The New Truth About Acne and Diet

carrot juice for acneThere are myths about acne and diet and there is valuable information that should be understood to live a less stressful life. The emotional trauma that can result from having acne can cause a significant amount of stress.

I mention this article as the new truth about acne because a lot of the information online that I have studied is a couple years old. Research on skin care is being done constantly so there may be information here that you have not heard of before.

First, we have foods that are scientifically proven to cause acne and at this point the only foods proven to induce acne are dairy products. Dairy products include milk, cheese, sour cream, ice cream and process foods that contain dairy products. The dairy products cause acne because of the hormones they contain. This milk was intended for a baby cow to grow up fast. Many people get pimples as a result of these hormones. If people were to leave dairy out of their diet they would most likely experience an improvement in their acne.

Next we have foods that are suspect but reports are inconclusive. These foods include those high in simple sugars and grease:

  • Cakes
  • Cookies
  • French fries
  • Potato chips
  • Onion rings
  • More…

Last, we have foods items that are thought to be beneficial for skin improvement. These foods items include:

  • Carrot Juice – Drink 3 cups per day. Thought that the Vitamin A is good for the skin
  • Cucumbers – Drink 4-5 cups each day for one week. Cleans the circulatory and lymphatic systems.
  • Molasses – Take 2 teaspoons with some Sulphur each day. Blood cleanser.
  • Fiber – A high fiber diet in addition to an appropriate amount of water being consumed each day will shorten transit time. This will prevent food from getting old in the colon and transferring toxins to the blood stream.

Teas – There are a number of teas that people say they work for them. They are:

  • Aloe
  • Burdock
  • Calendula
  • Chickweed
  • Dandelion
  • Red clover
  • White oak bark
  • Yellow dock
  • Cayenne
  • Echinacea
  • Ginseng
  • Sarsaparilla
  • Valerian

There is a group of people that think a pure diet and one that will aid in the purification or detoxification of the body will help prevent acne. This diet would include primarily whole grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, seeds and nuts. This is a diet that will be high in fiber, antioxidants and will be free of preservatives, hormones and other food additives that some think would build up toxins in your body that cause acne outbreaks.

My personal experience is that I am a vegetarian and I never have a significant flare up anymore. This came with eliminating dairy, for the most part, from my diet. When I do get a pimple it coincides with the consumption of excessive sugar or fat. It does also seem to come when I am sleep deprived or I am passing though a stressful time.

To conclude we have seen that acne and diet do have a relationship. Foods can be categorized in a relationship to acne as definitely causing it, being thought to cause it, and preventing acne. I do hope that you give removing dairy from your diet serious consideration.


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