Healthy Diet for Acne Prone Skin

Published: 07th August 2009
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Don't eat that - you'll get zits! We've all heard it; from parents, friends or even the family doctor. But the fact is,

even after extensive study, scientists have not found a connection between diet and acne. Not chocolate. Not french

fries. Not pizza. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, "A healthy diet is important for improving raw

materials for healthy skin," but they also note that greasy or sugary foods do not cause acne.1 Likewise, a study

published in the Journal of the American Medical Association concurred, "Diet plays no role in acne treatment in most

patients...even large amounts of certain foods have not clinically exacerbated acne."1 Of course, that doesn't mean you

should make a habit of eating foods high in sugar or fat.

The skin is the body's largest organ, so what's good for the rest of you will be good for your skin, too. Acne Prevention

& Diet - Nutrients for healthy skin. There are a number of nutrients found in everyday foods that are known to promote a

healthy body - and therefore healthy skin. Get wise to these substances, and you'll increase your chances of conquering

your acne. Acne Prevention & Diet - Vitamin A. Naturally occurring Vitamin A, or retinol, is found in fish oils, liver

and dairy products. The Vitamin A produced by plants is known as Beta-carotene, and is found in yellow/orange fruits and

vegetable such as carrots, yams, apricots and cantaloupe, as well as green vegetables like parsley, kale and spinach.

Extremely high doses of Vitamin A are toxic, so don't overdo it. Acne Prevention & Diet - Vitamin B-2. Stress has been

known to aggravate existing cases of acne, and Vitamin B-2 is often helpful alleviating stress. Foods with a high

concentration of B-2 include whole grains, fish, milk, eggs, meat and leafy green vegetables. Acne Prevention & Diet -

Vitamin B-3. Found in peanuts, eggs, avocados, liver and lean meats, Vitamin B-3 improves circulation, promoting healthy

skin. It also reduces the cholesterol level in the blood and helps you metabolize protein, sugar & fat - increasing your

energy through proper utilization of food.

Acne Prevention & Diet - Vitamin E. Vitamin E is found in almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds, broccoli, wheat germ and

vegetable oils. A powerful antioxidant, it protects your cells against the effects of free radicals, which are

potentially damaging by-products of the body's metabolism. Acne Prevention & Diet - Zinc. Even in trace amounts, the

antioxidant zinc is known to boost the immune system, improving overall health - which of course is reflected in the

skin. Zinc can be found in eggs, whole grains, nuts and mushrooms. Acne Prevention & Diet - Know your own triggers. Since

acne is different for everyone, there may be certain foods that cause flare-ups in your skin. Clearly, these foods should

be avoided. You may also want to check your vitamin supplements for their iodine content; while normal amounts of iodine

have not been shown to affect skin, amounts greater than the RDA of 150 mcg may aggravate your acne. Overall, use your

common sense.

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