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Diabetes and acne: how PravENAC, diet and exercise can help

November 14, 2015 by Works with Water
Worls Diabetes Day 14 November

Throughout November it’s Diabetes Awareness Month, which means we wanted to take an in-depth look at the link between diabetes and acne, how diet can play a major role in managing the condition and some of the ways you can reduce your blood sugar levels.

The link between diabetes and acne

Many experts believe that both adult acne and an excess in fat around your waistline could mean you have a high insulin level, which is a symptom of diabetes.

Specialists agree that acne is not always a symptom of diabetes. However, the American Diabetes Association believes that those living with diabetes can often have problems with their skin — including dry skin, skin more prone to infection and often acne.

And there are a few reasons why that happens. First, let’s take a closer look at what causes diabetes. Diabetes is a condition that means a person’s blood sugar level (referred to as glucose) becomes too high because their bodies can’t break it down properly. Usually a hormone called insulin will move glucose around the body and into cells — where it’s broken down into energy. But, if you have diabetes your body isn’t able to get energy from glucose because either there isn’t enough insulin present (the case in Type 1 diabetes) or because the insulin isn’t functioning properly (Type 2 diabetes).

This means that people with diabetes often suffer with acne well beyond their teens due to the hormonal imbalances the condition causes. But diabetes also affects the skin’s natural ability to heal itself quickly, so not only are diabetics more prone to developing acne, but their skin is unable to get rid of bacteria and fight infection when it does. Add to that the fact that a diet that’s high in sugar, salt and processed foods is likely to increase your risk of developing diabetes — all of which are also often linked to acne.

Ways to reduce your blood sugar levels

Many diabetics notice an improvement in their skin conditions when they make changes to their diet, skincare regime and by taking additional natural skin supplements to control their acne.

Although some dermatologists will say that diet doesn’t have much to do with whether people develop acne or not, many clinicians consider the high blood sugar levels in diabetics can be directly related to the formation of acne. So although diabetes doesn’t always cause acne, many diabetic people do have problems with their skin and problems with acne over the course of their lives that can be improved with some changes to their diet.

We suggest that those with diabetes should reduce their starch intake. You can do this by skipping that sandwich at lunch and opting for a salad instead and avoiding pasta, potatoes, pizza and chips. Instead we recommend eating more whole grains, protein and leafy green vegetable.

We also recommend replacing sweet drinks with water to stay hydrated. In the past we’ve been written about the link between soda and diabetes and sugar and diabetes cutting down sugar-y drinks is one of the easiest ways people have lowered their blood sugar levels and improved their skin.

But it’s not all about diet. Daily exercise can also lower your insulin levels and help reduce your acne. This means that after a meal don’t just slump in front of the telly, try and be active, even if it’s just a brisk walk around the park.  If you’re pre-diabetic and need to lose weight, then regular exercise can help keep diabetes at bay and a healthier diet and lifestyle should improve your acne condition.

How to deal with acne when you have diabetes

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Although some of the suggestions above could have a big impact on both your blood sugar levels and your acne, we recommend looking into natural skin products specifically developed for those who have acne and diabetes.

Many of those who suffer from diabetes and who have acne find it really difficult to keep their acne under control because not all acne products are suitable for those with diabetes. This is why it’s really important when you’re diabetic and have acne to select natural supplements.

So if you are pre-diabetic or diabetic and suffering from acne, be careful when choosing an oral acne skincare product and check the ingredients carefully. Our acne products help: clear skin and help: clear skin MEN are made from 100% natural ingredients and are both safe to use if you are diabetic and suffer from acne.

Both products contain PravENAC™, our proprietary formula that incorporates a clinically-proven bioactive protein rich in lactoferrin. Lactoferrin has been shown to reduce the development of the bacteria responsible for many skin conditions such as acne, spots, blackheads and whiteheads due to its anti-microbial effects. This means it’s a great choice for those with diabetes, because it’s natural, fights acne and reduces bacteria naturally.

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