Leading US TV doctor advocates diet change for acne sufferers

AcneAmerican television's 'Dr Oz', aka Dr Mehmet Oz, is joining a fellow medical professional in recommending that cutting the amount of saturated fats eaten can greatly help reduce the occurrence of acne. Writing in their regular syndicated advice column which appears in many North American newspapers, Dr Oz and colleague Dr Mike Roizen, chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, say that a combination of high glycemic index and high saturated fat foods may be a major contributor to the development of acne. "Leonardo DiCaprio, Salma Hayek, Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz – some of the country's most beautiful people -- are (or were) plagued by acne," the medics write. "For the 17 million or more North Americans with inflammatory zits, neither gender nor good looks offers protection from the often-humiliating skin eruptions," they add. But snacking on some healthy foods before eating – such as walnuts, almonds or peanuts – will prevent a spike in blood sugar which causes the skin trouble to break out, they say. And eating more lean protein, non-starchy vegetables and fruits at the same time as cutting their saturated fat intake will not only ward off the onset of acne, but also help reduce the occurrence of wrinkles, their article concludes.Cosmetic surgery for acne and acne scars is  also available to help sufferers achieve their goal of a blemish-free summer.