Acne Nutritional Treatments
It is a fact that indulging in the wrong foods can make the condition of acne much worse. So, try to cut out all saturated fats, fried foods, junk foods, soda pops, and chocolate. A diet high in refined starches such as white bread and white sugar, and white rice will increase the amount of insulin in the body and raise male hormones which cause acne.
Instead a well balanced diet is more than beneficial in treating this condition. So, what is a well balanced diet?
It is essential that our food intake must include plenty of fresh fruit which are naturally high in vitamin C. In addition, eat plenty of cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage and kale (high water content foods). Salads will help at any time of the year. A pure diet today is eating organic foods whenever possible.
We all now live in a toxic world with over hundreds of toxic components in our bodies due to industrial processes, chemical crop spraying, exhaust fumes, all by-products of our modern chemical age. Our bodies have to work overtime to eliminate these toxins. Eliminating toxins will help in first clearing up skin complaints with antioxidant foods such as carrots (high in beta-carotene), peas, watercress and sweet potatoes.
Research at Tufts University in Boston have produced a new way to rate foods overall oxidant power. Each food has been given an Orac unit (oxygen radical absorbance capacity). Foods high in these units per 100 grams are prunes, raisins, blueberries, blackberries, cooked kale and strawberries. All have been shown to increase antioxidant power.
Herbs that are beneficial include all of which are powerful internal cleaners are burdock root, Echinacea, dandelion, and red clover.
Tea Tree Oil as a topical application has been growing in popularity as it has strong anti-fungal and anti-bacterial qualities. Take care if you have a sensitive skin, start with a diluted application, and test it on a small area of skin first.
Propolis soap normally used in the same way as other â¬Ëmedicated' soaps has proved helpful in maintaining a healthy skin and for the treatment of acne. Propolis ointments too have been used with enormous success. But, take care if you are allergic to bee stings or honey, just try a small patch test on your skin before you proceed with this treatment.
Our most important nutrient is water. Two-thirds of the body consists of water. The body loses about 1.5 litres of water per day, through the lungs, skin and via the kidneys as urine ensuring that toxic substances are eliminated from the body.
The ideal daily intake is about 2 litres of water per day, or about 8 glasses of water including juices and herbal teas.
As a bonus, your fruit and vegetables do mainly consist of 90% water with the added advantage of minerals and vitamins.
Double blind trials with this mineral have shown that zinc supplements can reduce the severity of acne and is used by our bodies for tissue repair. Zinc is also believed to have an antioxidant function and supports other antioxidant nutrients. 50 to 60 mg. per day have been shown to be beneficial in improving some skin conditions.
Best natural sources are: Mushrooms, oysters, yeast, eggs, offal (liver/kidneys) and other meats. A refined food such as white rice contains six times less zinc than brown rice.
The contraceptive pill, alcohol smoking and steroids decrease zinc levels in the body.
Between 10 and 15 mg. is supplied to the body by an average diet.