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Links between Acne, Food and Stress

It has long been believed that there is a link between food and acne. There is no proof of any such link. As a small example, it has been believed that chocolate causes acne. This is nothing more than a belief and is totally unsubstantiated by any study.
There is no evidence of any scientific link between foods that have a lot of sugar or grease and acne. A medical journal has observed that diet plays no role in the treatment of acne in most patients.  Even large amounts of particular food items, reputed to cause acne, had little or no effect.

Food is one of the primary things which determine a person’s health. Food that contains nutrients can help in overall development of a person’s health. With the body is provided the necessary ingredients through food, it is visible through the person's appearance. The American Academy of Dermatology states that a healthy diet is important for improving the raw materials for a healthy skin.

Skin is the largest organ of our body. Just like other organs of the body need proper nutrients, the skin also needs adequate and proper nutrition for a healthy look.

Skin is the organ which is regarded as the first line of defense against bacteria which cause acne. There are a number of types of vitamins that are  necessary for the body. Vitamin A which is considered a fat soluble vitamin helps keep the skin and mucous membranes healthy and vibrant.

In plants, Vitamin A is found in the form of  beta carotene.  It is found in yellow, orange foods and also in dark and leafy green vegetables such as kale, spinach and parsley. Carrots, cantaloupe, apricots and yams have a good amount of Vitamin A. Tomatoes are surprisingly a good source of Vitamin A. We should be aware that high doses of Vitamin A can be toxic.

If a person is already suffering from acne, stress may be a cause for it. To reduce stress and to control acne, it is found that Vitamin B-2 can work well. Egg, fish, milk, meat, green vegetables are good source of Vitamin B-2.

Vitamin B-3 or Niacin is another very important nutrient  for maintaining healthy skin and improving blood circulation, besides cutting down on cholesterol levels. It also helps to metabolize fat, sugar and protein. It is found abundantly in lean meats, eggs, peanuts and liver.
 Vitamin E helps you as it protects the body's cells from damage caused by free radicals. Chemicals,  radiation, pollution and peroxides are the unstable molecules of the body and it also produces free radicals which can cause various problems including acne. Sunflower seeds, wheat germ, almonds, peanuts and vegetable oil are a good source of vitamin E.

Adequate amounts of  zinc in your diet can help to maintain a healthy and vibrate immune system and a glowing skin. In nuts, mushrooms, whole grains and eggs we can find zinc.

Last but not the least, each one of us are different and may react differently to various foods. One person may find a food item suitable, whereas another may have an outbreak of acne as a result of that food item. Eat a balanced diet and take supplementary forms of nutrition if required. Drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water everyday is also very important.