5 Foods that cause Acne

Acne, although we all have it at some point in our life, it's undoubtedly not the most welcomed. If you’ve fallen victim to this sucky skin condition, then this article is just the thing you need! Many factors come into play with the formation of acne - bacteria, excess oil (sebum) production, hair follicles clogged by oil and dead skin cells, inflammation, stress, and fluctuating hormone levels. Although, there are certain foods that we all know and love that can also cause it. How? Usually an increase in blood sugar and insulin levels can cause your oil glands to produce more oil, which then increases your risk of acne. Here's a few that may be contributing to those little red bumps! 

1. Refined Grains and Sugars

Let’s be real, it’s not often that we don’t consume foods which contain refined carbohydrates… Foods rich in refined carbs include;

  • Bread, crackers, cereal or any delectable dessert. 
  • Certain pasta, rice, and rice noodles.
  • Fizzy or soft drinks - this includes cocktails!
  • Sweeteners.

Studies have found that people who frequently consume the listed delicacies are more likely to develop acne due to the increase of blood sugar and insulin levels.

2. Dairy

Proteins found in dairy products are sought to stimulate growth and hormones in calves. When humans digest these proteins, a hormone called IGF-1 is released (similar to insulin) which in turn gives rise to an increase in oil production and likely causes breakouts.

3. Fast food

Similar to the effects of refined carbohydrates, fast food items such as burgers, hot dogs, nachos, hot chips, soft drinks and ice cream contribute to the development of acne. These high-GI foods raise blood sugar levels rapidly and cause insulin levels to rise.

4. Chocolate

Chocolate is known to possess pro-inflammatory influences to the skin, which may contribute to inflammatory acne. Studies suggest that chocolate may increase the severity as well as frequency of breakouts by endorsing the immune system to react more hostile to the bacteria which causes acne.

5. Whey Protein Powder

Just like dairy products, whey protein is one of the two primary proteins found in milk. Given that it is a dairy supplement, it is considered to be a trigger for acne.

I know what you’re all thinking… Do I have to cut these foods out of my diet? The answer is NO, we at Ritology believe that everything should be consumed in moderation. It may be beneficial to keep a food log to track patterns between the foods you are consuming and the overall health of your skin. Stay up to date with our social @RitologyDaily for more delicious health benefits!

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