Recently published study shows over 50% of women with adult acne have hormonal abnormalities. Brazilian researchers measured androgen (male sex hormone) levels of 835 over 15-year old women with acne. They found that 54.56% had hyperandrogenism (higher than normal androgen level). The hormones most commonly elevated were dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS) and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA).
OK, it’s not exactly big news that adult acne is hormonal. For 20 years studies have shown a connection between androgen hormones and acne. That study just served as a handy prelude to the real reason for this post: to remind you that there’s a lot more you can do about hormonal acne than you may realize.
It’s insulin, dummy
Little bit of theory before we get to the meat of the post. While acne is usually linked to androgen hormones, you should focus your efforts on insulin. Insulin is the cornerstone hormone in acne. Not only it stimulates sebum production on your skin directly, but high insulin level also sets off a cascading hormonal reaction that increases DHEA secretion. As if that weren’t bad enough, high insulin level also makes your skin more sensitive to the now more abundant androgens.
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That’s why reducing insulin is the key (well, one of the keys) to beating hormonal acne. A study from last year shows a simple way to do this.
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