Acne and Diet


Acne and Diet- In our last post, we talked about ACNE & NUTS, and how nuts can be a common trigger for Acne for some people.

**Click HERE to find out if eating nuts is causing your Acne or breakouts!**

Today we’re talking about more foods that can cause Acne triggers: ACNE & DIET. Read on to find out more or click the video to watch!

Can Acne be Caused by Diet?

The American diet is very HIGH in Omega-6 Fatty Acids and very LOW in Omega-3 Fatty Acids…. and of course, Omega-6 Fatty Acids are the BAD Fatty Acids…

When you eat foods high in Omega-6’s, they cause a flood of inflammation throughout your body. Quite a few auto-immune diseases have been linked to Omega-6’s, like: Eczema, Psoriasis, and Arthritis.

(A diet very high in animal fats has also been linked to auto-immune diseases, like: Heart Disease, Cardiovascular Disease, and High Cholesterol.)

Omega-3-rich foods include: Salmon, Tuna, egg yolks, Hemp seeds, Flax seeds, Spinach, and Kale (plus many more!)

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Do you ever notice a flare-up in breakouts or Acne when you eat certain foods? …But not everyone breaks out when they eat those same foods… Why is that?

Well, it’s actually NOT the FOOD that’s causing the Acne and breakouts but how the food processes and metabolizes in your body. It affects the HORMONES in your body, and the way the hormones respond is what causes breakouts. Everyone responds differently, which is why not everyone experiences breakouts.

What Foods Trigger Acne?

SALAD DRESSINGS (Honey Mustard, Peppercorn, Thousand Island, and Ranch – all higher fat dressings…)
OILS (Corn Oil, Sunflower Oil, shortening, margarine, and Soybean Oil)

Lots of food we cook ourselves, as well as processed foods from the store, are cooked or fried in these oils.

The 2 most common oils I see (I read the nutrition labels on food ALL the time) are Sunflower Oil and Soybean Oil. These can definitely affect your hormones.



These are all (usually) fried in Sunflower Oil.



Some milks contain growth hormones, or IGF’s, “INSULIN-LIKE GROWTH HORMONES”. They affect the Sebum Glands / Sebaceous Glands, increase Sebum production (making THICKER Sebum) and cause the pores to become plugged. They also can increase the levels of Androgen, which is the male hormone (but we do have the hormone in our bodies as well, ladies).

Some people have wheat sensitivities, especially those with auto-immune diseases, such as Crohn’s Disease.

It doesn’t matter what type of skincare products you’re using, if you consume wheat, it causes a flood of inflammation in your body. Since the inflammation is coming from inside the body, skincare products can help “manage” the breakouts, but you will continue to experience breakouts if you do have a wheat sensitivity and you continue to eat foods that contain wheat ingredients. (And almost EVERYTHING has some sort of wheat ingredient in it.)

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A common wheat-derived ingredient is “MALTODEXTRIN”. Sometimes Maltodextrin is derived from rice, but many times from wheat. You may be consuming wheat, even if you don’t realize it, and it may be what’s causing your breakouts.

If you suspect your Acne or breakouts are being caused by wheat (or any of the other foods mentioned above), you can visit your doctor and have a series of tests done to see if you are in fact sensitive to them.

If you DO have a sensitivity to wheat, all you need to do is simply remove wheat from your diet (…I know… easier said than done, BUT it can make a huge difference in your Acne breakouts). Your Acne flare-ups and breakouts will be reduced substantially and eventually go away.

Here’s a surprising one! A lot of people think Japanese food is healthy. And it IS! The REAL Japanese diet is healthy.

In America, how people make Japanese food taste even better is by ADDING mayonnaise, avocado, and crunchy stuff all over it. Now it is NO LONGER Japanese, because Japanese people don’t add those ingredients to their food.

Another thing about Japanese food, you have to be careful when eating Sushi or Nori Maki (which is the seaweed) because seaweed contains trace amounts of Iodine.

Iodine is healthy for some people! But for others who may be sensitive to Iodine, they may break out. You may need to reduce the amount of seafood or seaweed that you eat if this is the case for you.

There is also a seaweed-derived ingredient that is used as a “binder” in some ice creams that’s called “CARRAGEENAN”. If you are sensitive to Iodine you may want to keep a look out for Carrageenan, which is in a lot of foods.

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