Preventing Acne By Avoiding Certain Foods
Have you tried everything to get rid of your acne? Hormones, stress, genetics and cosmetics can trigger outbreaks. We all know a healthy diet is important for glowing skin, but research shows that some foods may be making your breakouts worse.
Here’s a list of five foods to avoid if you want clearer skin:
- Alcohol wreaks havoc on your skin. Consuming alcohol dehydrates your skin, leaving behind dry, red and irritated skin.Our skin needs water to keep it healthy and to sweep impurities developing under the surface away. While your kidneys are working overtime to detoxify your body, your blood flow is increased, which can cause blood vessels in your skin to dilate. This can cause skin irritation and exacerbate acne. Not a pretty picture, to say the least.
- Salt can cause more frequent breakouts. Salt contains iodine and iodine irritates the lining of your pores, triggering a breakout. Salt also causes puffiness, another cause of skin irritation that makes skin prone to breakouts. Salt is found naturally in foods as is iodine. But research suggests that processed foods with iodized salt in them deliver a double whammy of skin irritating compounds. If you are acne prone, it’s imperative that you make a conscious effort to avoid salt as much as possible.
- It turns out milk may do a body good, but the same isn’t true for your skin. Milk contains growth hormones that can activate certain pimple causing hormones in humans. Dermatologists recommend drinking plant or nut based milks if severe breakouts are a problem.
- Caffeine gives your energy levels a boost, but it can kick start acne flare ups as well. Caffeine raises adrenalin levels, and triggers a stress reaction in your body. Stress triggers inflammation and that triggers acne. Caffeine also disrupts the healthy sleep patterns that are necessary for skin repair and overall health. Reach for a glass of water instead of an energy drink and do your skin and health a favor.
- Sugar, in any form, can cause acne breakouts. Sugar raises glycemic levels and that releases pimple causing hormones. For a peaches and cream complexion, you simply have to avoid sugar.
- Diet soda is a leading cause of inflammation in today’s society. Aspartame is an ingredient in most diet sodas, and has been documented to cause inflammation. Combine this with the fact that diet soda lowers your pH levels, and you are leaving yourself open to an increase in acne outbreaks.
- Gluten reacts similar to sugar in the body. It causes irritation and inflammation, which causes acne. Flour, cereal, bread, wheat products and pastas contain gluten, Avoid these as much as possible to help clear your skin.
Not all of the foods listed above are necessarily unhealthy. But cutting back on these foods may clear up your acne. Try cutting back on one or two at a time to see what triggers your breakouts. If all else fails, use a natural face scrub that will help improve the look of your skin. Your reward just might be the clear skin you always dreamed of!