Your skin plays an important role in your body’s own natural detoxification process. Remember that when your skin gets acne, it’s trying to help you! It’s also trying to communicate an important message to you that what’s currently going on isn’t properly supporting the body.
Common Foods Causing Acne
Here are some foods that generally make acne worse:
- Dairy products
- Processed high-sugar foods. Think candy, baked goods, and most protein bars.
- Soda pop
- Refined carbs (carbs stripped of their natural fiber – white bread, white flour, pizza, etc.)
If you’re trying to heal your acne, I suggest cutting these foods out or minimizing them as much as possible.
What About Blood Sugar?
Aiming for is a nutrient-dense diet free of inflammatory products, unnatural chemicals, and foods that don’t agree with your body is what I recommend to my patients struggling with PCOS. A general diet tip I recommend for preventing acne is to aim for low-glycemic foods so you don’t spike your blood sugar. Blood sugar spikes are a huge culprit for acne.
How do you prevent blood sugar spikes? Well, if you can eliminate the foods/drinks I mentioned above you will be well on your way. Essentially, your blood sugar spikes when you ingest too much simple sugars and don’t balance it with healthy proteins and fats. Keep it simple and stay away from the foods mentioned above!
Hormones and Acne
Acne from imbalanced hormones is unfortunately very common in women today. As the name implies, hormonal acne is caused by an imbalance of hormones, including estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and stress hormones, such as cortisol. If this is the case, be sure to start trying to balance your hormones naturally. Remember that this process can take time as it can take a few months before you start to notice changes, but healing the body holistically is always worth it!
Low Gut Aciditiy and Acne
And lastly but so very importantly, you need to have plenty of acidity in your gut. HCL is your body’s first line of defense. Beyond it being a crucial role in nutrient absorption, stomach acid is needed to protect you from harmful bugs and bacteria that can enter your system. If enough stomach acid is present, you’ll be able to fight these little (or big) buggers via the presence of HCL. If you don’t have enough, forget about it.
They can easily make their way through your stomach and enter your small and large intestine where they will make a comfy home and begin to create digestive disturbances, eventually leading to more chronic symptoms, many related to the skin. This is why it is not uncommon to see many skin conditions, be it acne, roseacea, dermatitis, eczema, and even psoriasis also appear with symptoms of gut dysfunction.