The role of diet and acne has been controversial. Many years ago it was thought that high fatty foods caused acne, then the relationship between acne and diet was considered a myth.
One of the most common questions that a patient will ask in a consult is that if anything they are eating is causing the acne. Many studies have been done and this “theory” has evolved, there is growing evidence that supports the role of diet in inflammation and acne.
Codain et al, was one of the pioneers in demonstrating that acne is a disease of Western civilization and it is not present in populations that consume a Paleolithic diet without refined sugars, grain, milk and dairy products.
Scientist have found an association between obesity and acne. A diet high in carbohydrates, which has a high sugar level, salt, refined sugar and dairy products has been shown to produce and worsen acne.
Obese people have higher levels of testosterone than normal persons. This can increase the production of oil and can clog the pores. It is important to buy organic chicken or substitute cows milk for almond milk. Cows milk may contain steroids hormones that can increase oil production.
It is essential to decrease the consumption of simple carbohydrates like pasta, bread, potatoes, cookies; rice and processed foods, which are high in refine sugars.
Some of the foods that can be eaten that are included in a Paleolithic diet are vegetables and fruits; which are high fiber sources of carbohydrates, nuts, eggs, coconut and olive oil and beans.
It is also important to eat small portion of meals and snack through the day so you can keep your blood sugar levels stable. Eating a healthy diet will not only improve your acne but will keep you young and healthy.
Adding probiotics to your diet is also beneficial in reducing acne. It has been shown that probiotics decreases inflammation in acne. Some of the most commonly used probiotics are lactobacilli and bifidobacterium.