Avoid These Acne Friendly Foods
Although we were told for years that acne was a problem which would be left in our teens, you’re not alone if you’re experiencing acne flare-ups into adulthood. There’s no denying that acne is a complex condition that has several contributing factors. However, one factor that is agreed upon by both dermatologists and estheticians is that certain foods may trigger an unwanted breakout. We sat down with the pros to find out exactly which foods may be to blame. Keep in mind, the three foods listed below have been found to worsen acne on an individual basis; basically, we’re not telling you to give up all the foods at once in the effort of clear skin. Instead, one way to go about this would be to eliminate one of the foods from your diet at a time. Avoid the food for 30 days (the amount of time that it takes your skin cells to completely replace themselves) and keep a journal to document any differences. If you don’t notice a difference by the end of the month, reintroduce the food back into your diet and eliminate another food, being sure to follow the same process.
Bad news for all you milk, cheese, and yogurt lovers out there: diary has been deemed the acne-causing culprit in many recent studies, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. The specifications of the link between dairy and acne are still being evaluated, however, many believe that it is the artificial hormones in today’s dairy that could be causing the problem. Fortunately, there are many milk replacements on the market today! If you’re considering taking dairy out of your diet, consider swapping cow’s milk with almond milk, rice milk, coconut milk, or even hemp milk.
This is probably the last thing you wanted to read after “dairy” and “sugar” (we’re sorry!). The problem isn’t actually the meat itself, but it’s the high levels of antibiotics that animals are fed to keep them healthy. Studies have shown that continual exposure to antibiotics doesn’t just lead to resistance, but it also disturbs the balance of good and bad bacteria in the body. In addition to bacteria playing a part in out digestive system, good bacteria is needed to keep our skin healthy and acne free. Try to stick to organic or antibiotic-free meat whenever possible.
We’ve heard the rumors of sugar leading to pimples, but who would’ve ever guessed that this ladies-room rumor actually had some truth to it? According to experts, sugar should be avoided as much as possible by those who are already breaking out or who consider themselves acne prone. This is because acne is classified as an inflammatory condition and sugar is very pro-inflammatory. It’s suggested that acne sufferers follow an anti-inflammatory diet to diminish the severity of their breakouts. The good news is giving up sugar doesn’t mean giving up all things sweet! Simply choose sweets that are made with natural sweeteners such stevia, raw honey, or maple syrup.