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Acne & Insulin Resistance

Acne & Insulin Resistance

J.M. Andrews has been a professional journalist for more than 20 years. She specializes in health and medical content for consumers and health professionals. Andrews' background in medicine and science has earned her credits in a wide range of online and print publications, including "Young Physicians" magazine. Acne and insulin resistance may be related.Photo Credit: taseffski/iStock/Getty Images Acne tends to affect teenagers far more than adults. About 85 percent of the 40 to 50 million Americans who have acne are teenagers, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Anyone can get pimples, and adults often suffer from them. But there's medical evidence that acne might be linked to insulin resistance, the academy says. The overproduction of sebum, the oil that lubricates the skin, can lead to acne. Hormones drive production of sebum, and hormonal fluctuations and surges can lead to too much sebum. The sebum then combines with shedding skin cells to form thick plugs that clog the skin's pores and hair follicles. And oily skin provides a good environment for bacteria to thrive, which then leads to inflammation, along with pimples. A diet high in refined carbohydrates, such as the typical Western diet, can lead to insulin resistance, a condition in which the body must produce more insulin than normal to maintain blood sugar levels. Researchers have speculated that insulin resistance can lead to more sebum production than normal and to additional inflammation--both of which contribute to acne. If insulin resistance can cause acne, then a diet low in refined carbohydrates and high in fresh vegetables, fruits and lean meats should keep acne at bay. Several small studies have indicated this approach could be helpful, according to the academy of dermatology. But more Continue reading >>

Pcos Acne And Insulin Resistance

Pcos Acne And Insulin Resistance

Home PCOS PCOS Symptoms Insulin Resistance & Acne Millions of women are confronted with the difficult symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) . Living with unwanted hair growth on their faces while losing hair on their heads, weight gain that seems irreversible, infertility, and acne that just won't go away are symptoms that can demoralize a woman. Many find themselves bouncing from diet to diet and trying every skin product available to find some relief from the attack on their bodies. Now that one of the root causes of PCOS has been identified as insulin resistance, the tables may be turning and women can gain control over their bodies and their health. If you are a woman with PCOS, then you are likely well aware of the insulin connection. Insulin resistance can cause PCOS by reducing the sensitivity of your cell walls inhibiting the conversion of glucose into energy. Since the glucose is not properly absorbed it remains in the blood stream causing high levels of blood sugar to be sent to the liver where it is converted into fat and stored in the body. The obvious outcome is weight gain. However, acne is also an outcome of this inappropriate action. Both of these outcomes are symptoms of PCOS. Additionally, insulin resistance causes PCOS by raising insulin levels in the blood stream. Genetic conditions and poor lifestyle habits cause the pancreas to overproduce insulin. Since the cells are already de-sensitized they effectively reject the insulin they cannot absorb and the excess insulin stays in the blood stream where it creates an imbalance in the hormone levels of women with PCOS. The excess insulin stimulates the ovaries to over-produce testosterone, the male hormone. This can cause interference with the release of an egg from the ovaries each month, which Continue reading >>

Pcos And Acne - What Can Be Done? | Pcos Diet Support

Pcos And Acne - What Can Be Done? | Pcos Diet Support

There have been a number of women in the PCOS Diet Support Community who are struggling with Acne, in spite of following a good PCOS diet and taking their supplements. Basically, they are doing everything they can do to manage their testosterone levels naturally. So Ive said that Ill investigate PCOS and Acne and I thought I would share my findings with you as well so we can all benefit. Acne is a skin condition that results in lesions or cysts forming on the skin ( 1 ). It normally forms in areas of the skin where there are the most sebaceous glands (glands located within the hair follicle that secrete an oily substance to lubricate and waterproof the skin) ( 2 ). These areas tend to be the face, back and upper part of the chest. There are a couple of factors at play in the formation of acne ( 3 ): Basically, your pores can get blocked by dead skin cells that dont slough away. Your pores can become infected by a kind of bacteria that causes acne. The sebaceous glands can become over active as a result of high testosterone levels. General inflammation can result in the development of acne ( 4 ). You can see where Im going with this, cant you? One research study has found that 27% of all women with acne also have a diagnosis of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome ( 5 ). The thing is, we know that PCOS raises our testosterone levels. Its this high testosterone that causes the sebaceous glands to produce too much of the oily sebum, resulting in acne. We also tend to get acne in certain areas that are particularly sensitive to hormones like on our jawline, cheeks, chin and the angles of the neck in particular. Also, instead of getting small bumps on our skin, we get tender knots under the skin that take time to go away ( 6 ). So, we know that Acne and PCOS often go hand in hand an Continue reading >>

