Cameron Diaz Opens Up About Acne in Her New Book

Acne doesn't care if you're an A-list celeb. And it can even make the most famous feel self-conscious.

Actress Cameron Diaz opens up about her experience with acne in her new tome The Body Book. It's billed as a healthy living guide, with info about diet, fitness, and the mind/body connection.

(Sorry to say I haven't had the opportunity to read the book, yet, so I can't say whether it's worth a read or not.

But it looks interesting enough.)

What caught my attention was the excerpts in which Ms. Diaz talks about her experience with acne. She shares how embarrassed she felt because of the breakouts. She also talks about the frustration of trying countless products and medications with no luck.

Now, I'm not typically one to buy into celebrity sob-stories. But I can totally understand how tough it must have been for her at that time. Putting yourself in front of a camera day after day, when you're feeling self-conscious about pimples, couldn't have been easy.

While I respect Ms. Diaz for sharing her trials with acne, I also disagree with her on a big point. In her book, she firmly points the finger at diet as the cause of her acne. She says when she stopped eating junk food, her acne miraculously disappeared. Sorry, Cameron, but I don't think it was as simple as changing your diet.

(I'd also like to point out that she mentions her acne started as a teenager and continued into her twenties, when it finally cleared up.

This is a very normal, natural progression of acne, poor diet or no. It's very likely her acne would have cleared up at this point, even without changing her diet.)

I think those who blame acne on a poor diet really do a disservice to everyone dealing with this skin disease. We get enough blame -- people thinking we don't wash our faces, that we aren't clean, that we aren't healthy -- because we have acne.

Pinning acne on a poor diet again shifts the blame onto us.

It's just like saying "it's your fault you have acne because you must eat junk all the time!" Or, "stop eating junk food and your skin will be clear." If it were only that simple, right?

Listen, I'm not saying that diet has absolutely no effect on your skin. I'm a wholehearted believer in fresh, real foods. I personally don't eat much processed food. I have a large fruit and veggie garden. I raise chickens for their organic eggs. I'm a huge healthy diet proponent!

But acne is so much more complex than that. Just changing your diet to healthier fare isn't likely to have much impact on breakouts.

I know a lot of people will disagree with me. They say their skin improved markedly after they replaced junk food with good stuff. For you, I say congrats! I'm so glad it worked for you! But you're also in the minority.

I've been doing this for a long time. I've worked with literally hundreds of people with acne. Diet changes alone worked in exactly 0%.

Even the experts are divided on exactly what role diet plays in acne development, if any.

I've found dietary changes may (emphasis on may) help in some situations. But it also has to be combined with other factors -- good skin care, gentle treatment of the skin, topical and/or oral acne medications.

In short, diet can be a part of your acne treatment plan, but don't expect it to be the only factor in your acne treatment plan. And don't think just because you have acne it means your diet is bad. You didn't cause your acne!

OK, everyone -- what do you think? Does diet affect acne? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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