Have you been eating too many sweets lately and are now struggling with acne? It’s probably no coincidence. Your diet plays a huge role when it comes to acne. It can make the difference between having acne or having clear skin. So if you fix your diet, you can usually fix your acne condition.
In order for your skin to be healthy, you will first need your body as a whole to be healthy. It helps to think of your body as a machine- you need to give it quality, clean fuel or else there will be issues. One of those issues is acne. When there is buildup of toxins in your system, your body needs to get rid of them. One of those means is through your skin, which commonly results in acne. However, this problem can easily be fixed if you avoid harmful foods and take the right supplements.
A lot of different snacks can fall into this category: chips, cookies, crackers, etc. All of these foods are loaded with preservatives and MSG. They offer little to no nutritional value and should be avoided whenever possible. If you are looking to snack, you should try to eat nuts and seeds. Specifically you should look to buy: peanuts, brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, and almonds. They are all high in essential fatty acids (EFAs) which should be apart of your everyday diet.
You should try and stay away from milk. It’s difficult for your body to consume and digest milk and other dairy products. Another downside is that milk has a lot of sugar in it. But if you are going to drink milk, then it’s best to buy the organic kind. The organic brands do not come from cows that were injected with steroids and hormones.
Candy and Sweets
Sugar is the main problem with candy and sweets. The sugar found in these products is not even natural. It’s not sugar cane, but rather processed white sugar that has been stripped of its natural nutrients. Candy will spike your blood sugar levels and thus raise your insulin levels. Your hormones will then be out of balance and so the beneficial hormones for your skin will not be properly activated.
Chocolate should also be avoided, but it’s not as bad as other sweets. Avoid milk chocolate, and try to find dark chocolate brands that contain mostly pure cocoa. It may not taste as good at first since it’s more of an acquired taste.
When manufacturers make white flour, they do not have your best nutritional interests in mind. They make the flour in the cheapest, and most efficient manner. Basically they strip out all the nutrients, prepare the flour, and then add back the nutrients. If you see a food label that says ‘enriched’, then make sure to avoid that item. A good substitute is 100% whole wheat flour. Make sure you see 100% on the label buy you buy the item.
Hydrogenated and Heated Oils
Hydrogenated oils are oils that have been altered from their natural state. Your body does not recognize them and has a hard time digesting them. As a result, these oils can do damage. Among other issues, they can clog your arteries and disrupt cellular function. Heated oils are equally as bad. The high temperatures create free radicals that damage your entire system. Free radicals are known to cause cancer.
There are a lot of natural oils on the market that are healthy and taste great. The most popular kind is virgin olive oil, but you can also look into grapeseed oil, coconut oil, or sunflower oil. Make sure the oil you buy is virgin and cold-pressed.