Intermittent fasting to cure acne

by - April 28, 2019

Intermittent fasting does have beautiful benefits for the skin and helps to beautify women too.

Today, we will be considering how intermittent fasting can help curb acne.

What is acne? And what are its causes?

Acne could be considered as a skin condition that occurs once hair follicles are clogged with oil and dead skin cells. It often causes pimples and blackheads and usually appears on the face, forehead, chest, upper back and shoulders. Acne is more common in teenagers, even if it affects people of all ages.

There are effective treatments, but acne can be persistent. The buds and bumps heal slowly, and when they start to appear, the others seem to get up. Depending on the severity, acne can cause emotional stress and create scars on the skin. The sooner you start treatment, the less you will encounter such problems.

Four main factors contribute to acne:

1. Excess oil production.
2. Hair follicles clogged with oil and dead cells
3. Bacteria
4. Excessive activity of a hormone (androgens)

Acne usually occurs in the face, forehead, chest, back and shoulders, as these areas of the skin have the most important sebaceous glands.

Factors that can Aggravate Acne

These factors can cause or worsen acne:


Androgens are hormones that increase in boys and girls during puberty and lead to an increase in sebaceous glands and sebum production.

Hormonal changes associated with pregnancy and the use of oral contraceptives can also affect sebum production. Also, small amounts of androgens circulate in the woman's blood and can aggravate acne.


Medicines that contain corticosteroids, testosterone or lithium can worsen the situation.

Choice of meal

Studies suggest that certain dietary factors, such as skimmed milk and carbohydrate-rich foods (such as bread, bagels, and chips) can make acne worse. Chocolate has long been suspected to aggravate acne.

A small study of 14 men with acne showed that eating lots of chocolates worsens its symptoms. Further studies are needed to determine why this is happening and to determine whether acne patients can benefit from certain dietary restrictions.


Stress can make acne worse.

What is intermittent fasting?

The basic idea of ​​intermittent fasting is simple: eat all your food for the day for a short time and do not eat the rest of the time (fast).

This usually means that you skip one or two meals and take large meals later in the day. It can be as simple as skipping breakfast or so extreme that you only eat one meal a day.

Intermittent fasting is not a diet - it is not about what you eat. It is when you eat. Intermittent fasting is a premeditated schedule that provides a setting for the times you should eat during the day.

Intermittent fasting is an effective way to strengthen the results of one’s current diet and help one’s body recover faster from a nutritional failure. It is not to be considered as an excuse to eat foods that cause acne.

How intermittent fasting eliminates acne.

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A healthier body means healthier skin, so it's no wonder that intermittent fasting is one of the best things you can do for your skin.

1. Intermittent fasting reduces insulin resistance

Insulin resistance is one of the main causes of acne. It causes the release of hormones that block the pores, force the skin to produce too much oil and worsen inflammation. If you constantly consume too many carbohydrates and your body has no chance of burning them, you develop something called insulin resistance. Here, your body needs more and more insulin to do the same job. More insulin means more acne.

Intermittent fasting is one of the best things you can do to keep your insulin levels low, reduce your glycogen stores and decrease your insulin resistance. If you do not eat for 16, 18 or 20 hours a day, it gives your body the ability to burn stored glucose. This also gives your body the ability to lower the levels of insulin in your blood.

2. Intermittent fasting reduces inflammation

Sometimes the pores of the skin get clogged up. Without contact with the air, the bacteria overflow from the area and cause a minor infection. In response to this infection, your body sends inflammatory chemicals to treat it. Here are two problems:

The infection in the pores is not dangerous at all and the body overreacts to this minor infection due to chronic inflammation. The end result is a big and inflamed grain that does not seem to disappear.

The reason is that most modern diets are extremely rich in pro-inflammatory foods such as vegetable and processed oils and anti-inflammatory foods such as wild fish and seafood (salmon, sardines, mackerel) are scarce.

Intermittent fasting has been shown to inhibit pro-inflammatory proteins and produce intestinal anti-inflammatory hormones. This double effect can significantly reduce the redness and swelling associated with acne.

3. Intermittent fasting promotes better sleep

Sleep is one of the most important factors outside the diet for clean skin.

Sleep deprivation leads to the release of a higher hormone called cortisol. Cortisol increases insulin resistance, weakens the digestive system and makes the skin more sensitive to acne. It has been shown that a bad night's sleep increases insulin resistance the next day, which contributes even more to acne.

Poor sleep leads to poor health of the immune system and an increase in inflammatory agents that can aggravate existing granules. If you're not sleeping enough, it's harder to fight acne.

Intermittent fasting is one of the best things you can do for a healthy sleep. Although issues such as blue light, exercise, and caffeine have a major impact on the circadian rhythm of your body (the "inner clock"), eating and timing also seem to be important factors.

Many studies have shown that shortening meal times alone can promote a healthier circadian rhythm: Intermittent fasting improves the overall effectiveness of circadian rhythm activators.

4. Intermittent fasting protects you from free radicals

You may have heard of free radicals. They are annoying small molecules that can put a heavy strain on the body. Without sufficient antioxidants, free radicals can spread from cell to cell causing damage, including oxidation of the oil on the skin.

If the oil on the skin becomes oxidized, it can easily clog the pore and make it mature for infection.

Free radicals can be caused by exposure to air pollution or sunlight if some acne cleansing agents such as benzoyl peroxide and even sugar are used excessively. They are everywhere and if you do not eat healthy and do not take care of your body, they can easily cause acne.

Intermittent fasting has been shown to increase resistance to oxidative stress and to combat damage caused by free radicals.

5. Intermittent fast results in lower levels of IGF-1

The growth factor similar to insulin or IGF-1 is a growth hormone that triggers the production of new cells throughout the body. IGF-1 is great if you want to  develop your muscles, but it is a disaster when it comes to acne.

As with almost all hormones in the human body, the key to an adequate balance of IGF-1 is balance. The presence of too much IGF-1 may increase the risk of certain cancers and develop acne. Insufficient IGF-1  can inhibit your growth and possibly decrease your sexual desire.

The problem with IGF-1 is that most of us follow a diet that causes too much IGF-1. With our high consumption of carbohydrates and dairy products, we see more and more people fighting against acne related to IGF-1.

Intermittent fasting has been shown to lower IGF-1 levels while increasing the levels of human growth hormone (HGH).

If you're battling with acne you should put intermittent fasting to test and share the testimony of the results you get.

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