Have you heard of the old wives' tale that titbits like chocolate / sweets / potato chips / oily & greasy food like char kway tiao etc causes acne?
So is diet and acne truly related???
I was having drinks the other day with khakis and we started talking about this topic.
Although there has been no statistic to prove that a specific food is the main cause of acne, I personally feel that food & acne is co-related. Especially if you believe in TCM like I do.
Recently, I have been reading a lot on TCM because my mother-in-law is a strong believer of this and she is taking TCM classes. Every once in a while she will show me articles about how TCM can be incorporated into our daily life. And for that I am very thankful that she shares her knowledge with me.
SO what is acne?
(I wanted to place a photo of others suffering from acne on my blog but but but the photos of the skin condition scares me and I get goosebumps all over. So please google yourself. lolol...)
"Acne is the occurrence of inflamed or infected sebaceous glands in the skin; in particular, a condition characterized by red pimples on the face." - Dictionary
According to TCM teachings, pimples or acne is mainly caused by heat in one's body.
Heaty : 燥热 (TCM)
Heat causes the hormones in one's body to be over stimulated and your hormones, when over stimulated, become unbalanced, causing acne to be formed.
What causes our body to become heaty 燥热??
Well, simply put, your diet causes your body to become heaty.
That's why you often hear your mums telling you to drink more water, eat more fruits, drink more Chinese cooling herbal teas etc. All these methods are believed by the Chinese to help you in your recovery from acne.
To be honest, I too suffer from an occassional adult acne here and there. This occurs a few times a year especially when I am stressed out or when that time of the month arrives. However, acne at age 30 looks alot different from when I was younger. I get 1 or 2 reddish nodules around your mouth or jaw or forehead.
When I was younger, I get outbreaks on my nose and chin area more. And whenever I get acne, my mum will lovingly brew Chrysanthemum Tea Recipe 菊花茶 for me to consume.
Here is the recipe for Chrysanthemum Tea Recipe 菊花茶 :
WHAT YOU NEED:
❤ Dried chrysanthemum flowers
(菊花 you can easily get these from any Chinese Herbal Shop)
❤ Rock sugar
WHAT TO DO:
❤ Take about 1 cup full of the dried chrysanthemum (Tip: I usually rinse through these flowers prior)
❤ Take a pot, add about 3 litres of water. Bring the water to boil, once the water starts to boil, add the dried chrysanthemum flowers into the pot.
❤ Add the rock sugar. (Amount depends on your taste. I prefer mine sweet.)
❤ Once the sugar dissolves, you can turn off the fire and allow the tea to cool then serve as desired.
❤ Usually we would boil a large pot of this and then keep it in the fridge and drink it throughout the day.
And, for those who do not believe in TCM, there are currently insufficient scientific evidence to show that eating too much sugary, high-fat foods is the main cause of acne. Everybody's body build up and personal needs differ, so while some may notice acne occuring after consuming chocolate, others do not get them at all.
The bottom line is that we need more indepth research on whether FOOD & ACNE are related.
And maybe one day, we would learn a dietary way of organically prevent acne from occuring ever again.
What about you peeps?? Do you think food and acne is related?