Without beating around the bush, we all know that pimples and acne breakouts just plain suck. Don’t you agree?
They do so much damage to not only our appearance, but they also cause us to be self-conscious about ourselves and to be closed in.
Complete nightmare to say the least. Not just for teenagers but for anyone at any age who suffers from them.
Trust me, I know because I’ve been there. Lucky for you, I’m able to steer you in the right direction and give you the top 8 foods you should avoid to get rid of your annoying acne for good.
Although we are all different and our bodies react to different things, there are specific foods that are known to cause breakouts and a face full of pimples.
Before we delve into the top, 8 foods you should avoid for acne prevention, I want to ask you to please forgive me beforehand. I ask because this list, without a doubt, will contain many foods that we all LOVE!
I know it is a difficult decision to put a limit on our favorite foods, but in the end, it all boils down to whether we care more about our taste buds, or our appearance and doing all that we can to bring our best skin forth.
Without further ado, let’s dive in…
Top 8 Foods You Should Avoid for Acne Prevention
Without a doubt, one of the most favorite foods on the planet – Pizza.
While it is so delicious, the combination of the bread, cheese and the high fat content, sends us on an insulin highway. Insulin is our body’s hormone that spikes our inflammatory response (more on this later)
I’m sure just about all pizza lovers would have a hard time cutting it out, but an alternative could be to limit the amount of slices you have or aim for healthier ingredients.
They are great for snacking, but we must be careful not to snack on them too much.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology and most scientific research to date, the link of the consumption of nuts and acne breakouts originates from a diet with a high-glycemic index.
Seeds and nuts, alone, are not the problem but their intake needs to be watched. Simply put, too much of anything is never good for your health and this is one of those foods.
Gotta love some nice, crispy french fries with a burger or sandwich!
Like pizza, this is another one of the most commonly eaten foods on the planet.
The negative about french fries is that they are deep fried with copious amounts of oil and upon eating them, our body gets rid of the excess oils which results in pimples most of the time.
The healthiest alternative that I know of would be to simply bake your french fries in the oven rather than deep frying them.
A weekend outing is bound for some sushi at one point or another. One of my favorites – LOVE the avocado roll!
The main thing about sushi is the high-glycemic index that we get from the rice. Once again, this spikes our insulin which is our body’s inflammatory response to store sugars and fats.
If you’re a huge, sushi fan, a yummy alternative would be to use cauliflower as a rice, or anything with a much lower glycemic index.
Chocolate – yes we love our chocolate don’t we? Chocolate tends to get blamed for causing acne breakouts. But honestly, it’s not directly the chocolate that causes breakouts and this is verified by Dr. Ava Shamban, a dermatologist based in Los Angeles, California.
“Studies show that a high-sugar/high-fat diet can increase sebum production and promote inflammatory responses in the body…which can lead to acne.”
Even though the main contents of chocolate are sugar and fat, the problem lies within just that, the sugar and the fat! Chocolate, in itself, is not the bad guy, but overindulgence of it can lead to pimples and breakouts.
Many scientists say that milk is a direct cause for acne breakouts. Upon hearing this, you may be thinking it’s not a good idea to cope this with other sugary foods such as cereal – you’re right.
Although milk tends to pack a powerful protein punch, it is still believed to spike the body’s insulin because of the lactose content.
There’s been research after research done and there seems to be a link between any foods or products that contain cheese and dairy.
There was a study done back in 2007 by the American Academy of Dermatology and they came up with dairy being the culprit of many acne breakouts. Furthermore, it is in correlation to the secretion of insulin and the raising of our blood sugar which is what happens after the consumption of dairy.
If you’re like myself, there’s a good chance that you may have grown up eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. So good!
Only bad part about the peanut butter is that it is often loaded with a good amount of refined sugar. Not to mention that it is already high in its fat content.
This is a food that will need to be moderated, but if you find it difficult to do so, try looking for an all-natural, sugar-free peanut butter.
There you have it!
Sure, there may be a couple foods (or all of them) on this list that you may love to eat, but hate it or love it, a sacrifice must be made to bring forth that healthy, radiant, acne-free skin that we all have.
Making the right food choices is the first step.
The next step to get rid and prevent acne, for good, would be to use 100% all natural methods.
Unfortunately, many of the skin care products and creams that we use daily are doing us more harm than good.
The answer is simple – They are loaded with a ton of unnatural compounds, ingredients and chemicals that we couldn’t pronounce to save our lives.
Acne prevention is not difficult; You just have to know how to go about it and with that, I invite you to watch this 5 minute video presentation.
I hope that you found this blog post informative and if you can spare just a few minutes of your time, you should really check out the video above.
Take it from someone who has experience.
There’s no better way to combat acne than the 100% natural way 🙂
To Your Radiant, Acne-Free Skin,