GOOD DIET FOR CURING ACNE
Our nutritional and skincare habits directly determine the healthful functioning of our digestive system, including stomach, pancreas, liver, kidneys, bowels and urinal tract. As we already know, the skin imbalance begins in these organs, which makes perfects sense to start building healthy skin from inside out.
Evidence suggests that foods high in carbohydrates, such as white bread, pretzels, and potato chips, may exacerbate acne. These Foods should therefore be avoided. On the other hand, low GI diets could potentially help control acne flares. Thus, it is important to counsel patients about the glycemic index.
Studies increasingly show that frequency of milk and ice-cream consumption is associated with an increased risk of acne. Some studies have also found that skim milk has a higher association with acne than non-skim milk. Milk proteins may be implicated.
Recent evidence suggests that ROS, free radicals, and oxidative stress play a role in the initiation of acne. One theory is that free radical damage to sebum, or “Lipid peroxidation,” appears to be a match that lights the inflammatory process in acne.
Data suggest that the relative intake of omega- 6 to omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids appears to be an important modulator of inflammation. Eating foods rich with omega-3 fatty acids or taking fish oil supplements with 1,000-2000 mg/day of EPA might benefit both acne and mood.
Oral probiotics have been shown to regulate the release of inflammatory cytokines within the skin (specifically IL-1-a), and improve insulin sensitivity. Eating yogurt with “live cultures” or taking a daily probiotic supplement might have a positive influence on the skin and the mind.
Anytime insulin increases in response to eating carbohydrates, IGF-1 increases. This causes an increase in sebum production, increased cell growth, and the production of more androgens. These three factors provide the fuel for acne breakouts. Therefore, a diet that requires less insulin could be considered to help curb acne breakouts.