All Women With Pcos Should Be Treated For Insulin Resistance

All Women With Pcos Should Be Treated For Insulin Resistance

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) while clinically heterogeneous, commonly exhibits hyperandrogenism, ovulatory dysfunction and is associated with obesity, insulin resistance, and subfertility (1, 2). Overall, insulin resistance and the compensatory hyperinsulinemia affects some 65–70% of women with PCOS (3,4), with 70–80% of obese (BMI >30) and 20–25% of lean (BMI<25) women exhibiting these characteristics. Part of the insulin resistance appears to be independent of obesity and related specifically to PCOS, with abnormalities of cellular mechanisms of insulin action and insulin receptor function having been documented (5,6). The hyperinsulinemia appears to be an important factor in maintaining hyperandrogenemia, acting directly to induce excess androgen production by theca cells and also as a co-gonadotropin, augmenting the effect of the increased LH stimulus seen in a majority of women with PCOS (7). The elevated insulin may exert other actions having been implicated in the central actions of androgen in impairing progesterone inhibition of the GnRH pulse generator (9,10). In vitro, insulin increased mRNAs for adrenal steroidogenic enzymes (11) and acutely enhanced adrenal secretory responses to ACTH (12). In accord with the high prevalence of insulin resistance and obesity, glucose intolerance, type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia and increased evidence of inflammation are more common in women with PCOS (4). Similarly many women demonstrate features consistent with the metabolic syndrome and elevated triglycerides, LDL and decreased HDL are well recognized (14). The above outlines the importance of insulin resistance, compensatory hyperinsulinemia and its consequences, the majority of which have negative effects on both metabolic and reproductive health. Options for Continue reading >>

Healing Pcos Acne With Diet

Healing Pcos Acne With Diet

Suffering with acne? Join my crew of over 50,000 kick ass women on their journeys to gorgeous, naturally clear skin. To get started right away, grab my FREE report right now. We're into privacy. We would never spam you. Beating Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Acne with Real Foods So here it is the article about Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Considering PCOS is a very common hormonal disorder amongst young women apparently affecting 5 to 10% of all women and one of the main symptoms is acne, this really should have come sooner. However, I dont consider myself an expert on PCOS, so I was a bit intimidated to write about it. But Im going to do the best I can to at least inform you about what this is and give you what I know and some info on treating it from sources I trust. PCOS is a metabolic disorder where the ovaries tend to be large and covered in cysts. It is thought that these cysts are what create endocrine disruption and basically screw up the hormones being created there and we know that when your hormones are messed up, it leads to all sorts of bad stuff! In the case of PCOS, the usual profile of someone afflicted is that she is overweight and shows symptoms of excess androgen (testosterone) production such as hirsutism (excess hairiness where there shouldnt be, such as in the beard area), male pattern balding, abnormal periods and infertility, masculine personality traits, and yes acne. She is usually a bit depressed and emotionally unstable as well. Not everyone with PCOS has all of or even any of those symptoms, but most will have some. The root cause of PCOS is insulin resistance. Well, when you eat and break down your food, you break it down into glucose which then enters your bloodstream (we tend to know this as blood sugar). Glucose needs to th Continue reading >>

