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The link between food and acne

August 1, 2012 by Works with Water

We love the article written by Dr Sara Gottfried on the link between food and acne.

She states there is a crucial link between how you eat and your complexion, and that is not advisable to opt for antibiotics and harsh chemicals as they can unnaturally thin your skin and make you prone to sunburn.

According to Dr Gottfried, the formation of acne can be broken down into three steps:

Step 1: Stimulation of the oil-making (sebaceous) glands by testosterone.
Step 2: The pores get plugged and trap the oil inside. Bacteria grow in the trapped oil, causing the production of irritants.
Step 3: Your immune system finds out. Like with most things in the body, this is good and bad news. Your army of immune cells fights the bacteria, and that renders the redness, swelling, pus-like fluid and later scarring.

Most women notice that their acne is worse in the week before their period. It could be related to your testosterone peak at day nine, but the mechanism is not well understood.
So what can you do?

  1. Stop eating dairy. The hormones found in milk can aggravate acne. However, please note that lactoferrin – a milk protein that is the key ingredient in our skin product help: clear skin – does not contain these harmful hormones and actually has been clinically proven to help reduce the appearance of acne
  2. Cut sugar. Sugar aggravates acne. There’s a link between eating sugar and androgen levels, particularly testosterone. High androgens can cause acne. Eat a low glycemic food plan and you can
  3. Eat this: Wild Alaskan Salmon. Fish oil and other healthy fats can help lower inflammation, which is one of the root causes of acne. drop your testosterone levels by 20 percent within seven days!
  4. Chocolate? Go ahead, but the high cacao variety. While some people fret that their love for chocolate might be aggravating their acne, there is no such link as long as the chocolate is low in sugar. In fact, one study showed that chocolate improves how your body uses sugar — a measure called “insulin sensitivity.”
  5. Eat more green and yellow vegetables. They also help reduce inflammation, which will make your skin less inflamed, congested, and more attractive to others.

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