Gone are the days when Dermatologists (and all doctors!) believed that skin was not affected by diet.
Indeed this was the dogma that I was trained under and it was only the “crazy ones” that believed otherwise.
Mom’s yelling at her teen daughter, Mary, to “stop eating junk food and candy bars” because it makes “her acne worse.”
When Mary and her mother come to their Dermatologist for treatment, the Dermatologist responds, “We have no evidence to support that diet affects the skin or acne.” Then their Dermatologist prescribes “proven” treatments such as Accutane and/or creams.
Times have changed… and thank Goodness for that!
More and more physicians and studies are showing that healthy diet (plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and lean meats while avoiding packaged and high-glycemic foods) is not only great for the waistline, but is also great for the skin!
So stock up on all those healthy foods you’ve been neglecting! Adopt a healthy diet and watch your skin glow.
**For help in managing a well balanced nutritional plan for yourself or your loved ones, contact a Licensed Nutritionist.
About the Author:
Dr. Vassilia D. Young received her undergraduate degree from Minot State University in North Dakota and her MD from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She currently practices as the head dermatologist at Black Hills Dermatology in Rapid City and Spearfish, SD. She specializes in Mohs surgery as well as a variety of laser and cosmetic procedures.