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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.

 

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When you are living with acne it can be tough to think about anything else.  Your life revolves around getting rid of and concealing your pimples.  This can make other areas of your life suffer.  For a few folks their acne is so bad that they decide to stop socializing, they lose interest in friends and family and they become depressed.

THERE IS HOPE!
These days there are so many varieties of treatments for acne.  Best of all, doctors understand more of the causes of acne and ways to properly treat it. So you can get back to the fun things in life.

FIRST, HEAL YOUR PSYCHE.
Many sufferers learn to deal with acne because they have to.  Not only do you have to make the blemishes disappear but you also need to heal your mind from the trauma they created in the first place. Talk with your dermatologist; they will help you on the road to recovery.

SECOND, TACKLE THE PHYSICAL SCARS.
Living with acne once meant that you had to live with the scarring that it causes.  When acne gets severe and goes untreated your skin begins to develop pits and scars. These blemishes never depart and can stay on your face all your life.  These days there are things you can do to prevent and treat scarring; special facial treatments have been developed and special products have been developed to cover acne scars.

THIRD, DEVELOP LIFE-LONG HABITS.
Living with acne will be rough.  It has lasting effects on many people. The most effective method to combat acne is to prevent and control it before it gets severe.  Watch your diet, your water intake and most of all go to bed every night with a washed face.  Control that oil!  A soft exfoliating cleanser will help your skin feel refreshed and clean.

 

 

Did you know that what we consume on the inside has a direct effect on the outside? Ever think broccoli would help prevent blemished skin? Or salmon would reduce redness? Check out these beauty foods that help brighten complexions, restore elasticity and defy aging in your 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN YOUR 20’s
Skin can experience excessive dryness and may be prone to acne. Protein, Vitamin A and C, Zinc and Omega 3, 6, 9 for reducing inflammation of skin.

EAT: Whole Grains, Fruits & Veggies, Nuts, Fish, Lean Proteins and Green Tea which contain antioxidants that promote cellular DNA and membrane structure and is great for acne.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN YOUR 30’s
Photo damage has already occurred and you may see this effect coming out in the skin in the form of sunspots or uneven skin tone.

EAT: All-natural detoxifiers like broccoli, beets and red cabbage help to minimize toxicities that can build up in the bloodstream causing dull, blemished skin.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN YOUR 40’s
Skin resilience may begin to deteriorate as collagen is broken down.

EAT: High quality plant proteins and essential fatty acids such as Omega 3 fatty acids found in nuts, seeds and salmon to reduce redness and irritation in the skin.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN YOUR 50’s
Hormonal imbalances may cause further breakdown in skin’s resilience and your complexion may become irritated or inflamed.

EAT: Mineral rich foods found in tofu, soy milk/cheese and soybeans contain all natural phytoestrogens that keep skin resilient and slow down the aging process.

 

With all the information on acne causes and treatments in books, magazines, or on the Internet, it’s difficult sometimes to know what is fact and what is myth.  Acne treatments range from home remedies, herbal medicines, creams, gels, vitamins, antibiotics, hormonal treatments, retinoids, laser treatment and the list goes on.

First of all what is acne? Acne is the result of hair follicles and skin pores getting clogged when the body produces too much oil which builds up which then leads to swelling, pimples, zits or whiteheads.  The oily substance is called sebum, which lubricates and moisturizes the skin and hair.  Normally, sebum produces small amounts of oil, but sometimes, although no one knows for sure why, starts over-producing oil.  Hormones play a part in the amount of sebum that is produced during adolescence.  The male hormone androgen can cause sebaceous glands to enlarge leading to the increase of more sebum.

Some FACTS about acne:

  • Popping pimples can lead to infection and scarring.
  • An acne treatment that works for one person may not work for you.
  • If other family members have/or had acne, it’s more likely that you will, too.
  • People of all races and ages can get acne.
  • Oil build-up in the skin can contribute to pimples.
  • Acne is more common in males than in females during adolescence.
  • Some birth control pills can help acne by slowing down over-producing oil glands in the skin.
  • Acne has nothing to do with lack of cleanliness.
  • Acne is not contagious.

Some MYTHS about acne:

  • The sun is good for acne.  A tan can temporarily cover up blemishes, but the sun may actually make acne worse.
  • Eating chocolate and sugar causes acne.
  • Acne is a result of poor hygiene.  Although, proper cleansing is essential for treating an acne condition.
  • Acne is not caused by dirt.
  • Stress causes acne. However, research suggests that for people who have acne, stress can make it worse.
  • Any acne medication works instantly.
  • Washing many times a day will minimize acne.
  • Washing with rough soaps and aggressive scrubbing will clear up acne on the face.
  • Picking your acne will make it disappear.
  • Once acne has cleared up, it will never come back.
  • Teenagers are the only ones that get acne.