The Connection Between Acne and Food

 skinAcne can be embarrassing, frustrating and painful. Those who have had or have acne know that they will do almost anything to get rid of it, but what if you didn’t have to take harsh medications or apply sun-sensitive creams to soothe your inflamed skin and demolish your blemishes?

It has always been common knowledge that we take in nutrients to supply our bodies with the proper vitamins, minerals and energy they need to function, but did you know that certain foods and vitamins may cause acne?

Although there is little scientific evidence that clearly proves diet effects skin, individual cases have proved otherwise. If you’re looking for natural ways to brighten your complexion, clear up your blemishes or prevent future breakouts, read the tips below.

1. Keep A Steady Blood Sugar

To help prevent acne, keep your blood sugar level. This can be done by eating several small meals a day timed out to keep your metabolism running smoothly. The meals should be filled with whole grains, nuts, legumes, fruits and non-starch veggies. Bright colored veggies are extremely important as they are filled with antioxidants that help with inflammation. In addition, try to stay away from foods with a high glycemic index such as white rice, white bread, potatoes and sugary foods (cookies, cake, soda, etc.) as these will make your blood sugar soar. And I hate to break it to you, but wine and other alcoholic drinks are filled with sugar thus, also causing your blood sugar to rise and potentially inflamming your skin. 

2. The Dairy Dilemma

Widely thought to cause acne, dairy has been a subject of debate in dermatologist’s offices around the world. Personally (as someone with acne-prone skin), I like to stay away from dairy and have noticed that when I eat dairy (such as milk or cheese), my skin breaks-out. Some evidence does show that components in milk may be acne-causing because they are related to the hormone testosterone (which causes acne). That being said, dairy is high in calcium and vitamin D, two important nutrients for your bodily function so if you do cut back, do so cautiously.

3. Keep Those Fats In Check

Fatty acids in the foods we eat can either help or harm inflammation. Confusing, I know, but I’ll be more specific. To reap the benefits of fatty acids, you must have a balanced amount of each different kind. Years ago, omega-3’s and omega-6’s were evenly represented in the human diet, however, nowadays, we tend to get more omega-6’s than omega-3’s. Therefore, to get a balanced amount of each, try using less vegetable oils such as safflower, corn and canola oil; buying dairy and meat from animals that were grass-fed, not corn-fed; and eat fish that are high in Omega-3’s such as salmon and mackerel.

4. Drink Plenty of Water and Get Some Sleep

As with any infection (yes, acne is an infection), drinking plenty of water to flush out toxins and replenish your body is highly important. On top of that, getting the proper amount of sleep every night and withstanding a balanced routine will help the overall function of your body. 

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