Can progesterone provide the base for an effective pimple and acne cream?
Acne is an inflammatory disease of the skin which affects 85% of teenagers, most of whom are male. It can continue into adulthood.
Interestingly enough it rarely affects people outside the Western nations. According to Cordain et al there is an absence of acne in the Kitavan Islanders of Papua New Guinea and Ache hunter-gatherers of Paraguay. They believe this is due to their diets, which, being natural and unprocessed, have a much lower glycaemic index than Western diets. They are also more physically active than Westerners. They do not have insulin resistance, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, or heart disease.
Too much sugar, or foods in the diet which convert to glucose in the body, cause an increase in insulin and insulin resistance, leading to more sugar consumption.
This in turn causes androgens to increase, high androgens in turn cause acne.
The sebaceous glands are stimulated by androgens produced in the skin itself. Often elevated androgen levels are not found in blood or urine from patients with acne.
DHT (dihydrotestosterone) is made in the sebaceous glands from testosterone, through the action of 5 alpha-reductase. Progesterone inhibits 5 alpha-reductase.
In women it appears that DHT is made from androstenedione, the precursor to testosterone.
In searching for an effective pimple and acne cream it should be kept in mind that there are as many treatments as there are theories about what causes it. A few common factors have been found...
Natural remedies, with special reference to progesterone as a potentially effective pimple and acne cream...
Please see the web page on insulin resistance for information on supplements to take.
In addition take daily 100mg zinc. This high dose should be taken for approximately three months, when the dose should be reduced to 15mg/day. Acne has often cleared after using a high dose zinc supplement, especially needed by men, as the sperm contains more zinc than any other part of the body.
It is beneficial for the skin to take 5ml Omega 3 fish oil and/or 15 to 60ml flax oil and 5ml GLA from evening primrose oil.
The probiotics are another essential for clear skin. Be sure to take a supplement containing at least 10 billion bacteria per dose.
Taking a parasite cleanse, digestive enzymes and betaine hydrochloride (HCl) to improve digestion, is something to consider.
Please see here for more information on Nutrition and Diet.
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