4 Foods To Avoid If You Still Have Adult Acne
“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.
This wasn’t a big surprise for you, there is a ton of scientific research written on how dairy can affect your digestion system, stimulate the growth of insulin-growth factor IGF-1 & cause inflammations on your skin (among many other damaging things to your health it’s associated to).
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
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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Continue reading: I'm going to share my personal story of 16 years battling acne...
And How I Healed it Using These Natural Products...
I looked over at my mom with a tear running down my cheek. This is ridiculous, I told her, throwing my hands in the air:
“I’m almost 30 years old and look like I have the face of a sweaty, teenage boy who hasn’t showered in a week.”
Not Too Much Had Changed
I walked over to the mirror and studied the very red and very irritated bumps on my face one more time. I squinted and thought to myself, I think I see a difference.
I was excited, I had just started a new cream that others swore by and praised up and down on the forums. Perhaps this is finally it, the holy grail of creams, the one I have been waiting for.
Weeks went by, and optimism gradually faded to fear then disgust, and finally, anger as my new found cream was added to the pile of half-used tubes hiding in the back of my drawer. Why can’t I figure this out? So many questions came to my mind, each more puzzling than the next.
I had heard every name in the book from pizza face to Rudolph.
I had been battling acne on and off (mostly on) for 16 years. I had been to the moon and back and was desperate for something, anything to work.
At 13, I rode my bike to the local drugstore to buy makeup and zit cream.
I would lather my face with clean and clear products hoping by some miracle, they would whisk my puffy whiteheads away to be quickly forgotten about.
They did make me forget about my zits because I had a new problem.
The flakes and dusty layers of skin I acquired looked like I could be a prime candidate for a head and shoulders commercial.
Back down to the drugstore, I went, and variations of creams, gels, pads, strips, and wipes were purchased, each creating more trouble than the last.
Every time I shopped, I was ever more drawn to the makeup section with its gleaming bottles and colorful promises.
The model’s picture smiled out to me that I too could have beautiful, radiant skin, no strings attached with the introduction of foundation and concealer.
I happily took my basket to the counter and smiled as I delightfully handed over my hard earned babysitting money. I slathered and covered and forgot about the ugliness I felt underneath with my cover girl cocktail.
Ultimately, I am not sure what was worse, the patches of red from my nose to my chin, or the orange line left on the side of my jaw and hairline from my caked on Wet and Wild concealer.
I was a modern-day Oompa Loompa.
Getting my mother to take me to the dermatologists was like pulling teeth, but after much whining, she conceded.
My new skin routine consisted of a nurse brushing on a tingly, itchy glycolic peel and a prescription for a cream I had heard good things about.
Promise filled the air, as I happily handed my newly scribbled doctor’s note to the pharmacist at Walgreens.
Minutes later, he gave me my package while muttering the words, “If this doesn’t work for you, there are literally hundreds of more creams you can try. Talk to your dermatologist, and have him write you a new prescription if this one doesn’t do anything in the next few months.”
My eyes glazed over, as promise was run over by the 80-year-old lady, white-knuckling the steering wheel, pulling up to the window at the pharmacy drive-through.
By the time I had turned 21, my skin was no better than I had started at 13. The only thing that became smaller was my tolerance and my wallet.
As my budget increased on products and possible treatments to try, so did my acne.
These painful, horrible red splotches stayed for weeks on end and were worse than any white or blackhead. Just when I thought I was healing, 3 more popped up in its place.
My hands got antsy, and I started picking, only leaving me with brownish scars, redder cheeks, and no more answers than I had when I started this battle.
In addition to my rosy complexion, I had small, white bumps on every inch of my skin making it feel like rough sandpaper.
Dreams of clear skin became distant and unlikely.
Back down to the doctor I went, and this time with hopes of a new cure: birth control. Many peppered their fantastic results all over the internet and at this point, what did I have to lose?
The nurse practitioner was happy to give me my prescription along with a sample of the newest wonder birth control, guaranteed to clear up any acne issues.
Not too long after I began taking it, my skin cleared up.
I was dumbfounded.
Who knew all this time that this was the answer?
I happily told others of my new found fix, until new problems started surfacing. Not only did I gain about 10 pounds, but for the first time in my life, I had a yeast infection, which was incredibly gross, irritating, and painful.
I found myself once again back down at the drugstore for my new problem.
One hurdle down, now I had to handle my newly developed pounds. I only thought this was my problem, when not but a month later and again, for the first time in my life, I developed a bladder infection.
After the purchase of about a case of 100% Pure Cranberry Juice (not your Ocean Spray cocktail, this stuff will make you say pucker up buttercup), prescription antibiotics, and bladder pain relief pills that turned my pee orange, I worked through the trauma of my new found issue.
About two months later, I acquired another bladder infection. This became a new staple problem I had to deal with every other month. I started to order cranberry pills by the dozens on Amazon.
About 9 bladder infections later and upon digging, I found that my current birth control had side effects a mile long including the possibility of bladder and yeast infections. This was just one of the many byproduct possibilities of what it was doing to my insides.