Acne and nutrition

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Acne and diet, is there a relation between the two?

If you read this article you undoubtedly feel that your health is important in combination with a beautiful and fresh skin. If something does not really fit that picture, then it is blackheads, comedos, pustules or just acne. While about 85% of people will ever experience it sooner or later. We want a flawless skin that radiates and we want to do something to accomplish that.

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Many doctors and dermatologists claim that food has nothing to do with it. Then they prescribe powerful drugs, such as antibiotics or isotretinoin (such as Roaccutane, Amnesteem, Claravis, …). The Diane pill is also prescribed for girls and women. But is this the solution for skin improvement?
Do you want to put your bowels on the line? This usually follows all kinds of external antibiotics ointments or other treatments. Antibiotics is of course not recommended for your intestinal flora, the bacteria in your gut will suffer heavily from this treatment. But isotretinoin can also have some very unpleasant side effects. For example, you may not become pregnant as a woman under any circumstance.

Side effects

You can become extremely sensitive to sunlight, develop night blindness, develop liver disease, scabs on your lips, develop severe bowel damage (Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis) until you have to remove the colon from surgery, followed by a stoma), kidney failure and there are numerous of suicide attempts detected by users. Call this medicine the ultimate and last resort. Or are there other options? Does food really have no influence? Or could a real healthy choice at the supermarket still make a difference?

Dianepil

Also use of the Dianepil, as a remedy for acne, has many side effects, but especially a lot of restrictions when you are not allowed to use it. This restriction applies to anyone with a risk of vascular wallonia, liver problems, diabetes risk, hereditary predisposition to thrombosis, unexplained vaginal bleeding and many more points. The list of possible side effects is too long for this article, so see this as a serious warning. For an effect you have to be patient for many months. Which nutritional aspects play the most important role?

The biggest culprits

According to published studies, these are milk and grain products or other carbohydrates with a high glycemic index. That is to say, food and drinks that will quickly increase your blood sugar level. This includes all soft drinks, energy drinks, fruit juices and even VitaminWater.

Sugar

The latter is nothing more than a bottle of sugar water with a minimal amount of vitamins. The deception about this kind of products is huge. For example, it contains “only” 24 grams of sugar per bottle. In addition, a few vitamins whose dosage is a mystery. At the heading: “Maximum” is explained that you VitaminWater can not just over dosing. It is therefore harmless. After all, a person must drink 2 liters of water according to their claim. At VitaminWater you will receive “only” 380 Kcal while a normal diet may contain 2000 Kcal. But that means almost 100 grams of pure sugar (about 20 lumps) !!! And that instead of clean water which does not contain any calories. Suggesting that VitaminWater is a good alternative to water is therefore a serious deception. Unless you’re waiting for acne, rotten teeth, overweight and diabetes…

Grain products

Grain products are used by almost everyone. Although wholemeal products do contain fiber, that amount is very little. Ate a few generations ago (for the fast food era) up to 300 grams of fiber per day, some of us now do not go beyond 10 grams, while 40 grams is a minimum. Vegetables and fruit contain much more fiber than grains. Remember that wheat (but also soya and corn) is processed in many foods. All these refined products are stripped of their fibers for quick and easy preparation. White rice is on the table with less than 10 minutes, wild rice can take up to an hour. The calorific value is about the same, but the composition is completely different.

All these extra fibers provide a much better satiation and intestinal filling. If we produce more stool we go to the toilet more often. In this way the waste products are discharged much faster, so that the intestinal wall is less affected by free radicals or other stressful substances. But the fibers are also rich in minerals and vitamins. Especially vitamins A and C are common in fiber, besides the B-complex, calcium, magnesium, iron and other useful nutrients. But in the natural form! Vitamin A is excellent for combating acne, as long as it is not a synthetic version. (The effect of Roaccutane is based on the synthetic vitamin A, with all its dramatic side effects.)

Antioxidants

Carotenes (there are 600 species) are excellent antioxidants for the skin. Beta-carotene can be effectively converted into vitamin A by the body. Unfortunately, most of it is removed during product refining. This is how we continue to impoverish our food because of the ease of preparation. But then, what do we actually eat? And with what consequences?

Eat 2 apples daily

In the shell, rich in fiber, there are often other powerful antioxidants. Perfect for skin protection and skin improvement, but then they must be present. Another important advantage of fibers is that they protect us against a too rapid rise in blood sugar levels. Nature must have realized that carbohydrates without fiber would not be a sensible food source. All natural foods that contain glucose or fructose are rich in fiber, with the exception of honey. Drink your fruit juice, then the sugars remain, although with the necessary vitamins, but without the fibers. It is better than soft drinks, but you still get a load of sugar, which is not good for your acne. It is much better for example to eat 2 apples daily, of course with peel and all. They also support your liver function!

Refined carbohydrates

Actually we see this carbohydrate problem with a lot of food sources. Our bodies are genetically not prepared at all for so many refined carbohydrates. All those carbohydrates require masses of insulin to keep blood sugar levels under control. All that extra insulin provides much more acne and insulin resistance. The liver turns overtime to detoxify and secretes the excess substances through the skin. These substances form a “perfect” breeding ground for bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus and Propionibacterium acnes) that cause the necessary inflammation.

Insulin also has an effect on the androgens (male hormones) that cause excessive sebum production. You often see it accompanied by typical male hair growth in girls, for example small hairs in the face. The Dianepil is also used against this, but with the right nutrition and possibly nutricosmetics it can be corrected quickly and without side effects.

Against acne, but at all healthy, you can take food that is naturally rich in vitamin A / Beta-carotene; Sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, all berry varieties such as raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, goji berries, etc, all types of cabbage, almost all the fruit is colorful. A unique place takes red palm oil. This is for sale in (preferably) glass jars and has a very high content of carotene, besides many other antioxidants. The advantage; carotenes are fat-soluble and therefore need fat to be absorbed. Add healthy fats to your salad or vegetables, such as olive oil or an avocado and the absorption of the antioxidants can be up to 10 times better!

Do not use aggressive cosmetics! Eat one or two boiled eggs in the morning, preceded by an apple, banana or other fruit. Pineapple is also very good, but raw and not out of tin. Fermented milk products are less problematic than milk but avoid them in the initial phase. Eat a lot of fatty fish, or top up your diet with a rich and highly concentrated fish oil, as a powerful source of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. Take enough, because 1 gram does nothing at all. White fish, fried in oil is not a good source and can be better avoided for the time being.

Chocolate

Often described as a culprit but can be very good. Only really if it is very pure, for example 85% cacoa, bitter taste, without added sugars. All other species provide more acne. If the chocolate does not taste bitter, then the useful polyphenols (super-antioxidants) are removed and with that all the advantages. Milk or white chocolate is totally useless and will cause acne. In summary; away with the fast sugars and milk products.

By Erik- Alexander Richter

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