Acne isn't fun. Lots of teenagers and adults that are dealing with acne on a daily basis. Acne can become pretty extreme, to the point where it leaves scarring.
The cause of acne is when hair follicles become plugged with oil or dead skin; the plugged follicles cause inflammation and this results in a pimple, whitehead or blackhead.
A change in hormones (such as puberty) or certain medications can cause acne. Also, acne can develop on various parts of the body including the shoulders, back, face and arms.
Thinking Outside of the Box
Someone once said that all diseases begin in the gut. Our intestines play a significant role in our overall health.
Therefore, it would not be wrong to say that candida could be an underlining cause of acne, especially in adults.
It's no secret that candida causes a multitude of skin conditions. When candida takes over the intestines, then leaky gut can occur.
In short, leaky gut is when particles from the gut such as yeast, bacteria and even food particles leak into the bloodstream. Your body then responds by producing inflammation.
Four Reasons Candida May Be Causing Your Acne:
1. Medications. If you are taking medicines that weaken your immune system or kill off the good bacteria in your gut, you may be dealing with candida, and it could be causing acne.
2. Your Diet. Diet is a big one. What we eat affects our lives in so many ways. A diet of a lot of sugars could be causing candida to overgrow in our gut and irritating your acne.
3. Birth Control. I could have included this under mediations, but I wanted to separate it from the others because of this growing problem in woman's lives. Birth control has been known to cause an imbalance in the gut flora and cause candida.
4. Overall Gut Health. There are so many reasons why you may be struggling with lousy gut health. One of the leading causes of an imbalance in ones gut flora is STRESS. Stress affects our bodies in such a negative way. In the busy, demanding world that we live in today, I would suppose that the #1 reason for candida is because people do not know how to deal with stress appropriately.
A Closer Look
When you consider leaky guy, you can see how acne could be connected with your candida. As the inflammation spreads through your body, it begins to affect your skin. Many with candida will get awful rashes on their skin; others will develop eczema, psoriasis and atopic dermatitis.
If nothing else, candida is the cause of irritating your acne problem.
I find it also fascinating that the foods that cause someone's acne to flare up are also the foods that aggravate candida.
- Sugary fruits
The list goes on and on. You can read a complete list here.
The Candida Cleanse to Rid Your Acne
A healthy gut will determine a healthy you. That is always the goal with any cleanse that we do.
If we can rid candida from the body, it will change our overall well-being drastically. Our total well-being is our goal.
I believe that you won't just see a difference with acne, but also your energy, digestion and many many more areas.
So, what do we do?
This cleanse has three main steps that have to be completed. This is assuming that you are dealing with candida as the root problem.
These steps are not complicated, but there will require some commitment on your part. I would give this about 30 days and see how you feel at the end of the thirty days.
#1 - You Must Change Your Daily Diet
Cut the sugars and replace them with foods that are rich in minerals and vitamins. You need to give your body what it craves, not what the yeast is telling you it wants.
Candida will cause sugar cravings.
Did you know that those in North America are buried every day with sugar overload? On average, we are consuming ten teaspoons more sugar than recommended. Our sugar consumption is way too high.
Could this be that candida in our society is an epidemic and people are unaware? There are a lot of people that are dealing with various symptoms of candida and are labelled with generic illnesses - like IBS.
Even if you do not want to cut out sugar completely, you need to at least bring it down to normal levels.
Men: 150 calories per day (37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons)
Women: 100 calories per day (25 grams or 6 teaspoons)
#2 - You Must Take An Antifungal
There are several natural antifungals that you can take that would help with killing off candida. I wrote a complete article on what I did to get my candida in check here. It's my own story about dealing with this horrific fungus. I think that my story will give you a plan on how to begin dealing with candida.
Also, the article will give you a better idea of several antifungals that I took.
#3 - Change Your Lifestyle
If you are going to kill off candida, there are two vital lifestyle changes that you must make.
The first change is managing your stress. Stress causes a lot of damage to our bodies, and consistent stress can cause an imbalance in the gut. There are several ways that you can control your stress levels on a daily basis.
- Take Time to Unwind
- Practice Breathing Techniques
- Find a Hobby
- Keep a Stress Diary
- Manage Your Time
- Get Involved in Physical Activity
- Talk With a Friend
- Learn to Say "No"
- Avoid Caffeine
The second lifestyle change that you need to make is getting more sleep. Sleep is essential to healing, and without rest, your body struggles to restore. Also, sleep is a way to battle stress.
You need to get ample sleep each night so that your body can have the time to repair and rebuild (8 Hours of sleep a night).
Is acne related to candida?
It would seem there are strong connections between the two. Nevertheless, a healthy digestive system is going to benefit you in more significant ways than just a clear, acne-free face.
Work toward these goals and see how you feel in 30 days. After 30 days, see if you notice any difference in your life.
I do want to take a moment and warn you of something significant. If you are dealing with the candida, then you will struggle with die-off.
Die-off is when toxins are released into your body as the yeast is destroyed. It causes a bunch of unpleasant symptoms. Just keep pressing on.
I wrote a complete article about candida here.