Acne is a complicated issue and there is actually no single cause for breakouts. Also, the triggers for breakouts can vary from one person to another. If you have done almost everything and your acne still persists then it may be time to take a closer look at your diet. Recent studies have shown that there is really a close connection between a person’s diet and breakouts. Also, poor nutrition may play a role in having more breakouts according to renowned Beverly Hills dermatologist and author Ava Shamban, MD. In this article, we will be taking a closer look at some of the foods that may be causing your breakouts.
1. Sweets and Carbohydrates
Ever since, chocolate was believed to be one of the major triggers for breakouts. Recent studies have shown that it is not really due to fat content which experts in the past believed was the reason that chocolate triggers acne. It is actually because of sugar which causes a spike in the blood sugar. According to renowned dermatologist and author Valori Treloar, MD, the body responds by producing more insulin which also increases* the production of natural skin oils. This increases* the chance that follicles will clog and directly cause acne in areas of the skin.
To help prevent breakouts, you need to avoid simple carbohydrates or at least moderate your intake. This includes processed foods like crackers, chips, cookies and other snacks. It also includes high sugar beverages like soda and starchy food like white bread, potatoes and pasta. Moderation is the key when it comes to your diet but if you have skin that it very prone to acne, it would be best to avoid these foods.
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Sometime in the past, people believed that drinking milk makes the skin healthier and more attractive. This is actually not true according to a recent research conducted by the American Academy of Dermatology on diet and acne. The research indicates that milk consumption may actually increase* the chance of having a breakout in the immediate future. This is because of hormones in the dairy products which can cause spikes of particular hormones that produce pimples. It would be ideal to switch to non-dairy alternatives if you have acne prone skin. This includes rice milk, almond milk, coconut milk or hemp milk.
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3. Fatty Acids
There are different fatty acids that can either support or dampen inflammation in the body. Too much inflammation substantially increases* the chance of having a breakout. There should be a balance in the diet when it comes to omega-6 fatty acids and omega-3 fatty acids but the problem is that people today tend to get more omega-6 fatty acids causing an imbalance. You can address the imbalance by reducing* use of vegetable oils, buying beef and eggs from animals that are not corn fed and increasing* consumption of omega-3’s by eating certain foods (salmon, mackerel, etc.) and/or taking fish oil supplements.
Soy contains natural plant estrogens which mimic the natural estrogen in the body. This can cause an imbalance of hormones in the body causing breakouts. If you notice that you have breakouts mostly around the mouth and jawline, soy could be the culprit. Take note that soy derivatives are present in many healthy foods like veggie burgers to energy bars so you need to check food labels carefully if you determine that you are sensitive to soy.
This is one of the most prominent allergy-causing foods and most people are not even aware that they are sensitive to it. Whether it is shrimps, crabs or other shellfish, it can directly cause a breakout. Shellfish is a good source of iodine which can trigger acne flare-ups. On the other hand, certain seafood like salmon, halibut and trout are rich in omega 3s which can help improve* skin problems like acne.
6. Tomatoes and Vinegar
Salsa is generally considered a health food since it is very low in calories and at the same time contains several vegetables making it a good source of fiber. However, it has tomatoes and vinegar which are highly acidic and known to cause breakouts. You can still enjoy foods with tomatoes and vinegar every now and then but when you notice that this causes acne flare-ups, you may want to avoid them to keep your skin clear and beautiful.
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Your diet may be the main cause of your frequent breakouts. Try eliminating the foods included in this article from your diet to help determine if they are causing your acne problem. You may also want to take a closer look at the skin care products you are using which may be the cause of your breakouts. If you have severe chronic acne, it would be best to consult a dermatologist for the appropriate treatment.