Adrenal Glands are also known as Suprarenal Glands.  They are endocrine glands that have a reputation and are known as your stress glands, but there's so much more than that (especially for females) .


How It Works

Your adrenal glands are hormone-making glands and this is especially relevant for women. Estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone are hormones that are typically made in the female reproductive system.  After menopause, a woman's reproductive hormones or the hormones that are made in the reproductive glands start to diminish. The adrenal glands are supposed to make up the missing hormones, however, the adrenal glands also make stress hormones, especially cortisol.   That means if the adrenal glands are off busy making stress hormones, they're not going to have the raw materials to make estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone, then here becomes an issue.

This is why when you are going through menopause, you need to make sure that you’re relaxing the body (and mind) so that you aren’t producing too much cortisol or stress hormones.

Menopausal Symptoms From Adrenal Glands

There are menopausal symptoms related to adrenal glands when the glands are burnt out from cranking out a substantial amount of cortisol.  Cortisol is being produced when under sugar consumption and psychological stress.

Symptoms :

  • Hot Flashes
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Mood Swings

With that said, relaxing the burden on the adrenal glands would keep the glands from shunting cholesterol into making cortisol, so that the glands can have the raw materials to make estrogen and progesterone, regulate the right amount of hormones that your body needs, in order to keep the symptoms at bay.

How Does It Relate To Adrenal Acne

Adrenal acne is very similar to androgenic acne which relates to how the body processes testosterone or male hormone component. Adrenal acne is similar in the sense that it also involves testosterone which is produced in reproductive glands as mentioned above, but it adds the stress hormone cortisol.

When the body's not processing male hormones correctly you would end up with inflammation and cells dividing too rapidly.  Since adrenal acne adds cortisol on top, that exacerbates skin oiliness, the shiny looking layer on top of the skin.

Adrenal acne is the manifestation of Hyper-Adrenal Activity or burnt out adrenal gland. The signs are similar to androgenic acne, but added with the following:

  • Oily skin
  • Blackheads
  • Enlarged pore appearance due to more sebum coming out of them
  • Stress component
  • Dizziness and fatigue
  • Getting up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep
  • Having good sleep but waking up tired

    The Causes

    Psychological reasons such as mental and emotional burdens play a part. When it comes to the physical perspective, bodily duress that leads to adrenal acne and oily skin is usually caused by nutritional deficiencies, increased sugar intake, an increase in the production of  insulin, and digestive distress.

    When you have leaky gut or digestive issues, it depletes the nutrition absorption as well as leaking toxins into the bloodstream.  As for high or unstable insulin this can cause hyperproliferation (seen details in the previous article).

    Orthostatic Hypotension or Postural Hypotension can also be part of the cause. This usually manifests in fatigue, along with dizziness right after standing up.

    The Strategies

    1. Keep your sugar intake down and blood sugar stable
      Do it by changing the way we eat - increase healthy fat, protein and fewer carbohydrates (especially refined carbohydrates)

    2. Reduce caffeine intake
      Due to caffeine has the potential to alter reproductive hormones, especially in women.

    3. Stabilize digestive problems
      With removing digestive intolerance food, lower the chance of inflammation in the gut lining.

    4. Eating less
      It means to focus on the quality, not the quantity, eating less food is a way to calm the adrenal gland.  If we eat constantly, the body is unable to burn its own sugar and fat as well.  (Read our Intermittent Fasting article by our guest nutritionist)

    5. Take Omega 6
      When it comes to Adrenal acne, sebum or excessive oil is appeared to be ticker. It’s the sign of deficient in Omega 6 fatty acids (GLA).  Omega 6 fatty acids have a liquefying effect on sebum so it wouldn’t clog up the pores, and vital to human skin’s natural lipids and skin cells.
      * However, Omega 6 containing oils such as safflower, sunflower, sesame, soy oil are not accounted for this due to their high processing procedures.  Cold Pressed Hemp Oil would be recommended.

    6. Zinc
      Zinc is also very important for the adrenal glands. It’s an abundant mineral that found in soil.  15 milligrams of zinc picolinate is the must-have ( according to Pharmacist and Nutritionist Ben Fuchs).  

    7. Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)
      It helps to dry up excess sebum as pantothenic Acid is involved in how the body processes its fats and oils.  They both work internally and topically.

    8. Salt
      Adrenal glands are mineral processing glands, mineral deficiency could cause you salt craving! On the other hand, hint of high quality of salt could help increase or balance right dose of blood pressure to take the stress off the adrenals, in order to minimize the fatigue feeling and help you go throughout the day. Celtic salt or colloidal minerals in the water would be helpful to replace conventional table salt.

    9. Magnesium
      Magnesium and zinc are the most common deficiencies in developed countries.  Taking a dose of Magnesium is helpful for relaxing the brain and body.

    10. Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid or Bentonite clay
      They are anti-inflammatory and have oil absorbing properties


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