Two Foods to Avoid If You’re Struggling with Acne
While the struggle with acne is literally skin deep, often it can be triggered by other factors such as the food you eat. Clearing up acne can be frustrating and often once one trigger is cleared up, another one seems to cause it. So if your skin care regimen doesn’t seem to be cutting it, then adjusting your diet may help.
Dairy is one of the biggest dietary acne triggers. Studies have shown that there is a positive relationship between dairy consumption and acne breakouts. While there is no definitive research explaining why exactly dairy causes acne, one idea is that the hormones (both natural and added) and growth factors in milk are triggering a hormonal response of acne flare ups.
If you've been consuming dairy regularly and experience breakouts, dermatologists recommended cutting out dairy cold turkey for a month or two to see if your skin clears up.
Also, interestingly enough, whey protein, which is a popular protein supplement, is made from cow’s milk. So cutting out dairy includes milk derivatives like whey.
Another culprit is sugar. Foods high in sugar can increase inflammation in the body, which can result in breakouts for people who are more susceptible to this type of acne. As with dairy, if you regularly consume foods high in sugar, dermatologists recommend cutting out sugar for a month or two to see if that helps clear your skin up.