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The Acne Diet: Choosing Foods that Heal Acne

Friday, January 18th, 2008

I’m sure that most of us at one time or another have been told that certain foods can cause acne. I must admit, I have always been a skeptic when hearing that idea…after all, I was eating the food, not wearing it on my face, so how could it cause a problem?? Most people think in terms of avoiding foods that cause acne, rather than eating foods that help heal and get rid of acne. So while the acne-food link may not be as direct as “drink water and get rid of your acne,” many studies suggest that by considering the components of food on a smaller scale, we can figure out what our skin best needs to get and remain healthy.

Important minerals include zinc, and chromium. Zinc is a micromineral that helps wounds heal and speeds tissue regeneration. A deficiency in zinc can actually increase the production of androgen hormones, leading to oily skin and acne breakouts. Finally, chromium is a trace mineral that has strong ties to one’s blood sugar level. Cravings for sugary foods are often linked to chromium deficiencies, which has unfortunate effects on one’s skin. People with the highest incidence of severe acne generally have very unstable blood sugar; too much sugar and too little chromium to help balance it out. Also, chromium reduces skin infection rates, helping acne heal more quickly and without complications.