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Acne Diet Tips by Dr Lisa Fay

While acne is caused by an overproduction of oil in the skin, there are steps one can take by incorporating a healthy diet to try and reduce the appearance of acne.

An article published in the International Journal of Dermatology in 2009 provided some insight into the foods that may contribute to the body producing excess oil.

Excess Oil

Foods with a high-glycemic index have been linked to an increased occurrence of acne.

Refined carbohydrates such as flour and sugars work by releasing glucose into the bloodstream fast for a quick burst of energy. It is thought that higher blood glucose levels may trigger a higher production of oil.

Since the skin is an organ of the body, it is important to stay hydrated and drinking plenty water daily to encourage the flushing out of toxins in the body, thus preventing them from building up and being excreted through the skin.

Also a diet rich is fresh, anti-oxidant rich food can contribute to lower outbreaks of acne and lessen the chances of excessive oil production by the sebaceous glands under the skin.

Best foods for fighting acne

  • Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation in the body that can cause acne so it is worth while increasing the intake of fish like salmon, mackerel and sardines. Nuts and seeds are also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Antioxidants give skin a boost of vital goodness that can counteract free radicals in the body. Fresh fruit and berries are a wonderfully delicious way to get antioxidants into any diet.
  • Selenium in nuts and other grains improve elasticity in the skin and a boost in this mineral can reduce acne breakouts.
  • Vitamin C boosts the immune system and reinforces the cell walls of the body helping minimise the chances of acne scarring. Citrus fruits are excellent sources of vitamin C.
  • Foods high in magnesium and vitamin B help balance the hormones related to causing acne breakouts. Brown rice and other complex carbohydrates are good sources.

While some people are just naturally prone to acne, overhauling dietary habits can lead to a better lifestyle and lessen the number of outbreaks of acne.

The old adage about chocolate causing acne is not true; but there are pro-active steps every person can take to improve their digestive health and hydration levels in order to optimise the overall balance of the body.

For more advice, call Cosmetic Doctor on 01 685 3100 or see our Acne Treatments page.

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