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Acne and a Teen's Diet Print
Acne is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. Acne usually appears on your face, neck, chest, back and shoulders. Effective treatments are available, but acne can be persistent. The pimples and bumps heal slowly, and when one begins to go away, others seem to crop up.

Acne is most common among teenagers, with a reported prevalence of 70 to 87 percent. Increasingly, younger children are getting acne as well.

Although junk food is still posited as a cause, the problem may lie more with iodine containing chemicals, which are added to salt used on junk food. Teenagers should reduce intake of carbohydrates found in fatty, fried, salty and sugary foods. Instead, they should consume fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean meat and moderate amounts of polyunsaturated oils.    

Studies indicate that victims of acne lack zinc. Zinc can be supplemented by eating shellfish, nuts, skinless poultry and lean meat.  

Vitamin A assists in keeping skin healthy. Add the following to your diet ? liver, eggs, dark green vegetables (e.g. spinach), orange vegetables (e.g. carrot) and orange fruits (e.g. apricot and mango).

Polyunsaturated fats (olive oil, sardines, peanuts) may help counteract acne.

Vitamin C (Kiwi, Broccoli, Red Pepper) deficiency can make one vulnerable to infection.

Vitamin E (Eggs, wheatgerm and cold-pressed vegetable oils) helps heal the skin.

Washing the face with lemon water and honey water helps clean the skin.

Excessive use of cosmetics can aggravate acne.
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