Does Diet Really Affect Acne?
It’s now known to everyone that diet affects our overall health. But is there any effect of diet on acne? Acne is one of the commonest dermatological problems, affecting millions of youngsters across the world. It has been commonly accepted by now that the major decisive factors for acne are excess sebum, bacteria, hormones and hyper proliferation of follicular cells. In 2007 the American Academy of Dermatology published that caloric limitation has no beneficial effects in acne treatment; on the other hand, recent studies have shown a rather close connection between food and acne. No1 Skin specialist in the UK, Claudia Louch explains acne and prevention.
Hippocrates Said, “Let Food Be Your Medicine And Let Medicine Be Your Food”!
Though this statement of Hippocrates is ancient, it still applies today, and here when we are talking about acne, we should consider the fact that the most effective treatment amongst current acne therapies today are retinoids. The commonest therapies for acne today are isotretinoin taken orally or its isomer and tretinoin – natural retinoid – applied topically. 13-cis-retinoic acid (RA) is today’s only drug which targets all four pathogens causing acne and is the most effective in the suppression of sebum. It is a fact that at least the natural isomers of retinoic acid also have an effect on the disease and with this in mind, we can certainly connect diet with acne.
Vitamin A plays a key role in skin health. It is known that deficiency of the vitamin gives rise to abnormal visual adaptation to darkness; but it also hugely affects the skin biology, causing dry skin and hair, and broken fingernails. Vitamin A which is stored in liver, is also present in the skin, especially in the sebaceous glands, and is found to manifest retinoid receptors. It should also be considered here that most skin specialists are influenced by studies on nutrition which recommend istotretinoin ingestion with fatty foods. Retinol (vitamin A), retinoids (metabolites of vitamin A) and carotenoids (provitamin A) are absorbed better when taken along with vegetable oils.
Doesn’t this indicate the connection between diet and acne? Maybe nutrition cannot treat acne, but it can certainly influence it. There might not be any single food that causes acne or treats its symptoms, but it can be definitely said that food can improve or worsen the severity of acne.
Claudia Louch is a world-famous natural holistic skin specialist, pharmacologist, nutritionist and health scientist working from her Claudia Louch Natural Skin Clinic in Harley Street, London, which she started in 2005. She specializes in treating skin conditions holistically with customized botanical skin therapies, cosmetics, cosmeceuticals, clinical nutrition and plant-based medicines (phytomedicine). The results of her holistic treatment are evident from the photos given in this article which were taken before and after the treatment.