Everyone has candida. Certain levels of this fungus are considered healthy, as it keeps other harmful bacteria and fungus at bay. However, when candida becomes overgrown and out of control, it starts to wreak havoc on the intestines and digestive tract, moving from the gut to the bloodstream and then to the mouth, skin and nails. Candida overgrowth is a very common problem and often times shows up on the skin in the form of eczema, acne, rosacea, rashes, and athlete’s foot. I’ve mentioned candida overgrowth before, and it’s no joke!
One of the biggest culprits for candida overgrowth is frequent use of antibiotics.
The reason that antibiotics cause so many problems is they kill the healthy bacteria in our gut, and our healthy bacteria are needed to protect us from many problems. Once you’ve destroyed your healthy bacteria with antibiotics, numerous problems can take hold. The most common problem to take hold is candida overgrowth, and candida overgrowth can be at the root of numerous health conditions. -Natural News
We live in a time where antibiotics are a favorite go to for many different ailments, which means that they are often over-prescribed. I find this ironic that while antibiotics are often prescribed for acne, they are often the cause of candida overgrowth. No wonder many clients see a resurgence of these skin conditions some time after completing treatment. In some cases, antibiotics fail to clear the acne and can make matters worse indirectly down the road.
Sugar feeds candida in the gut, so anytime we indulge in a sweet treat or eat refined grains or citrus fruits we are feeding our candida…ew. Too much sugar or processed foods in the diet can both trigger candida overgrowth and continue to feed it, making it worse. Sugar is NO BUENO for your skin anyway – and I suggest avoiding it whenever possible. Sugar increases inflammation and feeds candida – these are two things you do not want more of if you are working to improve the condition and health of your skin.
For acne sufferers, I highly recommend testing for candida overgrowth. If you choose not to test for candida, you can eliminate ALL sugars from your diet and take a good quality probiotic daily to see if the acne clears. For extreme candida cases, additional supplementation may be needed to get rid of the excess yeast. This is especially important for those who’ve used antibiotics to treat their acne. There are natural remedies worthy of a try before yielding to antibiotics for acne. I really like Osmosis Skincare, LED Therapy, Grapefruit seed extract, and the anti-candida diet (or anti-inflammatory diet.) For more information on any of these treatments, contact bien-etre spa!
If you must go on antibiotics, make sure you follow them up with a really good probiotic. It’s my professional belief that for acne, antibiotics are not the cure all – although many dermatologists will suggest they are.