depression

Locate the connection between depression and acne

Sunday, July 24, 2011 by: Seppo Puusa
Tags: depression, acne, health news

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 now clearly a government cover-up: All evidence contradicts official story
White House admits staging fake vaccination operation to gather DNA from the public
EXCLUSIVE: Natural News tests flu vaccine for heavy metals, finds 25,000 times higher mercury level than EPA limit for water
Irrefutable proof we are all being sprayed with poison: 571 tons of toxic lead 'chemtrailed' into America's skies every year
Truvia sweetener a powerful pesticide; scientists shocked as fruit flies die in less than a week from eating GMO-derived erythritol
Russia taking McDonald's to court, threatens countrywide shutdown
Why does the CDC own a patent on Ebola 'invention?'
Senator who attacked Doctor Oz over dietary supplements received over $146,000 in campaign contributions from Big Pharma mega-retailer and Monsanto
Global warming data FAKED by government to fit climate change fictions
HOAX confirmed: Michelle Obama 'GMOs for children' campaign a parody of modern agricultural politics
Oregon man serving prison sentence for collecting rainwater on his own property
U.S. treating meat with ammonia, bleach and antibiotics to kill the '24-hour sickness'
Ebola outbreak may already be uncontrollable; Monsanto invests in Ebola treatment drug company as pandemic spreads
Ben and Jerry's switches to non-GMO, Fair Trade ice cream ingredients
Diet soda, aspartame linked to premature deaths in women
Elliot Rodger, like nearly all young killers, was taking psychiatric drugs (Xanax)
Right to farm being stripped from Americans: Michigan to criminalize small family farms with chickens, goats, honey bees and more
Monsanto's seed imperialism halted in Canada thanks to massive protests
Delicious
(NaturalNews) Depression and acne often go hand in hand. Most people dismiss depression as just an unfortunate result of such a visible skin condition. However for almost 100 years visionary dermatologists have known there`s more to the connection.

Though these two conditions are different, they share similar causes. They can also form a vicious cycle where acne causes depression, and depression causes acne.

Let`s start by looking at the common causes for both conditions.

Substance P - The molecular link between feeling blue and acne

Dermatologists and psychologists have always known that stress aggravates acne. A neuropeptide called substance P (SP) is one way this can happen.

SP is considered one of the central neurotransmitters. It`s involved in both the physical and emotional side of the stress response. On the physical side injection of substance P increases the levels of inflammatory stress hormones. On the emotional side SP causes feelings of anxiety and stress, and chronically high levels can lead to depression.

Substance P and the skin

The skin is peppered with substance P receptors. During the stress response SP binds to the receptors in the skin. And while this is helpful in defending you against external harm, it can cause harm on the skin when it happens too often.

Research shows that substance P:

- Increases sebum production
- Increases inflammation on the skin
- Increase turnover of the skin cells

That`s 3 out of 3 for the primary causes of acne. Does this mean SP alone can cause acne? Scientists don`t know yet, but it is known that injection of SP in to the skin can cause psoriasis flares - even in people not prone to getting psoriasis.

Inflammation Acne and Depression

Chronic inflammation is another common feature in acne and depression. Research shows that depressed people have lower levels of omega 3 fatty acids and anti-inflammatory vitamins and nutrients than non-depressed people. Also, omega 3 supplementation can ease depression. Earlier article at Natural News, Research shows inflammation causes acne, explains the role of inflammation in acne.

Depression Intensifies Stress Response

Stress and inflammation are two sides of the same coin. Depression intensifies stress response and can deliver a knockout, one-two-three punch on the skin.

- Depressed people have far more severe inflammatory response to stress compared with non-depressed people.
- Depression can dampen the immune system and signal opportunistic bacteria that the body is vulnerable and that it is a good time to attack. This can lead to long-term infections and increased levels of inflammation.
- Depression makes it harder to take care of yourself and stick to a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Conclusion

The skin is the most visible part of you. It is also the boundary between you and the external world. We often don`t think about it, but the skin can say a lot about you. As such, it`s no surprise that depression and acne often appear together.

Despite being radically different both conditions share similar causes, from substance P to inflammatory cytokines. Depression and acne can also create a vicious cycle where depression causes acne, which causes depression. And before this cycle is broken both conditions resist healing.

SOURCES

Interactions of the skin and nervous system.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9487011

Neuromediators--a crucial component of the skin immune system.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12413763

Neuronal control of skin function: the skin as a neuroimmunoendocrine organ.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17015491

Neuropeptides: role in inflammatory skin diseases.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9643321

Influence of substance-P on cultured sebocytes.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18427822

Substance P and human skin
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9157365

Responses to intradermal injections of substance P in psoriasis patients with pruritus.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20051714

Effects of substance P on memory and mood in healthy male subjects.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17768771

Cytokines and major depression.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15694227

Cytokines: abnormalities in major depression and implications for pharmacological treatment.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15303243

The inflammation hypothesis in geriatric depression.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21370276

Lipids, depression and suicide.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12640327

The stress system in the human brain in depression and neurodegeneration.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15996533

Depression and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal activation: a quantitative summary of four decades of research.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21257974

About the author

Seppo Puusa is the author of the best-selling acne book Clear for Life: Lifestyle for Health, Happiness and Clear Skin. The book gives a whole new perspective on acne, so it will finally make sense.
Clear for Life shows how the small, everyday choices you make today affect the way your skin looks tomorrow. By consistently making the right choices you engage the body's self-healing powers that can reverse the conditions behind acne. And overtime, acne just fades away.
Clear for Life is not a quick fix, or even a 30-day miracle, but for people who are willing to take responsibility for their own future it offers a simple, clear and makes-sense-in-your-gut solution to permanently clear skin.
To learn more about Clear for Life, please visit: http://www.clear-for-life.com.
Seppo also has other websites, such as Proactiv Solution Info Center with hype free reviews and information about Proactiv, and Exposed Acne Treatment site at ExposedAcneTreatmentInfo.com.

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.