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Acne starts when the sebaceous glands overproduce oil, or sebum, secreted through the pores. Sebum carries dead cell debris away with it, but its overproduction blocks the pores with a sticky mass of oil and dead cells.


  • 85 per cent of the Briton teens suffer from acne at one time or other.
  • High sugar and fat content in diet was believed to cause Acne, though it was not proved
  • Most common causes of Acne are emotional stress and the increased activity of sex hormones, or androgens. These hormones stimulated the oil glands - typically on the face, shoulders, back and chest. They are especially active during puberty. Boys are more prone to acne than girls because they have higher androgen levels.

What to eat

  • Diet should plenty of shellfish, nuts, poultry, lean meat
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables for Vitamin C
  • Those plagued by Acne should cut down on refined carbohydrates which are often found in sugary foods, fatty and fried foods such as burgers and chips, highly salted snacks, soft drinks and confectionery
  • Diet with whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables, lean meat and a moderate intake of polyunsaturated oils should be consumed.
  • Acne sufferers are deficient in zinc. Healthier sources of Zinc include shellfish, nuts, lean meat and skinless poultry. Zinc is also available in small in small amounts in Yoghurt and skimmed milk.
  • Foods that contain Vitamin A helps in maintaining healthy skin.
  • Diet should contain plenty of polyunsaturated fats
  • B vitamin will help prevent blackheads and leave the skin less greasy
  • Lack of Vitamin C will make people vulnerable to infection
  • Vitamin E - wheatgerm, eggs, cold-pressed vegetable oils

What to Cut down

  • Chocolate and sweets
  • Highly salted snacks
  • Added sugar

See Also

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