Acne has been linked to the intake of refined carbohydrates (sugar and flour products), dairy products (cow’s milk, cheese, yogurt, cream, ice cream), and saturated fats (found in animal products), trans-fats and deficient omega 3 P.U.F.A.’s.
MTOR activators can aggravate acne. Activators of MTOR include proteins especially if they are rich in leucine (beef, eggs, whey protein), having an excess of calories, having an excess of carbohydrates, or high levels of insulin (as a result of high glycemic carbohydrates) and testosterone (an androgen hormone). A paleolithic diet high in vegetables and fish is most suitable for acne.
Plants that inhibit MTOR are helpful in reducing inflammation.
These foods include pomegranates, raspberries, curcumin found in turmeric root, resveratrol (found in red grapes and red wine), quercitin (found in onions, garlic, leeks, green leafy vegetables, blueberries), omega 3 fatty acids found in fish and flax seeds (Multi EFA capsules is a supplement that supplies these oils in my dispensary).
Barberries at 1 tsp three times daily can help reduce acne. Go to Amazon.ca to order if you are interested.
Acne-gen is a phytogen that I use to treat acne or else I treat acne using Unda numbers and homeopathy.
Probiotics decrease acne lesions by 45%. Dybiosis can contribute to acne so if there are symptoms of dysbiosis like gas and bloating I may also use Berberine to treat the bacteria. In some cases, stool testing will provide more objective data to work with.
Mechanism of action: Refined carbs increase insulin and decrease Fox01 which in turn decreases TH17 creating inflammation and comedones. Milk increases insulin and dairy products decrease IGF-1 and also with their branched chain amino acids increase MTORC1. Saturated fats increase palmitate.
Inhibitors of MTORC1 include protein restriction, calorie restriction, ketogenic diets that are vegan, intermittent calorie restriction, exercise, cortisol, NAC, Resveratrol, omega 3, green tea/Matcha, extra virgin olive oil, curcumin, alpha-lipoic acid, quercitin, genistein, DIM, ursolic acid, pomegranate/ellagic acid, rhubarb, milk thistle, anthocyanins/grape seed extract, oleonolic acid.
If you are interested in treating your acne and have it be a lasting solution, please come and see me at Parallel Wellness. Dr. Robin Vinge, ND 4032321283 Reference- NutritionalFacts.org