anonymous asked:

What kind of foods help reduce acne

foods that reduce acne:

  1. Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids: these are very healthy fats found abundantly in fish, like salmon, as well as walnuts, many types of bean, and flaxseed. These fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties which help prevent inflammation that causes your skin to react by clogging pores leading to acne.
  2. Vitamin A: this vitamin is essential in combating acne and having good skin health. It’s a major component to lots of serious acne medications (such as Isotretinoin - brand name Accutane/Roaccutane so don’t take vitamin A supplements if you’re on Accutane, since it can cause toxicity). A good source of vitamin A are: sweet potatoes, carrots, dark leafy greens (e.g. kale). Cod liver oil is an amazing source of not only vitamin A, but also vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids!
  3. Zinc-rich foods: I wouldn’t take this as a supplement because you can easily overdose and cause toxicity, but incorporating zinc rich foods into your diet can definitely help with acne. You’ll mostly find these in nuts like cashews, oysters (and seafood in general), spinach, and pumpkin seeds to name a few. 
  4. Switch to whole grains/low GI carbs: whole grains are lower on the glycemic index which means it’s a type of carb that doesn’t spike your blood sugar levels as much as other carbs which are higher on the GI. However, you should be aware that some whole grain breads are high on the GI. Keep a look out for that too. When foods cause your blood sugar levels to increase rapidly, the hormone insulin is secreted into your blood. Insulin is linked to the growth of pore-clogging cells, as well as increasing oil production in your skin cells - which is not good at all!
  5. Vitamin C rich foods: like avocado, strawberries, and citrus fruit all have very beneficial anti-inflammatory properties due to their vitamin C content. 
  6. Vitamin E rich foods: like dark leafy greens, almonds, sunflower seeds, avocado (again!), olive oil, and broccoli, to name a few. 
  7. Green tea: green tea on it’s own won’t help if the rest of your diet is full of dairy and saturated fats, but it has an antioxidant called epigallocatechin-3-gallate, which has many functions, some of which are:
      • lowering androgen hormone (IGF-1 hormone) levels which are major factors towards acne production.
      • kills certain bacteria which are culprits when it comes to acne production. 
      • lowers your fasting blood sugar, which as I stated before, if rapidly increases, it causes an increase in insulin levels in the bloodstream which can be a factor towards acne production.

Hope this helps you with your diet! Don’t forget to stay hydrated as well!

- Aly 🌬💕

anonymous asked:

Hii do you know what foods should be avoided if I'm trying to combat acne, bc I've never had it before and now all of a sudden my entire face is covered with acne, and it doesn't seem to go away and I'm sure it's nothing that I've put on my face..

foods that cause acne:

  1. Milk, and other dairy products: you may recall from my previous post (foods that reduce acne), the growth hormone called IGF-1 is nto good news when it comes to acne. Milk, and other dairy products are rich with IGF-1! This food group also increased your insulin levels, helping your acne to thrive. Milk also helps promote the production of sebum, which is a type of oil produced by the skin and clogs your pores. Yikes!
  2. Foods with high Glycemic Indexes: a food’s GI measures how much it spikes your blood sugar levels. Carbohydrates that are high on the GI scale will cause acne to intensify. This means avoiding carbs like white rice, white bread, soft drinks, breakfast cereals, cookies, cakes, and mostly anything with a very high sugar contents, or is not a wholegrain carb. 
  3. Fast food/high fat diets: try to cut out these unhealthy diet options. Besides the negative effects of fast food or high fat diets are on your general health, your skin will suffer when you don’t eat clean. Always try to reach for a less fatty option. Cut out greasy foods like pizza, fries, etc. This doesn’t include healthy fats like fatty acids Omega-3 and Omega-6, or those found in olive oil or avocado!!! Note: this diet factor affects people differently - many people see little difference when cutting out greasy food from their diet when it comes to acne! Some people even experience less acne when eating fattier diets (as long as the fats are healthy!)
  4. High levels of sugar: candy, soft drinks, chocolate bars, very sugary desserts are all bad guys when it comes to skin. Of course, nobody can resist some sweetness every now and then, but try to keep it to a minimum. Find ways to reduce sugar in your diet.

Recap: try to cut out high GI foods, dairy, and high carb, sugary foods as much as possible and you should see at least a tiny change in your break out patterns! Also, make sure to monitor your skin - see what causes breakouts in your skin, because they might be different to other people!

- Aly 🌬💕

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Low calorie diets

It makes me so frustrated to see people promoting very low calorie diets. Even at medical school, I often hear my peers and even some doctors recommending caloric intakes of 1200 calories for weight loss, or people believing that it’s healthy for people to eat less than their Basal Metabolic Rate (the number of calories your body burns each day at rest). This is an extremely low calorie diet, despite what magazines like Cosmo might lead you to believe. 

The USDA recommends 1200 calories per day for 3-year olds. For a moderately active 20 year old woman, around 2200 calories per day is recommended. This is almost twice the “1200 calorie″ number so often seen in crash diets. For someone more active or with a lot of muscle, that number could be much higher, even up to 3000 calories a day. It’s so important to fuel your body properly so it can continue to support you through all of your daily activities that bring you joy. 

For anyone struggling with this right now, I just want to let you know eating such calorie restricted diets is not healthy, nor is it the only way to lose weight if that’s important to you. If you or your doctor feels that it is important to lose weight for your health, you should educate yourself on a healthy way to go about this weight loss. Please do not starve yourself - it is so hard on both your mental and physical health!