Have you established an acne skin care regimen, but still have trouble with breakouts?
Do you notice your acne breakouts fluctuate with changes in your diet?
Although powerful topical acne products and prescriptions help to control and prevent acne, your dietary intake is another great and natural method to help your acne. As an acne sufferer, I notice how my skin responds to what I eat. However, I never can tell which foods triggered an acne breakout. Dr. Cynthia Bailey asserts an acne diet can assist the success of your current acne skin care regimen in her blog post “4 Diet Changes that Can Improve Your Acne: Dermatologist’s Advice.”
Does Your Diet Really Affect Acne?
Previously the link between diet and acne was controversial, especially due to misleading studies in the 1960’s. However, recent research during the past 15 years has clarified this controversy. It is still difficult for individuals to determine their acne “trigger” foods. As Dr. Bailey points out:
That’s because your pimples can take weeks, or even months, to worsen or improve after you make changes in your diet.
Dr. Bailey has developed an “Acne Diet” based on the studies found in the July 2010 issue of the Journal of the American Academy Of Dermatology. These studies explored the acne and diet connection in teenagers, but most likely this diet will be beneficial for adult acne sufferers as well. Additionally, the Acne Diet will promote overall body health. Dr. Bailey’s Acne Diet is a “win-win” for everyone!
The Acne Diet by Dr. Cynthia Bailey
The four basic guidelines for the Acne Diet are:
Avoid High Carb Foods
This includes: white flour, sugary “junk” foods, and sugar-filled drinks/juices
Read Dr. Bailey’s full explanation on the link between carbs and acne here.
Consume Dairy Products in Moderation
Switch from fatty dairy products (e.g. ice cream and cheese) to a moderate amount of whole milk dairy products with natural probiotics (e.g. yogurt and kefir).
Dr. Bailey discusses how milk contributes to acne in her blog post: “Acne Diet: Cut Down on Dairy To Get Rid of Pimples.“
Eat Foods High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids
This includes: fish(salmon), flax seeds, spinach, and walnuts
- Increase Veggie and Fruit Intake
- Provides nutrients that help acne: antioxidants, vitamin A, fiber, zinc, and selenium. Dr Bailey warns to not use supplements to gain these nutrients since you can easily overdose on some of the nutrients, which is not good for your health and potentially dangerous.
As with other health issues, acne is impacted by your diet. By changing to an Acne Diet, you should see improvements in your acne and overall body health. Dr Bailey explains you can have burger or ice cream cake from time to time, but make sure these foods are not the basis of your diet.
What can an Acne Diet mean for you?
Clearer, healthy-looking skin with fewer acne breakouts and less side effects from acne medicines — a dream for people suffering from acne. – Dr. Cynthia Bailey
If you would like to read Dr. Bailey’s in-depth post on the Acne Diet, click here.
Also, if you are interested in Dr. Bailey’s skin care acne tips, check out her comprehensive acne tip advice section on her website here.
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Sincerely, Dr. Bailey Skin Care Team
Whitney P. Bowe, MD et. al. Diet and acne. J Am Acad Dermatol 2010;63:124-41.
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