7 foods to avoid if you’ve got Acne

21 August 2014

While there’s no one cause of Acne, there are some foods which are known to be triggers. If you believe your Acne may be diet-related, here are the top seven foods to avoid:-          DairyAccording to research from the American Academy of Dermatology, there could be a correlation between Acne breakouts and milk consumption. New York based Dr Frank Lipman says: “Dairy causes spikes in certain pimple-producing hormones. I encourage patients to have almond milk, rice milk, coconut milk, or hemp milk instead of cow’s milk.” -          SoyAcne spots around the jawline and your mouth may be linked to your soy consumption. So if you’ve experienced this type of Acne, the best thing to do is steer clear from food products containing soy – be sure to check the ingredients labels carefully as soy is found in many items. -          BreadWheat is a well-known cause of inflammation – and if you want to reduce the appearance of your Acne, you’ll need to start by getting rid of any inflammation. What’s more, many of the breads we consume also contain soy, dairy and sugar – without realising you could be making your Acne three times as bad simply from eating bread. -          SugarDr Lipman explains: “Sugar can absolutely cause breakouts, because it’s pro-inflammatory.” As an alternative to the sweet stuff, try getting your sugar fix the natural way, from fruit or raw honey. -          PeanutsPeanuts can actually increase the production of sebum, making your Acne breakouts worse. If you’re a fan of nuts, there are some safer alternatives, which include cashew nuts and almonds. -          Coconut oilIt may come as a surprise but coconut oil is bad for Acne in two ways: firstly, it leads to inflammation and secondly, it clogs up the pores – be sure to double check the food in your cupboards before consuming. -          CoffeeYour morning cup of coffee could be making your Acne worse. That’s because there’s an organic acid found in coffee beans which increases the level of cortisol in your body. This stress hormone stimulates your sebaceous glands, causing inflammation and blocked pores. Do you suffer from Acne? Have you noticed any trigger foods other than those mentioned above? Let us know on Facebook.