This is THE article that you’ve been looking for.
If you’ve spent a long time wondering how to get rid of acne and tried virtually all acne treatments under the sun… than this blog is written just for you.
In this post I’m going to cover everything you need to know, to finally annihilate those freaking pimples that cause so much headaches so that you can live life on you own terms without ever having to worry about acne again.
I’m going to advise you to not skip around in the article because some things are a bit technical and you might not understand what’s being said without reading to the part that came before.
What we’re going to cover is the following:
- Some background information on acne
- How acne actually forms, so what physical processes take part in the creation of acne
- What is the root cause of acne
- How do we get rid of acne by following a simple 5 step formula.
You can share this blog post with anyone who’s still struggling with acne because this will definitely help out a lot. Alright let’s do this.
What do we mean by acne?
Acne is a freaking pain in the ass, for some people quite literally if they have pimples on their ass. I myself suffered from acne for almost 10 years, and it was particularly active around my jaw line and my cheeks. I’m telling you there were times I was prepared to put raw potato salad on my skin because someone online said it might help. After this blog post you won’t have to worry about any of that.
Now I need to make a distinction between different types of acne. You have:
- Acne vulgaris
- Acne conglobata
- Fungal acne
- And acne rosacea
Perhaps there are more but these are the most important ones.
This article is going to be focused on acne vulgaris and acne conglobata because that’s what 95% of the people reading this post are going to be suffering from.
Fungal acne in short is really nothing more that an inflamed hair follicle due to yeast overgrowth. So in other words it isn’t really acne, but it does look a lot like your average white head from acne vulgaris.
Now fungal acne is easy peasy to get rid of, since there is no underlying chronic health condition that causes the acne. Most of the time fungal acne is located on the chest and back area due to a mixture of sweat and tight clothing rubbing over the hair follicles. One way you can easily get rid of this is by using dandruff shampoo.
As for acne rosacea, that’s a whole other ball game. Often you won’t even have pimples, you’ll just have terribly dry and red patches all over your skin. The important thing to do if you’re suffering from rosacea is to remove the inflammation in your body.
But let’s focus on acne vulgaris and conglobata since that’s what you’ve been waiting for.
The difference between vulgaris and conglobata is that vulgaris is slightly less severe. With Acne Vulgaris you’ll see whiteheads, blackheads, pustules and papules. But when we’re talking about acne conglobate, we’re talking about very big cysts that can and will leave permanent scarring.
So according to a paper by Collier et al. 85% of all teenagers have some form of acne, be it mild, moderate or severe acne. Up to 50% of all people in their twenties suffer from acne, and up to 30% percent of people in their thirties suffer from acne1.
This means a ton of people walk around with volcanoes on their face, I was one of them for almost 10 years. But here’s something interesting you might not have known: acne is a nearly universal skin condition in the Western population. However evidence suggests acne is considerably less prevalent in non-Western societies.
For example, researchers found no cases of acne among the Kitavan Islanders of Papua New Guinea and the hunter-gatherers of Paraguay2.
That means something we’re doing in western societies, isn’t really conducive to us having a sexy skin.
Right now let’s talk about how acne really forms on your skin.
In short there are 4 distinct processes that take place that cause you to have acne. And these are very important because when we talk about the root cause of acne later on in this article, you’ll immediately see how everything in your body is connected.
How to get rid of acne: the 4 acne factors
- Excessive skin cell development (a.k.a Hyper keratinization)
- Over production of sebum (a.k.a hyperseborrhea)
- Overgrowth of a very specific bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes or Cutibacterium acnes as it called now.
- And lastly inflammation
I already made a separate video on these 4 factors before and you can watch it right here if you want to know more about each one of them.
So the last 2 factors “overgrowth of the bacteria P. acnes” and “inflammation”, will only happen if the first 2 factors take place. That means if there is no excessive skin development and no overproduction sebum, there will be no overgrowth of bacteria and no inflammation.
The reason for this is because the bacteria P. acnes can only thrive in a lipid rich and oxygen free environment. And that environment can only be created if your hair follicle gets clogged due to excessive skin development and over production of sebum.
When your hair follicle does get clogged, the lipids in the sebum and the lack of oxygen causes the bacteria to grow. What subsequently happens is that the bacteria release lipases that hydrolyze sebum triglycerides into free fatty acid lipoperoxidases.
