Diet can help drive acne away
ACNE is one of the most common inflammatory skin conditions in adolescents. More than 80% of teenagers battle with pimples. It can also occur later in life for a number of reasons, including an imbalance of hormones called androgens.
If you want to avoid pimples, here are some ways you can have healthier and clearer skin:
Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet low in sugar. This includes nuts, legumes, fish, red meat, fruits and vegetables. A number of trials support the benefits of a diet with a low glycemic load. Some studies suggest a higher risk of acne with frequent milk consumption, but more research is needed. It is advisable to keep a diary to see if any of these foods directly aggravate acne and avoid them if this is the case.
Avoid excessive scrubbing, cleansing and exfoliating. Acne doesn’t happen due to accumulation of dirt and grime on the skin and can’t simply be washed away. Using many products can increase skin irritation and dryness and compound the problem.
Choose oil-free cleansers, moisturisers and sunscreen (these are usually labelled “non-comedogenic” on packaging).
Choose silicone-based hair products rather than greasy ones. Greasy hair products can make more oil and grease accumulate on the skin, which will make acne worse.
This article is originally from and courtesy of The Conversation.