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    What are the best foods to combat acne?

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    Rebecca Charlotte Reynolds, PhD (Dr Bec) Personable and ethical registered nutritionist (RNutr) and lecturer at UNSW Australia in lifestyle and health. Regular consultant to the … View Profile


    I did half a PhD on this very topic…

    There is SOME evidence (it's still not clear if diet and acne are linked) that decreasing intake of high GI foods, dairy and inflammatory fats (trans fats, e.g. processed cakes and biscuits, and n-6 fats, e.g. most veg oils) and increasing intake of low GI foods and anti-inflammatory fats (n-3 fats, e.g. fish oil) can help acne.

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  • Maria Nguyen

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    Even though it is not guaranteed cutting trans fats, fry products, sweets, even alcohol, might help to clean up acne. Also, natural remedies such as lemon juice, Medittarean sea soil masks, cucumber masks and active life style can help to fight acne.

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    Prof Rodney Sinclair

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    Professor Sinclair is a Professor of Dermatology at the University of Melbourne and Director of Sinclair Dermatology. He is past-president of the Australasian Society for … View Profile

    If you have found a specific food that aggrevates your acne then it would be logical to avoid it, if possible.  For most people, acne is not specifically aggrevated by food and changing your diet does not lead to an improvement in acne.

    Remember that acne severity normally fluctuates over time.

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