Teenagers who eat lots of bread these days are most likely to get acne than adults do.
Studies show that acne comes up in 60% of 12-year-old and below and 95% of 18-year-old & teenagers.
US dermatologists have conducted several types of research that confirm that refined sugar, along with wheat and other grains, can raise insulin levels.
Studies done previously may show that too much insulin can lead to acne also those new low-carbohydrate diets are so popular right now. It is possible that they can lead to reduced acne breakouts for some.
Loren Cordain of Colorado State University conducted research and suggested that insulin surges may be triggered by easily digested refined bread. IGF-1, a growth factor resembling insulin, can be produced as well.
This combination of substances in the body can spike male hormones, which creates large amounts of sebum in the skin. Sebum, a thick substance that can build up in the pores of the skin, encourages the bacterial growth responsible for acne.
Further, research has pointed out a lack of acne among teenagers living in other parts of the world, where food is largely unprocessed.
Acne among the Inuit people of Alaska when people there switched from their traditional fare to a Western-style diet.
Dermatologists at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, are planning a major study to see if eating a low-carbohydrate diet can reduce the incidence of acne. The experiments will involve 60 teenage boys, tracked over three months.
Dermatologists had seen lots of anecdotal evidence when they had their patients move to low-carbohydrate diets.
However, Australian research will be one of the first controlled studies to examine the effects of a low-carbohydrate diet on acne.
Do All The Pores Get Affected by Acne? No!
Why? The reason is not known. Scientists and researchers are on the job. Much is said and written on the subject of acne. But they are as unreliable as the myth-mongers.
Only they claim their scientific right to revise their earlier ‘unassailable scientific findings, which become their new truth.
Remember, someone else is busy in another laboratory, to negate the former version about acne.
The difference between the researchers and the myth-mongers is that the former get paid for their findings, whether assertion or denial and the latter are left high and dry.
So, you have to take a practical view of your acne, and make certain basic precautions, once you feel signals of its arrival. Try to identify first, whether you have blackheads or whiteheads.
Observe and experiment with the judicious approach and commonsense, when it comes to treatment. It differs from person to person.
The habit of popping up acne is a certain invitation to the scars. Know whether your acne is inflammatory or non-inflammatory. The latter ones are difficult to identify, and here you need to consult a dermatologist, without taking any chances with the standard over-the-counter medicines.
Caution is better than inviting complications. Rememberer, you have to rebuild the skin broken by acne. Your selection of diet, the line of treatment.
Acne: Bread, Dairy Products – What You Should Know
Did you know that your diet could cause acne, or even worsen it?
The facts are that despite what was commonly thought of as chocolate and greasy food that would cause acne, this is long proven wrong. Now the basic stable data here is what causes acne to manifest itself during hormonal fluctuations and genetics.
Therefore the times prone to experience this uncomfortable condition are during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause.
But the latest research point to one or two exceptions involving dairy products. The researchers analyzed about 50,000 people’s habits and diets, especially what they ate during high school.
Those who habitually drank two-three cups of milk a day were 22% more prone to have severe acne compared to those who only drank one cup a week or less.
Skim milk had the greatest effect. Cream cheese and cottage cheese were also related to outbreaks, while chocolate and grease were not. Researchers were certain to prove the effect of hormones on milk, other studies had come out with similar findings and shared this discovery.
You also have to know that food that contains iodides, like shellfish and soy sauce, might also exacerbate acne. Iodides are thought to play a role in inflammation.
But finally, there’s something you can do to end the frustration and suffering brought on by acne. With just a few simple daily steps, you can heal the pimples you have today and help stop new ones from forming tomorrow.
Whether you’re a man or a woman, 15 or 50…you can have the clear, blemish-free skin you’ve always wanted.
If you’re suffering from mild to moderate acne, I know how you feel – both of us have lived with it at different times in our lives.
Eating Right to Achieve Beautiful Skin
When a person suffers from acne outbreaks, they are often confused and bewildered about what to do. Some questions they ask themselves may be:
- How did this happen?
- What can I do to get back to normal as quickly as possible?
- With so many products and homemade cures available, how do I know which one is the best for me?
After all, we all have different skin types and genetics.
Sometimes, no matter what we do, there is always another break out right around the corner, but with a few simple changes, you can better prevent and control your blemishes, or at least keep them to a minimum.
The proper amount of vitamins, minerals, and fiber in your diet are known to be agents of good skin health. So be sure to eat foods that contain these important ingredients. Unfortunately, that’s not a big cheeseburger from your local fast-food chain.
These ingredients are found in fruits, vegetables, and other low-fat, highly nutritional foods. A deficiency of vitamins is a known agent in causing acne outbreaks. This can lead to exposure to bacteria that causes outbreaks.
Some people get acne outbreaks from an excess of stress. The vitamin B complex acts as a stress reliever. Because of the many types of B vitamins, an individual seeking a vitamin regimen to help fight off acne should consult a dermatologist before starting.
Vitamin C is arguably the most important nutrient for the body’s healthy function and maintained skin appearance. It is an essential ingredient in over 300 metabolic functions within the body.
In addition, it is essential in preventing several illnesses and helps the body heal and repair itself more rapidly. It improves the immune system and enhances the endocrine system; which means Vitamin C has a direct link to how your skin and face look.
