Friday, 27 January 2012

Acne And Diet - It Does Matter

Prior to the 60s, everyone thought that there was a link between your diet and the acne you developed. But several studies in the late 60s showed that diet and acne were not related. But because of the way the studies were conducted, these studies were found not to be quite true, there is a connection between acne and diet.

Though there is no concrete evidence, researchers are looking closely at the link between diet and acne. Here is what they know so far.

Dairy Products

Several studies conducted on preteens and teens found that those who consumed several glasses of milk were more likely to develop acne than those who consumed less.

When you cut back on your consumption of milk, ensure you get your vitamins provided by milk from other sources, particularly calcium. Calcium can be obtained from other sources such as supplements, yogurt and tofu.


Studies have shown that a higher weight, particularly in young women, leads to a higher instance of acne. It is recommended that you keep your Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18.5 to 25.

I do not really buy into the BMI concept bought into by our government, for instance if you are healthy and work out, your BMI will probably be higher than 25.

BMI only takes into account your height and weight, and not your muscle mass. Having a large muscle mass can place your BMI above 25 indicating you are unhealthy, but you could just be extremely fit.

Omega - 3

Omega -3 or fish oil is full of essential fatty acids that are vital for good health. These fats reduce the amount of inflammation you have allowing your immune system to respond normally reducing the inflammation in your hair follicles.

The inflammation in your hair follicles helps promote acne.

Processed Foods

Also referred to as high glycemic index (GI) foods, these foods are foods that are not in their natural state. Foods that fall into this category are white rice, foods made with white flour, lunchmeat, cakes, and cereals to name a few.

These foods cause a spike in your insulin that upset your hormones leading to the development of acne.

They should be replaced with natural foods such as whole grains, fresh vegetables and fruits, unsaturated fats and other such foods.


Though initial studies in the late 60s determined that your diet does not cause acne, this is being rethought as more evidence comes in showing that your diet can cause acne.

Processed foods are believed to be the biggest contributor to the development of acne in young men and women and should be replaced with natural foods.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Best Ways To Get Rid Of Acne - An Easy Yet Effective Daily Strategy

There are many ways to get rid of acne and many people believe that they have the best idea to get rid of it. People always have their own methods of dealing with acne. So what are the best ways to get rid of acne? In this article I am going to explain some of the best ways to get rid of acne. So let's get started.

The moment that you wake up and noticed than you have pimples on your face, the first thing you need to do, if you notice that you have oily skin, is to wipe your face off with a dry towel. After you have done that, you should gently cleanse your skin with a salicylic acid. After applying this, you must be very careful to not touch your face with your hands or fingers. The reason is because the oils from your fingers will get into your pores and clog them. You have to make a mental note and physically think to not touch your face at all during the day.

The meals that you should eat during the day should not contain any grease or excessive amounts of sugar at all. The best thing to do is to drink water throughout the day and nothing else other than water to drink. When deciding on eating lunch and dinner when your focused in on the best way to rid of acne is to eat salad and chicken/fish. With the chicken do not eat the deep fried kind; eat the grilled chicken. Remember, to keep track of your water intake. Drink at least eight, 8 ounce glasses of water; which comes out to 64 ounces. It wouldn't hurt to go over a little bit; but do not overdo it.

As you progress through the day and you feel your face becoming oily, remember to wipe it off gently with the towel. If your face feels too dry then apply a moisturizer. But this should keep your face from being too dry or oily.

At the beginning of the day as well, remember to take your vitamins. The vitamins that you should be taking are vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, and Zinc. Another supplement and I recommend taking is St. John's Wort regularly. The reason is because it helps calm your nerves. Stress is one of the main reasons that cause breakouts. It is a vicious cycle when you see yourself break out then you become stressed and when your stressed, you break out more.

When you come back home for the evening, remember to take a shower, wash your face and to exfoliate gently. While in the shower remember to wash your hair because this gets the grease out that may be causing the breakouts along the top of your forehead. Once you are out of the shower then dry off your acne prone areas gently. Next is to apply a little more Salicylic acid to the area's and let dry. Once the Salicylic acid dries then place a dab of Benzoyl Peroxide with a strength of 5% on your worst pimples. If you have dry skin then I recommend putting on a night cream moisturizer.