It All Starts With Your Fork.
The Link Between Diet and Acne IS Real.
Have you heard the term ‘beauty from within’? Of course you have! But do you know the accuracy of that statement is still up for debate?…at least when it comes to acne. In an age where more and more evidence is coming out to support the profound affects the diets we eat have on diseases (everything from cancer to dementia) the debate roars on.
It may surprise you to learn that some health professionals still believe that diet has nothing to do with acne. And what’s worse is that in this digital age you still have some websites that promote the idea that there is not substantial evidence that what you put ‘in’ your body has any affects your skin?!? WHAT!
If Your Body Was a Well-Oiled Machine.
I am going to take a deep breath on this one and use a very simple scenario to explain why this makes no logical since. Let’s say you own a particular type of car. In the car’s manual it says that in order for your car to perform at its top capacity then you should make sure to use Top Tier gasoline. Along with using Top Tier gas, you should also do regular maintenance on the structure of the vehicle to keep everything running as long as possible. So hypothetically instead of using Top Tier gas you decide…hum I’m going to use something else…something of lower quality or even a different blend gas or even not gasoline at all. What do you think will happen over time?
Will the car run? Yes
Will it run well? Maybe for a time
Will the car last a long time without additional problems coming in along the way? Definitely NOT
Why? Because you have decided to fill your car with a substance that the car was not made to use. Your body is a more complex machine than your car will ever be…self-driving cars included…yet some health professionals continue to say there is little evidence that what you eat affects acne. An idea based on flawed research studies from years ago.
What Does the Research Say?
Before I tell you what they found, let me tell you a little bit more about the most recent diet and acne study in 2014. The study was done on a group of 14 men ages 18-35 and they only studied the effect of chocolate on acne. I would say that men ages 18-35 are not exactly a large representation of the overall population of acne sufferers. Even more, this not exactly the group I fit into. I personally was looking for the study on ‘hormonal acne treatment for women over 40’.
And even with this very limited scope of research what did they conclude?
“Conclusion: It appears that in acne-prone, male individuals, the consumption of chocolate correlates to an increase in the exacerbation of acne.” Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Study Assessing the Effect of Chocolate Consumption in Subjects with a History of Acne Vulgaris [ 2014 May] PUBMED alics)
Now I wouldn’t dare use such a limited flawed study to convince you that your diet needs an overhaul. Instead you might be more interested in a 2014 article from an MD who is a Professor of Dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine. His conclusion:
“Dietary interventions have traditionally been an underappreciated aspect of dermatological therapy. Recent research, however, has found a significant association between diet and some dermatological diseases. Dietary interventions may be recommended as therapy, as in acne. Dietary change may help to prevent skin disease, as in aging of the skin or skin cancer. Dietary change may also be an important aspect of prevention of associated systemic disease, as in CVD and other systemic diseases associated with psoriasis or the use of systemic steroids. Dermatologists must be well-educated as to the evidence linking diet and dermatology and must be able to counsel patients appropriately.”
But hey, don’t take my word for it read it yourself on the website that achieves articles from U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine. The article discusses the effects of diet on varying diseases of the skin, including acne.
I Know I Probably Should Do Something About My Diet…But Isn’t There an Easier Way?
I know it is so much easier to just to put all your hope in a kit…or take the latest ‘HOT NOW’ acne prescription medication or take just one supplement or miracle herb and be done. But at this age you are WAY past the latest “5-step new and improved acne kit” promoted by a group of people who are 10-20 years younger than you.
And let’s be honest. If I have something to sell to you that will be successful in helping your acne and it requires you to continue to buy it (even if it eventually it stops working)…why would I tell you how to cure your acne for FREE?
So I don’t promote a ‘cure in a box’ on this site. A whole body approach is the best acne treatment for adults and the best natural acne treatment for hormonal acne. Through many years of my personal experience and research, while working with Dermatologist and Naturopathic doctors, I know that controlling and finally curing your acne takes a multifaceted approach.
Answers to Questions Popping Up in Your Mind
Will changing my diet alone cure my acne?
Most likely NO. The dietary changes are only one part of the overall whole body approach to curing your acne for good. It is necessary but not a cure by itself.
If I have tried a diet before can I just skip this step?
NO, because 9 of 10 times people have done the entire food reset/cleanse wrong. I was one of them. There is no one diet that is optimal for everybody.
YES, there are is an overarching group of foods that lead to a long vibrant healthy life but that doesn’t mean there are not foods that for one reason or another YOUR body doesn’t like. Remember, you are a unique individual…and that’s a good thing.
So if you are ready to commit to cleansing your plate, your next step is to go HERE for information on what to do next.