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6 Foods to Avoid That Cause Acne

Dt. Tanya Punchhi    11-01-2019 Consult

Just as nutritious foods fuel your immune system so it can fight infection, they support your skin defenses too. They give skin the power it needs to help battle acne causing bacteria.  See the guide below for the best and worst - eats for clear healthy skin.

(A) Foods to avoid that cause acne - One of the keys to preventing acne is to remove foods and dietary habits that can increase the likelihood of a breakout. Some of these, like greasy foods and spicy meals, are well-known among those who suffer from acne breakouts. Others, though, might come as a surprise. In general, there are a few things that should be avoided in the pursuit of healthier, clearer skin:
- Smoking cigarettes
- Processed foods
- Caffeinated and alcoholic beverages
- Soda - even decaf or diet varieties
- Dairy products

With these foods largely eliminated from the diet, skin can retain its healthy, clear appearance, while acne breakouts will likely decline in frequency and severity.

- White Bread - Any "high glycaemic foods such as pasta, white bread and cakes have recently been linked to an increase in acne according to a recent Australian study, so stick to whole grains. Whole wheat and oats are packed full of antioxidants and have been found to be anti-inflammatory.

- Too much salt - Salt causes tissues to swell and may make your face seem puffy and unhealthy. Iodized salt is especially bad in high doses as it has been shown to aggravate acne. Make sure to check all pre-packaged foods for their sodium content before consuming and make sure to rinse all canned vegetables, meats and beans after opening them to reduce the sodium content.

- Refined sugars - like candy, soda, desserts etc. is loaded with sugar and overeating sugar causes wrinkles and dull skin. How? It damages your collagen and elastin, the super important fibres that keep your skin firm and youthful, causing it to become dry which leads to premature wrinkles and sagging.

- Alcohol or Caffeinated Drinks- too much intake of alcohol and other drinks like coffee, tea, soda or energy drinks should be avoided. It is extremely dehydrating to cells within the body including your skin cells. It also causes "vasodilatation which can be an aggressor for rosacea (a condition in which certain facial blood vessels enlarge, giving the cheeks and nose a flushed appearance).

- Processed foods - like hot dogs, canned soup, instant noodles etc. should be avoided. These have unhealthy fats and carbs which also cause inflammation that damages skin and promotes acne. 

- Greasy foods - like chips, fried foods, fast foods, margarine etc. are rich in Trans fatty acids that can boost the production of hormones, which can lead to acne.
 

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