Q: What's the best way to prevent blemishes from breaking out in the first place?
A: Having a healthy, well-balanced diet is a good start. It's much better to eat well and practice good hygiene than to rely on medication to fix your acne.
When you consume fat, make sure it's the healthy kind, such as omega-3 fatty acids from fish and walnuts, omega-7s from macadamia nuts and omega-9s from olives. It appears that inadequate consumption of healthy fats or consumption of saturated fats is linked to increased acne.
Above all, it helps to have a master plan for washing your face (check back next week for more details).
Michael F. Roizen, MD, is Professor of Internal Medicine and Anesthesiology, Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of the Wellness Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. He has co-founded 12 companies, including the popular websites RealAge.com and YOUBeauty.com.
Mehmet C. Oz, MD, is Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University and director of the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. His TV show—The Dr. Oz Show— recently won its third Emmy, with Dr. Oz his second as the best daytime talk show host.
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