There are studies stating that poor nutrition is not proven to cause acne. This is true. However, it’s also true that our bodies do not all respond to abuse in the same way. Some people spend years eating junk food and become depressed. Others suffer from high blood pressure as the result of their poor eating habits. Still others may have headaches, joint pains, or diabetes. But it’s very possible that instead of these problems, you got acne. Everyone suffers difference consequences, but no one can abuse their body and get away with it.
Since it’s likely that your diet has something to do with your acne, here are 4 diet tricks you can use to tip the biological scales in your favor – and against acne production.
1) Take a fish oil supplement
What is acne? At a biological level, acne is chronic, low-grade inflammation. Inflammation is one of the body’s natural responses to injury. However, it is meant to be an acute response; that is, one that occurs for a small period of time, in response to a specific problem, then stops happening. Acne, conversely, is chronic inflammation that continues happening over and over again. It is your face’s way of over-reacting to every little problem and impurity in your skin. Well, one natural way to fight inflammation is fish oil. The Omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil acts as a natural deterrent to inflammation and, in conjuction with the other tips, should help to reduce acne.
2) Consume more fiber
Another common cause if acne is a fiber deficiency. Fiber is what helps your digestive system filter toxins out of your body, including those which cause acne. A diet low in fiber and high in junk food is especially worse. In this scenario, you are adding more junk and toxins to your body without having the resources (fiber) to filter any of it out. This is not good from an acne standpoint. A partial solution is to start consuming more fiber. Apples, bananas, celery, and whole grains are excellent sources of fiber. You can also get fiber in pill form as a supplement, but it’s generally better to get nutrients from the food they naturally occur in.
3) Eliminate junk food
Many people believe they can make up for the junk in their diet by eating healthy stuff too. This is incorrect. When it comes to nutrition, what you don’t eat is actually more important than what you do. “Clear For Life” author Seppo Pausa sums this up with an excellent analogy: “this is like thinking you can make a rotten tomato taste good by adding more spices to it.” The maximum acne-fighting effect will be achieved by consuming more fibrous and healthy foods while also eating less junk. At least for now, get out of your body’s way and let it do its job!
4) Drink water throughout the day
Water acts as a natural cleansing agent, sweeping through the body and helping to clear out toxins and waste. For this reason, you might want to consider carrying a water bottle, drinking, and re-filling it throughout the day. In conjunction with the 3 steps discussed above, a steady supply of water will aid your body’s natural healing mechanisms and make it easier to break up the chemical reactions causing your acne.