Enzymes and Acne

Enzymes and acne ....Oily skin produces too much sebum and tends to be shiny and have enlarged pores. The main causes of oily skin are heredity and hormones. Oily skin doesn’t age as fast as dry skin but it’s highly susceptible to clogged pores and acne. Enzymes can’t reduce sebum but they produce optimum digestion and therefore can prevent acne breakouts. Enzymes also ensure optimum absorption of nutrients. A deficiency in vitamin B2 or riboflavin can aggravate oily skin.

For years scientists and doctors have debated whether diet plays a role in acne. According to several research studies, including one published in 2008 in the Journal of Dermatological Science food likely doesn’t directly cause acne, but the chemicals released during the metabolism of some foods may influence factors that exacerbate acne.

If foods aren’t digested properly the particles can pass through the intestinal wall and into the bloodstream. The immune system perceives them as foreign and immune complexes are the end result. These immune complexes will trigger an inflammatory allergic reaction and can lead to an acne breakout.

Cooking food will destroy nutrients and enzymes. With depleted enzymes the body must work harder to process nutrients and acne can be a symptom of this nutritional crisis.

Some researchers believe that over-cooked enzyme depleted food, along with too many sugars and grains will increase the production of a substance called insulin-like growth factor 1 or IGF-1. This will lead to an excess of male hormones and will encourage the skin to secrete large amounts of sebum.

Overeating can trigger hormone fluctuations, which is a common factor in acne breakouts. Too low stomach acid may be a cause of acne in adults, because not enough stomach acid will lead to digestion problems and partially digested food particles entering the blood and causing inflammation, as mentioned previously. Low stomach acid can be due to old age, stress, antacids and heredity.

Although controversial, some researchers believe that a build-up of candida yeast can cause acne. Yeast produces toxins in the body that can lead to blemishes.


The information on enzyme-facts.com is not offered for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of any disease or disorder nor have any statements herein been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). We strongly encourage you to discuss topics of concern with your health care provider.

Return To Top

Send Eco-Elegant Flowers

Mr. Beer - Makes A Great Gift!