Now you don’t really need to know what these are but what happens is that this in turn leads to the expression of things such as protease activated receptors and toll-like receptors which causes the Keratinocytes to produce inflammatory mediators causing inflammation. In very simple terms, the bacteria P acnes can cause inflammation.
Okay so now that you know exactly which puzzle pieces combined can eventually cause acne you should be thinking the following thing:
“I need to figure out a way to stop excessive skin development, and over production of sebum”
And that leads us right to the most important thing I want to talk with you about today…
How to get rid of acne by finding the root cause
What actually causes the over production of sebum and hyper keratinization. Well the answer lies in the field of epigenetics.
I’ve already touched upon epigenetics in a previous video that you can watch here, but the official definition of epigenetics is:
“the study of changes in organisms caused by modification of gene expression rather than alteration of the genetic code itself”.
Now what the hell does that mean?
Well as you know we all have DNA. This is the raw information our body uses to create everything, and we get this information from our parents. A chunk of DNA is called a gene, and the official estimates state that humans have about 20,000 to 25,000 different genes.
To simplify everything you can look at each of these genes as specialized workers. For example one gene is a hairdresser and it’s responsible for giving you the color hair that you have. And another gene is a surgeon and it’s responsible for cutting away dangerous cells in the body so that you can remain healthy.
Now like I said this is an incredibly simplified model but this allows us to understand what is meant with epigenetics. Epigenetics roughly translates into “above the genes”, and it tells us that there is a different process in the body that influencing our genes or our specialized workers.
Through methods such as DNA methylation and histone modification, certain genes can actually be turned on or off. These methods are called epigenetic processes.
Now imagine this, through epigenetics we turn off the gene which we called the surgeon. The surgeon was responsible for cutting away dangerous cells in the body so that we can remain healthy. But now we turned this gene off, and it can no longer do its job. The result is that dangerous cells keep on growing in the body which could eventually lead to all kinds of diseases.
Now here comes the important part which ties everything you learned back into the concept of acne.
Through our diets and lifestyle we actually make epigenetic changes to our genes. For example, we actually do have a gene in our body that functions kind of like a surgeon. Gene P53 prevents cells from growing and reproducing too much by forcing cells that are no longer needed to die.
However, when we drink Milk, we ingest certain noncoding RNAs which essentially turn the gene P53 off3. As a result this allows cells to survive longer than they should. In other words, skin cells start to stick around and block pores, which is exactly the Hyper keratinization that we wanted to avoid.
Another example are your hormones. Androgen hormones such as testosterone stimulate the oil glands which can lead to the production or over production of sebum.
Now there is thing in your body called Forkhead box protein O1 (or FOXO1) which can prevent the influence of androgen hormones on sebum production by turning androgen receptors off.
So FOXO1 is a good thing that prevents our hair follicles from being filled with sebum. However it turns out carbohydrates that have a high glycemic index increase insulin and IGF-1, which turn FOXO1 off. When FOXO1 is turned off, androgens hormones can now cause over production of sebum.
So things such as hormonal imbalances, inflammatory foods, stress levels, exposure to chemicals and bacterial imbalances in the body will directly influence the expression of our genes which eventually cause acne.
Now this is actually a good thing, because this completely empowers you. You’re not simply a product of your genetics, you actually have a significant influence on how your genes are expressed.
So I want to share with you a 5-step formula that can help you make the epigenetic changes necessary to get rid of acne forever.
Here are the 5 steps on how to get rid of acne
- Reduce stress with isha mediation techniques such as kriya meditation
- Implement weekly fasting routines to reduce inflammation in the body
- Completely eliminate inflammatory foods such as dairy and refined carbs for at least 4 weeks
- Add supplements based on your needs such as DIM to balance hormones and Vitamin D3
- And lastly simplify your skincare routine to reduce exposure to harmful chemicals.
This is the 5 step process that I use with my clients to get flawless skin in a very short period of time.
By now you know exactly what the root cause of your acne is. It has everything to do with your genetics. Epigenetics is the answer to all acne related questions.
If you want to get rid of acne the fastest way possible without it ever coming back you need to take a more holistic approach and look at it from a genetic perspective.
I hope this article helps a lot of you, and I know I wish I had seen this guide 10 years ago when I was struggling with acne a lot. Please share this post with anybody you think can benefit from it.
Alright that’s it for this post guys, now I want to hear from you! Want do you think of the 5-step process? I’d love to hear from you!