Acne is a chronic, inflammatory and a gruesome skin condition that causes different kinds of bumps on the skin. These bumps occur in the form of whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples. Usually clogged pores that hold oil and dirt lead to the formation of acne and pimples.
Though there are many factors such as skin type, hormones, genetics, cosmetics and even surrounding environment that could lead to acne, lifestyle and eating habits are one of the leading causes for acne. Your lifestyle, especially eating habits are responsible for your hormones to act in a chaotic manner and work in a fashion that does more harm than good.
Corelation of Acne and Food:
Even though there is no scientific proof that only food can’t lead to acne, they do however aggravate the condition if you already have an acne-prone oily skin, leading to more break outs. It is always advisable to keep a close check on your eating habits and notice their effect on your skin.
However, everyone’s body and skin are different, and everybody reacts differently to different food items. So, if you ever notice that a certain dish or a food item gives you acne, it is better to avoid it. It is always better to visit your dermatologist before experimenting with your diet and see what works for you and your skin under an expert’s guidance.
Here Are 10 Food Items That You Must Avoid for Acne Prone Skin:
1. High Glycemic Index Foods
There are certain foods and diets that raise your blood sugar, leading to release of insulin. Because of this property, these food items are considered as high glycemic carbohydrates, which means they are made of simple sugars. High levels of insulin in the blood can further cause your oil glands to produce more oil and increasing your risks of acne.
Food items that cause spike in blood insulin are:
- Pasta & Pizza
- White rice
- White bread
- Refined grains
2. Dairy Products
According to a study, consumption of low fat and skimmed milk led to increased occurrences of acne in teenagers. In fact, the dairy products such as butter, cheese, cottage cheese, come from pregnant cow’s milk which is high in progesterone. A hormone that can throw off your hormonal balance, leading to acne. Also, since many people are lactose intolerant without even knowing, it could lead to inflammation and hence formation of zits.
Coffee, black or otherwise, might give you an adrenaline rush but is also responsible in pumping up your cortisol levels (stress hormones). This in turn leads to your oil glands secret more oil, increasing the risk of clogging or pores and congestion.
4. Chocolate & Desserts
In a study conducted in 2014, it was found that 100% unsweetened cocoa led to a significant increase in causing acne. Also, chocolate with high milk and sugar content (a dairy product and sugar) can make the situation worse. Similarly, pastries and cake are high in fats and sugar that could further increase the occurrence of acne.
5. Greasy and Fast Foods
Fried foods or items like bacon, burgers and French fries have lot of oil, grease and extra fat in them. Excess oil and fats can lead to oil secretion from glands and can further lead to an outbreak of pimples.
6. Whey Protein Powder
Whey protein is a rich source of proteins and amino acids, however consumption of whey protein leads to faster growth and multiplication of skin cells. It could lead to rising insulin levels, which can also be a cause for aggravated acne and pimples.
7. Foods Rich In Omega-6 Fats
Omega-6 fats are inflammatory in nature and can increase the risk of acne. If you have an acne-prone skin, you must avoid food items such as cornflakes and soybean oil that have high amount of Omega-6 fatty acids.
8. Soy and Soy Products
Though soy has many benefits for the health and body, it also contains phytoestrogens, which can disrupt hormonal balance and make the skin oily, again leading to the formation of acne.
9. Lean Meat And Animal Protein
Though there is no research to back up this theory, there have been studies that show that people who have excess intake of meat like chicken and mutton have aggravated cases of acne and pimples. These could be due to the effect of red meat on the oil secreting glands or the amount of oil and grease that usually goes in the preparation of these meat items.
10. Heat Inducing Fruits:
Mangoes and Jackfruit are considered to be hot in nature, which, when consumed, can heat up the body. Increased body temperature can lead to oily skin and also increase the risk of pimples and acne.
You might be wondering that all the great food items are on the ‘no-no’ list if you want to avoid acne. However, the secret usually lies in the smaller details and also, in the smaller portions! As long as you control the portion size and frequency, you’ll be successfully able to keep acne at bay and have a clean, glowing skin to flaunt.
At Royal Lush Skin Clinic, our expert professionals can help you figure out what works for you and what doesn’t. If you are already suffering for a severe case of acne, we recommend you to get best of the treatments to curb further damage. We can help you find the cause of acne based on severity and suggest appropriate course of action. To book an appointment, call 9999822443 today.
But, no matter what, always remember that your body is your greatest weapon. So, celebrate it regardless of acne and wear your confidence on your sleeves at all times!