“Beauty comes from within” - unfortunately, so do breakouts. No matter what kind of diet you’re on, and no matter how long you’ve been on it - as soon as you get off track - breakouts come out immediately.
I know I know, you’ve already read many articles saying you not to eat that or that.
For a big foodie like me, it was a big blow too.
But after battling hormonal acne for almost 16 years and clearing it up, I discovered 1 important thing:
You only need to get 60-80% of your diet right and leave the rest of 20-40% to your skincare routine to do the job, so you can enjoy the foods you love.
At the end of the day, what is life without a chocolate croissant?
In this article, I’m going to cover the top 4 foods to avoid if you want to see the results much quicker.
These products can include ice cream, butter, yogurt cream, cheese, milk.
You can easily substitute it with: coconut milk, hazelnut milk, almond milk (my favorite), hemp milk, cashew milk.
2. Refined Carbohydrates
It’s been on the headlines lately as the number one enemy of a healthy diet. But why?
Refined carbohydrates (or gluten-rich products) are high in sugar, hence when we consume it - our sugar levels go up, which makes our insulin levels go up to stabilize blood glucose levels in our bodies.
It also increases the production of the insulin growth factor IGF-1, which makes our cells grow and increases sebum production, which creates a perfect environment for bacteria to grow.
Substitute it with gluten-free pasta, sweet potatoes, whole grain bread, wild rice.
Oh, this one is a difficult one to take… As we all love our sweets! And to be honest… It’s too hard to resist them…
However, sugar is one of the biggest contributors to our breakouts. Why is it bad for us? Once again, it makes our insulin levels spike, and its oxidative properties can provoke breakouts & acne.
So what do you do?
This is what helped from my personal experience:
1. Getting rid of all of the sugars from my home, this makes it hard to have access to them when you crave them the most.
2. Because cravings last for a long time - have a dark chocolate bar at home (85% and higher). Dark chocolate can act as an anti-inflammatory tool, and increase your blood circulation, which will deliver more oxygen to your skin and make it glowy.
However, there are some recent studies showing that dark chocolate could be causing acne too, so my best advice is - keep testing with your own body.
Ok, alcohol is not a food… However, it’s one of the main reasons why you’re still breaking out. Alcohol dehydrates your skin, which causes your skin to produce more oils to protect it, which can cause breakouts or acne relatively quickly.
If you’re a cocktail lover, I have bad news for you. Drinks like mojitos, margaritas and other cocktails are full of sugar too….
The safest choice for you is to exchange all of the cocktails to red wine, which is the most skin-friendly alcohol drink out there.
There are so many foods to avoid for hormonal acne… What should I do?
Winning the battle against acne is a two-part game, comprised of a healthy diet and an effective skincare routine.
And I know what you’re thinking about now… “I HAVE TO SACRIFICE SO MUCH TO HEAL MY ACNE!”
We simply cannot escape these foods always. However, we can always try limiting our intake and testing it with our own bodies.
And as I mentioned above - you only need to get it 60-80% right and leave the rest 20-40% to your skincare routine.
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