You may have heard about the acne diet and how changing what you eat can improve your acne. You may be skeptical as it seems like it's too good to be true; I know that I was. But after learning more about the acne diet and why it works I was a little more open minded about it and decided to try it. The way I looked at it was that it was simple enough to do, it wasn't going to really cost anything and I didn't have anything to lose. My acne wasn't out of control, but it was bad enough where I was getting to the point where I would try some crazy things. Good thing I did.
The basis of the acne diet is that your skin is a living organ and as such requires inputs and has outputs and that if these things become out of line then your skin will be unable to do its job (it has a ton of jobs really) and this manifests itself as acne and pimples. So it's important to keep a balance of certain nutrients and it takes time to reach this balance. This is by far the biggest reason that the acne diet fails for people, they don't stick with it. I'm not promising you a quick fix miracle acne treatment. I can tell you about my results and how I started on an acne diet.
The first step to starting an acne diet is to reduce the amount of processed foods that you eat every day. This means cutting out all sorts of stuff; everything from sugary sodas, to bagged snacks, to even white bread. These foods have high levels of refined sugars which your body doesn't need to process. This results in a spike in blood sugar and a high glycemic index. According to researchers, these foods will increase the severity of acne.
So if high glycemic indexed foods are bad, then low glycemic indexed foods would be good, right? Right. Complex carbohydrates such as whole grain breads and pasta, brown and wild rice, some cereals, and fruits and vegetables have a low glycemic index. The same researchers found that subjects who ate low glycemic indexed foods showed a significant reduction in acne after 12 weeks (I told you it would take a while).
The skin also uses several vitamins to support its health. You've probably heard that vitamin E is great for your skin. It's true, this is one of the vitamins that supports skin health and its ability to stay moisturized. Some foods such as almonds, peanuts and broccoli are naturally high in vitamin E. Another important vitamin is vitamin A which can be found in foods like carrots, yams, tomatoes and spinach. Vitamin A is used by the skin to produce and remove the appropriate levels of oil. Vitamins B-2 and B-3 are important because they help facilitate circulation which is how the skin removes waste products. Foods like whole grains, fish, milk and eggs are high in vitamins B-2 and B-3. Finally the mineral zinc is important in maintaining a healthy immune system. Foods like eggs, whole grains, nuts and mushrooms all naturally are rich in zinc.
One of the best ways to start an acne diet and assure its success is to use vitamin supplements. It can be difficult to get all the appropriate levels of these vitamins just by naturally including them in your diet. Taking a couple of vitamin supplements will ensure that you get the appropriate levels of each and it's an easy way to treat acne naturally. This doesn't mean you can eat all of those delicious processed foods that are bad for you. You should still maintain a diet that's full of low glycemic index foods as discussed above. However, taking some vitamins, eating right and being patient will put you well on your way to successfully starting the acne diet.