Imagine a day when acne is a disease of the past. Imagine the day when teenagers no suffer from the unsightly blight of acne. Imagine the day when adults no longer feel compromised in the workplace by their acne prone skin flaring up on the worst possible days.
That day is near. And that day is a certainty if the world were to embrace natural acne treatment, which is more rightly described as natural acne prevention.
Natural acne treatment is about prevention. Consider this analogy: the most ‘natural’ way to avoid a wound to the skin becoming infected is to avoid the wound in the first place. And acne is essentially no different to an infected wound – acne begins with a wound that becomes infected.
Therefore, the best way to avoid acne is to prevent the wound – or damage to the skin – from occurring in the first place.
This damage to the skin begins by an unnatural state occurring in the body due to unnatural products being consumed by the individual.
The unnatural products that I am referring to are the products that the human body was not designed to handle. That is, the products that the human body did not evolve to be compatible with.
So, what are these products? In order to understand what these products are, one must understand the evolution of our species.
We as humans did most of our evolving between 200,000 and 100,000 years ago. During that time, our bodies evolved to suit the environment around us. That included the food that was available to us at the time.
Perhaps our single greatest advancement as a species came when we started to consume a greater proportion of meat in order to fuel the energy demands of our brain as it grew larger.
The point to note here is that it was eating meat, not carbohydrates, that allowed our brains to grow larger during out evolution.
One product that was certainly not around in vast quantities during this time was grain and other forms of carbohydrates such as potatoes. We simply either did not eat any of these products or only in small quantities when they came into season. The same was for fruit. Fruit and other sources of sugar such as honey were only available to us during certain times of the year or were a rarity.
Therefore, carbohydrates were the exception, not the rule, to the diet that we evolved with.
Nowadays, conventional wisdom promotes the idea that carbohydrates should make up 30-40 percent of one’s daily food intake. This is however an intake of carbohydrates that our bodies were not designed to handle.
We love carbohydrates because they are full of energy. The problem with carbohydrates is that they are a source of fast energy. That is, when we eat carbohydrates they end up as blood sugar very quickly.
Our bodies respond to large quantities of carbohydrates by generating a large amount of insulin. And for the average modern meal, the amount of insulin that our bodies need to produce is far more than what our bodies were designed to handle.
High levels of insulin are the main cause for diabetes. High levels of insulin are also the main cause for acne. Insulin promotes the conversion of testosterone to dihydroxytestosterone (DHT) and DHT in turn stimulates the skins oil glands to produce excessive oil. This excessive oil cause the skin to rupture and bacteria infect the ‘wound’ just as bacteria will infect any type of wound. This infection is otherwise known as acne.
So, quite logically, the best way to treat acne is to prevent it occurring in the first place. And the best way o prevent it occurring is to eliminate excessive insulin in one’s body by eliminating excessive carbohydrates from one’s diet.