So take a look at your diet. If you drink carbonated, highly sugared soft drinks, switch to plenty of juices and lots of water. Water is a natural flushing agent that purges your bodily systems and helps maintain clear skin.
The juices will not only keep you away from the processed sugar found in candies and sodas, but they will also give your body many of the essential vitamins needed to fight acne-causing agents.
The same goes for food. Rather than trying to get enough vitamins through a multivitamin pill, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables not only to provide your body with essential nutrients but also to cut down on foods that will hurt your efforts of acne prevention.
Apples and blueberries are particularly effective in the prevention of new acne outbreaks.
Remember, your body is a machine that works for you. With a little effort and care, you can function and look better in your life. Good nutrition is one of the fundamental steps in making your beautiful skin a reality.
A Permanent Cure for Acne Scars?
Ask anybody who has ever suffered from acne what was the least enjoyable part of the whole experience and probably the most possible answer will be the scars – acne scars that remain long after acne is gone. If having acne is considered bad, then what about having:
If acne scars are what you want to either avoid or get rid of.
A Few Tips Are Presented Here:
Prevention is better than cure
If you are still in the early stages of acne then you might want to consult a qualified dermatologist at the earliest to prevent acne from getting worse. Getting rid of acne fast can greatly reduce the chances of scarring later on.
What if you already have scars?
Well, if your acne has already progressed beyond the initial stage of whiteheads and blackheads and you now have pimples and scars on your face, then you have to do two things at the same time – get rid of pimples and get rid of acne scars.
What are acne scars?
Acne scars are caused when pimples either get inflamed or do not heal fully. Acne scars are formed when at least one of the layers of healthy skin is injured. When the skin is damaged and bleeding, the body forms new tissue fibers at the place to heal the wound and stop the bleeding. It is these tissues that may appear as a scar.
So getting rid of scars requires that the scar tissue be replaced by healthy tissue by some process or method.
Becoming completely free of acne scars that already have been formed depends on two things :
1) The severity of the scarring
2) The treatment method you follow
The more severe the scarring, the more effort and time it may require before the scar can completely heal.
Treatment methods for acne scars
There are several methods to heal acne scars but in practice, very few of them may be very effective. And some methods may have side effects that you may want to be aware of before you start such a program.
A carbon dioxide laser burns away the damaged skin, layer by layer. The depth of penetration is controlled. As the outer layers of damaged skin are removed, new skin cells begin to form as the healing process starts and in a few weeks, a younger-looking smoother skin surface begins to appear.
This is how the process is supposed to work, at least in theory. Laser resurfacing is a relatively new process and you might want to ask your dermatologist about the effectiveness of this method in healing acne scars.
This uses a spinning diamond instrument or a rotating wire brush to wear down the outer layers of the skin that have been damaged. And when the skin starts healing, younger and smoother skin will replace the old skin removed by abrasion. The healing process may take up to 3 weeks.
In microdermabrasion, small crystals are thrown at a high velocity and collected back by vacuum. These small crystals abrade the skin surface in a minimal way, removing the dead skin cells and some disfigured spots slowly.
With repeated treatments, you may see some improvement in the scars. As new skin keeps forming, the scars may get less conspicuous. You should talk to your doctor about the kind of results you will get painlessly and a little cost from microdermabrasion.
As there are two types of procedures- one performed by the doctors with a higher power and the other at beauty salons with lower power, you should find out which of them is suitable for you.
With Chemical peeling doctors remove the layers of skin with chemicals. With the new skin forming the earlier blemishes disappear. Let us find out about how acne scars are treated with chemical peeling.
Keloids cannot be generally removed with peeling. Keloid-type scars form in some individuals. Keloids are skin growths that are full of collagen and look very unsightly.
Whenever a person who forms keloids gets any injury the scars form keloids. No doctor generally tries to remove keloids because the scar healing may form more of them.
Ice Pick And Saucer-type
Other acne scars are normally ice pick type and saucer type. These scars can be easily treated with chemical peeling. Your doctor will assess the depth of the scar and try to remove the skin up to that level.
As the new skin will form there will be little scarring left. For chemical peeling, the doctors apply a chemical on the site and the chemical peels away the skin in a controlled manner over some time.
Redness and swelling may result from deep peeling. The skin heals over about ten days and new skin forms. If you have acne scars, please find out with your doctor about the possibility of removing them with chemical peeling.
Acidic solutions are applied to the skin to peel away the damaged layers and the new skin that is formed is usually smoother.
Chemical peels range from mild to deep penetration. Though chemical peels can be applied at home, it would be advisable to get a dermatologist to apply them.
More suitable for deep and pitted acne scars, this method involves punching a hole to remove the scar and then removing a small piece of undamaged skin – usually from the area behind the ear – and using it to replace the damaged skin.
There are other treatments for acne scars. But the question you may want to ask is…
Do They Work?
All of the treatments mentioned above seem to have a moderate success rate – while they seem to work well for others, some are less than delighted with these treatments.
While results like these may be expected with any medical procedure, your face is a very important part of your life and you will want to be absolutely certain that any treatment will be beneficial to your sense of well-being and not otherwise.