Diet & Pimples
If you suffer from pimples, you may be willing to do anything to get rid of them. Although everything you eat throughout the day may not directly impact the amount of pimples that pop up on your face, making a few small tweaks in your diet may help reduce the production of oil on your skin, which may help your acne.
According to the Acne Diet, mentioned on dieting website EveryDiet.org, eating foods that are high in protein but lower in saturated fat may help control acne in some individuals. Eating lean protein that contains omega-3 fatty acids like fish may help reduce pimples. Eating a diet that is high in iodine, featuring large quantities of foods that contain iodine like eggs and yogurt, may cause more breakouts in some people, notes EveryDiet.org.
Pimples like blackheads and whiteheads may be treated with home remedies and over-the-counter care, while cystic acne may require prescription treatment. Severe cases of acne may not benefit from dietary changes and may require a stronger treatment plan as recommended by a doctor.
Eating foods that contain zinc and brewer's yeast may help reduce acne outbreaks, according to MayoClinic.com in the article "Acne." More research is necessary to determine how much of these supplements are necessary to reduce acne and whether or not zinc and brewer's yeast are effective in reducing acne in all cases, notes MayoClinic.com.
According to KidsHeath.org in the article "Acne Myths," eating greasy foods and chocolate is most likely not the cause of acne. Although other sources suggest that there may be a link between acne outbreaks and eating certain foods, it is not scientifically proven that these foods trigger acne in all cases, or cause acne in every individual.
According to MayoClinic.com, the association between acne and your diet is not clear, but eating a healthy diet full of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean proteins may help promote healthy-looking skin. Additionally, eating foods that are high in vitamin C and foods that are low in fat may help make your skin look younger and clearer.
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