion related acne.
4 Easy Steps To Beat Androgens Acne
As a woman in her 30s or 40s, you are probably aware of how much hormones can play an important part in causing acne.
There are many different hormonal imbalances that can cause acne, but all of these imbalances lead your body to convert androgens into testosterone called DHT, hence causing something called androgens acne.
DHT is basically a hormone that is directly linked with acne breakouts. The best way to prevent DHT from being released is to lower your androgen production. But how do you do that? Let’s find out.
Easiest Ways to Beat Androgens Acne
Before you can start reducing the number of androgens in your body, you need to understand its symptoms
Symptoms of High Androgens
The best way to find out if androgens are going out of control in your body is to actually have a test. But there are still some ways you can tell by just looking at your current condition.
For example, if you see that your acne breakout usually gets worse after a period or around ovulation, you probably have surplus androgens. Once you have found out that there is a problem in your hormonal balances, here’s how you can sort the problem.
Don’t Use Dairy Products
Dairy products are rich in a hormone called the IGF-1. This is a growth hormone similar to insulin. It basically stimulates your body to rapidly-produce androgens which later on results in androgen acne.
The same hormone increases sebum production in the skin and encourages your brain to convert androgens into DHT.
A lot of people don’t really have trouble when consuming limited amounts of organic dairy products, but they usually start to see symptoms when they increase dairy intake - such as drinking a full cup of milk.
Stabilize Blood Sugar Levels
Insulin spikes and swings tell the body to rapidly release androgens, thus it is very important to control your blood sugar levels.
Try your best to eat healthy food with a low glycemic index and make sure that you are eating food in controlled portions. Overeating also causes spikes in blood sugar levels which increases androgens and androgens acne.
If you have a problem keeping your insulin in control, I highly suggest adding a bit of physical activity to your schedule and cutting down on caffeine. Exercise helps you effectively control blood sugar levels and helps with controlling androgens' release in the body.
Try Spearmint Tea
Some studies show that spearmint tea helps in lowering androgen levels, and in some cases, it also kills androgens acne. But drinking a single cup of tea never actually does anyone good. So if you’re going to try spearmint tea to control androgens in your body, make sure to drink at least 2-3 cups of tea daily.
Now there are many supplements that actually help control hormonal imbalances in the body. Some are specifically made to help control DHT. With some research, you can easily find them anywhere on the internet or through a supplement store.
Supplements are always good for acne since they help provide the body with nutrients it may not be getting enough from just the food you eat. Try and introduce as many supplements as possible to keep your hormonal balances in check.
If you’re not sure where to look, try supplements like Vitamin A, chamomile, and Estroblock.
Get Your Hormones Tested
I know this step sounds radical, but sometimes the best solution to androgens acne is to actually get tested for hormonal imbalances. When I was young, I tried hundreds of topical, oral, and other treatments to beat acne breakouts.
I not only wasted time but it also took a toll on my wallet. Someone finally pointed me in the right direction and I went for hormone tests. It was then I found out that the root cause of frequent acne breakouts was an imbalance of hormones in my body.
This helped my dermatologist suggest supplements and natural cures to help keep my hormones in check. And ever since that day, the acne breakouts have disappeared from my life.
So if you ever think that nothing can cure your problem, try getting a test and you’ll be surprised.