What foods give you pimples:
Acne is one of the most common skin problems. Fortunately, spots, blackheads, and pimples are usually temporary – under the influence of your runaway hormones, you will have them through puberty and not after that. Unfortunately, this does not apply to everyone. There are people who just can not seem to get out of puberty, or in their 35th year suddenly get huge acne. Even then, hormones are often the culprit, but there may be a wrong diet or stress as the cause of the acne.
“The skin is the mirror of the gut” goes the saying. That’s right – your skin reacts strongly to what you eat. Nutrition affects the elasticity, moisture content, and thickness of your skin. Food intolerance or sensitivity is a major cause of acne. You may find that your acne gets worse after eating certain foods. In many people, gluten and dairy (casein) give a reaction on the skin, but what exactly triggers the acne in you can only be found out by searching.
What are the main causes of acne in your diet?
Especially eating a lot of sugars can have a negative effect on all kinds of processes in your body, including the balance in your skin. Under the influence of sugar, you are more sensitive to inflammation, also in the skin. So limit your sweets and eat especially fiber-rich carbohydrates such as brown rice or legumes. It is better to leave ‘white’ carbohydrates (such as mashed potatoes or white balls) and replace them with fresh vegetables. Avoid gluten and dairy and eat fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, herring) at least twice a week.
Do you want to get rid of your acne?
Unfortunately, acne is an interplay between genes, hormones, nutrition, and skincare. Two of the four are difficult to influence, but looking at nutrition, you should avoid the following foods:
- White bread (basically all bread, if you want to avoid gluten. Or choose a gluten-free variety)
- White flower
- White pasta
- White rice
- Rice noodles
- Soft drinks and other drinks with added sugars (many fruit juices also contain extra sugar!)
- Sweeteners such as sugar, but also cane sugar, maple syrup, honey or agave syrup
- Fast food
Do you exercise a lot? Top! That is good for your skin. But if you take supplements, you should avoid whey protein powder (from cow’s milk). That can make your acne worse. Chocolate has been claimed to be bad for your skin for 100 years, but so far no conclusive evidence has been found to support this claim. So just try it – only if your skin reacts strongly to chocolate would you remove it from your diet.
And now? Are you going on a super strict anti-acne diet?
Don’t do that. Only if you are very disciplined can you sustain such a rigorous adjustment in your diet. And although it improves your skin, you still don’t know exactly what you are sensitive to. It is better to eliminate certain products from your diet in steps until you notice that your skin really improves.
A few final tips to limit the influence of your diet on your acne:
- Eat varied and at set times, so you avoid snitching in between.
- Eat a lot of vegetables instead of rice, potatoes (sweet potato is allowed), and pasta.
- Choose pure and unprocessed foods. Avoid packages, bags, and cans.
- Also, take good care of your skin from the outside: avoid harsh skincare products and opt for plant-based, allergen-free products like Nallure
Where do you start with your ‘Get rid of the acne’ project?
First, look at your current eating habits. Can you think of healthier alternatives? What do you cut, what do you add But also ask yourself: how am I going to reward myself for all my efforts? Because changing habits is quite difficult. But if you know what you’re doing it for (in addition to that beautiful, healthy, smooth skin, of course), you will undoubtedly find the motivation you need. All the best.