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Published on: 22 Nov 2016 by maanasi

Five Acne Trigger Foods You Must Avoid

Sweet 16? You will agree that acne is perhaps your biggest nightmare ever. These tiny zits know how to make their way right up to your nose just days away from a big bash! And, as hard as you may try scrubbing and experimenting with home remedies, they can be as stubborn as a mule!

If you are prone to acne, you may already be spending sleepless nights on how to keep acne at bay! But, did you know what you put down your throat may actually cause an acne breakout. You are what you eat, they say! Now, how true is that? Tons of research have been done to establish what causes acne, the results are varied and slightly ambiguous. However, the consensus is that there is no common food that have the same effect on every damsel. For one it may be cheese that triggers a breakout and for another it may be chocolate that sparks acne! If you are prone to acne, you might benefit from keeping tabs on the consumption of the below listed food that tend to act as a trigger to acne!

Diet Soda- While chocolate is often crowned the culprit behind acne, Dr. Ava Shamban a reputed American dermatologist states that chocolate doesn’t really cause an acne breakout. According to her, a high sugar or high fat diet can increase the production of sebum in the body which can lead to acne. Diet soda one of the most popular drinks the world over, is high in sugar and can cause more acne breakouts than they are held responsible for. This also means, no candy and no food that is high in sugar, especially if you wish to get rid of body acne, wrinkles and unhealthy skin at bay!

Diary- If you are fond of drinking a glass of milk every time you get hunger pangs, you have just caught the culprit! Cow’s milk in particular contains growth
hormone- testosterone that can cause acne
. Milk is also responsible for the production of insulin in the body that can also cause acne! So, the next time you are tempted to lather your bread with cheese or drink a tall glass of milk before bed, remember too much diary can cause an acne breakout!

Gluten – The world is going gaga over following a gluten free diet for more reasons than one! Gluten is said to cause inflammation in the small intestines. This can also manifest in the form of acne on the skin. If you want to sport clear acne free skin, it is time to ditch flour, bread and pasta!

Salt- Now, this may come as a surprise to you! But, yes salt too can cause acne. It can disrupt
the hormonal balance
 in your body which can make acne worse. Often brushed away as an old wife’s tale, salt can indeed cause swelling in the tissues and give you a puffy look. Try and avoid consuming too much iodized salt if you are prone to acne. We also suggest that you check the sodium content in pre-packaged foods, before putting them into your shopping basket. You may also thoroughly rinse canned veggies, meat as well as beans to reduce sodium content before cooking them!

Processed foods- Any form of processed food is a BIG NO, if you suffer from acne breakouts. Processed food is hard to digest and can cause inflammation, acne and other allergic reactions. Many of them are also replete with additive, chemicals and flavors, fat and refined sugars that can lead to diabetes and other serious health ailments.

When eaten in moderation, these foods aren’t necessarily detrimental to you or your skin health. It is when you go overboard with these foods that you can suffer from acne breakouts that can drive you up the wall. Eat healthy, Look Gorgeous!


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