Foods That May Cause Or Can Trigger Acne
Acne… everyone’s worst nightmare! What exactly is Acne? Acne is when the opening of a hair follicle becomes blocked with oil secretions, dead skin cells, and bacteria. This can result in blackheads, whiteheads, papule, cyst, or millia. It can happen to anyone, at any age, at any time! There are two known causes for the development of Acne: Hormonal Imbalance and Genetic Predisposition. While these are the known causes for Acne, there has been a link to how your diet affects your Acne. If you already have Acne, certain foods can trigger and worsen the situation.
According to the American Association of Dermatology, people who eat large amounts of carbohydrates, smaller portions of fruits and vegetables have more of a chance to develop more acne. It is recommend having a low glycemic diet, consuming more fruits and vegetables, and incorporating more lean protein in your diet. Listed below are foods to avoid if you have Acne:
- Dairy: For years, there have been many theories about the link to acne and dairy. Many dermatologists suggest to their clients to stay off dairy. Milk is a processed liquid that has been combined with hormones and antibiotics that are given to the nursing cows. Milk contains certain components that are related to the hormone Testosterone that can stimulate the oil glands of the skin causing an increase in breakouts.
- Foods with Trans Fat: Found in processed foods, Trans Fat can cause inflammation to the skin causing clogged pores and inflamed pus like pimples.
- Foods high in Sodium: An increase in Sodium can result in bloating and dehydration of the skin. Your skin can become dry and cracked and may lead to more oil production.
- Foods high in Sugar & Refined Carbs: Triggers the release of Insulin and Androgenic Hormones. The hormones activate the production of Sebum which combines with dead skin cells, dirt, and bacteria and can lead to breakouts.
Replacing any of these foods can improve your skin and your overall health. Add more color to your dish and always remember to drink at least 2 litters of water a day. If you are having a hard time replacing these foods, start with moderation. Always aim for foods high in Vitamins A, B3, C, K, E and Beta Carotene. These are anti oxidants which protect your skin from the damage of free radicals. Consume a lot of fruit and vegetables daily. Remember not to smoke, get enough sleep, exercise regularly and apply SPF every day.
Listed below are foods that are nutritional for your skin and your body
- Mangoes, Papaya, and Apricots
- Cocoa Power
- Flax Seeds
- Sweet Potatoes
- Safflower Oil
- Strawberries, Bananas, & Blueberries
- Olive Oil
Remember, being healthy is a key to a happy life!