We understand that acne is a significant problem that can be very difficult to manage, however you will be happy to know that there are things you can do to try and maintain breakouts and improve your skin.
For generations, there have been discussions on whether your diet can actually play a part in the treatment of acne, and in this blog post, The Lustre Clinic‘s skincare experts, Jan Birch and Sue Ibrahim, will try and explain it for you.
Jan Birch, the managing Director of Blemish Clinic has over 20 years’ experience in nursing and clinical research, including 13 years’ experience in the treatment of acne. So, how does she think diet affects our skin?
‘I think diet – just a general, healthy diet – improves your skin and gives you a healthy glow. If you eat really unhealthy food, you are not only going to be overweight, you will also have unhealthy looking skin.
Sue Ibrahim, a medical aesthetic practitioner at Elan Medical Clinic with 30 years of skincare experience, also believes that your diet can affect acne.
She says: ‘There was, for a long time, the view that acne is purely hormonal and that what you ate doesn’t matter, but now there is new research to say actually it can have an effect.’
So, what types of foods should we stay away from to get rid of acne?
Sue explains: ‘Nothing is ‘wrong’ when it comes to diet, it’s just about the quantities – it’s all about balance.
‘We certainly eat far too much out of cans, tins and jars, which have so much hidden salts and hidden sugars in them, and there is a strong link between eating sugar and skin problems.
‘A lot of people say to me ‘I haven’t got a sweet tooth’ but even a jar of bolognese sauce has a lot of sugar in it. It’s the hidden sugars that we don’t know about, and that’s why we are putting on so much weight.
We now know what foods we should stay away from, but what foods are good for your skin and improving acne?
Jan says: ‘Drink lots of fluid, and not necessarily just water. Fluids help flush out the kidney and help with detox and so on.
‘I think antioxidants are also very good on the skin because that actually helps stop free radicals and helps put something back into the skin.’
Sue agrees that water is good for the skin, as well as ‘every organ in the body’, but she also believes Vitamin C can help improve skin.
‘The absence of Vitamin C in the diet causes scurvy, so we know that it definitely causes a skin condition. The problem is that the vitamins we eat are first used up by all our internal organs; the skin is last to get anything out of nutrition.
‘That’s why lots of skincare products are built around putting vitamins into the skin topically, and there is certainly a lot of evidence to say that Vitamin C applied directly to the skin is an antioxidant.’
How do you find your diet affects your skin? What are your thoughts on the correlation between diet and skin care? Let us know by either leaving a comment on this blog post, or by getting in touch on Facebook or Twitter.
In tomorrow’s blog post, The Lustre Clinic’s nutrition expert, Kim Pearson, will give us her ‘Top 5 Diet Tips’ for clear skin, so remember to come back and read that too.