Antioxidants for Acne

By Editorial Staff

Do you have acne vulgaris? That's the term medical doctors use to describe the condition, but it's called common acne to you and millions of others who experience it. For young women, acne can be a major source of anxiety, social avoidance, etc., but new research suggests simple dietary measures may go a long way toward improving their quality of life.

The study involved 165 young women (ages 18-35), all of whom were suffering from common acne, but no other skin disorders. Researchers gathered data on participants' food intake by way of three-day self-reported food diaries, then utilized the Dietary Antioxidant Quality Index to determine the antioxidant strength of each woman's diet; specifically beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, iron, zinc, copper, manganese, dietary antioxidant capacity, lignans, polyphenols, and phytosterols. Participants' quality of life was assessed via several standardized questionnaires.

Antioxidants for Acne - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark Researchers noted a clear association between antioxidant intake and quality of life, with higher antioxidant diet quality associated with better quality of life. As the study authors stated in their findings, published in Nutrients: "The results of this study showed that the QoL of young women with AV is impaired. However, greater adherence to an antioxidant diet reduces the risk of AV impact on QoL by approximately 30–32% and the risk of depression by 33%."

Eat healthier. Feel better, even if you have acne. That's a win-win you can't ignore. Talk to your doctor for more information.

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