Pcos Affects Everything | Preparemd

Pcos Affects Everything | Preparemd

1 out of 10 women have this hormonal problem! PCOS: is confusing because the HORMONAL CHANGES become a puzzling tangled web 1) Weight gain usually in torso and abdomen 3) Acne and male hair patterns caused by high testosterone 4) Abnormal metabolism, especially insulin resistance (prediabetes) this can be the root cause of all the hormonal changes 5) Depression from dealing with PCOS and the hormonal changes 1) You are a NORMAL weight, especially if you dont carry the extra weight in the abdomen and torso. 3) Your TESTOSTERONE is low or mid-normal. Some experts use a BLOOD TESTOSTERONE of 31 as a cut-off, below which PCOS is less likely. 4) You have hair loss, but no acne or male hair growth. But, if you are on BIRTH CONTROL this can neutralize the high TESTOSTERONE, and even though you have PCOS, you wont have the symptoms of ACNE or MALE PATTERN HAIR. 5) Acne and/or abnormal male hair growth (hirsutism) are mild. See above for exceptions (BIRTH CONTROL PILLS). 6) Your ultrasound shows normal ovaries (BUT, you dont have to have ovarian cysts to have PCOS). INSULIN RESISTANCE is an epidemic in the U.S. due to our damaging high glycemic processed food diet, and obesity both lead to INSULIN RESISTANCE. So, more and more of the PCOS is related to INSULIN RESISTANCE and ovarian cysts may not be present. 7) You have no family history of diabetes. Since INSULIN RESISTANCE is at the core of PCOS, many have a family history of adult onset diabetes. PCOS can be demoralizing because women feel they cant get a straight answer to their problem. Both the doctors, and the patients are confused by this complex web or hormonal changes. Often there is a debate whether someone even has PCOS. Further, even after a targeted treatment plan it can take years to reverse the hormonal changes. Continue reading >>

Reverse Insulin Resistance In 4 Easy Steps

Reverse Insulin Resistance In 4 Easy Steps

Reverse Insulin Resistance in 4 Easy Steps When it comes to metabolism and weight loss, it’s mostly about insulin. Insulin is also a major factor in many women’s health conditions such as  PCOS , acne , progesterone deficiency , and heavy periods . Healthy insulin sensitivity is how you keep inflammation down. It’s how you reduce your long-term risk of diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis , dementia, and heart disease. Do you have insulin resistance? It’s time to find out. Under normal conditions, your hormone insulin rises briefly after eating. It stimulates your liver and muscles to take up sugar from your blood and convert it to energy. This causes your blood sugar to fall, and then your insulin to fall. When you are insulin sensitive, both your sugar and insulin are low on a fasting blood test. When you have insulin resistance, your blood sugar may be normal but your insulin will be high. Why? Because your liver and muscles are not responding properly to insulin, so your pancreas makes more. Too much insulin then generates inflammation and pushes calories into fat storage. Too much insulin also impairs ovulation  and stimulates your ovaries to make testosterone, which is a major cause of PCOS . Insulin resistance is common and affects at least one in four adults. It is also called pre-diabetes or metabolic syndrome. Blood test: The way to diagnose insulin resistance is to test insulin–not blood sugar. Ask your doctor to order “fasting insulin” or a “glucose tolerance test with insulin.” Look at your insulin reading (not just your blood sugar reading). Your fasting insulin should be less than 55 pmol/L (8 mIU/L ). One hour after the sugar challenge, your insulin should be less than 270 pmol/L (45 mIU/L). You can also use a blood test called Continue reading >>

