Acne is the most common skin conditions in the United States, affecting many teenagers and young adults. It is a source of great discomfort to many as well as being a dent to confidence. 

For some it marks a period of adolescent life and, whilst no fun, is a relatively fleeting affliction. But for others it is longer term and it can be a very genuine problem.

What causes acne and why do we get it?

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The science shows us that as hormone levels rise, they cause the skin’s oil glands (subcutaneous glands) to produce more oils which can mix with dead skin cells and clog up skin pores. These clogged up pores can become inflamed and result in an outbreak of lesions commonly known as pimples or zits.

Treatment usually depends on the severity of the condition. People with less severe cases can treat their acne by keeping their skin clean and use easily sourced special skin care products as needed. More severe cases, however, may require a visit to the dermatologist who can prescribe suitable medications.

There is much ongoing research into how diet and nutrition can affect and combat acne

What comes out of us – whether that is in the form of a runny nose, a cough, a sneeze, a rash or a spot is very often a direct result of what we have been putting into ourselves.

So here are some helpful food and nutrition tips that can help prevent and treat acne:

• Eat foods with Vitamin A such as carrots and sweet potatoes and Vitamin D such as eggs and tuna. Both vitamins are stored in the subcutaneous glands of the skin and play a vital role in overall skin health.

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• Eat foods with Omega-3 fatty acids such as fish and seafood and Vitamin E such as nuts and seeds. Omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin E have anti-inflammatory effects in the body and may help reduce the inflammation during an acne breakout.

• Eat more foods with a lower glycemic index such as: multi-grain bread, peanuts, vegetables, and beans. According to an article published by the American Academy of Dermatology, research has shown a relationship between high blood sugar levels and acne.

High blood sugar levels are generally caused by eating a lot of foods that have a high glycemic index such as white bread, chips and white potatoes. Therefore it is very clear that these foods need to be avoided as often as possible.

• Limiting dairy such as milk, cheese, yogurt, etc. may help reduce the occurrence of acne. Many studies have shown that there is a likely to be a relationship between high dairy consumption and acne. This is  due to the hormones in the cow’s milk.

Disclaimer: Please note these tips alone will not prevent and treat acne. They are to be an effective and healthy aid but not an entire treatment. If you are concerned about acne, you should consult your doctor or a dermatologist.

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References:

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/acne-vulgaris-cause

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2836431/

https://www.aad.org/media/news-releases/growing-evidence-suggests-possible-link-between-diet-and-acne

 

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