Can a certain diet help you to fight acne? That depends on how specific you want to be. Some foods have been know to worse acne, others are recommended to help fight it. Let’s talk about the problem overall then discuss what type of diet can help you to fight dreaded zits.
Acne is Normal
First of all, acne is a normal problem for girls in the years of life when their bodies are changing rapidly, namely puberty. Granted, you have a few lucky classmates that do not have a blemish on their skin, but they probably got a nice genetic draw and it is possible that their bodies are maturing late. They could get waylaid by acne during college years or later. Thus, point one is that acne is fairly normal; almost everyone battles it at one time or another.
Fighting the Problem
That said, certain steps can be taken to fight it. You don’t have to walk around with pimples all over the place and accept your fate, chalking it up to genes. The blocked pores in your skin and the nasty bacteria that often invades can both be counteracted by washing regularly with a good cleanser, by NEVER touching your face with dirty hands, by exposing yourself to steam or another effect that will open your pores for a time, and by consistent hygiene that keeps your skin super clean. Because of this, you need to be more vigilant during the teen years, not less. Develop good skin hygiene habits and set aside time each day to take care of your face. Be as kinds as you can to your face; it will be under assault for a few years.
Foods and Drinks That Help and Hurt
Now, can the stuff you throw down the pipe actually worsen or decrease your acne? The answer is “Yes” and “No.” Despite what you’ve heard about cola and chocolate and any number of culprits, no foods directly cause acne. However, it is true that some foods can aggravate acne. Conversely, the lack of some foods and beverages in your diet can hurt you in your battle against it.
For instance, take the liver: it plays a vital role in getting rid of the toxins in your body, which are related to processes that cause acne. To keep your liver clean and working to the max, you need to drink lots of water. So, if you’ve ever heard that drinking a lot of water will help you to fight acne, it is true. Skip the soda and drink more water. Staying hydrated will also help your body perspire normally and keep pores more unblocked as you wash up soon after exercising.
Now, for foods that can aggravate acne, the list varies. Among the suspects identified by some researchers are: foods rich in sugars, bread, cheese, chocolate, nuts, dairy products and even vegetable oil. Don’t react rashly and abstain from all of these foods; just know that the foods on this list have been known to aggravate the tummy, which leads to an imbalance that can make your acne problem bigger. Pay close attention to your body and note what agrees with it and what does not.
For foods that help to combat acne, stay in the fruit and vegetable aisle. Both fruits and veggies are loaded with the vitamins and fiber that will keep your body healthy and regular.
Acne is fairly normal, but it doesn’t have to ruin your life. Do all that you can to keep your face clean, don’t touch it with dirty hands, use a recommended cleanser and see which foods might be bothering your stomach and body. As you eat right and follow a regular cleansing regimen, you will keep your acne issues to a minimum. In other words, you will manage the problem rather than be overcome by it.