Thursday, 19 February 2015

Blood Sugar and Acne

It's live! It's live! My Love Vitamin reader story was posted to Tracy's blog last week. The story chronicles my 'aha' moment from this Fall where I finally realized that even though I'd been on my natural skin care journey for over a year, I was still looking for the 'silver bullet'/one thing I needed to do to have clear skin.

The post was written in mid-October at the start of my gluten-, coffee-, processed-food and sugar-free, insulin stabilizing diet. To read it, click here.

Tracy Raftl, blogger, is this amazing woman from British Columbia who is a wealth of knowledge and resources on how to have beautiful, clear skin naturally. She was the reason I made the full plunge into healing my acne from the inside out and is truly an inspiration. I owe her my skin! Her e-books and programs are worth every penny. I highly recommend her candida cleanse challenge, which she now packages as part of her Naturally Clear Skin Academy

Blood sugar and acne 

Tracy did a great follow-up post this week on how to manage your blood sugar to prevent acne, spurred in part by my story.

I do feel that following such a strict diet for three months was the final summit I needed to scale to have consistently clear and beautiful skin. It is likely that my acne is partially related to spikes in my blood-sugar, which is also why I'm seeing clearing success with the diet and the insulin-regulating herb berberine. (wow, is berberine ever amazing! Anti-microbial AND insulin-regulating. An acne-fighting miracle! haha). Lara Briden, naturopath and healthy hormone blogger, has a couple fantastic posts on how to overcome insulin resistance and why cutting all sugar is so important for your skin.

On Lara's blog post about overcoming insulin resistance, she talks about what the condition is and how it is diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar test. I haven't had one recently, but I did while I was pregnant to see if I had gestational diabetes (it's a standard test for all pregnant ladies). I failed the first time. My midwife said it was likely because I ate a few candies that day. Seriously? Three Mike and Ike's can make my blood sugar all out of whack? Now, I feel like I should read that as a possible warning sign for my skin. . . . . .

The day before my second blood sugar test, I made sure to eat a lot of protein and stayed away from sugar. I passed with flying colours. (Btw - the test is the worst two hours I've ever endured. Following 12 hours of fasting, you have to drink this disgusting orange pop-like drink and then have your blood drawn one hour, and two hours later. It's the worst sugar crash you will ever experience. I spent the hours crying in the clinic washroom, I felt so sick and crazy. Following each test I would promptly go to bed and sleep for hours and hours).

I will never do that test again, even with subsequent pregnancies until I have risk factors for gestational diabetes such as age, obesity, family history and abnormal weight-gain during pregnancy. I have cut out sugar, though, and will continue to maintain my blood sugar and overcome any insulin resistance. Seriously, that type of diet is easier than doing the blood-sugar fasting test. 

Insulin resistance is very common (affects one in four adult Americans), and it may be a player in your skin conditions. Have you tried maintaining your blood sugar throughout the day? Has it helped your skin?