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Acne & Acne Rosacea – A Holistic Approach

Eat a Healthy Diet

Having a good diet is essential in the long term treatment of acne. Eating the right types of fats and oils in your diet is also of paramount importance. Eat organic fruit and vegetables which contain anti-inflammatory substances and antioxidants. These will help repair the skin.

Foods like wild salmon which are rich in omega-3. Consume fish oils, flax, linseed oils and cold pressed hemp seed oil. Also GLA fatty acids help remedy this situation.

Coconut oil, avocados nuts and seeds like Chia, sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Sunflower seeds are rich in vitamin E which protects the skin against damage caused by sun, pollution and bacteria. Pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc which will encourage healthy new skin.

Sesame seeds are rich in oleic fatty acids and are therefore beneficial in the diet. Sesame seed paste spread on bread is a nice way of eating these seeds. This can also be added to home baked biscuits. Unrefined sesame oil is the oil of choice as a salad or cooking oil. It does have a very strong taste though and therefore should be used in moderation, maybe added to one of the other oils above.

What else should I eat?

Other foods which can be freely eaten are mung beans, adzuki beans and cucumber. Legumes in general i.e. peas, beans and lentils help keep the digestion healthy and help detoxify the body. Alfalfa sprouts and soya sprouts are particularly helpful in cases of acne.

A substance known as resveratol, found in foods such as: peanuts, pistachios, grapes, red and white wine, blueberries,cranberries, and even cocoa and dark chocolate has been found to reduce acne by as much as half. Resveratol is anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial.

Also eating live yogurt containing friendly gut bacteria have been proven to be helpful since research has found that they encourage healthy gut bacteria and discourage the unhealthy ones. This is highly beneficial to people suffering from acne.

An increase in dietary fibre e.g. wholegrain organic brown rice, flour, bread etc. Things to cut out are sugary foods and drinks, chocolate, crisps, fried foods, greasy foods, also milk and whey products. Clinical trials have found that foods which lower the glycaemic load are beneficial. The glycemic load is a measure of how quickly carbohydrates in different foods raises your blood glucose levels. For a comparison of the GL of different foods check out the following website.

High, Medium and Low GI Foods article from “www.the-gi-diet.org”

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