Diet & Nutrition
There's an old saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away". It implies that by eating certain foods, we will enjoy good health.
Although there is no conclusive medical evidence that diet and nutrition effect acne prone skin, it is my experience that eating a balanced diet will help keep your skin looking and feeling healthy and there are some foods that cause acne flare ups for certain people.
I believe nutrition plays an important role in overall skin health. Proper diet along with vitamins and herbal supplements can help reduce inflammation and assist your body's self cleansing & healing mechanisms.
Most experts agree that chocolate and greasy foods don't necessarily cause break outs.
However, excessive or long-term ingestion of iodides (also known as iodine) does cause acne. Once iodine enters the bloodstream, the excess is excreted through the oil glands. This process irritates the pores and is one of the most common causes of acne break outs and inflamed pimples.
Large amounts of iodides can actually cause acne in people who don't usually suffer with acne prone skin. High levels of iodides are contained in shellfish, seaweed, and other common foods, as well as many health foods and sports drinks.