The Acne Diet

 

new-dietDuring my consultations I always stress the importance of using the right topical acne fighting products and stay consistence.  If you want to achieve clear acne free skin, besides using topical products (even though topicals are a very effective to clear acne), there are a lot of other factors that has effect on the clearing process. One of them is to be on the right diet.

It has been known that high glycemic foods, specially the one high in iodide can aggravate acne flare-ups.  But there are diets that can actually reduce inflammation in the body and support a more youthful, healthier looking  skin. Continue reading….

Recent studies suggest that many people with acne could also benefit from an Anti Candida Diet.

Candida albicans is a naturally occurring yeast in the body found  primarily in the intestinal tract.

If you have acne it is very likely you also have Candida overgrowth.

The causes of Candida may be a result of Antibiotics, such as those found in some acne medications and prescription medications.

Traces of antibiotics can also be found in some meats and animal products such as dairy. Antibiotics kill the beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract, they spread Candida throughout the body and cause skin problems such as acne. Besides acne, Candida symptoms include headaches, chronic yeast infection, bloating, gas, rashes, constipation and array of other health issues.

The proper Anti-Candida diet can effectively keep Candida under control and eliminate the abnormal growth of Candida.

Foods to avoid:

IODIEZED SALT

MILK AND CHEESE

SEAWEED AND KELP: especially sushi rolls and sea kelp

PEANUTS:  peanut butter, cashews and pistachios

SUGARS, sweeteners

SWEET FRUITS: Bananas, oranges, grapes etc.

ALCOHOL: beer, wine and hard liquor

BEVERAGES: coffee, black tea, regular and diet soda, energy drinks, sports drinks, fruit juice

CURED, PROCESSED AND SMOKED MEATS
salami, pepperoni, pastrami, hot dogs, lunch meat, bacon, spam

GLUTINOUS FOODS: including white, wheat or spelt flour; white rice; white or wheat pasta; barley

SOY PRODUCTS: soy milk, tofu, tempeh, soy meats and soy sauce

DRIED AND CANNED FRUITS

CONDIMENTS:
ketchup, soy sauce, tamari, vinegar

FATS/OILS:
peanut oil, soybean oil, cottonseed oil, corn oil, canola oil, margarine, shortening

MUSHROOMS/MOLDS:
including all mushrooms, truffles, cheeses

Foods to eat:

UNIODIZED SALT AND SEA SALT

UNSWEETENED DAIRY SUBSTITUTES: almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk, hemp milk

NUTS AND SEEDS: 
almonds, flax seeds, chia seeds, hazelnuts, hemp seeds, macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts

ALL VEGETABLES

SOUR FRUITS: lemons, limes, pomegranates, berries, grapefruit,  Granny Smith apples

GLUTEN FREE GRAINS: 
quinoa, gluten-free oats, amaranth, buckwheat flour, millet, oat bran, wild and brown rice

BREADS: sprouted only

ANIMAL PROTEIN: beef, pork, chicken, lamb, turkey, eggs

FISH:  especially anchovies, herring, sardines, and wild salmon

OMEGA-3 RICH OILS
: flaxseed, olive, walnut, sesame and raw pure virgin coconut oil

HERBS AND SPICES: basil, cayenne, cilantro, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, curry, dill, garlic, ginger, nutmeg, oregano, paprika, rosemary, tarragon, thyme, turmeric

SEASONINGS: 
black pepper, sea salt, lemon juice,

BEVERAGES
: green tea, kombucha tea, herb teas, fresh vegetable juices and lots of water

Recommended Supplements:

  • Opti-Zinc (Zinc Monomethionine):  To reduce inlflammatory acne leasons
  • Probiotics: Highly recommended for people who have long-term antibiotic use in the past. Probiotics full of healthy bacteria and help to restore normal digestion and optimum nutrition absorption.
  • High-Quality Fish Oil: Essential for hormone regulation and directly affect the amount of sebum in your skin.
  • Multi-Vitamin: Always recommended for filling any nutritional gaps in your diet. Buy an iodine-free brand as iodine can exacerbate acne conditions. Recommended Brand: GNC Ultra Women’s Mega Without Iron and Iodine and biotin or soy.
  • Pea Protein or Hemp Protein: great sources of protein to replace whey protein derived from milk.

If you are serious about getting clear acne free skin please visit an acne specialist, get on a good home care program and you don’t have to worry about pimples anymore.

Do you need expert skin care advice from a licensed esthetician/acne specialist? Schedule your appointment for a consultation to get the personalized advice on products and treatments that are right for you.