Can we find a natural remedy for acne or are acne sufferers forever committed to looking for the next wonder drug, lotion or cream, only to be disappointed yet again? Are they to be forever doing the rounds of doctors and dermatologists trying prescriptions that often do not work and can have serious side effects.
Diet could be the key
Many acne sufferers know that certain foods aggravate their condition. There is too much evidence from too many people to be ignored. Many people have found their condition worsened after eating some food and, conversely, it improved when these foods were avoided. Recent studies by a research team at Australia's RMIT University and Royal Melbourne Hospital Department of Dermatology has shown a solid link between diet and acne. Findings of the study were presented at the 15th Congress of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venerology in Greece and published in the prestigious Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Whilst there is still more work to be done the research clearly indicated:
· A high GI diet of highly refined carbohydrates such as white sugar, white flour, and sugar drinks, caused breakouts
· A healthy, low GI diet of fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, lean meat, fish and seafood reduced acne significantly
· In the study group, the young men on the healthy diet reduced their acne by 50% over the 12 week period and their self-esteem and sense of wellbeing improved
The right diet is only one of the steps in healing acne in a natural way. The formation and cure of acne are complex issues but, for most sufferers, the existing pharmaceutical treatments do not give long-lasting relief. They do not approach the problem in a holistic way. They do not get to the root cause. Most doctors do not believe diet plays a role in the cause and aggravation of acne. Most of their knowledge is based on very old studies dating back to the late sixties and seventies but, as we have seen, more recent studies have shown that diet has a vital role to play. The message is clear for acne sufferers: a change in eating habits could change their lives.