Some people have been able to get rid of acne and other skin conditions by consistently following acne diets rich in lean protein, fresh vegetables and essential fatty acids.
There are some conflicting opinions about which food groups should be included or eliminated in acne diets, but for the most part, nutrition experts agree. Here are some basic guidelines when following acne diets as a way to get beautiful, clear skin.
Tip #1 - Protein
Choose 2 - 4 ounces of quality protein for each meal. Good choices include chicken, turkey, eggs, nuts, cold-water fish, and grass-fed meats.
Tip #2 - "Good" Fats
Everybody needs fat in their diet. Eating the right kinds of healthy fats will help regulate sebum (oil) production and contribute to healthy skin renewal. Try to get about two teaspoons of "good" fats per meal.
Acne diets include healthy fats such as: olives and olive oil, raw coconut, avocados, fatty fish, raw nuts, nut butters and ground flax seeds.
(Do not include peanuts or peanut butter, as these have an androgenic effect that can make acne worse).
Tip #3 - Vegetables
Get most of your carbohydrates from fresh vegetables.
You may also want to include squash and sweet potatoes occasionally.
Some acne diets allow small amounts of fruit, beans and legumes, brown rice, quinoa, and other whole grains. Other acne diets cut out grains and starchy carbohydrates completely.
Tip #4 - Foods To Avoid
Acne diets attempt to balance the digestive system, reduce spikes in blood sugar, and counteract internal inflammation.
Nutrition experts suggest you avoid the following: most dairy (including butter, milk, and aged cheeses), androgenic foods (such as peanuts, liver, and organ meats), fruit juices, salt, soy, vinegar, alcohol, flour and sugar (pasta, bread, muffins, cake, and cookies).
In my experience, dietary iodides are highly problematic for people with acne prone skin. Always check processed/packaged food products for high levels of iodides, and avoid these items whenever it's practical. Do not add salt to your food.
High levels of iodides can be found in seaweed, kelp, certain shellfish, sports bars, energy drinks, and most vitamin supplements.
Acne Diets Are NOT A Quick Fix
When you change the way you eat, you may notice a difference in your mood and your energy levels right away. However, changes in your skin may happen more gradually. You may not see the full effects of your efforts for up to six months.
Acne diets are a way of life -- a permanent lifestyle change -- not a quick fix. You must stay committed to this healthy way of eating or your acne will return.
For the best results, I recommend using the right skin care products in addition to trying natural acne cures and diets.