Acne is for teenagers, or so I thought. Growing up, I didn’t suffer from many problems with my skin (unless the occasional pimple came to visit with my monthly period). It was not until I entered my early 20’s that I began to develop adult acne. Horrified, I thought why is this happening to me? I developed acne along my jawline and forehead. With that came a selfconciousness that made me apply too much concealer and I often used my hands in conversation to cover my zits.
I heard from many people, “stop touching your face” or "maybe its from your cellphone". While these things can aggrevate your skin with excess oils and dirt from your hands and phone, I knew there must be a deeper cause for this ongoing problem.
I tried many different skin regimens and began getting facials. Harsh chemicals in acne face products made my acne worse at times. Facials and microdermabrasian helped some, but the underlying root of the problem was soon to be discovered. I began to research and understand that what I am putting in my body could be effecting what is happening on the outside of my body. I decided to begin an internal investigation… so to speak. The solution came when I started to understand which foods can trigger acne. I have always had some issues with dairy and noticed a pattern of breakouts after consuming it. I began by removing dairy, then wheat grains and breads. While I get an occasional zit around that time of the month, I have had clear skin since. When I do have the occasionally piece of baguette or wine and cheese, my skin pays for it- big time.
What is acne? It’s important to undertand that acne is an inflammatory condition, therefore, consuming foods that cause infmammtion can have a great impact on the condition of your skin.
Dairy: Recent research on diet and acne, the American Academy of Dermatology now says there may be a link between milk consumption and breakouts. You can blame the hormones in dairy (organic or not), some of us are sensitive to these hormones, triggering out own pimple-producing hormones, leading to acne breakouts.
Soy: Estrogens are found in soybeans. Phytoestrogens mimic natural estrogen levels in women, leading to breakouts artound the mouth and jawline. Stay away from soy milk, yogurts and soy-containing products. Read your labels carefully to ensure their aren’t hidden ingredients like soy lecithin . If you choose to have 'whole soy' such as miso or edamame, be sure that it's organic. Soybeans are amoung the most genetically modified organisms in this country. Those soyface cleansers are likely made with GMO soybeans. Read your labels.
Wheat: If you tend toward breakouts regularly, bread and other wheat can be the culprit. Why? because wheat causes inflammation in the body. In order to clear up acne you need to get rid of the inflammation. What's the real deal on wheat. Read this. The Problem with Wheat
Sugar: We are finding out more and more of the negative effects sugar has on our brain, body and mental well-being. Your skin is another. Sugar causes inflammtion, which triggers acne.
The best way to find out what your acne triggers are, is to try elimanating one of these triggers from your diet for 10-14 days, then reintroduce it to see if your acne reappears. Do not take them all out at the same time. One by one.
“Sticking to fresh, whole foods like lean proteins and fish, loads of leafy green vegetables (eat the rainbow of fruits and veggies), healthy fats like avocados, quality oils (careful of coconut which can trigger acne in certain individuals), and gluten-free grains is the way to go, along with plant based, organic skin care products that contain vital nutrients to help boost the glow of your skin, but remember, it all starts from within.
When your mother told you that true beauty lies within, she was right; having a confident internal strength and beauty is your starting point; a beautiful, clear face to go with is a nice compliment.
in good health,