Changing my diet was the cure to my adult acne problems. Prior to this, I was eating a standard American diet. Therefore, figuring out what healthy eating consisted of was not easy. There is so much conflicting information out there about food. What it really came down to for me was trial and error – listening to my body and how it reacted to the food I ate.
Everyone is different and therefore food will affect everyone differently. The following five tips however, are general enough that if you are suffering from acne and incorporate these tips into your life, you will likely discover the acne cure you have been looking for.
Cut Out/Decrease Sugar Consumption
Sugar is one of the most addicting substances on the planet. Most of us love it and have an emotional attachment to it. I know I did. There is no nutritional reason we need to consume added sugars which include sugar, honey, syrup and even agave. Once consumed, the body cannot tell the difference between real maple syrup and table sugar. Therefore, when digested in excess all added sweeteners can lead to inflammation, sometimes on the face.
If you are prone to acne and have an unhealthy relationship with sugar or just consume way too much of it I would suggest going on a sugar detox for a minimum of three weeks to reset your tastebuds. At the end of the detox, you will likely find that many foods are far too sweet. It’s not often a one and done situation, however. I have to continually detox from or decrease my sugar consumption, otherwise I can feel my addiction slowly creep back up on me.
Cut Out/Decrease Processed Food
By eliminating and reducing sugar from my diet I in turn automatically decreased the amount of processed food I ate. The majority of processed foods contain ridiculous amounts of sugar. If you break out often and consume fast food and processed food regularly, realize that our bodies were not made to eat these types of food, which are really not food at all. Breaking out may be your body’s way of telling you that it cannot properly digest these meals and therefore it needs to excrete the toxins from the “food” through your skin.
Cut Out/Decrease Alcohol Consumption
During my battle with acne I was a very heavy drinker. Sure I had fun during this time, however my skin completely paid the price for it. If you have acne and drink heavily and often I would definitely suggest cutting down or eliminating alcohol from your diet. Like sugar, when consumed in excess, alcohol forces your organs to work overtime. If your body is unable to process the alcohol properly, most of our’s can’t, the toxins can also be excreted through your skin in the form of pimples.
Eat Plenty of Whole Fruits and Veggies
So far I’ve talked about what I cut out or decreased from my diet, which may lead you to wonder what I actually eat. There is a whole slew of fruits and vegetables that I discovered which did wonders for my body and my skin. We all know that fruits and vegetables are the healthiest foods for our bodies. However, these are also the foods that most of us consume the least of. Sometimes our illnesses, like acne, can be the result of the poisons we are consuming and sometimes they can be the result of not getting enough of the nutrients our bodies require.
I began adding fruits and vegetables to my diet by shopping at farmers markets. If I’m unsure about how to prepare certain vegetables I ask the farmers. By doing this I have come to realize that nothing compares to fresh produce that is picked at its prime and my face is a testament to that.
Let Your Skin Breathe
The start of my battle with acne occurred while I was in college. During the summers I noticed that my skin got much better. I never realized it until now but the sun and the outdoors provide many nutrients our bodies need. Summer was a time I could relax and I often did so by enjoying the outdoors. My skin rejoiced as a result.
Do you think you could employ these tips into your life? Why or why not?