The adage, “We are what we eat,” is true after all. In order to be fit and healthy both physically and mentally, one must choose what he eats wisely. The same is true with skincare and acne prevention. You should know what foods to avoid to prevent acne and to get a clearer and healthier skin.
This article will look into five foods that can cause acne and healthy food alternatives that you can try, instead.
- Refined Carbohydrates and Sugar
Fruits may be healthy and good for the skin, but not in the case of dried fruits and fruit juices, which are rich in refined carbohydrates. Below are other examples of food that are rich in refined carbohydrates:
- White bread, crackers, cereal or desserts that are made with white flour
- White rice and noodles
- Pasta made from white flour
- Potato chips and energy bars
- Sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages
- Sweeteners like maple syrup, cane, honey or agave
With refined sugars, the nutrients are rapidly absorbed in the bloodstream causing a spike in blood sugar levels. When this happens, insulin levels also rise in order to transport these blood sugars from the bloodstream and into the cells. However, high level of insulin is not good for acne.
Insulin triggers the formation of acne by causing an increase in the production of skin cells, sebum, and androgens. Low-glycemic diets, on the other hand, are associated with decreased acne formation since these diets don’t raise the blood sugar level quickly.
- Foods Rich in Omega-6 Fatty Acids
Don’t confuse these with omega-3 fatty acids, which are good in preventing acne because of their anti-inflammatory effects. On the contrary, foods that are high in omega-6 fatty acids are associated to increased levels of inflammation and acne. Sunflower, soybean, corn, and cottonseed oils contain the highest amounts of omega-6 fatty acids.
- Dairy Products
If you are used to drinking milk to help yourself sleep at night, then, you might want to try other ways to promote sleep if you want to get rid of your acne. The more milk you drink, the more susceptible you are to acne, especially if it’s skim milk.
It isn’t clear as to how milk affects the eruption of acne, but there are several theories explaining its connection. Milk is believed to increase the level of insulin in our body, apart from the fact that it also increases the blood sugar level. And like what we’ve mentioned earlier, increased insulin triggers the formation of acne.
Moreover, cow’s milk contains amino acids that instigate the liver to produce more insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1). This hormone is believed to cause clogging of pores, which can lead to acne.
Earlier it’s milk, and now sad to say it’s chocolate. In fact, chocolate has been suspected to cause acne since the 1920s. However, it isn’t unclear up to now as to how it can increase the likelihood of getting these red bumps.
- Fast Food
It seems that almost all of our mouthwatering favorites can trigger the production of acne. Well, s