People with acne usually think that there is a link between their eating habits and their acne. The advice out there is confusing and lots of people are unsure about what is true and what isn’t.

I used to think that my acne and my oily skin was linked to the amount of chocolate I consumed. Since then I have been through periods of bad acne, without any chocolate being involved. There’s also been times where chocolate has been a frequent part of my diet and my face has been pretty clear.

I now know that oily skin and acne is more complicated, and the diet is only one of many factors that can influence your acne. The link between what you eat and acne is not based on one item or type of food. It is based on your diet as a whole.

Experts now believe that the western diet does actually lead to oilier skin and worsened acne. If your diet is heavily based on refined carbs and sugar then there are changes that you could make to your diet to improve your skin condition.

When we consume refined carbs and sugar , our body produces more insulin and growth factor. This leads to an increase in male hormones which then leads to an increased production of sebum (the oil on your skin). It is the surplus oil that the skin produces that leads to worsened acne. In a way, chocolate does have an effect on acne, but it is not only the chocolate, it is the diet as a whole.

A health professor at Colorado State University compared some acne records between the US,Paraguay and Papua New Guinea. In the US, the diets of the participants were based on refined carbs and 80 to 95% of them had issues with acne. By comparison, in the other countries where the diets don’t include refined carbs, acne was non-existent. This is just one of several scientific studies that link the refined carbohydrate based diet to oily skin and acne.

Try and minimize the amount of refined sugars and carbs in your diet, and introducing more vegetables, fruit and proteins.

Dairy products have also been linked to acne. It is actually non-organic dairy products that might be the issue. This is something my mum regularly points out. Non-organic dairy items contain hormones and bio-active molecules. It is the hormones that cause the issue. Hormones effect the body in so many different ways. If you drink non-organic milk, try switching to organic milk for a while and see if it makes any difference. There has been scientific studies that confirm this theory too, however this is such an easy change to make that I recommend trying it out yourself.

One more thing to think about is food allergies. Now in this case, acne could be a result of eating one type of food. If you are intolerant to a sort of food then acne might be one of the side effects caused by consuming that food. Lactose intolerance is a common one so it could be dairy (organic or not) that’s causing the acne. Other common intolerance’s are are eggs and wheat. If it is an intolerance that’s causing the acne then it’s fairly hard to find out. The negative effects may be so mild that it is tricky to notice what it might be or even if you have an intolerance. If you find that your acne is really closely linked to a type of food that you eat, try giving it up for a few days or so and seeing if it makes the difference.

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