Insulin and Acne

Posted by Kesha Ward on


Insulin and Acne

Keeping your insulin levels in check will likely result in an improvement in your acne. Most people do not think of their insulin levels when trying to figure out what is causing acne breakouts. High levels of insulin will send sebum production into overdrive and we all know what happens when there is an excessive amount of oil on the skin..yep breakouts. Insulin can also destroy your health if your insulin levels are chronically elevated. 

Insulin is not all bad though. It is a vital component of human health.  Insulin’s primary job includes shuttling nutrients to cells and one of those nutrients is the carbohydrate. We all know at its most basic level carbohydrates and insulin work together to make energy. We need energy….right? Well the short answer is uh huh...yes we most certainly do. Every carbohydrate we eat eventually gets converted into glucose. Glucose is a form of sugar in your blood and when it links up with insulin the result is energy and glycogen all fired up and ready to get used up. My point is that insulin is necessary and is vital for physical energy but when in excess there could be trouble.

When insulin levels are too high, sebum is produced and the oil blocks the pores. Simply put, excess insulin means excess oil and you end up looking like you can fry chicken on your face. Okay a joke and I know if you are having breakouts, it’s not really funny (so back up off the sugar). The pores that are blocked because of the excess oil will initiate the formation of bacteria and all hell breaks out. My suggestion as a skincare professional is for you to reduce your sugar intake and engage in some form of exercise to address those excess carbohydrates and glycogen stores. The exercise you do does not have to be intense ( although sweating is good for the skin and body in general) walking will do you good.

I also have another tid bit of advice. If you have excessively oily skin and want to address it and keep acne breakouts away, you should consider using a mask that will address the oil and leave your skin ready to be moisturized. Gunilla of Sweden makes a mask specifically for acne and my clients have had success using it. It is also great for men who may suffer from skin irritation after shaving. You can check it out here and if you decide to order and use it, please be sure to let me know how it worked out for you.



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