Acne breakouts lead many people to take desperate measures from trying different skin care products to changing diet. If you are also struggling with acne, you might have received various recommendations from friends or read something online that claims to be the ultimate solution to a clear skin. Scientific research has been done on different foods that are said to trigger acne and different studies have produced different results.
Many people swear by an anti-inflammation diet to reduce acne breakouts. Eating a variety of foods with different nutrients is however important for a healthy skin in addition to routine facial exercises.
Here is a look at some of popular foods that are said to cause acne and some of their nutritional values:
Chocolate is one of the foods blamed for acne breakouts. Chocolate is made from cocoa and research has shown no connection between the delicacy and acne breakouts.
Studies have found out that cocoa is rich in antioxidants which play a role in fighting common ailments. Dark chocolate is nutritionally better than white chocolate or dairy chocolate.
Eating much greasy foods is not healthy. Our bodies particularly the skin will however require some fatty acids obtained from our diets to make its own skin oil or sebum. Eating much fatty foods will not increase sebum production. The body will just absorb the amount it requires to make sebum and excrete the excess fat or store it somewhere in the body.
There is a link between the acne-causing bacteria and hormonal changes in the body, our environment and lifestyle. Eating fried foods will not in any way increase acne attacks according to research. Reducing on these foods is however a healthy choice but will not reduce acne breakouts. As much as you are keen on taking your facial exercises, also remember to avoid greasy foods.
Dairy products and what about some facial exercises?
Dairy products like milk, yoghurt, cheese, butter and ice among others have often been blamed for acne increase. Some people claim that they have seen acne clear after reducing the intake of dairy products.
Research has shown some relationship between milk consumption and the increase of acne. However, many studies have found out that the natural hormones found in milk have an effect on androgen balance in our bodies. Androgens are male hormones that also exacerbate acne breakouts.
If you think that dairy products are worsening your condition, quit using such products for 4 to 6 weeks and take note of any changes on your skin. Acne break outs may reduce or not change at all. Whichever the case, milk-based products are rich in proteins, calcium and essential fatty acids that contribute to good health. In addition to these changes you’ll implement in your diet, try to create a habit of practicing facial exercises. This will also help tone and exercise the muscles of your face, increasing the blood circulation in the meantime.
Sugar and sugary foods
Your dentist may not be the only one that has warned you on taking too much sugar or sweets. High sugar and simple carbohydrate intake in our diets greatly increase the development of acne. According to research, people who take diets high in sugars seem to develop acne than those who take low-sugar diets. Sugar is not however main cause of acne but only favors the development of acne. Sugar is also converted into fat after digestion but regular exercise including facial exercises can help burn unwanted body fat.
All these foods don’t cause acne but may only support the formation of acne. You should be your own cop to inspect how your skin reacts after taking certain foods and limit on those that have a negative effect on your skin. It’s however important to observe a diet that will not restrict the intake of essential nutrients from foods. Research on the connection between acne and diet is still ongoing. In addition to a healthy diet, observing a healthy skincare regime that includes facial exercises and use of right skincare products will help you maintain a healthy skin.