Free Acne Articles

Professional Authors - Professional Articles

Western Diets and Acne Problems

The relationship between a person’s diet and acne has been the cause of arguments among skin experts for a long time now. It is only recently that more plausible theories are in place to describe how diet (or in other words, the food we eat) can affect our skin. The most widely accepted view is that while our diet does not directly cause acne, the chemicals we ingest with the food we eat can be the culprits in causing acne breakouts or aggravating existing breakouts.

Acne is in fact caused by clogged hair follicles on the skin. This clogging is the result of the production of excessive sebum by the body, which in turn blocks the pores of the skin. When dead skin cells mix with the wall of a blocked hair follicle, the sebum closes off the pore, giving bacteria a place to thrive. This, then, results in inflammation and infection which is what we know as acne.

Recent studies by skin experts show that people consuming western-style diets, which typically have a high-fat content and include dairy products, have a higher incidence of acne, compared to people whose diets are mostly composed of fruits and vegetables and have a low-fat yet high-starch content. While it is possible that other western-type lifestyle factors can also contribute to the rate of acne experienced, there is no denying that diet plays a significant part in health generally, including the health of our skin.

This is one reason why people with acne are advised to increase their intake of plant-based, fiber-rich food that can assist in avoiding skin disorders. Adding a lot of fruit to one’s diet provides the body with helpful antioxidants that can help rid skin of acne. It is also advisable to drink lots of water to flush toxins from the body, and avoid alcohol and caffeine as much as possible. Some people may find that certain foods can trigger or aggravate breakouts in their skin, although this will usually be due primarily to individual sensitivities. Ultimately, maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle helps maintain a healthy body and healthy skin. And, if you do find you are prone to breakouts following eating or drinking certain things, simply avoid them or moderate your intake to limit their effects.

Years of research has also discovered that the average western diet, (based on American-style consumption) lacks vitamins A, C, E, as well as the mineral zinc. Vitamin A, although more popularly known as retinol, promotes healthy vision. It also contains properties that aid in the prevention and healing of skin infections. Thus, forms of vitamin A (which may go by names such as Retin-A or Tretinoin), are an ingredient present in many acne care products. Carrots, spinach, and fruits like apricots, mangoes, oranges, and mangoes are good sources of Vitamin A, and can provide a more natural source of this beneficial vitamin for the body.

Vitamin C is known for its ability to boost the body’s immune system, and for its infection-fighting properties. It is therefore also one of the key ingredients to include in a diet designed to prevent and/or clear skin conditions such as acne. Vitamin C is also responsible for helping to generate collagen in the body. Collagen has a long-standing reputation of improving skin condition, and is claimed to assist in removing acne scars. Vitamin C cannot be stored in the body for a very long time, however, and needs to be replenished. Excellent sources of Vitamin C are citrus fruits, tomatoes, strawberries; and kiwi fruit, although sufficient levels will be obtained from a diet containing a good variety of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Vitamin E has strong antioxidant properties that help skin recover from stress, and in particular, acne scarring. It also regulates retinol level in humans which helps maintain healthier skin generally. Almonds, corn, eggs, and other green, leafy vegetables are good dietary sources of Vitamin E.

The mineral Zinc has been said to have a major role in acne prevention as much as it is also able to help support a healthy immune system for the body. Sources of zinc include oysters, beans, red meat, and poultry.

It is possible to take supplements of any of these basic vitamins, and zinc, either alone or in a comined multi-vitamin in tablet form, although this form of supplementation will only assist if your diet is truly lacking in these nutrients.

If you suspect that your diet is contributing to poor skin health, it is worthwhile considering a switch – not only will it help your skin, the rest of your body will benefit too!

