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5 Diet Tips that help control Acne
Previously it was believed that fat caused acne — that’s a myth — it has nothing to with acne.   So acne is definitely not the fault of the pizza, but what you eat can definitely have an impact on the skin.

1. Milk
Milk is good for babies and small children, but not so good for young people — especially if you have acne.  Milk contains hormones that can exacerbate acne.  That doesn’t mean you can’t drink milk — coffee and cream or milk with cereal from time to time does not damage the skin.  Just try not to drink more than a glass of milk a day.

2. Sugar
This is not scientifically proven, but many doctors now believe that excess sugar can aggravate acne.

3. Fish Oil
Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are not only good for general health, they are important for healthy skin and acne prevention. The best sources for Omega-3 fish include salmon, cod and tuna.  So eat more fish or you can take Omega-3 supplements.

4. Vitamins
Some vitamins are essential for treating acne.  Research has shown that both vitamin B5 and vitamin A in high doses can be excellent in treating acne. You should consult your doctor about the proper dosage before trying these because they can also be toxic.  Vitamin E is also important for healthy and beautiful skin.  Multivitamins are also a good way to prevent acne.  And of course, fruits and vegetables can help your vitamin intake.

5. Zinc
Zinc reduces acne because it boosts your immune system. Good sources of zinc are eggs, whole grains and mushrooms.

Follow these tips for at least two weeks and you should see their effects.  Don’t expect miracles, but in combination with other acne treatments, you’ll be happy with the results.



Most people think of acne as a problem faced only by adolescents and teens.  However, plenty of adults in there 20’s through there 50’s are affected with the occurrence of acne either occasionally or on a regular basis.

Hormones are the most common link to the causes of adult acne.  Increased levels of testosterone and the adrenal hormone, DHEA, have been link to the exacerbation of severe acne.  Testosterone is the male hormone responsible for hair loss in both men and women.

Women in there 20’s and 30’s, sometimes experience premenstrual adult acne.  It is believed this is due to the over-stimulated androgens (hormones that stimulate sebaceous glands and hair follicles in the skin), which cause women’s oil-producing glands to go into overdrive.

Women who are pregnant or going through menopause or post-menopause may also experience an onset of adult acne.  If adult acne coincides with pregnancy, it is crucial that the expectant mother work closely with her physician to obtain appropriate acne treatment.

Another hormonal link to adult acne is estrogen.  Estrogen dominance is a condition where a woman can have deficient, normal, or excessive estrogen, but little or no progesterone to balance its effects in the body. Progesterone is a steroid hormone involved in the female menstrual cycle and pregnancy.  Symptoms of estrogen dominance include breast pain and headaches that might be accompanied by other skin complaints.  The use of progesterone cream in some patients has been found to improve acne caused by estrogen dominance.

Many women diagnosed with adult acne, also have a condition known as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, or POS. This is a condition that involves the overproduction of male hormones, such as testosterone.

If adult acne is accompanied by changes in the menstrual cycle, fertility complications or weight gain, the acne might be linked to a hormonal imbalance.  Oftentimes, dietary changes which include more vegetables and fewer carbohydrates help control this type of adult acne.  Another factor that can cause adult acne are cosmetics.  Whiteheads, blackheads and pimples can actually be caused by cosmetics. This includes the application of foundation make-up, night creams, and moisturizers composed of vegetable oils or oleic acid.


It isn’t just teenagers who are plagued by zits ­– a huge number of adults are cursed with problematic skin.  Adult acne is increasing and a recent study in the US shows that 25 per cent of women aged 30-40 will suffer from the condition.

Stress is a major cause of the spot epidemic.  Acne is caused by hormonal changes normally onset by puberty but it’s now seen in adults who lead more stressful lives.

Stress stimulates the production of male hormones. The major culprit is dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which increases the production of the skin’s natural oil, sebum, clogging the pores.  The bacteria associated causes acne to thrive in these conditions, feeding on the sebum and irritating the glands, which leads to spots.