In Why You Shouldn’t Have Acne, I discussed how several indigenous populations are entirely acne-free. In this series of posts, I will go through each group and try to find out what may have been responsible for their acne resistance.
I will try to answer these main questions
- What did they eat? What didn’t they eat?
- What was their macronutrient (carbs, protein, fat) breakdown?
- How much of various micronutrients (vitamins, minerals) did they eat?
- Were other diseases associated with Westernization besides acne?
- Could anyone expect acne resistance from adopting their diet?
These posts will go into more detail than average. If you are nerdy or skeptical, I’d recommend reading the whole post. If you just want suggestions on reversing your acne, each post will have a summary and at the end, I’ll do a summary of the series.
The Diets of Acne-Free Societies
“Another condition has become prevalent, one obvious even to the layman: acne vulgaris. The condition used to be unknown among Eskimos, but one can see it readily amongst teenagers. … Old Northmen… and others who have known and watched the Eskimos closely for many years, frequently remark to their physician friends on the change in the complexions of the young people… One wonders what these people and the other old Northerners would think if they were to read some recent medical publications, in which dermatologists belittle or deny the role of dietary factors in the pathogenesis of acne vulgaris.” – Otto Schaefer from When the Eskimo Comes to Town
“Of 1200 Kitavan subjects examined (including 300 aged 15-25 years), no case of acne (grade 1 with multiple comedones or grades 2-4) was observed.” – Loren Cordain et al from Acne Vulgaris: A Disease of Civilization
The Aché (Coming Soon)
“Of 115 Aché subjects examined (including 15 aged 15-25 years) over 843 days, no case of active acne (grades 1-4) was observed.” – Loren Cordain et al from Acne Vulgaris: A Disease of Civilization
“Extensive medical questionnaires by US physicians administered to local [Okinawan] physicians who had practiced from 8 to 41 years revealed that, ‘These people had no acne vulgaris.'” – Loren Cordain et al from Acne Vulgaris: A Disease of Civilization