When people think of how acne is caused they usually think about genetics, puberty and hormones but I’ve found that food is a major acne trigger for me. Here are some foods that can cause acne for certain individuals.
Up until my third year of college I had no idea that I could control the amount of acne I had. It was almost a relief when I discovered about the foods that can cause acne.
At the age of 13 I began to worry about acne and how to prevent it,I thought I had seen it at it’s worst until my third year of college.
In college my acne had become so bad that I was constantly in pain. Any sort of facial expression, sleeping on the side of my face or even washing my face became very discouraging because of the discomfort I was in.
At this point in time I’d tried every prescription cream and antibiotic there was. Those solutions only gave me temporary and minor relief before being overwhelmed with a new breakout.
I was so desperate and ashamed of my skin that I would try anything to clear it. In the mornings I would go to the gym with my makeup off to give my skin a break and I couldn’t even look people in the eye I was so self-conscious.
After some tough decisions I would do the one thing I tried so hard to avoid, I would go on Accutane.
I made an appointment with my family nurse and told her my resolve but she discouraged my idea and told me only months before she saw a girl my age die from liver failure due to Accutane. So to say the least that option was no longer something I was willing to chance.
Instead my nurse asked me about my diet and what I ate on a daily basis.
My diet at the time generally consisted of foods that were unprocessed and natural such as dates, bananas, oat flour/banana pancakes with maple syrup, white rice with cayenne on top, corn,peas,vegan protein powder, potatoes and other various fruits and veggies.
To be honest I thought my diet was pretty good however my nurse was concerned about the amount of sugar I was consuming, even if the sugar was from whole foods.
She suggested that I cut back my sugar intake, eliminate gluten from my diet and cut out dairy (luckily I didn’t eat dairy so it was one less thing to cut) for at least a month and track my progress.
The next few weeks I researched the sugar content in different foods and ate a low glycemic, and no gluten or dairy diet and I saw my skin change dramatically!
After realizing sugar was a major contributor to the state of my skin I began to notice other triggers as well such as spicy foods and caffeine.
I feel blessed to say that my skin is now at the best state it’s been in for a very long time. At the moment I do my best to have a low sugar, gluten and dairy free diet. Which means I had to stop eating all the bananas, dates and other sugary foods I was consuming and find new foods to love, changing a few foods in my diet was completely worth it to have clear skin.
My diet is now made up of the following ingredients:
- Avocado’s (they’ve actually helped me with my acne scars)
- Greens ex: broccoli, cauliflower, kale, peppers, peas, brussel sprouts, romaine,herbs zucchini and cabbage
- Protein rich foods: beans and legumes, vegan protein powder,quinoa, nut butters, nut milks, and nutritional yeast
- Low glycemic fruits: raspberries, strawberries and blueberries.
- Low GI carbs: sweet potatoes, and oats with chia seeds.
- Probiotic rich foods: fermented foods, kombucha and I like to take a daily probiotic( very beneficial for clear skin)
Finally I can’t forget to mention my two superhero drinks for clear skin: Chlorophyll and Green tea. Chlorophyll is seriously a miracle worker when it comes to clearing the skin, it detoxifies your liver and helps purify your blood and inevitably it helps clear up your acne! Green tea helps balance hormones, balanced hormones are beneficial in preventing acne.