There is a myth that oily foods and chocolate make acne worse. There is no evidence that this is true. There are however foods that have been shown to improve acne. So what diet should you follow to help keep your face clear?
What foods are believed to help reduce acne?
Research has shown that a diet low in carbohydrates and relatively high in proteins helps reduce acne blemishes.
Avoid refined sugars and low GI carbohydrates (lollies, fizzy drinks, white sugar and bread) and include good quality protein in your diet.
Omega 3 fatty acids contained in fish, nuts, seeds and oils are believed to reduce the obstruction of oil glands.
Include olive oil, avocado, nuts and fish in your diet or try flaxseed oil supplements to reduce obstruction.
Foods that are rich in antioxidants assist the skins immunity and protection against infection should be included in the diet.
Fresh fruit and vegetables and green tea boost skin protection.
Does chocolate cause acne?
No, in fact, good quality chocolate because it is rich in antioxidants and good oils may help protect your skin. Avoid lower quality chocolates with excessive sugar.
Understanding what causes acne will help you settle pimples quickly. Ideally, acne treatments address all of the underlying causes of pimples. Kleresca acne treatment has been a game changer for acne treatment, settling active pimples quickly. It is now possible for 90% of acne to be treated without antibiotics or oral retinoids.
Acne the 4 factors that contribute to blemish formation.
1. Increased oil production in the sebaceous (oil) glands- under the influence of hormones.
2. Increased cell production in the oil glands, accumulation of dead cells causing blockage of the gland. This blockage allows the oil in the sebaceous gland to build up causing blackheads when the pore remains open or whiteheads when the pore opening is closed.
3. Bacterial infection with Propionibacterium acnes (or P. acnes) which grows in the oil-rich blocked gland.
4. Inflammation occurs because of the bacterial infection causing redness and swelling- papules. Eventually, the gland can rupture under the skin, and this causes intense inflammation and formation of pustules-pimples. If the blockage is deeper in the skin, cystic nodules can form.
Treatment Of Acne
There is no miracle cure for acne; however, a thorough treatment plan with skin care, prescription treatments and physical therapies can settle acne and prevent scarring.
The recommended treatment depends on the severity and type of acne. Non inflammatory acne with blackheads and whiteheads can respond to peels and extraction facials. Moderate to severe acne can now be successfully treated with Kleresca.
- Prescription medical treatments such as Kleresca can help to treat acne.
- Skin care and prescription creams can be used to unblock pores and reduce inflammation.
- Peels, microdermabrasion, LED light therapy can all help reduce the obstruction or inflammmatory component of acne.
- Severe acne requires referral to a dermatologist.
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