Eliminating Fats And Acne
By: Kate E.
After eliminating dairy from my diet, my skin was clearing for a good period of time and I was eating how I normally would – but without meat and dairy. I then started to break out again and the spots were big and red - much worse than they were when I was getting them from dairy. At the time, I was eating a lot of hummus and avocados for snacks (both of which are very high in their fat concentration). I was so angry about what was happening because I thought I had found the fix with the dairy so I did more research and came across an article by Dr. McDougall that talked about how consuming a high level of fat can cause acne in some people – not all, but some. So fats and acne have an effect.
The high level of “healthy fats” I was consuming were clearly giving me problems with digestion, as the spots were mainly on my forehead - which according to Chinese medicine is due to problems here and a build up of toxins that aren’t being digested properly. We definitely need some level of fats in our digestive system to receive essential fatty acids, but lots of people over-consume and this shows on their body and skin. Fats take longer to digest than carbs, for example, so when you combine these foods and eat them at the same time it will cause problems when your body is trying to work out how to digest it. This leads to toxin build up and digestive problems that will cause breakouts eventually.
Fats also lead to an increase in sebum production, which is a fatty secretion from the skin, which accumulates within pores blocked with dead skin. This more than becomes infected by bacteria and causes inflammation (a pimple). The bacteria thrive off the sebum and will continue to live. Eliminating more fats and oils from your diet makes sense to prevent this right? The less fat you consume, the less you will have in excess through your system so the less you will have causing blockages in your pores to feed a pimple! You can go and spend a heap of money with prescriptions to reduce sebum production, to lessen inflammation and kill bacteria – but there is always a simpler way. You need to attack the cause and bring about the cure yourself with a healthy diet.
As Dr. McDougall said, “Everyone knows that acne is related to surging hormones during adolescence, but to blame acne on puberty is like blaming heart disease on old age. People get more heart disease as they get older, but only when they eat the wrong diet.” So true! And it has definitely worked for me.
By eliminating more fats from my diet, my acne has cleared up so much. It has simply cleared up digestive problems, flushed out any toxin build up and decreased by sebum production. I feel lighter with more energy, my skin gets less oily throughout the day and my breakouts have cleared completely. This method has definitely worked for me – and I notice it when I eat an avocado, for example, my skin doesn’t look as good the next day. Feel free to do more research on this topic about fats and acne and remember, this might not work for everyone but it did for me so of course, I’d say to give it a try!