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The Missing Link Between Acne, Insulin Resistance and Constipation

Among homeopathy treatments for acne, we found to reduce constipation. To date, however, no medical study has established a direct link between intestinal tension and acne. However, there is a clear link between the hormone imbalance called "insulin resistance" and acne. In addition, according to the American Dietetic Society, prescribing is good for reducing acne because regular bowel movement reduces the chance of stimulating insulin.

Insulin & Acne Resistance

The pancreas secretes hormone insulin. The body requires insulin to access the body's main source of energy - blood sugar glucose. Insulin binds to the major receptors in the blood to release glucose as the body needs more energy.

Insulin resistance occurs when the normal amount of pancreatic insulin secreted proves insufficient to indicate glucose release. So, to compensate, the pancreas pumps more insulin to release the glucose it needs.

Insulin Resistance in PCOS

Insulin resistance, acne, excessive hair and obesity are some of the leading causes of endocrine disease called polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Extensive research has been linked to increased circulating androgen levels in PCOS patients for insulin resistance.

More androgen hormones in women encourage hair growth and can result in infertility. In addition, excess androgen increases the secretion of facial oils. This extra oil can cause more pores and acne pores.

Medical Treatment for Insulin Resistance

Treatment for PCOS includes drug metformin. A study published in Bahasa Malaysia Gynecological endocrinology found that treating women with metformin reduced the symptoms of PCOS because the treatment lowered blood sugar levels and testosterone levels in patients. Testosterone is a member of the androgen family and can also cause acne.

Natural Treatment for Insulin Resistance

In addition to using drugs to regulate insulin levels, the American Dietetic Society recommends rich fiber and therefore constitutes obstruction of the diet to help normalize blood glucose and insulin levels.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends taking 31 grams of fiber daily. Getting this amount of fiber will enjoy about one of the following fruit and vegetable groups:

    7 raw avocado

    13 fresh bananas

    7 cups of blueberries

    9 small apples

    31 baked potatoes

    15 red peppers

    3 cups cooked lentils

Surprisingly, regardless of the health benefits of eating fruits and vegetables, the Food and Drug Administration still reports that Americans do not eat enough of Nature's produce.

In short, insulin resistance triggers an increase in androgen hormone. Thus, staying free of constipation reduces the possibility of developing insulin resistance and has more circulating hormones that can trigger the acne outbreak.

Regardless of your acne facial regimen, be sure to enjoy some obstructive foods like bran oats, spinach, or apples daily.


Kazerooni, T and M Dehghan-Kooshkghazi. Effect of metformin therapy on hyperandrogenism in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome. Gynecological endocrinology; February 1, 2003, volume 17, no. 1, pp. 51-56.

United States Department of Agriculture. Diet and Health: Diet and Nutrition Schedule. August 17, 2004

Wijeyaratne, Chandrika N, Adam H Balen, Julian H Barth, Paul E Belchetz. Clinical manifestations and insulin resistance (IR) in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) among South Asians and Caucasians: is there a difference? Clinical endocrinology; September 2002, volume 57, no 3, pp. 343-350.


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