Can my diet be contributing to my acne?

The relationship between food and acne is a controversial one. But as an Acne Specialist I believe there is a total link between your diet and the condition of your skin.

An article in the scientific journal Skin Therapy Letter reported the results of a 27- study analysis - 21 observational studies and 6 clinical trials. Scientists found that cow’s milk intake increased acne prevalence and severity, and also found an association between a high-glycemic load diet and acne risk.

Do not rely on antibiotics, prescriptions, Accutane and skin care infomercials touting the latest in acne cures. Your acne issues are probably linked to foods you’re consuming.

 

Here is a list of foods to avoid:

 

Dairy - milk that we consume is produced by pregnant cows and contains high levels of hormones that can send oil glands into overdrive. Progesterone is an insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) as well as compounds that the human body turns into dehydrotestosterone (DHT) are then passed on to the milk, which can aggravate acne. Organic Milk is just as bad.

 

Peanut Butter/Oils/Peanuts - Peanuts contain a hormone (androgen) that can make acne worse. Androgen hormones create more oil; more oil along with clogged pores is a problem for the acne-prone individual. If you love peanut butter, switch to unsalted almond butter – it doesn’t have the same effect as peanuts.

 

High Glycemic Foods – high insulin levels encourage an inflammatory response, in turn triggering the release of acne-promoting hormones.

 

Shellfish, Sea Veggies and Kelp - these ingredients contain very high amounts of the mineral iodine, but the body needs only trace amounts of the mineral. Iodine creates irritation within your skin and if you already have clogged or congested pores, it will accelerate the formation of an inflamed pimple in those who are acne-prone.

 

Caffeine - magnifies your body's stress response, boosting stress hormones that lead to acne. Cortisol, which works on the testosterone pathway can lead to acne break outs. Not to mention the milk and sugar added to your morning coffee.

 

Are you ready to clean out your pantry and fridge?

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