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Fight acne with a healthy diet

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Almost everyone at some point in their life suffers from an occasional flare-up of acne. It is most prevalent among adolescents and in some others at any age due to hormonal changes, heredity, stress, or some medications having iodine, lithium and anticonvulsants. But it is a myth that food items like chocolate, French fries and other high fat food cause acne or make it worse. Lifestyle-related activities such as frequent face washing, tanning, etc., also do not protect people from acne.

In fact, a proper diet helps in maintaining a clear, glowing skin along with regular exercises and adequate sleep. Ensure your body gets sufficient supply of betacarotene, Vitamins C and B6 and zinc.

Citrus fruits, berries, kiwis, melons, peppers, cabbage, broccoli and potatoes are rich in Vitamin C. Vitamin B6 is found in meat, fish, poultry, whole grains, beans, lentils, nuts, potatoes, bananas and leafy greens, which may reduce the incidence of acne by helping regulate hormones implicated in the development of acne lesions. Seafood – especially oysters – meat, poultry, yogurt, milk and whole grains are rich in zinc. Of course, limit kelp supplements, iodized salt and high doses of Vitamins B6 and B12. They could aggravate acne symptoms. High doses of Vitamin A can cause dry, flaking skin and hair loss.

Good nutrition is the first line of defense in avoiding acne. In addition, nonprescription drugs like 2.5% to 10% strength benzoyl peroxide gel, lotion or ointment can help control mild to moderate acne. For chronic acne problems, visit your dermatologist. Do not take any acne-related drugs without a prescription.

Handy Hints:

• Beta-carotene, zinc, etc. help the skin glowing.

• Drugs that treat acne include benzoyl peroxide.

• For chronic acne problems, visit a dermatologist.

Source: Special to Classifieds