Acne Prevention With Hormone Balancing Diet

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You may want to raise this subject with your physician; and then again, maybe you do not. There are proponents for acne treatment by diet in the medical profession, just as there are opponents to the idea largely because there is an absence of scientific evidence to back it up. However, there has simply got to be a link between what you eat and what turns out on your face as acne lesions and spots, otherwise, there aren’t a lot of things that will make sense in the treatment and cure of acne.

Watching my sister grow up instigated my first interest. We all had acnes, but hers responded in the most intriguing manner to peanuts; anytime she had peanuts, the lesions worsened, and if she stayed off of it for up to three days, the spots would literally vanish. We were young and we were not interested in anything that clinical medicine had to offer on the subject. What mattered to us was that by simple abstinence from peanuts, my sister was able to cure her acnes. The same happened for her consumption of animal based oils.

Funny enough, the same results were not reciprocated with any other one of us siblings, so we just put Anna down to being superior. But my mind wandered back to the subject as I started to work in dermatology research. Perhaps my sister just had a specific allergic reaction to peanuts and oil, which had faded into oblivion as she aged, but which had caused her to respond with acne outbreaks when she consumed them back then when we were young.

The only way to determine that for sure was to begin to do more research on acnes and on their possible causes. What I found was not so much dietary acne causes as dietary acne cures. There are suggestions in several traditional and cultural forms of medicine that alluded to the possibility of acnes being caused by the wrong kind of diet, and the most vocal about that possibility was the philosophy of Chinese medicine; and on the other side, I found a lot of reports, mostly by proponents of alternative medicine, that pointed directly to a diet helping to even out the endocrine imbalances that tend to worsen a condition of acne.

It is a fact that hyperactive hormones either cause or contribute greatly to the incidence of acne in most patients. This is strongly backed by evidence from the fact that the inflammatory skin disease often starts up in adolescents just coming of age, and tends to fade as they become adults. Added to this is the fact that acnes are more frequent in females at various points on their menstrual cycle, at pregnancy, and even at menopause.

However, by eating the right kind of food (and performing aerobic exercise) as often as possible, you can help to restore the hormonal imbalances in your system and thereby cure your acne. I have found that the dietary cure for acne, although incomplete without proper aerobics, simply consists of a lot of natural herbal teas, and much of vegetables. To keep your system in healthy check during your acne medication, you might want to cut down on the meat and animal fats.

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