Adult acne is humiliating. We’re not supposed to get pimples when we are of a certain age. Right? Well, I suffered from it for years and tried every sort of medication dermatologists prescribed. The medications worked while I was on them, but the acne constantly returned.Years ago, more than 1 dermatologist told me not to be worried about my diet. I had been told there was nothing I could do, except (of course) take the expensive medications they prescribed.
Eventually I was led to a few dietary discoveries which have helped me fight breakouts for several years, regardless of the fact that in middle-age, I have acne prone skin.
First, it is important to see that pimples happen when our pores get blocked by sebum (oil) secreted from the sebaceous glands, which oil combines with dead skin cells. The mixture of the oil and skin cells generates a “plug” inside the pore. That plug creates a breeding ground for acne causing bacteria that’s named Propionibacterium Acnes (p. acnes). When too much p. acnes blends with the plugged pore, it causes inflammation and the end result is a zit.
While it’s true that our hormones lead to migraines, because the hormones cause the sebaceous glands to secrete more oil, if p. acnes is kept in check pimples aren’t inevitable.
American teenagers just about all experience acne. But is that because it is just the way it’s, or is it because teens tend to eat a high glycemic diet? Studies suggest that it is the latter. There was a study conducted in Kitava Island Papua New Guinea where there isn’t any acne among teenagers.
Puberty is puberty whatever the culture and hormones cause the body to produce more oil through puberty, but the teenagers living on Kitava Island consume a low-glycemic diet and THEY DO NOT HAVE ACNE. The bacteria is controlled.
How do we control acne-causing germs?
Everyone has p. acnes on the surface of the skin. However, people that aren’t acne likely produce less of it.
One thing a lot of people don’t understand, or believe, is that p. acnes is also present inside the digestive tract. This is the reason diet most certainly has an effect on acne.
One method of controlling acne is to mitigate p. acnes within the digestive tract. This is exactly what antibiotics do. If you have ever taken antibiotics for your acne, then the medication has murdered p. acnes internally, which helps your body produce less of it on your skin.
Unfortunately, most antibiotics kill the “good” bacteria together with the “bad” and the good bacteria help our bodies control other issues, such as hepatitis, which is why you might find a yeast infection if you take an antibiotic.
What if we can ingest foods which would restrain p. acnes without killing the good bacteria which helps fight yeast proliferation? Well, we could. Here are a couple of things that restrain p. acnes internally.
- green tea
- Aloe vera juice (unsweetened)
- Apple cider vinegar (diluted)
- Plain (unsweetened) yogurt
Incorporate these into you diet every day and you will have fewer breakouts. But wait… If you want excellent results, you also had better lower your consumption of high glycemic foods. I’ll explain what these are in an instant. Green tea, aloe vera juice, apple cider vinegar, and yogurt taken internally have been found to decrease the amount of acne causing bacteria inside the digestive tract.
How to take it?
- Green tea: two powerful cups in the morning.
- OR, Aloe vera juice (unsweetened) 8 to 10 oz.
- OR Apple cider vinegarone tablespoon in an 8oz. cup of water.
- AND Plain Yogurt, at least one 8oz cup every day.
What’s worked best for me is that the blend of aloe vera juice and yogurt. If you hate plain yogurt, try Acidophilus supplements instead. Follow the suggested usage recommendations on the label.
As I mentioned, these remedies work best in conjunction with removing certain foods from your diet.
Foods to think about limiting are
- cows milk
- High glycemic carbohydrates: breads, pastas, white rice, white potatoes, cookies, cakes, pastries, and anything made with blossom.
- Processed sugar, high fructose corn syrup, candy, sugary sodas and juice drinks
One reason milk causes breakouts and plain yoghurt doesn’t, is due to the good vs. bad bacteria. Yogurt contains live cultures, such as acidophilus, which helps to control bad bacteria. Milk, on the other hand, doesn’t contain those valuable cultures and, in actuality, milk fat may cause breakouts. Cows milk is also full of hormones, including androgens, which excite the over production of petroleum. Cows milk has also been demonstrated to cause a spike in insulin levels in the blood, which also contributes to acne.
This explains why MILK chocolate will lead to acne in some people, whereas DARK chocolate that doesn’t contain milk fat or butterfat generally does not cause breakouts.
Years ago, doctors assured their patients that diet had no bearing on acne, but that’s since been proven untrue. Diet absolutely affects acne prone skin. If you’re NOT acne prone, that means that your body does not tend to generate much acne causing bacteria, which means you may eat sugar, milk and carbohydrates and not breakout. But if you’re acne likely, it means that your body will become a breeding ground for the proliferation of acne causing bacteria, which means you’ve got to restrict those foods if you would like to keep clear skin.
Foods that Will Assist Your acne-prone skin
- Sweet potatoes. High in vitamin A, sweet potatoes are a skin “super foods” using a low-glycemic index and they contribute to “cell turnover” meaning that they help the body shed old skin cells.
- Leafy greens. They’re high in LUTEIN, which leads to skin health.
- Fatty fish high in Omega 3s: Salmon, sardines, mackerel. Omega 3s fight inflammation.
- Almonds and Leinsamen-also high in Omega 3s.
- Foods high in zinc (lean meats, lentils, oysters). Zinc is an anti-inflammatory that helps control acne causing bacteria.