4 Step Pcos Acne Treatment Guide (fix Your Skin From The Inside & Out)

4 Step Pcos Acne Treatment Guide (fix Your Skin From The Inside & Out)

The solution to acne often has to do with how you approach treatment. The problem is that most people focus on the wrong treatment! Acne is often evaluated as if it is a skin disease with little attention given to what is happening on the inside of your skin. But, if you have PCOS, you've probably noticed a link between your hormones and the type and pattern of acne that you suffer from. By understanding your hormones you are already 5 steps ahead of the curve in understanding how to treat your acne. Because the solution has to do with achieving hormone balance. So why do patients with PCOS often suffer from acne? Because of the following hormone imbalances: #1. Excess Testosterone - Women with PCOS often suffer from excess androgens (including testosterone and DHEA) due to insulin resistance. Testosterone influences sebum (oil) production from sebaceous glands in your skin. The more testosterone activity in your body the more oil that will be produced. #3. Estrogen/progesterone imbalances - Estrogen and progesterone are supposed to live in harmony with each other by negating the effects that each has on target tissues. An imbalance in one may lead to excessive cellular stimulation which may promote acne . #4. All of the normal causes of acne - In addition to the hormonal issues above you may suffer from acne from all of the regular issues including slow epidermal turnover, excess oil production, poor diet, genetics and so on. These 4 factors create "the perfect acne storm" in women who suffer from PCOS. The good news is that targeting these imbalances is definitely possible and may lead to an improvement in your symptoms. The bad news is that the generic acne treatments which include copious use of antibiotics and facial products are not likely to work. Because if you Continue reading >>

Pcos And Acne: Causes & Home Remedies For Relief

Pcos And Acne: Causes & Home Remedies For Relief

Take Your First Step to a PCOD-Free Life! This program is available only in India, for now Know More PCOS and Acne: Causes & Home Remedies For Relief Home Remedies That Can Help With PCOS Acne If you ask me, acne is the single most devastating symptom of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS.) The very word makes my stomach churn. Unlike other skin-related PCOS symptoms like excess facial hair and pigmentation, which can be masked through beauty treatment, PCOS acne is simply impossible to hide. The acne doesnt just leave scars on the skin, but on the soul as well. It will shake up your confidence and body image. And dont be surprised when acne wreaks havoc on your personal and professional relationships as well, simply because youre too self-conscious. I should know; I dealt with it for several years. To call it horrible would be an understatement. Sadly, acne affects a large percentage of PCOS patients and brings with a lot of pain physical and emotional. Studies have found that 27% of women seeking treatment for acne suffer from PCOS. No adult wants to deal with huge cystic acne along the jawline, cheeks, chin and upper neck. Yet that is exactly what PCOS throws your way. The truth is there is no magic pill that will treat cystic acne (a severe form of acne) caused by PCOS. I found through personal experience that the most effective approach to treating the acne was to heal the body from within. PCOS acne is triggered by the imbalance of hormones that is the hallmark of this health condition. And treating this imbalance is the only way to heal PCOS acne for good. Insulin resistance and acne are closely linked. Its caused when the beta () cells in the pancreas produce insulin (which is necessary to turn sugars into energy) but it cant be efficiently used. This leads to h Continue reading >>

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (pcos), Acne, And Insulin Resistance?

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (pcos), Acne, And Insulin Resistance?

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (Pcos), Acne, And Insulin Resistance? This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (Pcos), Acne, And Insulin Resistance? So, my skin has been pretty bad for a while now, but the last few days it has gotten significantly worse. Then today, I got my period and now I'm laid up in bed with the WORST cramps, possibly an ovarian cyst. A little backstory... my mom and several other female relatives have PCOS. I'm pretty sure I do as well, though I've never had an x-ray to prove it, but my last OBGYN always referred to me as having it, and I've experienced (very, very painful) ovarian cysts a handful of times in the past. In general, I get horrible cramps when I get my period, which are even worse when I'm not on birth control. I went off birth control about 6 months ago because I didn't like the side effects, mainly the changes in my mood. About 2-3 months ago, my skin broke out horribly and has only gotten worse since. I know that breakouts before menstruation are common for women with acne, and I know my acne is related to hormones, but the relationship between my worsening skin and my PCOS have never been as clear to me as today. So I'm reading online and trying to figure out what that relationship might be, and finding some really interesting stuff. From what I can tell, PCOS, hyperandrogenism (which causes hormonal acne in women and I'm 99% sure is the cause of mine) and insulin resistance/high blood sugar are all extremely intertwined. It seems doctors aren't really sure which ones are symptoms and which ones are causes of the others. I will hopefully have health insurance soon, though I'll likely be paying for it out of pocket so going to a doctor for something like Spiro is still not ideal. I know Continue reading >>

