Egg whites are the part that most people are allergic to.
You don't avoid all inflammatory foods, especially good foods like eggs. You just consume more anti inflammatory foods than inflammatory.
Also, it depends on the egg. Eggs from pastured hens or hens fed flax seed will be higher in anti inflammatory omega 3 EFAs than those from CAFO grain fed hens.
Eggs are one of the most nutrient-dense foods known to man. Unfortunately, they cause massive breakouts for me. I have tested this theory several times. All other things held constant, bringing eggs back into my diet for a few days caused immediate acne.
Acne is primarily caused by hormone imbalance, free radical formation, oxidative stress, and inflammation. Due to the types of saturated fats and cholesterol present in eggs, they are highly inflammatory. On NutritionData.com, 1 cup (220g) of scrambled eggs – about 3.5 large eggs) has an inflammation factor of -219. Eggs also contain high amounts of iodine, which is known to exacerbate acne. The situation is even worse with commercial eggs, which usually come from “factory farm” chickens that are fed and/or injected with antibiotics and hormones, which promotes hormone imbalance and kills some good necessary bacteria.
Furthermore, there are loads of anecdotal evidence of many people reporting on forums, surveys, and message boards that they strongly believe eggs contributed to or worsened their acne. So while there is no scientific evidence directly linking eggs to causing acne, there is evidence that they probably do not improve your acne and in fact can make it worse. Remember that different people react differently to different things, so eggs may cause breakouts for some and not for others. This is why many people report great benefits from using a raw egg mask while others claim it caused a massive breakout. If you are an acne sufferer currently eating eggs every day, consider cutting them from your diet for a few weeks and see what happens. If you can eat eggs and not get breakouts, that's great, and I'm jealous! If you really want to get specific, you could try only eating the egg white and discarding the yolk, since most of the inflammatory fats are in the yolk. Like I said in a post above, powdered egg whites are actually anti-inflammatory, as are liquid pasteurized egg substitutes (usually called liquid egg whites). But it is also important to note that you can get everything eggs offer from other food sources.
Regarding flax, yes it extremely high in beneficial omega-3's, but most are actually ALA, which recent studies have linked to prostate cancer for males. Also, flax contains a high concentration of phytoestrogens, which again is bad for males, because it can get your hormones out of balance. About 6 months ago, I was consuming extremely large amounts of flax daily - whole flax seeds, ground flax seeds in shakes and on yogurt, flax milk for drinking and in cereal, and flax oil. I was mildly obsessed with flax. But I noticed I was unusually emotional and sensitive all the time. After some research I found out the flax was the culprit. Sadly, I have since cut flax completely from my diet. Sure, in moderation, it's probably fine. And in women, it probably won't do any harm in large amounts. But as a male, I now steer clear of flax.
The above is based on my own personal experience, and may or may not be the same for others.
Edited by JohnH, 24 June 2013 - 03:50 PM.