Vegan Diet

Vegan Diets are plant-based diets that exclude all animal products, including eggs and dairy. Strict versions of Veganism also exclude insect-derived products, such as honey. Many Vegan diets also exclude heavily-processed foods, such as refined starches and sugars.

Veganism is purported to have many positive health benefits and is becoming an increasingly popular dietary choice in many regions of the world.

Vegan Diets and Acne

Many individuals with acne who have adopted a Vegan Diet have reported improvements in their acne symptoms. Although there has been little scientific research on the specific relationship between a Vegan Diet and acne, there are several reasons why this a Vegan Diet might be helpful for people with acne.

Vegan Diets tend to minimize consumption of high glycemic index foods, such as processed sugar and starches. Excessive consumption of these foods is known to cause hormonal changes that can contribute to acne symptoms. In addition, dairy products are believed to cause auto-immune reactions in some people, including acne-like symptoms.

For many people, switching to a Vegan Diet is one part of a larger re-orientation towards a lifestyle that is healthier for them and the environment. Some animal products come from animals that are treated with high levels of antibiotics or are raised in conditions that are deleterious to the environment. 

Many animal based food sources have high levels of fat and cholesterol, which should be consumed in moderation. It has been reported that a high fat diets rich in red meats can cause systemic inflammation. Inflammation of the immune system can translate into more acne breakouts.

While more research needs to be done on diet and acne, some people may find that a Vegan Diet helps reduce the frequency and severity of their acne outbreaks.


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