Acne is a skin disorder that can plague young and old alike. Many variables can be attributed to acne, including diet. The foods and beverages you consume on a daily basis affect your body's natural ratio of hormones, which are essential to health and radiant skin. When certain hormones become dominant, the skin produces more oil and acne eruptions result. Eating right, in combination with healthy skincare habits, can help eliminate acne.
Estrogen dominance occurs when your body is subjected to excess estrogen from compounds usually obtained from a source outside the body. Commercial manufacturing of dairy products, soy products and pesticides that are used when harvesting produce have become prominent sources of estrogenic compounds that effect hormone balance, leading to acne. Many dairy manufacturers milk cows when they are pregnant, thus they produce milk that is rich in estrogen. This estrogen dominance often leads to symptoms of acne, says WomenLivingNaturally.com.
Learn about any potential allergies you may have to foods, such as gluten resistance or allergies to nuts, soy or dairy. Food allergies can create a host of both obvious and sometimes not-so-obvious inflammation, which can develop into acne. Also learn about foods that support an anti-inflammatory response and can help heal current acne outbreaks. Foods such as fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants, and spices such as curcumin and oregano are just a few that support the body's healing mechanisms, according to dermatologist Nicholas Perricone, an author and anti-aging expert.
Identify what triggers acne flareups, and also pay attention to where the eruptions are located—from the forehead to the chin, the cheekbones or the back. These observations can help you understand more clearly what is stimulating the skin response of acne and how best to treat it, suggests Dr. Wang Zheng Hu, with Skinacea.com.
Eliminate various potential food triggers, such as gluten or dairy, for one to two months and see if your skin clears up. These food tests can determine not only food allergies, but other foods that are loaded with compounds, such as hormones and preservatives, that can spike your oil production and stimulate acne. This will help you determine which foods support your skin health and which foods provoke acne.
Many misconceptions exist as to what foods tend to encourage acne, from chocolate to fatty foods. Different foods create different effects on people's skin, and this all plays together with genetics and hygiene habits. Inflammatory foods, such as trans fats and white sugar, can stimulate the inflammatory response of acne, as well as dairy products that are loaded with estrogenic compounds. Eating cleanly and as balanced as possible can assure you of the best opportunities at clear skin. Aim for a colorful diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, as these foods combat inflammation and can support the healing process of current acne lesions. Always wash your produce before eating it, and try to buy organic foods whenever possible.
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