Everybody [especially teenagers] hates this skin problem. some get really bad acne which can result in scarring while others just get a mild case. Either way we do need to look at our diet and change our thought process when it comes to eradicating these awful blemishes and pimples.

Though there is some debate as to whether changing to a acne free diet actually works, there is enough support out there for it to be realistic as there is enough evidence proving that what we eat may affect our skin [we are what we eat!].

Changes needed in our diet

Diet alone will not clear up any acne problems [but it helps], you will also need to get into the habit of cleaning and moisturizing you skin at least twice a day.

Avoid or limit the following:

  • peanut products
  • fried foods
  • dairy
  • salt
  • refined sugars
  • high carb foods
  • highly processed foods

Not all of the above mentioned foods will increase you acne, some people are more sensitive than others and therefore will have a breakout. Try eliminating one at a time and see if it helps clear your skin, I am sure you have noticed that after a party, where you were eating handfuls of nuts, you had a break out - try limiting your peanut intake for a few weeks and see if there is a difference [peanuts used as an example, it could also be those greasy savory meatballs or cheesy pizza pieces etc.]

Increase your intake of the following

* whole grains - oatmeal, brown rice, wheat pastas, etc

* fresh vegetables - all vegetables are good for you, remember though not to add any fats or sugars to enhance them [sad but you do need to avoid these]

* fruit - all will be good for you but there are a few that have a very high sugar content, limit these wherever possible

* lean proteins - there is nothing more tasty than that piece of fat on the edge of a perfectly cooked steak, avoid this tasty morsel totally if you have a skin problem. Chicken skin is also a no no, this contains large amounts of fats and can also increase the oiliness that you are trying to clear up.

Some possible causes of acne [excluding foods]

* hormones - the hormonal increase that happens when we blossom from pre-teenage years into puberty

* birth control pills - starting or stopping the pill can have a hormonal reaction that could cause acne

* hormonal changes - in pregnancy, the poor body goes through some major changes in this period, and while some women bloom and look beautiful there are a few out there that have the opposite reaction to this very normal occurrence

* some medication - while trying to control or cure some other problem a reaction could occur giving you a bad case of those awful pimples

* greasy make-up - this can block the pores in your skin, remember to get non greasy make up when next purchasing these items

* hereditary - generally if one of your parents had a bad skin problem, you will have a bigger chance of getting a pimple problem as well

Going on a healthier diet will definitely increase your energy levels, overall health and quite possibly give you a clearer, blemish free skin.

Author's Bio: 

Candice is a full time author and loves to write about her interests. These include a variety of diets, be it for weight loss or for the benefit of ones health she puts pen to paper. She also loves shopping, bowling, beading, dabbles in the forex market and enjoys internet marketing. You can visit her at 22 Inch black rims to find the black rims you want.