MORE THAN A DIET Yes, eating a ketogenic can revitalize your skin; and that’s just one of the many keto benefits.
By now it’s pretty obvious that keto is a great, darn-near miraculous, way to shed the extra pounds and get the weight under control (1). If for some reason you haven’t heard, or still don’t believe in the keto magic, check out these testimonials with photographic proof.
Keto is a wonderful diet, but what most people not on keto don’t realize is, keto is more than watching what you eat, it really is a lifestyle. The reason ketoers can seem so obsessed with eating so low carb is that the benefits of eating this way extend beyond simple body-fat loss. There are many additional benefits to keto that feel so much better than any sugar could taste, that it helps to keep ketoers on the path. We will eventually cover all of them, but today we are going to shed light on a big one, your skin. Keto can help your dermis look beautiful, clear, and supple. It even has its own term, the keto-glow.
THE INSULIN ISSUE Our skin is the first thing people see when they look at us, so naturally we want it to look good and represent us in a positive light. The problem is, our skin doesn’t take orders. Instead, it gets its cues from, you guessed it, diet. What you put in your body creates your fuel, but it also feeds every other aspect of your being, skin is certainly no exception (2).
Skin is highly affected by our hormones, most specifically by insulin. Well wouldn’t you know it, insulin regulation is one of the main factors in keto’s success as a diet. It’s been shown that western cultures have a much higher rate of acne than non-western cultures. When studied, the diets of western culture and all others were put side by side and the main difference was the very high glycemic loads we take-in compared to the rest of the word (3). How does that translate? We eat far more sugar and simple carbohydrates which stimulate the insulin spikes that lead to skin irritation and issues, among other problems.
Keto restricts the insulin-producing glycemic sugars, which has been show to help skin clear up (4).
Why is insulin so bad for the skin? Insulin is responsible for:
Increasing testosterone levels that lead to break outs (that’s why steroid users who increase their testosterone often break out).
Stimulates skin cell growth and sebum production (5), both of which can clog pores if created in abundance.
Insulin weakens the skin’s acid mantle which protects the skin like a film of armor.
THE KETO-GLOW The best part about achieving the keto-glow and the effects keto has on acne breakouts, is that you don’t have to change anything about the keto diet to see the results. Following the guidelines of standard keto is enough to benefit your skin once you become keto adjusted. The extra water and electrolytes you should be taking in as part of keto will leave your skin smooth on the outside while the insulin limiting benefits of keto keep problems from arising within.
These added benefits of a healthier, younger–looking, and better performing body are what make keto a true way to live and not just a diet. Start the keto lifestyle and start cashing in on the extras as soon as possible.
(1) Volek, J., Sharman, M., Gómez, A., Judelson, D., Rubin, M., Watson, G., … Kraemer, W. (2004). Comparison of energy-restricted very low-carbohydrate and low-fat diets on weight loss and body composition in overweight men and women. Nutrition & Metabolism, 1, 13. https://doi.org/10.1186/1743-7075-1-13.
(2) Boelsma, E., Hendriks, H. F., & Roza, L. (2001). Nutritional skin care: health effects of micronutrients and fatty acids. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 73(5), 853–864. https://doi.org/10.1093/ajcn/73.5.853.
(3) Smith, R., & Mann, N. (2007). Acne in adolescence: A role for nutrition? Nutrition & Dietetics, 64(s4 The Role of), S147–S149. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1747-0080.2007.00211.x.
(4) Smith, R. N., Mann, N. J., Braue, A., Mäkeläinen, H., & Varigos, G. A. (2007). The effect of a high-protein, low glycemic–load diet versus a conventional, high glycemic–load diet on biochemical parameters associated with acne vulgaris: A randomized, investigator-masked, controlled trial. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 57(2), 247–256. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaad.2007.01.046.
(5) Sadagurski, M., Yakar, S., Weingarten, G., Holzenberger, M., Rhodes, C. J., Breitkreutz, D., … Wertheimer, E. (2006). Insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor signaling regulates skin development and inhibits skin keratinocyte differentiation. Molecular and Cellular Biology, 26(7), 2675–2687. https://doi.org/10.1128/MCB.26.7.2675-2687.2006.