Are you wondering how you can win your battle with pimples? Is there a natural cure for acne? Luckily there may be a way… through healthy diet!
Fighting acne can be very exhausting. I still remember how terrified I felt when I woke up every morning before I checked my poor face in the mirror. Then I spent a couple of minutes trying to cover it with heavy makeup. The idea that other people could see my real face covered with huge red pimples was unbearable. I felt embarrassed, suffered from low self-esteem and sometimes, I preferred to stay at home instead of going out with my friends.
I have tried tons of acne treatment products, but nothing worked. I felt desperate.
All I wanted was to get rid of these red pimples and have pretty, healthy skin.
If you also suffer from acne, you are not alone. Acne, one of the most common dermatological conditions, is affecting millions of young adults worldwide.
It’s a complex hormonal problem, and other factors can bring it on or make it worse such as genetics and emotional problems. It also seems that making small diet changes can help you to get rid of or at least reduce pimples on your face.
From my health coaching experience, tweaking your diet can have a huge impact on your skin health.
You can eat your way to better, healthier, acne free skin.
How great is that?
Let’s have a look at what food groups you should avoid when fighting acne:
Foods high in refined sugars and fast food
Like white bread, cookies, chocolate, sweetened beverages, chips or white potatoes raise your blood sugar level quickly and trigger your body to make a burst of the hormone insulin, which helps your cells absorb sugar. High insulin levels circulating in your body can activate production of sebum. Sebum, the oil produced by the sebaceous glands in your skin, is responsible for clogging skin pores. When pores are blocked, they can easily be inflamed – swell up and go red. And voila, the pimple is here.
Also, spike your blood sugar level. They can contain added hormones and growth factors that may worsen your acne. Do you love milk and can’t imagine your life without it? Luckily, there are other alternatives like soy, unsweetened organic almond or coconut milk. However, remember, if you cut out dairy from your diet, you must get calcium from other sources. Here are a few calcium-rich foods Examples: beans, sardines, almonds, dark leafy vegetables (kale, spinach, bok choy, collards), oranges, chia seeds, quinoa, and seaweed.
Many people claim that going vegan helped them to get rid of acne. Cutting out dairy, fast foods, and sweets and a following healthy, balanced diet is one of the main keys to acne treatment. You don’t have to go extremes and give up meat products too.
Caffeine and alcohol
If you are a coffee lover, I have bad news for you. Unfortunately, coffee and alcoholic drinks can mess with your blood sugar levels too. Giving up of your favorite cup of coffee or Friday night drink may be hard, but it’s worth it; believe me.
I bet you are thinking right now: “Ok Madeleine, but what I should eat instead?”
When battling acne, a healthy, balanced diet is the key. Eat a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables, swap white bread, rice or pasta for whole grain options and enjoy lean protein with every food. Don’t forget to have a portion of omega 3 fatty acids daily. They prevent inflammation and are found in fish like salmon or tuna, nuts, chia seeds or avocado.
Make these simple diet changes and keep it at least for 4 weeks long. After you notice a visible change in your skin condition, start slowly adding certain foods back in your diet to know how they work for you and your skin. If you break out one or two days later after a party or enjoying a box of chocolate, you will know what your triggers are – what food is best for you and what is better to avoid. I believe that everybody is different and knowing your acne triggers is a powerful weapon in your battle with pimples.
Be patient. Sometimes, it may take up to 12 weeks of diet change to see if a certain food is contributing to your acne. Don’t give up and eat your way in a healthy, flawless and glowing skin.
I wish you all the best and good luck on your journey to having a healthy, glowing skin!
Don’t forget to let me know about your experience. I would love to hear from you!