Someone asked me lately will too much Progesterone cause Acne?
NO! Acne is caused by excess of Testosterone.
Because Progesterone inhibits testosterone, it cannot cause acne!
It is high Testosterone that initiates acne. Without getting too technical, the Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) plays a vital role making testosterone inactive…SO The Great news is that Progesterone raises levels of SHBG, which prevents the rise of free testosterone.
However sugars will cause SHBG to drop. By sugars we mean all carbs, even grains, legumes, dairy, sweet starchy fruits and vegetables, fructose, sucrose and glucose (all carbs are converted into glucose). Carbs will reduce SHBG by 80, 50 and 40% respectivey.
Interestingly enough acne rarely affects people outside the Western nations. According to Cordain et al there is an absence of acne in the Kitavan Islanders of Papua New Guinea and Ache hunter-gatherers of Paraguay. They believe this is due to their diets, which, being natural and unprocessed, have a much lower glycaemic index than Western diets. They are also more physically active than Westerners. They do not have insulin resistance, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, or heart disease.
5 Advices that will help you get rid of your acne:
- Avoid all the foods and sugars mentioned and go for a low-glycaemic-load diet
- Use between 100mgr to 200mgr of bio-identical Progesterone cream daily, to inhibit the production of androgens within the body. Progesterone will also reverse follicular keratosis and cause a significant reduction in sebum excretion in women.
- In addition, take daily 100mg zinc. This high dose should be taken for approximately three months when the dose should be reduced to 15mg/day. Acne has often cleared after using a high dose zinc supplement, especially needed by men, as the sperm contains more zinc than any other part of the body.
- Vitamin B6 will potentiate the inhibitory effect of zinc
- Supplement with vitamin D. It is a cheaper option than phototherapy. Vitamin D is essential for health, including skin health. Have a blood test done to check the level. The test should only be done for 25-hydroxyvitamin D, also called calcidiol.
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