14 July 2011

Acne Treatment: Reduce Milk Consumption and Other Acne Diets

Even thick makeup can't hide Victoria Beckham's spot

Acne is an embarrassing skin conditions to most people. It's not only leave ugly scars, but it can cause low self-esteem. Acne does not affect teenagers alone. Many adults do suffer from it as well. Victoria Beckham is a rich and famous celebrity who suffers from serious adult acne.

Apart from using the right skincare to cure acne, a diet play a good role to treat one. What we eat can affect the hormones that contribute to the oil production, hyperproliferation, and inflammation that cause acne. Disease Proof has interesting facts about it.

1) Protein
Protein intake especially from dairy products determines circulating of IGF-1 levels. IGF-1 which stands for insulin-like growth factor 1 is a factor to changes in gene expression that cause inflammation, hormonal changes, increased oil production, and development of acne lesions. A research of scientists from RMIT University in Australia comes to build on a hypothesis stating that replacing high-carbohydrate foods in one's diet with products rich in proteins could lead to a decrease in acne by more than 50%. Fish, such as salmon, white-meat poultry (lean protein is the best), eggs, beans, cheese and yogurt are excellent source of protein.

2) High glycemic load foods
In several studies, a low glycemic load diet has been shown to improve acne symptoms, and decrease IGF-1 and skin oil production. High-GL foods like refined carbohydrates which produce dangerous spikes in blood glucose not only can cause serious health issues like diabetes, heart disease, and several cancers but also raises IGF-1 levels, further contributing to acne. Example source of refined carbohydrates are table sugar and syrup, sweetened fruit juice, beer, wine, soft drinks, sweet tea, sweetened canned fruits, frozen foods with sugar added, cookies, cakes and candy.

3) Protective micronutrients
Maintaining micronutrient adequacy may help to prevent acne. World Health Organization define micronutrients as nutrients that required by human in small quantities to enable the body to produce enzymes, hormones and other substances essential for proper growth and development. Micronutrients such as carotenoids which can be found in green and orange vegetables, and Vitamin E which is abundant in nuts and seeds are proven to be an effective acne fighting agent.

4) Dairy Products
A three-year prospective study of US girls aged 9-15 year old in 1996 found that girls who had 2 or more servings of milk per day are 20% increase in acne prevalence compared to girls who had less than 1 per week.In the Nurses' Health Study, dairy products eaten during high school were associated with prevalence of physician-diagnosed severe teenage acne. According to the study, milk intake may affect acne severity through the Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1) pathway. Moderation of milk intake may be useful as part of the management of teenage acne.

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  3. Great review its always interesting to see other options thanks xx.. acne scar, microdermabrasion


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