Post has no comments.
Post a Comment

Captcha Image

damaged skin hormonal regulation skin problem teenage boy acne treatment PH balance lip acne medical intervention skin cleansing dry skin psoriasis Neem shower pregnancy nodules acne problems hair oil. clean skin wash hands hate acne healthy lifestyle good food fibre acne scars laser peel menstrual period lemon juice acne development neck different stages of acne teens social acne help yellow rock root oysters embarrassing body acne acne issues prescription medication chest perfect skin water diet vitamin A exfoliate fast food excessive sweating skin allergies natural beauty get rid of acne skin products adult acne cucumber vitamin e natural skin cleanser acupuncture, get rid of acne make acne acne cream acne blend papule acne surgery fungal infection skin pore skin pores back clogged pores bacterial overgrowth overnight acne treatment skin blemishes aloe vera facial scars moisturizer blocked pores blemishes basic vitamins body acne high sugar sunscreen skin care healthy skin lines acne treatments right acne medication milk irritated skin sweat skin acne sunburn care mouth pimples dermatologist major acne antibiotics sensitivity dirt fats and oil beauty oily orange peel acne afflicts jealousy steam treatment hands electric razor beauty product blackhead bad acne honey skin moisturizer poor hygiene home remedies skin disorder plain yogurt cause acne food sensitivity non-inflammatory acne shoulder scar tissue comedogenic acne prone skin social interaction cosmetics diets teenage acne glands hormones oily skin fruits oil free dead skin adult years adult acne effected creams menstrual cycle washing face yoga dairy washing cleansing wipes vitamins and minerals behaviour blackheads anesthetic Ayurvedic abdominal breathing smokers light pulsing therapy birth control pills french fries self-conscious hormone balancing medical condition acne effected natural world skin psoriasis newborns bleeding lesion body chemistry deep breathing oil buildup skin care tips ointment full blown acne acid green tea body wash skin type embarassed acne production of oils ecne prevention sponge body oil sleeping nutrients Back Acne, Acne treatment acne skin raw vegetables breakout remove blackheads cream effective acne skin care plan acne medication good skin nose aluminum acetate acne myths poultry face big myths health papules natural skin skin problems naturopath exhaling heat therapy digestive support steaming topical treatment acne outbreak spots silvery skin effective acne medication inadequate diet soap apply poultice acne prone face wash hamburgers beans processed foods daily grime nutrition acne flare cystic acne UV rays personality acne resources cleansing scrubbing cysts rejection simple protein skin eruptions pop pimples wrinkled skin oil glands stress skin acne bumps exercising dead skin cells natural glow teen girl right makeup face acne natural products upper chest parties treat cystic acne skin health oxygen inflammation embarrassing body lesions spinach blood acne tips internal organs feet acne prevention sun damaged skin breathing acne breakouts premature loofahs tanning bed confidence drugs moisture swimming sunburn pain advanced acne treatment anger caffeine acne facial chocolate teenage girl teenage skin tea tree oil skin bacteria oil face pimples medical treatment lotion acne vulgaris mild scars hormonal change skin toner wrinkles healthy diet self esteem skin irritation sun acne pizza zinc cleansing milk sensitive skin homemade acne facials skin blemish skincare good diet clean skin beauty tips whitehead clean your skin getting rid of acne feel good greasy sun skin cells astringent skin toner b vitamins natural diet facial mask ailment Benzoyl peroxide skin cleanser fatty foods essential oils resurfacing exercise chinese people tight collars wash face dermabrasion acnegenic inhaling back acne sun protection overexposure natural acne cure practicing yoga anxiety causes of acne bath genetic acne exfoliating was cloth blemish heat therapy for acne insecurity chemical peel softdrinks oily fish western diet toxins pillow depression natural acne treatment social life foot file winter skin acne problems makeup self-worth whiteheads white heads glycerin aggravate acne cleanse easy skin care acne concealers alkaline emotional state old skin ointments carrots doctor greasy foods sufficient vitamins excess fat red meat milk of magnesia skin care routine emotions massaging hygiene embarrassing acne pimples exfoliation body dissatisfaction salicylic acid apply makeup dry skin honey mask dirty clothes squeezing pimples apple cider vinegar relaxation bacteria squeeze pimple skin condition pimple almonds cleanser internal medication homeopathy oils facial massage sebaceous glands alternative medicine skin lotion toxic skin infections puberty fresh herbs acne breakout redness face-wash drink water sunburned skin application plan comedone good water flaky skin corticosteroids oatmeal clogged pustules fried food low fat

Copyright 2016 - Free Info Site Enterprises
Privacy Policy  |  Copyright Policy  |  Website Use Policy  |  Non Endorsement Policy  |  Contact Us  

Health Blogs
submit a blog