Pcos: Insulin And Metformin

Pcos: Insulin And Metformin

Young women with PCOS often have elevated insulin levels and are more likely to develop diabetes. Metformin is a medication often prescribed for women with PCOS to help prevent diabetes. A lifestyle that includes healthy nutrition and daily exercise is the most important part of a PCOS treatment plan. What is insulin? Insulin is a hormone made by an organ in the body called the pancreas. The food you eat is broken down into simple sugar (glucose) during digestion. Glucose is absorbed into the blood after you eat. Insulin helps glucose enter the cells of the body to be used as energy. If there’s not enough insulin in the body, or if the body can’t use the insulin, sugar levels in the blood become higher. What is insulin resistance? If your body is resistant to insulin, it means you need high levels of insulin to keep your blood sugar normal. Certain medical conditions such as being overweight or having PCOS can cause insulin resistance. Insulin resistance tends to run in families. What can insulin resistance do to me? High insulin levels can cause thickening and darkening of the skin (acanthosis nigricans) on the back of the neck, axilla (under the arms), and groin area. In young women with PCOS, high insulin levels can cause the ovaries to make more androgen hormones such as testosterone. This can cause increased body hair, acne, and irregular or few periods. Having insulin resistance can increase your risk of developing diabetes. How can I lower my insulin levels? You can help lower your insulin levels naturally by eating fewer starches and sugars, and more foods that are high in fiber and low in refined carbohydrates. Low glycemic foods, on the other hand, don’t raise your blood sugar or insulin levels as much as foods that are high in sugar or refined carbohydr Continue reading >>

Insulin Resistance In Severe Acne Vulgaris

Insulin Resistance In Severe Acne Vulgaris

Insulin resistance in severe acne vulgaris We are experimenting with display styles that make it easier to read articles in PMC. The ePub format uses eBook readers, which have several "ease of reading" features already built in. The ePub format is best viewed in the iBooks reader. You may notice problems with the display of certain parts of an article in other eReaders. Generating an ePub file may take a long time, please be patient. Insulin resistance in severe acne vulgaris Nazan Emirolu, Fatma Pelin Cengiz, and Funda Kemeriz Acne vulgaris is a pilosebaceous gland disease that usually affects people from puberty to young adulthood. It is seen especially on the face, neck, trunk and arms. Its severity differs from patient to patient and its pathogenesis is multifactorial. The main pathogenic factors of acne are high sebaceous gland secretion, follicular hyperproliferation, high androgen effects, propionibacterium acnes colonization and inflammation. Diet is always thought a probable reason for acne and many studies are done about acne and diet. To determine the effect of insulin resistance in severe acne vulgaris. Two hundred and forty-three acne vulgaris patients and 156 healthy controls were enrolled into the study. The blood levels of insulin and glucose were measured. Homeostasis Model Assessment (HOMA) Index was calculated. The values were compared with the control group. All of the patients were in the severe acne group according to their scores on the global acne scoring scale. While fasting blood glucose levels were not different between the groups (p > 0.05, 82.91 9.76 vs. 80.26 8.33), the fasting insulin levels were significantly higher in the patient group than in the control group (p < 0.001, 14.01 11.94 vs. 9.12 3.53). Additionally, there was a highly sig Continue reading >>

