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The Diet-Acne Connection

By: Elise May
Posted: September 3, 2013, from the September 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
Diet-Acne Connection

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Estheticians are often first in line to work with clients suffering from acne. With the subject of diet and skin care becoming more mainstream, it is important that those working in the skin care community arm themselves with the information and know-how to advise clients about such matters. Keeping in mind that estheticians are not nutritionists, they can still help educate clients in an informative way while respecting the boundaries of their education and licensure.

Keep a binder of studies in the waiting area. Allow clients easy access to such information, perhaps even highlighting important areas of note. Some of the studies noted in this report may be found on Google Scholar ( and printed free of charge.

Inform clients that research shows a positive correlation between dairy consumption and acne. Allow the binder to do the work here instead of providing dietary advice, unless you are a dietician or nutritionist. This will give clients the opportunity to further explore the information and keep you within the scope of your practice.

Encourage healthy eating by suggesting an increase of more fruits, greens and vegetables. On average, Americans eat less than two servings of fruits and vegetables a day, which is far below the minimum daily recommended serving size of 5–13. Plant-based foods are some of the richest anti-inflammatory resources available. An increase in these foods may decrease visible signs of inflammatory skin disorders, such as acne, and increase healing time from post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).

By bringing to light the diet-acne connection, the wheels start turning for clients to consider how their food choices affect their skin. It is important for skin care professionals to be at the forefront of emerging research and understand the nutritional connections to skin health. Providing sound and honest advice about skin care is crucial to enriching your individual practice. The more you are able to share with your clients, the deeper your relationships with them will grow.

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