“….(the research) suggest that physicians might add a dietary change to their acne treatment prescriptions, researchers say.”
New research published online, on January 13 in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, confirms what every holistic practitioner has known for decades – acne is linked to what you eat.
Acne, just like the rest of your body’s health is directly related to the food you eat, to sensitivities/allergies, you may have, as well as to your environment, to your mental health to your ability to manage stress.
In this case, we are talking about food and acne. My heart goes out to these kids who suffer from bad skin growing up. I can not even imagine the impact it must have! And what if it could get better through better dietary choices?!
What researchers have found, was that patients with moderate to severe acne consumed high amounts of foods with a higher glycemic index. They also reported consuming more sugar and drinking more milk. So, in short, they ate a lot of carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice, low-fiber cereals, baked goods, etc.) processes foods, sugar and milk products.
My daughter who is 15 now, has never had a pimple. She has flawless skin, even her severe eczema (all over her body and face) has been under control for the last couple of years, also thanks to changing my daughter’s diet and finding her sensitivities/triggers. In her case, she has to avoid nuts and seeds, not just dairy and gluten.
So what does her diet and the diet this research found to be causing acne have in common? Nothing! Not a one single food item. She eats grain only on occasion therefore automatically avoiding the highest GI (glycemic index) and processed foods. On some weekends we may go out for dinner or brunch, or go to a friends’ house, or order a take-out, and at that point she may get a gluten-free pizza or pasta, sushi (rice), ice cream, or have some cheese, or a piece of a gluten-free cake, etc – but these are not a part of our daily diet, not even weekly 🙂
We may have an occasional movie night, when we get a ton of GMO-free popcorn, all different flavors and that is our movie/popcorn night. For a special occasion, we may eat whatever we want, no matter if it is gluten, dairy, sugar, etc – and we do not suffer any consequences, as by now our digestive systems are healthy, and prepared to handle, and to digest any kind of “treat”.
One thing is interesting – junk food/fast food option never even comes up – no donuts, McDonald’s, Taco Bell, no cheap processed potato chips, popcorn, ice cream, soda or candy. If we get a treat, it is a good quality treat and it is more satisfying, healthier, more filling and more natural for your body. Candy is a treat in our household. We usually have some dark chocolate in the house, figs, dates, potato chips made with avocado oil. So if you choose to eat something that is not a healthful, nurturing, real, fresh food, then at least get the healthiest option available.
What my kids eat, the 5 and the 15-year-old, is what we eat as a family. We have tons of greens in soups, stews, salads, smoothies, juices, as a side dish with eggs, omelets; all vegetables, including potatoes. We eat clean, humanely raised meats, poultry, wild fish, cage-free eggs; and fruit. They actually love the food, my 5-year-old even asks for a salad, such a beautiful thing to hear from a little kid: “Can I have a salad for lunch?”
“I would suggest the best approach is to look at each person as an individual, including an assessment of his or her usual dietary patterns. It is important for both the dietitian and dermatologist to work collaboratively to give the ultimate patient care,” Jennifer Burris, a PhD candidate in nutrition at New York University in New York City, who was involved in the study, told Reuters Health by email.
“If appropriate, it would be acceptable to try a lower glycemic load diet or to remove dairy products in an attempt to help treat acne,” Burris says.
Would you not want to try changing your kids’ diet before putting them on prescription drugs to clear acne?! Have you read those meds side effects?!
To your health,