Would A Plant Based Diet Help Clear Acne?
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Acne and diet
Diet and Acne
Diet and Acne
First, a plant-based diet is a healthy thing that can do more than cure acne (for you, and for the world.)
Diet has an important role to play in many skin disorders. Doctors and dermatologists are frequently faced with the difficulty of separating myth from fact when it comes to dietary advice.
There are certain disorders where one or more components in food are central to the what is happening (like dermatitis herpetiformis.) There are many other disorders where diet might have a role to play.
In general, there is a lot of talk about diet, hygiene and sunlight exposure, and how this relates to acne. Surprisingly little well studied evidence exists. This means that we, as doctors, can’t be firm about telling our patients exactly what to do about acne when it comes to diet, face-washing, and sunlight.
The best thing is to give individualized advice.
-From a practical point of view, it is useful to keep a diet journal, and so *you* can decide how this affects your skin.
-Use sunscreen! We know sun causes damage.
-Face-washing may help, and there are products that can be applied to skin that will assist with mild acne
Magin P, Pond D, Smith W, Watson A. A systematic review of the evidence for ‘myths and misconceptions’ in acne management: diet, face-washing and sunlight. Fam Pract. 2005;22(1):62–70.
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