Dairy is a HUGE contributor to acne. Dairy is filled with hormones from female cows and messes with your own hormones. Also, dairy is extremely inflammatory which expresses itself in the form of acne. Dermatologists often just provide their patients with a cream or a pill – this really just covers up the problem instead of fixing the root issue. I personally am genetically prone to acne, so for me, eliminating dairy has been a lifesaver. My sophomore year of high school my skin was at its worst but if I reflect on my diet back then, it was filled with dairy! If you feel like you’re trying everything but nothing is working, try cutting out dairy for a few weeks to see if you notice a difference. There are so many dairy alternatives out there, so not to worry! For a milk replacement, I like almond milk or coconut milk. My fav yogurt substitute is So Delicious brand unsweetened plain (I like adding a little maple syrup to it so I control the amount of sweetener). For cheese, I like Kite Hill brand or Miyokos!
2. Processed Food
Processed junk food, or food products that come in a box with a laundry list of ingredients may also play a role in triggering breakouts. If you are someone with acne-prone skin, what you eat is going to be directly reflected on your face. Processed foods are filled with artificial ingredients, additives, preservatives, chemicals, sugar, refined flours, GMO-corn, GMO-soy, etc. If you’re feeding your body junk, your body can’t function properly. A consequence of this is breakouts and inflamed skin! Stick to whole, plant foods; if it comes from the earth, eat it! Fruits and vegetables should be your best friends here. If you do buy food in a box, make sure it has minimal ingredients (like 5 or less)!
For some people, gluten can contribute to an increase in acne. To be clear, gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten does not affect my skin but if you have a sensitivity you might want to try cutting it out. If you do not know if you have a sensitivity or not, try eliminating gluten for a few weeks to a month to see if you notice a difference. I would start with cutting out dairy then you can try gluten as well. Like dairy, gluten can also be inflammatory in the body. If you’re thinking that a gluten-free diet seems impossible, don’t freak out! Like dairy, there are SO many alternatives! For GF pasta I like Trader Joe’s organic lentil pasta or quinoa pasta but every grocery store sells GF pasta of some kind (try to go with a brown rice pasta vs. a corn pasta). Foods for Life brand has GF English muffins if you need a toast replacement or if you have time you can bake your own GF bread, there are tons of recipes online. For GF crackers, Mary’s Gone Crackers are my go-to, they are delish and so healthy!
In good health,