Diet can help drive acne away

Isis Town and Country - - Life -

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.

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