Saturday, November 22, 2008

Diet to prevent acne

Acne occurs due to increased oil secretion and blockage of oil glands in the skin. Factors that lead to acne are age, stress, and deficiency of Vitamin A and zinc.

Here’s how you can prevent acne:

Drink eight glasses of water daily to keep the skin hydrated and clear.

To help prevent breakouts, cut down on refined and processed foods and eat a balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, nuts and wheat germ.

Zinc found in shellfish, pulses, pumpkin seeds and whole grain cereals help skin heal quickly and prevents infections.
Foods containing bromides, iodine and caffeine stimulate the endocrine system, which in turn increases the amount of oil produced by the sebaceous gland.

Avoid fried foods, butter, cheese, whole milk, ice cream, rich salad dressings, chocolate, fatty meats, anything from cocoa or coffee beans, other stimulants, sweets and processed nut products. Your diet should allow regular bowel movements.

Include nuts and seeds rich in Vitamin E such as hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds, pumpkin and sunflower seeds. They prevent sagging facial muscles, age spots and
provide skin lubrication.

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