Hair & Acne - Management & Treatment

Hair & Acne - Management & Treatment

Excessive facial and/or body hair, scalp hair loss and increased acne due to high levels of androgens can be distressing. There is a range of options to assist you: Cosmetic treatments Creams or gels which reduce pore blocking, oil production by the skin and inflammation can be used to treat acne. Waxing, laser hair removal and electrolysis can be useful measures for reducing hair growth. Of these, laser is the treatment most likely to result in a significant reduction in excess hair growth, but repeated treatments are needed over time, and treatment can be costly. If considering laser hair removal it is important to have this performed by a trained professional who uses the correct machine or technique for your skin type. Some dermatologist practices offer laser hair removal and have particular expertise in treating women with PCOS. They will be able to tell you whether laser hair removal will work on your skin type. Medical treatments Scalp hair loss, excess hair and acne can be can be treated by: Reducing the amount of androgens circulating in the body using: Hormonal contraception Lifestyle changes leading to weight loss which helps to reduce insulin resistance Medications to reduce insulin resistance Reducing the action of the androgens on the body tissues using anti–androgen drugs such as cyproterone acetate, spironolactone, finasteride - these drugs are only used in more severe cases (see below for more detail on each of these) How hormonal contraception works on hair & acne Hormonal contraception in the form of the oral contraceptive pill ('the pill') reduces ovarian production of testosterone and other androgens, in addition to increasing the body's production of sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG). SHBG is a protein which binds tightly to testosterone in the Continue reading >>

Pcos And Acne: Why You're Still Fighting Pimples Beyond Your Teen Years | Pcos.com

Pcos And Acne: Why You're Still Fighting Pimples Beyond Your Teen Years | Pcos.com

Why Acne Can Last Beyond the Teenage Years Grappling with blemishes is something many people would love to forget, but for women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) it can easily become a part of their daily routine. Unfortunately, for the approximately 5-10 percent of women of childbearing age who suffer from this condition, acne can be triggered by the imbalance of hormones that is the hallmark of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Its important to know that its caused by a hormonal imbalance. You see, women who have this condition have higher than normal levels of male sex hormones, called androgens. Testosterone, being the major male sex hormone, is capable of triggering excess oil production in the sebaceous glands, which creates the perfect breeding ground for acne and can even lead to infection. Simply put, PCOS causes an increase in male sex hormones that ultimately increase your likelihood for acne. PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) or PCOD (Polycystic Ovarian Disorder) can cause women to suffer not only through the emotional heartbreak of infertility and the frustration of weight gain, but also embarrassing skin conditions like acne and skin tags. PCOS skin conditions are caused by high levels of testosterone, which triggers the excessive release of oil. Those oils mix with dead skin cells and other particles to clog follicles, leading to breakouts. PCOS acne can be treated with over-the-counter production, prescription medications, antibiotics, oral contraceptives, and more. Our 5-Element system allows you to heal your body naturally which increases your chance for clear and healthy skin. How Do Women with PCOS Get Higher than Average Levels of Testosterone? Many people assume that women have female sex hormones and men have male sex hormones, but the Continue reading >>

How I Cleared My Pcos Acne

How I Cleared My Pcos Acne

Acne as an adult is the fucking worst- lets be honest here. I have struggled with acne since I was 10 years old. I got acne earlier than my schoolmates, and it was WAY worse than most of them. Big, red, deep and cystic pimples all over my face, chest and back. Not pretty. The first time I ever tried to do anything about it, I was 14 years old and in 9th grade. I went on a medication called Accutane. It was a bloody miracle because it made all my acne go away. I was told this would be permanent- score! Then, a year or so later, my acne came back. At 16 I went on birth control, and that seemed to calm things down for another year. Then the acne came back. So I went on various antibiotics and used tons of harsh creams that left me feeling red and raw (and utterly disgusting). They didnt work. So I did Accutane a second time, and it worked again (temporarily). I seriously thought I was going to be stuck with acne for life. Enter nutrition school, and I came off birth control. Then my second puberty started and the acne got WAY worse- bad like when I was 10 years old. Super hella embarrassing when youre in nutrition school and want to look like a glowing health fairy. Yeah, not so much. I was diagnosed with PCOS at this time and suddenly I knew WHY my skin was so bad- it was the syndrome! Of course that didnt make it any easier to get rid of. During the first 2 years after my diagnosis, I tried all kinds of things. Some of these worked a little bit ( Yonka products are AMAZING), but never got rid of my acne completely. Now I know this is because I didnt address the root causes of my acne from the inside. Rather, I stuck with topical treatments. At this point in my PCOS-skin journey, my face, back and chest are clear. I get the odd pimple if Ive been particularly stressed ou Continue reading >>

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