When it comes to acne, it's what you don't eat that counts. Even though most dermatologists will tell you that diet has no effect on acne don't believe it. From my own experience and reading the experiences of countless other people online I can say for certain that diet does affect acne. Here's how they get away with saying that. For most people, diet doesn't cause acne itself, but if you have acne, certain foods will aggravate it. There is a hereditary component to acne. If acne is in your genes, then certain foods will affect this skin condition. If acne is not in your genes, then of course you won't break out from eating these foods. And from what I've read, when doctors conduct studies as to whether diet affects acne, they make the terrible mistake of using people who don't have acne or never did. So they feed clear-skinned people large quantities of suspicious foods like chocolate, and when they don't break out, they mistakenly conclude that foods don't affect acne. Of course these people woudn't break out if they've been eating chocolate for their lives and haven't broken out before. What doctors should do is take people who have acne and then completely cut out certain foods from their diet and observe the results. I believe that some doctor's like to say that diet doesn't affect acne becuase they know that if people could control their acne through dietary changes they wouldn't come to see them for drugs, and they would lose a ton of money.
Since each person's skin is unique, it varies as to what foods may aggravate your acne. A person may break out from only one type of food or from many kinds. You have to experiment by cutting out foods from your diet. I know it's hard since you're used to eating these foods, but you'll never know unless you do a little trial and error with possible aggravating foods. Actually, you don't have to completely eliminate these foods, but you must limit them. The main foods that aggravate acne are fats, sugar, dairy, and iodine.
All of these contribute to my acne. I am still able to eat foods with fat (like red meat) because I take several grams of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) each day which metabolizes the fats so less oil is produced in the skin and acne decreases. See my web page on Vitamin B5 for a complete explanation of this highly successful natural remedy. One mistake I made was listening to my dermatologist when he said I could eat whatever I wanted. For many years I had been drinking about 2 cans of pop a day. As you know, soda is loaded with sugar but I never thought of sugar as being something that would worsen my acne. Then one day last year I decided to stop drinking soda pop and I found that my pimples were no longer large. I would get big ones from time to time but from now on they were only small ones. The change happened very quickly and was definitely do to not drinking the sodas. I still don't drink them but I don't avoid all sugar in foods, but try to limit it. There's something about sugar in a liquid that really has a bad affect on my skin. I remenber one guy who has a web site who completed cleared his severe acne by eliminating all traces of sugar from his diet.
Iodine is a mineral that has been clinically proven to aggravate acne. Here's what's really ridiculous. Dermatologists will tell you that diet doesn't affect acne, but iodine has been scientifically proven to worsen acne and it's found in a number of foods. The biggest source of iodine is iodized table salt. Avoid that salt. Other food sources of iodine include oysters, lobster, spinach, shrimp, milk, and bread. Even Prevention Magazine ran an article warning people with acne that the iodine in milk and bread may be making it worse. Try to limit bread and milk. That leads to the dairy foods. Dairy foods are bad because they are made from milk so they have iodine. They also are bad for acne because they tend to have high fat contents. Milk causes many other health problems as well. It's mucous forming in the body and it contains hormones that are given to cattle. These hormones are surely not helpful to the skin. For my acne, cheese is the worst dairy product. I don't like doing it, but I have to pick most of it off pizza. That pretty much covers the foods that affect acne. But if you're suspicious about any food that might be making your acne worse, cut it out of your diet for a week or two to see if you're right.
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