Skin doctors, dermatologists and nutritional experts concur that diet is the main culprit, not only in your general health, but in the health of your skin as well. And for those people binging on junk foods, it’s just a natural that your skin will eventually pay the price in the long run.
At the end of the day, “You are what you eat.” So stop blaming your genes for having acne, but rather start to gain knowledge by researching more on what type of certain foods to avoid that cause your acne.
“It’s important to consume a healthy diet in order to have the best skin possible,” NYC-based dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD, tells Yahoo Health.
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So here’s the list of foods to avoid that can cause adult acne:
1. Desserts and Sweets
You may don’t like this reason if you have sweet tooth. Unfortunately, desserts like cake, pastries, doughnuts and even bars of chocolate are frequently linked to causing acne, type 2 diabetes and obesity due to their high sugar content. “Limit the amount of sugar that you eat since sugar aggravates acne,” says Jaliman. When consuming high amounts of sugar, your blood sugar levels increase, allowing your insulin levels to quickly spike. This sudden sugar rush within the body leads to inflammation, which can reveal itself in the form of adult acne.
2. Dairy Products
Bad news for cheese lovers: Dairy products have long been one of the worst offenders when it comes to acne. “Hormones found in dairy are often the culprit of breakouts,” nutritionist Keri Glassman, RD, the founder of The Nutrition School, tells Yahoo Health. All dairy, even organic dairy products, contain natural hormones, while other varieties even have hormones added. This increased hormone consumption can cause the production of excess sebum, leading to clogged pores.
3. White Bread
Foods like white bread, cereal, and pasta, which have a high glycemic index, can raise blood sugar levels, leading to excess oil and possible breakouts. Instead, opt for complex carbs. “High glycemic food products have been known to trigger adult acne, so try to limit the amount consumed in order to reduce breakouts,” explains Jaliman.
4. Sugary Drinks
Similar to desserts, sodas and juices are often extremely high in sugar, leading to inflammation that causes breakouts or adult acne. Even “healthy” juices can have an extremely high sugar content without consumers realizing it, so read the label before stocking up.
5. Fast Food
It may be time to give up the greasy, fried food: According to Glassman, “trans fatty foods can cause inflammation, which can lead to breakouts and even wrinkles.” The fatty foods often trigger a hormonal response after being digested, which can lead to adult acne.
6. Salty Food
Although salt may not directly cause acne, it can worsen it due to its skin-dehydrating effects. So, for chronic acne sufferers, avoid obvious offenders (like chips, pretzels, and salted nuts) and even the not-so-obvious ones (canned soups and processed meats) — your skin, and blood pressure, will thank you.