Battling Acne: Unveiling the Culprits behind Inflammation

Metabolic Wellness | Ayur Ai

Dr.Harinee S, B.A.M.S., M.D.(Ayu.)

Updated on AUG 08,2023

In a world where flawless skin is often equated with beauty and confidence, the persistent presence of acne can be a distressing challenge. Acne is not just a surface-level issue. It's a symptom of an underlying imbalance that resides within your body's intricate systems. Below are the triggering factors that cause inflammation and pave the path for acne.


Foods rich in sugar such as artificial sweeteners, sweetened beverages, junk food, and refined grains raises blood sugar and insulin levels rapidly, boosting androgens or "male sex hormones." These hormones drive up oil production, trigger inflammation, and prompt skin cell overproduction.

Dairy products

Dairy raises insulin levels as much as sugar. Casein in dairy boosts IGF-1(insulin-like growth factor) levels, amplifying androgens and oil production, ultimately causing clogged pores and acne.

Nutrient deficiencies

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Leaky gut

Leaky gut is a big deal in acne. It happens when your gut barrier gets holes, letting stuff through that shouldn't be there. This sets off alarms in your body, causing inflammation and sometimes even problems with your immune system. Leaky gut can also make you more sensitive to certain foods.

Food allergies

Unlike immediate and severe food allergies, food sensitivities trigger delayed reactions, sometimes taking hours or days to show up. Common sensitivities include dairy, gluten, soy, and peanuts, leading to various responses like acne, brain fog, fatigue, and runny nose, headache, varying by individual.


Human body relies on organs like the Gut, Liver, Kidneys, and Skin to eliminate toxins. Everyday exposure to toxins from the environment, food, and more adds to "toxic overload." This overload, if not managed, leads to chronic inflammation and other health issues.


Hormones like Cortisol, the stress hormone, lead to issues like inflammation, weight gain, and weaker immune defense when elevated for longer duration. Even skin healing nutrients like Vitamin C and Zinc drop due to chronic stress.

Poor gut bacteria

According to Ayurveda, consuming improper foods leads to poor digestion and the buildup of Ama in the digestive tract, disturbing gut flora. Gut imbalances like yeast overgrowth and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) are frequent, particularly with acne. SIBO affects the structure and function of the small intestine, causing digestion and nutrient absorption issues.