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Acne Diet – A Natural Acne Cure That’s Easy and Works

Updated on February 24, 2010

You may have heard that having a special acne diet can magically cure acne.  It’s easy to get swept up into magical cures and marketing hype, so it’s only natural that you should be a little bit skeptical of anything that sounds too good to be true.  So you may be wondering does having an acne diet work and is it right for me?  While any sort of medical advice ultimately should come from a doctor, the way I look at it is that it’s a simple process that doesn’t cost much and the reward is clearer skin so it seems like it’s worth a shot.  Below includes some instructions on how to use the acne diet as a natural cure for acne, as well as how and why it really works.

The acne diet relies on eating more of some foods and less of others as well as supplementing your intake of certain vitamins.  It’s important to moderate some of these inputs as everyone is different and these are only guidelines.  You should also be aware of any food allergies you have and make substitutes whenever possible.  If you have any problems you should consult your doctor immediately.  While curing acne is the ultimate goal and you’re going to have to work at it, you shouldn’t push yourself to do anything your body doesn’t like.  Listen to your body and follow common sense instructions as well as any instructions that are included on the food and vitamin labels. 

And Now onto the Acne Diet

The acne diet is a natural acne remedy that uses the holistic practice of looking at the problem as a whole instead of directly at the symptoms of the problem.  This means that we’ll be looking at the skin as a living organ on your body and that certain bodily functions occur to it that will be vital to it’s health and clearer skin.  The acne diet relies on keeping a balance of healthy nutrients in your body and for many people it will take a long time to reach that equilibrium.  So when trying out this homeopathic acne cure it’s important to stick with the acne diet for a number of weeks because it’s a natural process and these things take time.

The first thing to do when using the acne diet to cure acne is to decrease the amount of processed foods.  This is tough because almost everything we eat is made from processed foods: soda, snacks, potato chips, breads, cereals, candy bars, teas and sugary drinks (like SoBe and Monster drinks).  They all use high levels of high fructose corn syrup and other processed sugars.  Because these sugars are so processed our bodies don’t need to break them down and they enter our bloodstream much faster which causes a spike in blood sugar and consequently insulin.  These foods tend to have a high glycemic index.  And according to researchers foods with a high glycemic index increase the severity of acne.  So when Mom told you to stop eating chocolate and soda she was right (even though she probably didn’t know why).  Having these spikes in blood sugar followed by the low after you come off of the sugar high is hard on your body and stresses out the entire body including your skin.

The next step of using an acne diet is to increase the amounts of foods with complex carbohydrates.  These are foods such as: whole grain breads and cereals, fruits, vegetables, as well as high protein foods.  These foods will provide a low glycemic index because they take a long time for the body to break them down into something it can put into the bloodstream.  These researchers found that after 12 weeks the subjects who ate a diet that had a lot of low glycemic foods showed a reduction in acne of up to 50%.  It is believed that this diet doesn’t stress the body out and also allows it to perform it’s natural functions well which includes clearing the waste produced by the skin.  This prevents any waste build up; the same waste that’s responsible for oily skin, clogged pores, increased breeding grounds for bacteria. 

There are several vitamins that also support skin health.  As mentioned above the health of the skin is what prevents acne conditions.  The first vitamin to look for is vitamin A.  This vitamin is typically found in carrots, yams, apricots, cantaloupe, tomatoes and spinach.  This is a fat soluble vitamin meaning that it can be retained by the body so you will want to be careful about not consuming too much vitamin A.  Vitamin A helps to maintain the integrity of the skin and keep it from building up oil.  Vitamin B-2 is another essential vitamin that helps to reduce your body’s stress response.  Stress has been shown to increase acne breakouts and make your acne worse.  Getting a healthy dose of vitamin B-2 from foods like whole grains, fish, milk, eggs and meat will help to naturally treat acne.  Another good vitamin to reduce acne is vitamin B-3.  This vitamin improves circulation, which is responsible for removing waste products from the skin and this promotes healthy skin.  Foods such as peanuts, eggs, avocados, and liver are naturally high in vitamin B-3.  Vitamin E is probably the most important vitamin to have as it is a potent antioxidant.  Antioxidant are important because they are responsible for scavenging free electrons that are roaming around in your body wreaking havoc on your immune system.  Foods such as Almonds, peanuts, broccoli and sunflower seeds are naturally high in vitamin E.  The last vitamin that will help cure acne naturally is actually a mineral and that’s zinc.  Zinc is responsible for maintaining a healthy immune systems and a diet high in eggs, whole grains, nuts and mushrooms will naturally provide high levels of zinc. 

Getting all of these vitamins can be a challenge, especially if you have some type of food allergy (peanuts, fish, dairy and wheat gluten are all a big part of the acne diet).  A great alternative to the acne diet is to supplement your diet with a vitamin supplement.  Whether you choose to only pick the vitamins you think you are deficient in or you want to take a multivitamin that has generous doses of each of these vitamins and nutrients is up to you.  Whichever you choose, make sure that you stay within healthy levels of vitamin A and keep on the acne diet for at least 12 weeks (the amount of time that the scientific study showed results).  Because vitamin supplements can get expensive I would recommend purchasing them in bulk to save money and as an incentive to stick with the acne diet.

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