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(photo: Flickr) Cameron Diaz is quite candid about discussing her struggles with acne, which is not always obvious through on camera appearances*

Former model, Cameron Diaz was originally discovered by a photographer, Jeff Dunas who offered her modeling work when she was only sixteen. More so than her appearance, he noticed a special inner quality.  In 1998, he told People Magazine, “She has an energy, an electricity in her face, a sparkle that is unmistakable.”

Many people feel that Cameron Diaz’ popularity stems from her fun, lighthearted personality. And this is likely what launched her career success as a comedic actress. This week, she has all the media abuzz due to the release of her new book, titled, The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body. Cameron intended this to be a guide to help women find a greater level of self acceptance with their bodies.

Although the Los Angeles celebrity radiates A-list beauty, she has had to struggle with appearance issues just like many other women. And she has decided to share various aspects of this journey in this book. One of these includes her ongoing battle with acne. This may come as a surprise to many of her fans due to the clever use of makeup and digital imaging which have been used to camouflage her less than perfect skin.

Excerpts About Acne From Cameron Diaz’s Book

Cameron reveals that she has not been able to find a real solution for her acne:

I mean, I had terrible, terrible, skin. It was embarrassing, and I did everything I could think of to make it go away. I tried to cover it with makeup. I tried to get rid of it with medication: oral, topical, even the harshest prescriptions. Nothing helped for very long.

It was really challenging to cover them up for the cameras. It was awkward and embarrassing and frustrating, and I always felt really bad about myself.

After she hit her mid-thirties, an epiphany struck. It finally dawned on her to start being more vigilant about what she was putting into her body. Prior to this, she regularly ate greasy fast food and luckily had the type of  metabolism that could quickly burn away the excess calories.

She reported that when she started paying more attention to her diet choices, her skin started to improve. Although her condition is much better than before, she continues to struggle with adult acne.

Is It True That Greasy Food Causes Breakouts?

Most dermatologists assert that there is no evidence to support a contingency between fatty diet choices and the development of pimples. However there is research which is painting a stronger link between dairy and acne. This has to do with its effects on hormonal levels, which can cause the sebaceous glands to secrete more oil.

How To Get Rid of Stubborn Acne

Here at Fine Touch Dermatology, Dr. Umar recommends treating multiple causes of acne. This includes oil secretion, bacteria and pore blockages created by the skin itself. Lasers like Spectra can address all these components within the same session to produce remarkable and measureable improvements. Here is an example of a real patient who had this done.

For more information on comprehensive acne treatment, click here.