Is There a Link Between Diet and Acne?
Is there a connection between diet and acne? If you ask any medical doctor if there’s a link between diet and acne, almost all of them will tell you there is not. The Journal of the American Medical Association tells us:
“Diet plays no role in acne treatment in most patients… even large amounts of certain foods have not clinically exacerbated acne”.
After years of clinical experience and medical education behind such claims, how can ordinary folk such as we, who suffer from acne, dispute these statements and think otherwise?
The answer is: we can doubt.
Doubt, provided it remains within the borders of reason, can open many doors that would otherwise remain forever sealed. Doubt can eliminate your acne and doubt can even save your life.
The Truth About Acne and Diet
The simple truth is, countless acne sufferers have declared that consuming certain foods caused their acne to get worse, but experienced dramatic, positive change when they removed those same foods from their diet and replaced them with foods of a specific nutritional value.
So why do dermatologists keep stubbornly insisting that diet does not cause acne?
The answer is simplicity itself: there’s no profit in promoting a healthy diet. At least, not as much as selling drugs and over-the-counter medications.
The drug and pharmaceutical companies place enormous pressure on doctors to prescribe costly lotions and medications that create user-dependency. Doctors are, in a way, “held hostage” by the multi-million-dollar drug companies. It is said that most medical schools are sponsored by these companies so why would they want to promote a diet that is conducive to clearing up your skin?
The bottom line is that conventional medications will never cure your acne. They are not designed to fix the root cause of the problem. They are pre-designed to manage the external symptoms of a disease. Meanwhile, they create more and more dependency in the user, which means making bigger profits at our expense and through our ignorance.
“Diet Doesn’t Cause Acne” – This is a Myth!
The theory used to be that acne cannot be prevented because it is a genetic disease. The only way to tackle it, then, would be to deal with its symptoms (inflammation, bacteria, greasiness, redness). And of course this would be done by applying creams and taking prescription drugs, antibiotics and over-the-counters.
In later years, however, it was found that the studies that had produced this theory were seriously flawed and the researchers had come to the wrong conclusions.
Recent studies have now revealed that there is, indeed, a substantial connection between acne and diet. We now know that a bad diet is one of the leading factors contributing to the development of acne. A bad diet can negatively affect hormone regulation and the process of natural elimination of toxins. This can greatly exacerbate an already-existing acne condition.
How You Eat Defines How You Are
Just as rushing waves shape the coastline and rivers sculpt gorges over time, so does your food and drink affect the state of your body. It affects your mental and physical systems right down to cellular level.
Diet is the primary thing that shapes and affects who you are. The idea that something that is foreign to your body, that entered it via the food that you eat, does not have any effect on you or has no impact on chronic conditions (such as acne), is absurd.
Diet has a cumulative effect on your body, and that includes the condition of your skin. Acne is a manifestation of a chronic internal problem that has been slowly built and shaped over the years by incorrect daily dietary choices.
Acne Diet vs. Native People’s Traditional Diets
Studies that were done on the diets of the Kitavan Islanders of Papua New Guinea and the jungle-dwelling Aché Indians of eastern Paraguay delivered some interesting results. None of the 300 individuals studied had even a single blemish on his or her face.
By way of comparison, more than 80% of American teenagers between 16 and 18 years of age have acne, and more than 17 million Americans suffer from some type of acne.
The Kitavans and the Achés had no access to acne medications, over-the-counters or creams, nor did they have a dermatologist to consult with. The major difference between them and American or European people is diet.
Acne Diet and Sugar – the Sweet Poison
Apart from the fact that sugar has zero nutritional value, studies have clearly displayed a connection between the consumption of sugar and the exacerbating of acne.
People consume sugar in many different forms. When you consume any form of refined carbohydrates (e.g., white flour, white rice, white sugar), it causes a rapid spike in your blood sugar levels. In order to bring those levels down, your body releases a surge of insulin, male hormones and IGF-1, a hormone similar to insulin.
The secretion of these hormones overwhelms your liver and your internal system in general. The excess of male hormones encourages your skin to secrete large amounts of sebum, the greasy substance that encourages the Cutibacterium acnes bacterium to grow, resulting in the worsening of your acne.
Acne Diet and Dairy Products
You’d be wrong to think that sugar is the most acne-aggravating thing you could consume. The most harmful, allergenic, mucus-forming and acne-aggravating food you can find is milk and products made from milk.
“As pointed out by Dr. Jerome Fisher, ‘About 80 percent of cows that are giving milk are pregnant and are throwing off hormones continuously.’ Progesterone breaks down into androgens, which have been implicated as a factor in the development of acne… Dr. Fisher observed that his teenage acne patients improved as soon as the milk drinking stopped.”
(Extract from Don’t Drink Your Milk, by Frank Oski, M.D., Director, Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine)
There you have it. If there’s one element you should remove from your diet in the quest for clear skin, make it this one. Not only will you see an immediate improvement over your acne, you’ll feel as if a huge weight has been lifted from your body.
Now, if you’ve been relying on milk for your calcium intake, don’t worry. Milk, being an acid-forming food, actually deprives your body of calcium by leeching it from your bones to balance the acidity. Look to nuts, seeds and green, leafy vegetables for your calcium needs. They are excellent sources of calcium and also have the ability to fight your acne symptoms.
Other Acne-Triggering Foods
Sugar and dairy products are not the only acne-aggravating foods. There are several other foods you should clearly stay away from if you ever wish to clear your acne. However, there are tons of alternative foods that are excellent for your skin. Not only that, they can actually help clear your acne and promote an acne-free environment by re-balancing your body.
Nutrition plays an important part in acne formation. However, diet is only one factor in a complex process. When doctors claim that there is no link between acne and diet because some individuals get acne while others who eat the same foods don’t, they fail to tell you that there are several factors involved in the formation and aggravation of acne.
How to Finally Overcome Acne
Acne is a complex condition that is triggered by several fundamental factors. The only way to counteract the condition is to tackle all these acne-triggering factors holistically.
Seeing that the wrong diet is only one of these acne-contributing factors, in most cases no special diet alone can cure acne. However, there is still a strong link between diet and acne formation.
Avoiding the wrong foods, such as sugar, dairy and hydrogenated oils, and consuming hormone-balancing and cleansing foods such as essential fatty acids and green, leafy vegetables, can help your skin heal from the inside out, while dramatically reducing your acne symptoms.
There are also several important dietary principals that you need to understand and follow if you ever want to cure your acne for good.
Taking responsibility for your body and sticking to these dietary principals, along with taking the necessary steps to tackle all acne-contributing factors holistically, will not only cure your acne permanently and give you a flawless, acne-free skin. It will also significantly improve your overall health and outlook on life.
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