5 Foods to Avoid for Healthy, Acne-Free Skin


Waking up in the morning to find acne or any breakouts is every woman’s nightmare. Regardless of whether it’s the big wedding day, prom night or even a regular day, women dread the sight of acne breakout on their face just as equally.

Breakouts are usually associated with hormonal changes, poor facial exfoliation routines and even due to a new skin care regime that may not suit your face. However, the one thing that very few know about is the fact that the food we eat is the main influencer on the frequency of our breakouts.

You are what you eat could not be taken more literally. Regardless of your blood type, age and gender, there are a handful of universal foods that cause more harm than good when it comes to our skin.

Mentioned below are just five foods that should be avoided in cases where you are not a fan of acne breakouts:

1. Salt Overdose

Sprinkling an additional amount of salt may enhance the taste of your food, but just like most things – too much of anything can be bad!

Skin specialists and dermatologists state against the excessive consumption of salt. A balance must be maintained since salt eventually leads to dehydrating the skin, causing inflammation and making it all the harder to deal the pesky acne scars left behind.

2. High levels of Glycemic Index

Foods such as pretzels, white bread and even our beloved donuts aid in increasing blood sugar levels within our body. The increase in the levels of sugar within the blood enforces the body into pumping out insulin; resulting in drastically triggering the hormonal levels of the body.

The change of skin texture (especially if you notice an increase in the amount of oil your skin produces) is also one of the consequences of the eating food with high glycemic presence, which itself encourages clogged pores.

3. Artificial Sugar

Nothing great can be expected with the use of food products that has the word ‘artificial’ within its ingredients list. Any sugar overdose – especially when it comes to fizzy drinks – that contain several glasses worth of sugar or candy bars (that contain not only artificial sugars but also colouring!) can not possibly result well for the skin.

Plus, sudden spikes in the blood sugar levels could lead to acne markings becoming visible as soon as a few hours of sugar intake.

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5 Foods to Avoid for Healthy, Acne-Free Skin


4. Alcohol

Alcohol may seem like a pretty great idea for drowning your sorrows or regrets, but it’s just as bad for your skin as it can be on your overall health. Alcohol intake has been proven to play a significant role in dehydrating your skin, delaying the process of healing as well as enhance the effects of wrinkles. No wonder why hungover people looks so bad appearance-wise!

The alcohol chemical has also been associated with negatively decreasing anti-oxidants from within the body as Vitamin C, B3, and even A—all of which are essentials for young supple, bright and clear skin.

Red wine contains comparatively less percentage of alcohol and consists of resveratrol—an incredibly potent antioxidant— that can be used as a replacement.

5. Skimmed Milk

For some absurd reason, dairy companies tried to keep up with the technologically advanced 21st century by integrating growth hormones within milk. What is not known to a majority of the people is that such artificial chemicals result in mis-balancing the already-existing level of hormones within the body.

The drastic changes cause insulin spikes, an increase in oil production by the glands and can even cause inflammation – all of which lead to heavy and irritating breakouts. The perfect alternative for such dairy products is going for organic milk, without any additional preservatives or growth hormones.

No one likes acne; nor their almost impossible to get rid of ‘after-acne-scars.’ We spent all out concentration, money and time on trying to find ways that pertain to the outside of our body for reduction of breakouts. However, if sufficient care is taken towards our diet and food consumption habits, a substantial difference can be made to the overall appearance of your skin and well-being.

Have you ever found a type of food that negatively impacts your skin?

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This post was written by Beth Martel. She is a mother of two, a medical professional and a humanitarian. She blogs at Healthy Recharge.
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