This blog post was written by our Founder, Maryanne.
I've suffered from acne since I was 10 years old, ranging from environmental causes to hormonal. Blackheads, Whiteheads, Pustles, and Cysts are all a part of my daily vocabulary. Over time, I've done plenty of research and experimented with many ways to get my acne under control.
This Mini-series is dedicated to you - a beautiful human being on their unique acne journey.
Before we even dive into this blog post, know that you are not alone - and don't underestimate your skin's ability to heal and regenerate. Mine certainly did!
In this Mini-series, we will look at how to tackle acne from the inside out, starting with diet.
1. Foods to Avoid
Everyone's skin reacts to food differently. But what is true is our diet can have a tremendous impact on our skin. Understanding that Acne is an Inflammation-based disease, here are some foods you should try to avoid if you are suffering from breakouts:
Processed Sugar and Carbs
Eating Processed sugar and other High-Glycemic simple Carbs like white pasta and sweetened sofas can cause an insulin and blood sugar spike, which leads to inflammation in your body.
There is extensive research
that proves a link to acne from dairy consumption. This is because dairy cows are injected with artificial hormones to increase their milk supply, and these hormones can disrupt our own hormone levels, thus causing breakouts. Some studies
also have found that Skim Milk is the most likely acne trigger.
When our body has an imbalance of Omega-6 and Omega-3 fats, inflammation happens, thus causing acne. The recommended ratio is 4:1 but the typical Western diet is 10:1 or even 50:1!
Be careful with these foods high in Omega-6: Soybean Oil, Corn Oil, Mayonnaise, Walnuts, Sunflower Seeds, Almonds, Cashew Nuts.
2. Foods to Eat More Of
Incorporate more of these foods into your diet:
- Rolled or Steel-cut Oats
- Non-Starchy Vegetables
- Sweet Potatoes
- Most Fruit (except overripe Bananas and Watermelon)
- Meat, Fish and Seafood
Zinc, Vitamin A and Vitamin E
- Beans, Meat & Poultry
- Avocado, Olive Oil
- Atlantic Salmon, Octopus
- Dark Leafy Greens, Orange/yellow vegetables
- Blueberries, Strawberries, Raspberries & Goji berries
- Dark Chocolate
- Kale, Red Cabbage, Spinach
For me personally, limiting dairy in my diet has reflected visibly in my skin and how often I broke out. What I suggest for you is to start with isolating one food at a time to see how your skin and body reacts. What worked for me may not work for you.
See you in the next Blog Post,
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Disclaimer: This blog post is meant for informational purposes only and is not designed to replace a doctor's professional opinion. Please consult your doctor before starting any dietary program.