In the age of social media, it’s understandable that many people are concerned with their appearance. Because clear skin is a major factor, we get quite a few people seeing us for acne concerns.
Acne and other aesthetic skin concerns are typically treated with creams and other topical substances. However, we like to dive deeper and treat acne with a more internal method: nutrition for acne-prone skin. We first start with the health of the gut. Leaky gut can cause immune reactions in the body that lead to food sensitivities, which can possibly lead to acne. We suggest using an elimination diet and see if your skin improves. You can also take supplements and eat probiotic-rich foods.
You might have heard of the influence of hormones on acne. This may also tie back to gut health and can be treated with nutrition. For example, cruciferous foods can help clear estrogen associated with menstrual acne. Excess sugar in the diet may also lead to excessive androgens, which can lead to acne, especially in women.
Many people are affected by nutritional deficiencies, mostly in the sense of missing some kind of micronutrient. A common one we see is vitamin A, zinc, and Omega-3 fatty acids. In order to remedy this, we recommend consuming high-quality animal products, preferably organic. Don’t forget the vegetables! If you’d prefer supplements, get in touch with us and we’ll help you make an individualized program tailored to fit your unique lifestyle and needs. The best nutrition for acne depends on you.