acneIt’s more than soap and creams

About three years ago Gail told me that my skin was pretty and asked what I used. She didn’t like my answer – olive oil. She expected me to name a special soap or cream that I was using.

As I thought about it later, I realized it was not what I put ON my face [I have used olive oil on my skin for about 10 years]; but what I put IN my mouth. It is what I eat that has given me clear skin.

I grew up as a lacto-ovo vegetarian – we used dairy products [milk, cheese] and eggs, in addition to vegetables, fruits, grains and nuts. I also ate cakes, pie, candy, etc.

Over the years, I chose to eat less candy and then switched to healthier sweets. Also, in my journey to better health, I stopped using eggs and dairy products. I noticed that anytime I ate something with cheese my face ‘broke out.’ That motivated me to give up cheese entirely. Now, I rarely have a bump on my face.

So what do I eat? I eat a plant based diet. I am a complete vegetarian – my diet consists totally of vegetables, fruits, grains and nuts.

Acne starts when oil and dead skin cells clog the skin’s pores. This is more common during the teen years when the hormones are changing and make the skin oilier. Acne is worse in some people than in others.

Cause of Acne – According to Dr. Agatha Thrash of Uchee Pines, “It seems clear to us that the major cause is sensitivity to certain foods (especially in youngsters who have had early puberty), particularly to the combination of sweets and fats, but many other food sensitivities are frequently involved. Various food sensitivities such as milk, sugar, citrus, chocolate, fats (margarine, mayonnaise, fried foods, cooking fats, salad oils), nuts, peanuts, wheat, honey, yeast, legumes, and all animal products have been implicated.”

Eliminate the foods most likely to cause acne for about two weeks. When the acne clears up, add one food per week.  If the acne returns, you know what foods to avoid.

Preventing Acne – Dr. Thrash says, “a totally vegetarian diet will be found to be most helpful, eating freely of fruits and vegetables, moderately of whole grains and sparingly of nuts.”

If you try this, you will feel better, look better, and save money on skin products and doctor’s visits.