Are you suffering from acne?

What is Acne?

Acne is a dermatological condition which is commonly present in adolescence with more than 89% of teenagers affected by the condition, although it can also occur or continue into adulthood.

Acne develops when pores become blocked with an overproduction of oils which feed bacteria, leading to painful inflammation. Hormonal imbalances, dietary factors and stress can trigger and aggravate existing acne.

Acne symptoms:

Typical acne symptoms include:

  • Painful spots which appear on the face, back and/or chest
  • Prolonged inflammation causing redness of the skin
  • Presence of whiteheads, blackheads and in severe cases, cysts

If you are concerned or distressed about your skin and feel you are unable to control your acne you should visit your GP or dermatologist to rule out any underlying medical conditions.

If you are continuing to experience persistent acne, it may be a good opportunity to take a closer look at the foods you eat as there is a close connection between acne and diet.

As individuals, our reactions to foods and drinks we consume varies a great deal. An ingredient which may cause problems for one person could be completely acceptable for another. At YorkTest, we like to refer to this as our personal ‘food fingerprint’.

For those with acne, discovering and understanding your own personal food and drink intolerances, and the effects they have on your health and wellbeing is important to ensure you make the best possible choices to optimise your diet and quality of life. Identifying and eliminating these specific foods from your diet can be an important step forward to improve your skin.

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