Five foods that trigger acne

Want healthy, blemish-free skin? It might be time to edit your grocery list and embark on a healthy diet.

Any high glycaemic foods such as white bread, pasta and cakes have been linked to an increase in acne because they cause a spike in blood sugar levels that leads to inflammation. Stick to whole grains — whole wheat and oats are packed full with antioxidants and have been found to be anti-inflammatory.

Salt causes tissues to swell and is especially bad in high doses, as it aggravates acne. Make sure you check all pre-packaged food for their sodium content before consuming and rinse all canned vegetables, meats and beans after opening.

Candy is loaded with sugar and overeating sugar causes breakouts. How? It leads to a spike in your blood sugar levels which in turn causes inflammation and acne. If you must add a sweetener, choose small amounts of raw honey or maple syrup.

Too much of anything is bad; same is the case for dairy. Although this calcium and iron-rich food helps in repairing the skin, too much of it leads to inflammation and acne. Try almond milk, rice milk, coconut milk or hemp milk instead of cow’s milk.

Fatty foods don’t do much for your waistline — they also wreak havoc on your face. Eating lots of greasy food makes your body produce more insulin and release more androgens, hormones that cause acne production.

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