By Gwen Lewis
What Foods Cause Acne Breakouts
Using good skincare products to ward off acne isn’t always enough to keep those pimples away. You need to focus on a diet that encourages healthy skin and can work with your skincare products to help you achieve a beautifully clear complexion. Here are foods you should avoid to prevent acne breakouts from striking.
There has been much debate about the link between chocolate and acne, however cutting out chocolate isn’t always enough on its own to deal with your acne. This is because the real culprit is a high-sugar diet. This is linked to greater inflammation and more oil production in the skin, which both contribute to breakouts. Some studies have shown that chocolate worsens existing pimples even if it might not necessarily cause them,so that’s a good enough reason to limit your consumption.
Foods that Boost Insulin
When there’s a high quantity of insulin in the body, this hormone imbalance can lead to more oil production in the skin. The testosterone that floods the body during this process is also linked to an insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) that makes skin cells multiply, causing acne. Besides for sugar, refined carbohydrates also boost your skin’s insulin so avoid white bread, pasta and snack foods like crisps and pretzels.
You might love to dig into your spicy curry dishes, but go easy on your consumption of spices. Research has found that spices not only contribute to acne but they can worsen your symptoms. This is because spices lead to inflammation in the body. Since acne is a type of inflammation, you want to avoid spices that stimulate the body’s inflammatory response. Some people especially get breakouts from peppers and tomatoes. These contain acidic lycopene that causes an imbalance of the skin’s PH levels which can produce pimples.
Caffeine is found in a lot of drinks, such as chocolate, soda, coffee and black tea. When you consume a lot of caffeine, it stimulates the adrenal glands so that they release a stress hormone called cortisol. This can wreak havoc on your skin’s glands, causing more pimple breakouts, so try to limit your caffeine and reach for healthy drinks instead – but remember, caffeine is also in some healthy drinks, such as green tea!
Red meat is possibly linked to acne so you should watch how much of it you consume. When cows are fed grain, their meat has a higher omega-6 ratio. Although we’re always told of the benefits of omega-6s, they can actually lead to greater inflammation in the body, so if you must eat meat always make sure the cows have been fed grass instead of grains.
While you’re avoiding red meat, also give a skip to the milk and cheese you love to eat on a daily basis. Research into more than 47,000 people’s diets found a link between milk products and pimples. The problem is how the milk is made. Milk from pregnant cows contains hormones that can make human oil glands work harder, producing more oil and leading to skin breakouts. Progesterone hormones are also transferred to the milk which worsens a bout of acne. If you’re worried about missing out on calcium without dairy in your diet, remember there are natural sources of this crucial nutrient: spinach and kale are great ones.
Having clear skin requires a good balance between skincare products that alleviate acne and avoiding foods that increase inflammation as well as oil production. Follow the above diet tips to help you achieve a gorgeous and clear complexion.
ABOUT GWEN LEWIS
Gwen Lewis is a writer and makeup artist based in Southern California. Because of her passion for beauty and health, she hopes to help others not just look great but feel great, whether through makeup or her writing. In her free time, she enjoy shopping and pick-up soccer games with her friends.