When it comes to acne, the causes are always confusing for some individuals. You must be thinking about what causes your acne to flame up and got so angry? And that my friend, probably from your diet. Can eating certain foods really cause you to breakouts? Well, turns out our eating habits take a toll on our bodies more than you think. But all of that could change today if you spend a little of your time today to read about how these foods can cause acne to your skin.
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The main culprit is actually insulin. Insulin is associated with blood sugar. The more you consume foods with high insulin, the higher your blood sugar will be. And that will result in an androgen hormone being too actives. This will contributes to acne development by making skin cells grow quicker by boosting sebum productions. Thus, acne flares up like erupted volcanos of Hawaii. And certainly, we do not want that.
Don’t worry because today I will be highlighting all of the foods that contain high insulin that people with acne-prone skin can steer clear from.
Refined sugar is known as white sugar and brown sugar that has been extracted from sugar cane and sugar beets that are widely used as a sweetener for cakes, ice creams, cookies, and processed beverages. Sugar is one of the most popular substances that contribute to the spike of insulin in your blood sugar. This is eventually your problem because insulin can cause acne monstrosity.
It is almost impossible to find processed foods that are free from sugar and sweeteners in the market nowadays. So how can one avoid processed food with refined sugar in them? Try cooking your own meal or baking your own pastry, this allows you to control your sugar intake in each food you consume.
Acne that caused by refined sugars is likely to be noticed if you have a severe acne problem. Examples of foods that are high in refined sugars are:
- Carbonated drinks and other sweet beverages
- Milk chocolate
- Sweeteners like honey, agave syrup, corn syrup, maple syrup
- Ice creams
I know there is nothing out there that can heal a heartbreak like a tub of ice cream and a big chunk of a chocolate bar. Instead, opt for no sugar processed food, such as plain cornflakes cereal, and dark chocolate. Or make your own ice cream from blended frozen fruit. Not only it will heal you from a bad breakup, healthily, but it also will heal you from acne!
Refined carbohydrates such as flour, bread, and other grains products get the hates here just because the real culprit is gluten. Gluten can not only lead to small intestinal damage but also increases systemic inflammation. Now we know why our beloved Kourtney Kardashian avoid gluten at all cost!
So what is the way of avoiding gluten in your favorite bread from your favorite local bakery? Well, nowadays, gluten-free bread is available throughout some major markets, so you still have a lot of choices to substitute bread to the gluten-free one. There is also a lot of gluten-free substitute for white flour such as almond flour, buckwheat flour, cornflour, tapioca flour and many more. Below are some examples of refined carbohydrates foods:
- White Flour
This has been proven that the amino acids in the dairy products can contribute to the spike of insulin and promoting insulin-like growth factor 1. Dairy also increases the activity of an enzyme in the body called mTORC1, which contributes to the inflammation of the skin. Hence, avoiding dairy at all costs can help your acne to tone down and clear out. Check out how this person cleared out her adult acne by cutting dairy intake here!
- All kind of cheese
- Milk-based desserts
- Fresh cow milk
- Skim milk
- Whipping/cooking cream
- Milk spread butter
Fanatic fans of cheeses out there, do not have your worry just yet! There’s a lot of non-dairy vegan cheese out there that has the same exact taste as the regular dairy cheese. Not only vegan cheese, but you can also opt for using margarine in your pastry next time as it is non-dairy and vegetable fat-based. It does not stop at cheese and margarine guys, of course, you can also substitute your dairy milk to the plant-based option like almond milk, and coconut milk and non-dairy whipped cream for your favorite cake toppings.
There is nothing more comforting than driving through the night and making a turn into one of the famous fast food joints just to have a big meal of a cheeseburger, french fries, and milkshakes. And then you come home and have a good night’s sleep thinking that everything is going perfectly, while some zits and pimples sneaking an attack on your face for you to have in the morning.
The combinations of dairy, sugar, salt, animal products, and bottled oils that are usually in the foods can fuel acne and that just might be yet another reason to steer clear from. While I can’t change traditional Malay rendang for a vegan one, you can try other vegan meal recipe or homemade burger yourself so you can cut down your oil usage, and also gives you a reason to work on your cooking!
In other word, processed food is always the culprit. Living a healthy lifestyle and diet is always an option but never the worse one. It will not only helps you with weight loss but also provides you with the anti-oxidants that you clearly need for the sake of your skin.