Five Foods That Cause Acne

March 20, 2013By

Foods that cause acneKnowing what foods cause acne can make a huge difference in your fight against an outbreak. One of the most common causes of an acne breakout is food allergy. There are several foods that, if possible, you should avoid in case you are having troubles with acne. Usually there are easy alternatives that you can implement so you don’t have to change your diet too drastically.

The biggest food allergen known to cause acne is egg. To be more specific, egg yolks cause acne sometimes. For those who simply can’t go without egg in their diet, egg whites are a safe alternative. Foods containing egg, such as cake, are also something you should avoid, as usually the recipe will call for a whole egg and not just egg whites.  Like most any food, eating eggs in moderation can make a big difference.

Dairy products are another common cause of acne. This is mainly due to the high fat content of milk and other dairy products. Consuming dairy products in moderation is not generally a problem. However, consuming dairy in excess may cause skin related issues. Low-fat cheeses and milk – or even skimmed or soy milk – are always a great alternative for keeping dairy in your diet while making sure your skin stays healthy.

Processed food is a big contributor to acne outbreaks as well. The synthetic colors and preservatives found in processed foods can lead to acne if too much is consumed. Generally, food from fast food restaurants is one of the main sources of processed foods for the general population. Other examples of processed foods to avoid are packaged cookies and cakes, chips, and sliced deli meat.

A safe way to avoid processed food is to try to make as many of these foods from scratch as possible (using natural or organic ingredients whenever possible).  Here is a simple example: Instead of buying pre-sliced and pre-packaged deli meat, buy a turkey breast and slice it yourself for a sandwich.

Caffeine is another leading cause of acne. Though not technically a food, caffeine is found in a lot of very common drinks and a few common foods. The main sources of caffeine for most people are coffee and soda; additionally, caffeine may also be found in tea and chocolate.

Caffeine may be one of the hardest things to avoid here. However, all of the sources listed have alternatives. Drinking decaf coffee and caffeine free soda is always a good option to consider. Almost all tea has at least a little bit of caffeine in it. However, green tea generally has the least amount. Though not all white chocolate is caffeine free, most are. Your safest bet is to simply check the packaging before going for white chocolate to keep things caffeine free while satisfying your sweet tooth without having skin consequences to regret.

The last groups of food to avoid are foods high in omega-6 fatty acids. If consumed in excess, omega-6 fatty acids often cause redness and inflammation. In moderation they can be very beneficial to you, as it can help your body fight off bacteria and viruses.

However, when consumed in excess omega-6 can irritate an acne outbreak and make it even worse. Major foods to avoid are ham, burgers, pork sausages and bacon (sorry, but it´s true). As in all cases, one of the simplest ways to avoid a problem is to consume omega-6 fatty acids with care.

Avoiding these foods altogether isn’t always necessary. Consuming in moderation, along with an all-around healthy diet and regular exercise routine can make a huge difference in acne breakouts. Note that as stated at the beginning of this article, in most cases acne outbreaks that are linked with a particular food are a result of mild food allergies. Some of the foods mentioned could have no effect whatsoever on one person while having a drastically different influence on another.

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