Acne: The Myths Busted
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We spoke to Peter Roberts, an expert from SkinMed and Aknicare, about the common myths surrounding the condition. Chocolate – we hear that it’s terrible for skin, then that it can actually help it look healthier. What’s the truth? Chocolate itself as part of the diet does not cause terrible skin. However when you are already on the way to a spot fest (not spotty yet), it maybe that you also may crave something like chocolate as comfort food as a parallel. The source of both maybe your physiological state. So they may be related but one does not cause the other. Are there other foods that can cause acne? So long term bad diet may lead to an exacerbation of symptoms. Some also think increased intake of fatty acids including alcohol can make things more inflamed, but evidence is anecdotal. What about alcohol? Late nights? Yo-yo dieting? Anything that can cause damage to gut probiotic bacteria, can upset immune status and this in itself may have an eventual knock on effect on hormonal status which may result in skin exacerbations. Is acne genetic? Are some people prone to it? Why do some people get it whilst others don’t? Acne does tend to run in families and if your parents had bad acne there is a much higher risk that you will to. Is it really something that we ‘grow out’ of? The skin becomes hormonal sensitised at certain stages of our lives, most notably during adolescence. Most do grow out of it as they become adults as the hormonal desensitisation goes away. Although it can return during other life stages - bereavement, time of the month. If you can support skin lipids by ceramide boosting this not only makes your skin better, but it can reduce the risk of breakouts. See Nutritime. I’ve still got acne and I’m in my 20s – what should I do? Phone 08701 909 369. Your skin may have a residual sensitisation, you may have underlying factors which are prolonging your acne or maybe your acne treatment has created conditions which are prolonging the acne process. Some products are harsh and stinging, whilst others are extremely gentle and might not feel like they’re doing very much – which are the best?
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