How to Use Sugar for Acne
Acne is a condition that thousands of people experience every day. Though teenagers are more prone to acne, adult too have to deal with this type of condition. Some say it is due to stress while others believe that is triggered by what you eat.
One of the most common acne triggers is sugar. Refined sugar such as that of candies, cakes and pastries can increase your insulin levels. When there is an increased insulin in your blood stream, this causes your sebaceous glands to produce more oil. Normally your skin does not have a problem getting rid of these excess oil. However, when dead skin cells cover your pores, it traps the oil inside. The acne bacteria will then convert these oils to fatty acids allowing them to replicate. The overgrowth of bacteria will trigger an inflammatory processed and this creates the signs and symptoms of acne such as redness, swelling, pain and pus formation.
Try to avoid refined sugar when you have acne. It will not only make your acne worse but will also trigger new acne blemishes. For those individuals that keeps a healthy skin care routine, eating sweets may not cause an acne breakout. However, if you have a poor kin care regimen and if you have insulin resistance, it is most likely that you will get acne.
What is insulin resistance? Insulin is used by your body to convert sugars to a different form for storage. Insulin resistance is a condition wherein your body fails to respond to insulin. Your body needs to convert those sugars and because your body will not be able to convert those sugars, your brain will signal your pancreas to produce more insulin. This can make your acne worse. Insulin resistance can be treated through hormonal treatments. If you have this condition, it is important to go to a dermatologist for proper treatment.
Eating refined sugars can make your acne worse. However, using sugar as a scrub actually helps acne. One of my favorite treatments that I often use to keep my skin smooth and blemish free contains lemon, honey and brown sugar. Sugar is a natural moisturizer and its granular texture can help you get rid of the clumped up dead skin cells that cover your pores. But take note, be careful when using the lemon and honey scrub. Scrubbing too hard can cause skin breakage. Be gentle. Let your scrub do all the work.