Your diet plays a significant role in the development of acne. The foods you eat affect your hormone levels and sebum production, which can lead to clogged pores, inflammation, and breakouts. Discover which foods you should avoid to prevent an acne flare-up.
1. Refined Carbohydrates
Refined carbohydrates, such as white rice, pasta, white bread, crackers, cakes, and cookies, dramatically increase your blood sugar levels and raise your insulin levels.
High insulin increases the production of androgen hormones and triggers the release of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1). These compounds increase sebum production and cause skin cells to grow more quickly, leading to acne breakouts.
2. Foods Rich in Omega-6 Fatty Acids
While foods containing omega fatty acids are generally considered healthy, an imbalance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids could worsen acne. Foods that contain high levels of omega-6 fatty acids like corn oil and soy oil (commonly found in most processed foods) can increase inflammation levels in your body.
A 2014 study suggests that increased inflammation may prolong acne breakouts or increase the severity of acne lesions.
3. Dairy Products
Research has shown that consuming dairy products can increase the frequency and severity of acne breakouts, although the mechanism is not fully understood yet. It is suggested that the natural sugars in dairy products elevate insulin levels, worsening acne.
Cow’s milk may also contain biologically active molecules that stimulate the liver to produce more IGF-1, promoting acne breakouts.
Control Acne Breakouts with Dietary Changes and a Healthy Skincare Routine
While it can be challenging to eliminate certain foods from your diet, making small changes, like switching from cow’s milk to oat milk, may improve acne symptoms. You can also reduce the severity of your acne breakout by using a regular skincare routine.
FaceSurgeon Medicated Soap contains sea buckthorn oil which reduces skin inflammation and helps control sebum production. It also contains glycerin, which traps moisture in the skin for deep hydration.
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