Lifestyle Choices That Affect Acne – Foods and Supplements
This is a guideline only – we are not asking you to eliminate foods or food groups completely; we do suggest you cut back and moderate some food types. The “Try to Eliminate” group has been proven to be a problem for most acne sufferers. We also know that some people have trigger foods such as citrus but this is not across the board. It is best if you start noticing any cause and effect with the foods you eat.
|Try to Reduce||Acceptable Substitutes|
|Iodized Salt||Sea Salt, Unionized Salt, Celtic Salt|
|Milk (including Organic and especially nonfat)||Almond Milk, Coconut Milk, Rice Milk|
|Whey or Soy Protein Shakes and Protein Bars||Pea Protein, Egg White Powder, Hemp--still check for iodides and biotin before buying|
|Soy, tofu, soy milk, tempe, edamame|
|Seafood, Shellfish||Fresh Water Fish, lake trout, bass, catfish|
|Spirulina, Chlorella, Blue-Green Algae|
|Kelp, Miso Soup, Seaweed, Seaweed Supplements|
|Vitamins with iodides, iodine, kelp, potassium iodide (also avoid Biotin)|
|Foods High in Androgens|
|Peanut Butter||Almond Butter or other nut butters|
|Peanut Oil, Corn Oil, Canola Oil||Olive Oil, Butter, Coconut Oil|
|Organ Meats including pate'|
A well-balanced low-glycemic diet can support all aspects of health, including your skin.
The following supplements have been found to be useful in aiding your recovery from acne. Your esthetician may make recommendations based on the type of acne you have.
The most bioavailable form of zinc that acts directly as an anti-inflammatory. Many people with acne have low levels of zinc in their body; and supplementing with zinc has been shown to reduce severity of cysts and inflamed lesions.
Omega 3 Fish Oils
These are good fats that also act as an anti-inflammatory in the body. While recommended for all acne sufferers, they are particularly beneficial for women whose breakouts are linked to PMS. Omega oils also positively alter sebum production in the skin improving radiance and resilience of the skin
Good bacteria that colonize the digestive tract and the skin. They can help people who have been on long-term antibiotics (both oral and topical). These good bacteria compete with the pathogenic bacteria and can help improve the incidence of breakouts.
Your results may vary. Results take time and depend on compliance to the entire program. Typicaly, results take approximately 3-4 months but could take longer. Aren't you worth the effort?