I found this interesting reading

This is a case study I found in the web:

Tom was a 23-year-old model who suffered from low energy and acne vulgaris, a common skin condition. Acne results from blockages in the sebaceous glands causing whiteheads, blackheads and inflammation. Tom’s face, back and neck, where the sebaceous glands are highly concentrated, were covered with acne, and his doctor had suggested steroid cream, which made the problem worse.
A detailed questionnaire revealed acne and emotional problems in puberty, which had cleared at the age of 20 only to reappear at the age of 22. This suggested that the acne was a hormonal problem and this was confirmed by kinesiology when Tom was diagnosed with high testosterone levels. Testosterone’s role in acne derives from its ability to block the pores. It does this by causing the sebaceous glands to enlarge and produce excess sebum and by stimulating the overproduction of keratin, the main component of the outer layer of the skin.
Tom was vegetarian and ate a diet high in vegetables, but low in quality vegetarian protein and fat. He believed that the body did not need fat and was surprised to learn that we all need small amounts of saturated, monounsaturated and unsaturated fats. A balance of these fats is particularly important for skin problems, hormone balance and the immune system.
Tom changed his diet to include a variety of vegetarian protein, choosing from eggs, legumes (beans, peas, lentils) with grains, nuts, rice or millet, sesame or brazil nuts with fresh vegetables and tofu. He avoided all cow’s milk products because of its mucus fraction and hormone content and included ground linseeds, pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds on his cereal each morning. Three pieces of fruit were taken daily to supply essential vitamins.
Supplements taken were high levels of the essential fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6), a multi-vitamin with high levels of vitamin C each morning, and a multi-mineral with high levels of selenium each evening. After four weeks Tom added zinc to aid essential fatty acid conversion, tissue regeneration and immune system activity, and vitamins A and B5 to reduce sebum production. Vitamin B5 also influences the adrenal cortex to stabilize the output of androgens, hormones that control sebaceous gland secretion, and normal keratin production.
A topical preparation of tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia), an antiseptic, was used for daily cleansing.
After ten weeks Tom’s skin was perfectly clear, and he felt confident, healthy and full of energy.


This is good example how supplements and diet can very well help with acne. I would have added the probiotics and digestive enzymes.

Mari :wave

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3 thoughts on “I found this interesting reading

  1. Yeah diet seems to really help with acne. I know now in fact because over the weekend I ate junk food like pizza rolls and chips and other greasy foods I found a few new zits on my face come Monday morning.

    They seem to be clearing up a little now that I’ve cut those foods out.

  2. good read..

    this goes to support my personal theory that it’s not what’s IN the foods we eat, it’s what’s NOT IN the foods we eat.

    obviously this guy was vegetarian, but still had acne.. but he added a good choice of supplements, and has cleared his condition.

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