Treating Acne With Diet

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Last week I was a guest blogger at Kelly the Kitchen Kop. Click the link at the bottom to read the entire article.

Conventional medicine does not address the common-sense knowledge that diet can affect acne, in spite of current published research showing just that.

The usual and customary comment from a medical doctor about acne, is that “…there is no scientific evidence that diet plays a role…”. That answer, coming from a health care professional with “expertise,” leads to the inevitable prescription for topical medicines, or the stronger Accutane or antibiotics.

All of these treatments are dangerous. Accutane has many side effects including depression, suicidal thoughts, inflammatory bowel disease, birth defects if given to a pregnant woman, to mention just a few. In fact, it is so dangerous to pregnancy and the fetus, there has recently been a new protocol introduced in order to make sure pregnant women do not use the drug. Is it a good idea to give a teenager, whose self esteem may be a bit fragile to begin with (especially if he or she has acne) a drug that may cause depression or suicidal thoughts?

The other medical alternative, antibiotics, are just as dangerous. As a clinician, I have met quite a few people who have told me they thought their inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s/colitis) was caused by the antibiotics they were given for years as a teenager to treat acne. Taking antibiotics kills not only the bad bacteria, but also the good bacteria in the bowel. In taking these medications chronically, the flora in the bowel becomes unbalanced and this opens the door to overgrowth of pathogens including bacteria, fungi, viruses and yeast (candida), that come with their own host of problems. In my opinion, neither treatment is a good option.

CLICK HERE to read the entire article originally posted at Kelly the Kitchen Kop.

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  • KatySheCooks April 21, 2011, 9:41 am

    Great post topic — as a woman who had severe acne as a teen/young adult, and who regretfully used Acutane, I am eager to approach the problem differently when my daughter hits puberty. Thanks for tackling this!

    I found you through Simple Lives Thursday ; )

    • Jill April 21, 2011, 11:51 am

      Hi Katy,
      Thanks for your comments. I love your post this week about the milk!

  • marina April 27, 2011, 12:04 pm

    I am here from Monday Mania 🙂
    I first used antibiotics, then acutane for my acne when i was a teenager. Acutane mad me very sad and made my skin extremely dry and it bruissed too easily! I wish I knew about nutrition/real food when I was a teenager! Antibiotics i beleive gave me candida overgrowth and i am suffering from mold allergies now, though it is getting better!
    I know acne can be very bad for self-esteem, and I wish i had couneseling when i had it – it rubbed my life of so many joys. So moms, please be supportive of your teenagers and help them get rid of it or at least improve it by researching about diets, cleanses, EFT for self esteem or maybe take them to a nutritionist (i am studying to become one, will be done in one month!). I wish my parents could have done that!!

    • Jill April 27, 2011, 2:32 pm

      Hi Marina,
      Thanks for so much for sharing what must have been a difficult experience.

  • Mary @ Mary's Nest April 29, 2011, 12:23 pm

    Thank you for this post. Just excellent. My husband suffered from adult acne which he controlled with medicine. After about 7 months on an NT diet, I got him off the meds. His skin is gorgeous.

    And just as an aside…I want to mention that broth made with pigs feet is great to prevent wrinkles!



    • Jill April 29, 2011, 12:52 pm

      Hi Mary,
      Thanks so much for sharing! That is so great. I love your blog!

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