Trouble with Keto?

Why do I still have acne on keto?

Normally, keto helps with skin acne and handles it pretty efficiently. If you still have acne, this could mean that there is an underlying cause connected to hormones.

It is usually high androgens (male sex hormones that are also present in women in small amounts) connected to the skin issues. Androgens increase the oiliness of the skin and can cause acne if they are too high.

Androgens mainly increase due to high insulin. Check what foods you eat; there might be some hidden sugars or non-keto artificial sweeteners that could cause insulin spikes. Also implement intermittent fasting in addition to your keto diet, as it will help a lot to counter high- insulin problems.

Additionally, high stress can trigger cortisol release, which in turn, will spike insulin. So high stress could be behind acne as well. Avoid stress triggers, implement daily walks outside (at least 45 minutes) and consume nutritional yeast to help with this problem.

Also, don’t treat the problem from outside, in other words topically. Always correct what’s causing it. Which usually, as outlined above, has to do with high androgens.

On an immediate basis:

  • Check labels on what you eat: are there any hidden carbs or sugar that spike insulin?

  • Add some more healthy fat to your meals

  • Consume purified bile salts

  • Implement intermittent fasting

  • Consume 7 to 10 cups of vegetables a day

  • Consume a good probiotic or fermented vegetables

  • If there is a chronic stress problem:

  • consume nutritional yeast

  • do long walks outside (at least 45 minutes)

  • avoid stress triggers

  • improve your sleep (take naps if needed)

Last updated: Mar 29, 2023 02:07 AM