What you eat doesn’t just affect your health and weight, it can also affect your skin. After all, don’t forget: your skin is your body’s largest organ!
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most common skin condition in the United States. Now, due in part to kids hitting puberty at a much younger age, it’s estimated that more than 80 percent of the population are affected by this skin condition.
What Causes Acne
Breakouts happen when the pores in our skin clogs with oil and dead skin cells. Once bacteria gets inside the clogged pore, the area becomes inflamed and can lead to more areas becoming infected.
How to Prevent Breakouts
There are some risk factors that are simply out of your control, such as hormones and genetics, but you can help control other factors.
One common trigger tends to be diet. Although no one food has been linked to breakouts, studies have shown that a diet high in sugar and refined carbohydrates should be avoided. Certain foods, like white starches and highly processed foods, cause a rise in blood sugar levels and incite your skin to produce more oils — leading to more breakouts.
Instead establishing a diet high in fruits and vegetables and omega-3 fats (such as fish and eggs) may result in a change in skin.
Findings are still pretty mixed when it comes to the long-held theory that chocolate causes acne. As with any suspected trigger food, you can try eliminating it for a while to see if it has an effect, which may be an individual thing.
How to Treat Acne
Studies show that kids are getting acne at a younger age these days, as young as 7 years old in some cases. In addition to modifying your child’s diet, treating the problem with an all-natural skin product, such as California Kids Zit Balm, can help. Apply this intensive spot treatment directly on the blemish to help encourage the sloughing of dead skin cells, and to soothe and calm the irritated skin.