I’ve never had good skin.
My skin has always been blemish-prone.
I started to feel self-conscious at an early age when so many around me were gifted with clear complexions.
A breakout (or five) is annoying enough, but the dark acne marks and scars it leaves behind are often worse. I frequently had deep, cystic acne on the chin or along the jaw line right before periods. My struggle with acne always felt permanent.
In many ways, I do bless the day that I started to discover foundation and concealer in an attempt to shield imperfections. More than two decades later, I had rarely taken a break from the daily routine since.
I had spent enough of a fortune for anything that guarantees to dissolve dark spots and enhance smooth, even skin.
Admittedly, my skin has changed from my adolescent days. But I am also ageing, so there come more changes as I reluctantly hit 40. I notice wrinkles, age spots and dryness.
Ladies, if you happen to suffer from skin-picking as I had, you’d know what I mean when I say that this compulsion triggers self-esteem crisis like no else…
Let’s just say, I never loved my own skin. But now, I DO!
While I commit to Keto on the promise of a slimmer waistline, the biggest change is my new smooth and clear skin.
The first protocol of Keto is the minimisation (elimination) of carbohydrates.
Speaking from personal experience, within 2 weeks of eliminating carbs, I was just impressed how my acne had just disappeared. I mean, gone! Since, I simply don’t have those recurrent outbreaks of pimples on my forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin anymore. For me, it is absolutely miraculous.
To hear your partner whispering in your ears complimenting about how much he loves your smooth-as-silk skin just supercharges your sexiness like no else.
To really appreciate this transformation, it is important to understand just how sugar affects skin:
Sugar triggers inflammation, and also binds to collagen, degrading skin cells.
Your body breaks down “simple carbohydrates”, like refined sugars and white flour, rapidly converting them into glucose, which then floods the blood stream. When this occurs, your body reacts by producing insulin to counter the glucose-insulin levels spike, leading to inflammation-producing enzymes which attach to your body’s collagen through an oxidative process known as glycation. This process further breaks down collagen and elastin, contributing to aged, sagging and wrinkled looking skin. Glycation not only increases the appearance of ageing but also can aggravate particular skin conditions such as acne and rosacea. (Glycation also occurs internally, affecting connective tissue and joints!)
A rise in insulin levels in your bloodstream triggers changes that can lead to the growth of pore-clogging cells and excess production of oil in your skin glands, which further aggravate acne.
When this happens for an extended period, your body begins to lose sensitivity to insulin, causing insulin resistance. This means you have to pump out, even more, insulin to bring the blood sugar down. If this process spirals out of control, it can lead to further complications for your skin not to mention other serious health issues, such as diabetes.
Our skin can reflect what’s going on inside our body, plain and simple.
And it’s marvellous to be able to love your skin!