Teenage Enemy – Acne

Teenage Enemy – Acne

As a Dietitian & a Nutritionist I get to face several cases of Acne, and most of them are teenagers, and they are like asking me this question “WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?”. I wash my face 5 times a day with soap, take bath thrice, eat the same normal food that other people eat, but why me?
What really irks us is that we may be doing all the right things in terms of skin care and living a healthy lifestyle and yet Acne haunts us anyway. However, some studies show that there is one thing that we may have overlooked in terms of acne maintenance — proper nutrition.

Well, The first question when we think about Acne is, What is causing it? There are number of reasons that causes Acne, But it is preventable and curable.

  • Hormonal changes (especially with male hormones) trigger greater sebum production and the sebaceous glands become enlarged.
  • Heredity is involved in acne’s development.
  • Other contributors to the onset of acne are allergies, emotional stress, use of make-up, monthly menstrual cycles, and repeated skin rubbing.
  • The use of drugs like steroids, lithium, oral contraceptives and some anti-epileptic drugs can cause acne.
  • Dirt, dust and oils can plug the pores, allowing bacterial microbes to cause infection.
  • Not washing your face enough or before you go to bed.
  • Diet and nutrition play an important role. Poor digestion and elimination and fats that are bad for you can also cause acne.
  • Poor organ function could also be part of the problem, such as the liver or kidneys which help remove toxins from the body.
  • Factors in the environment such as high pollution and humidity can also affect your skin.

In order to keep skin soft, nutritionists recommend the so-called Essential Fatty Acids, which also dissolves fatty deposits that block pores and repairs damaged skin. You may want to try blue-green algae, which provides chlorophyll that aids in cleansing the blood and delivers oxygen, which is critical because some bacteria cannot survive in the presence of oxygen. Other important nutrients include vitamin B Complex, chromium, acidophilus and selenium.

Here are other nutrition tips to fight acne:

  • A diet that is high in fiber can keep the colon clean and can reduce toxicity.
  • Vegetables and fruits are essential to any healthy diet.
  • Zinc-rich foods like soybeans, pumpkin seeds and certain nuts are beneficial to the skin.
  • Drinking lots of water (1.5 liters daily, at least) leads to healthy skin. Drinking lots of alcohol, coffee, soft drinks and sugar-rich drinks leads to unhealthy skin.
  • Too much iodine (fish and table salt) can make acne worse. The same can be said for eating too many dairy products such as eggs, cheese, milk and the like.



Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India.She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore.Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

One Reply to “Teenage Enemy – Acne”

  1. I know I suffer from acne myself. I try finding info about it and browsing sites like yours helps me to learn about the different cures. I find lots of different ideas thx

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