If you’re struggling with acne that seems pretty resistant to a lot of things, then you might have a problem with Candida overgrowth that’s preventing you from getting rid of your acne once and for all.
Candida is a naturally occurring type of yeast that lives in our bodies and thrives in warm, damp conditions. It’s in all of us, but is kept in check and under control by the good/beneficial bacteria in our gut and digestive system. The balance between bacteria and yeast is very important, because if this balance becomes unbalanced (due to things like stress and diet etc) then the Candida is allowed to flourish and grow out of control making you sick. When this happens it’s called Candidiasis.
A lot of health professionals say that nearly everyone exhibits minor symptoms of Candidiasis, and about one third of the population (at least in the West) is severely affected. That’s a lot of people!
So here are a few of the most common symptoms:
- Toenail fungus
- Craving Carbs
- Sore, stiff joints
- Irregular menstrual cycle
- Muscle soreness
- Sensitivity to chemicals
- Pain, burning or stinging when urinating
- Poor memory
- Loss of libido
- Heart palpitations
- Discoloured fingernails and toenails
The symptoms of this are quite broad and vague, so it’s hard to tell if it’s yeast overgrowth causing a symptom or something else. But if you’re suffering from acne and can identify with any of the ‘Causes’ below, then there’s a high chance you’ve got an imbalance.
How Candida Overgrowth Contributes To Acne:
Candida naturally produce ‘waste products’ that are essentially toxins. So the more your candida gets out of control and overgrows, the more toxins they’re going to be producing in your body that you’ll have to deal with.
Toxins are one of the main causes of acne, because when you ingest too many toxins through diet, stress, the environment, and/or your elimination organs are sluggish and not working as efficiently as they should, then your body will be forced to use the skin as a way to expel these excess toxins (in the form of acne!!).
This will be even worse if you already have a high toxicity due to years of unhealthy eating AND a Candida problem. From what I’ve seen, people who aren’t primarily from hormonal acne, but are suffering more because of over toxicity/diet/lifestyle related acne, usually also have a Candida problem.
So What Causes/Contributes To Candida Overgrowth?
Antibiotics are often prescribed to acne sufferers to kill the naturally occurring bacteria on their skin in order to stop them from feeding on excess sebum therefore preventing any infections/inflammation and acne. This is a ‘band-aid’ approach that has only short term results, because it doesn’t deal with the real root cause of acne, and over time the bacteria become resistant to the antibiotics anyway.
The problem with this is that antibiotics don’t discriminate between bad and good/beneficial bacteria, so it kills both. This is necessary if you have a bad bacterial infection, but not as a long term thing because it will also kill the GOOD bacteria in your gut leaving you vulnerable to candida overgrowth. This not only makes you sick (see symptoms above) but will also make your acne WORSE.
Alcohol often contains a lot of sugar, in particular Malt Sugar. Malt is very potent and can feed the yeast very quickly causing them to grow out of control.
3) Caffeine and Nicotine
These substances causes your body to release stored sugars which feed yeast.
4) Birth Control Pills
A common complaint from women on the Pill is yeast infections (thrush). Synthetic estrogens in birth control pills promote yeast growth and can harm good bacteria. Copper IUD is another possible yeast promoter. Often copper IUD users develop excessive levels of copper in their tissues. Excess copper can depress the adrenal, thyroid and immune systems of the body. This can make it more difficult for the body to resist yeast.
5) Excessive Stress and Elevated Cortisol Levels
When you’re stressed your body releases the hormone Cortisol. Cortisol depresses the immune system and increases blood sugar levels. Yeast feed on sugar, so this encourages them to grow. Also a depressed immune system will make it harder for you to fight the yeast and get it back under control.
6) Tap Water
Regular tap water (if you live in a city and don’t drink rain water) contains Chlorine (used to kill any bugs in the water). Chlorine has been found to kill friendly intestinal bacteria, which can cause an imbalance and give yeast a chance to grow.
7) Parasites and Intestinal Worms
85% of people in North America and Canada (and probably other Western countries) have parasites. Parasites can either be large worm-like creatures or mirco-organisms. These destroy good bacteria.
8 ) Medication and Drugs
Often disrupt and kill good bacteria.
9) Immune Deficiency
When your immune system is down or your sick, candida have more of a chance to thrive.
10) Hormonal Imbalance
Adequate amounts of oestrogen and progesterone are needed for intestinal flora/good bacteria. When there is an imbalance between oestrogen and progesterone, this can cause yeast overgrowth.
11) Emotional Issues
Emotional problems of feeling depressed, upset, sad, grief etc can depress your immune system, induce stress (and elevated blood sugar levels) and cause candida to grow out of control.
In Part 2 of this series, I’ll cover some simple tests you can do at home/right now that will show you whether or not you have a Candida problem. Continue to Part 2: Home Tests For Candida Overgrowth…