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Eat a High Fiber diet. This is important for keeping the colon clean and ridding the body of toxins

Increase your intake of raw foods; the more natural raw foods consumed, the faster the skin will clear and heal

Eat a lot of fruits. This is always good for the skin because of the nutritional value and water content of fruit

Eat more food rich in zinc, including shellfish, soybeans, whole grains, sunflower seeds, and a small amount of raw nuts daily; zinc is an antibacterial agent and a necessary element in the oil-producing glands of the skin; a diet low in zinc may promote flare-ups

Be sure that your diet contains vitamins A, C, E, and the essential fatty acids; supplements of these nutrients can prove beneficial to acne sufferers; although vitamin A is important in fighting acne, you must be sure not to take too much (25,000 IU until healed, and not more than 5,000 IU after that); vitamin E can help regulate vitamin A levels and can also aid in scar prevention

Drink at least eight glasses of quality water daily

Avoid alcohol, butter, caffeine, cheese, chocolate, and junk food

Try to eliminate dairy products from your diet for one month; acne may develop due to an allergic reaction to dairy products, and the fat content of dairy products can worsen the condition

Avoid all forms of sugar as sugar impairs immune function

Eliminate all processed foods from the diet

Keep the affected area as free of oil as possible

Avoid wearing makeup

If you must shave an area of skin affected by acne, use a standard blade rather than an electric razor which may lead to scarring

Acne is a message that something may be wrong with your body chemistry, diet, and/or skin care routine; proper diet, nutritional supplements, and finding the right skin care products may be all that is needed to correct the problem

Supplement your diet with one or more of the following nutrients—click on any link to find it at the Health Catalog Store: Acidophilus—Replenishes essential bacteria to reduce outbreaks

Chromium Picolinate—Aids in reducing infections of the skin

Colloidal Silver—Acts as a natural antibiotic

Evening Primrose Oil—To supply essential gamma-linolenic acid, which is needed to keep the skin smooth and soft, repair tissues, and dissolve fatty deposits that blocks pores; also aids in healing

Potassium Gluconate—Deficiencies in potassium have been associated with acne

Vitamin A—To strengthen the protective skin tissue

Beta Carotene—Antioxidant and precursor to vitamin A

Vitamin B-Complex—Important for healthy skin tone

Niacinamide—Niacinamide is a major nutrient in the repair of any skin condition because it aids circulation which increases the supply of fresh, healthy blood to the surface of the skin, which supplies the skin with blood and nutrients

Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids—Promotes immune function and reduces inflammation

Vitamin D—Promotes healing and tissue repair

Vitamin E—An antioxidant that enhances healing and tissue repair

Zinc—Helps in healing of tissue and helps to prevent scarring

Garlic—Destroys bacteria and enhances immune function

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