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Foods That Can Trigger Acne Breakouts

March 26, 2018 by Samantha Smith
acne breakouts

If you suffer from acne, it is likely you are acquainted with the concept of food causing acne breakouts, but here at Works With Water we are regularly asked this question so thought we would answer the question once and for all. Listed below are the types of food to try and avoid to help achieve clearer skin:


Yes, seafood. Crab, lobster, shrimp ad oysters all contain quite high amounts of Iodine (iodine is found in seaweed hence why food from the sea would contain high amounts of this trace mineral). Iodine is in fact a scientifically proven trigger to acne in those who are hypersensitive to it. So if after you have eaten seafood you notice your skin is breaking out – avoid seafood.

Meat & Dairy

Cow feed contains antibiotics and hormones including 5-alpha-pregnanedione, 5-alpha-androstanedione and dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which can trigger breakouts. These hormones can cause increased oil production which can possibly trigger acne. If you notice your skin is not clearing, look at the dairy foods you are consuming and consider alternatives which you can switch to in order to test whether or not it is the dairy foods causing breakouts. If after you have removed all dairy from your diet, your skin shows no signs of clearing, you may not have been hypersensitive to dairy foods (but at least you will know). This allows you to test other foods that could be causing breakouts (if it is in fact diet related at all).

Processed Foods

Not a keen cook eh? Well it may be time to grab a recipe book and start from scratch because processed foods (you know – junk food) contains additives and preservatives which can prove toxic in the body as can the Iodine in iodized salt. If the liver has to break these things down too often, it may hinder liver function and as an effect acne breakouts occur from remaining toxin build up.

Refined Sugar

We’re sure that we all know this one by now but here we go again just to reiterate it. Foods high in sugar increase insulin and testosterone levels, both of which promote acne breakouts. Foods such as white bread, sweets and ice-cream (to name a few) should be avoided. If you have acne, it is best to eat a low glycaemic diet that includes little to no refined sugar to help minimise the risk of breakouts.

Yes foods we eat can affect our skin negatively. Hormones in foods as well as sensitivity to certain nutrients can trigger acne breakouts. It is a good idea to remove one food at a time from your diet and test to see if there are any skin changes. If you remove too many foods at one time, you may not be able to pinpoint the exact foods that are exacerbating your skin condition. Its trial and error, and hopefully after reading this, you can further understand how what we consume can affect our skin.

This is the main reason for developing help: clear skin and help: clear acne breakoutsskin MEN, so that you can consume something daily that is all-natural, with water – nature’s own hydration – and can help clear skin from within. It’s a great addition to every healthy diet.

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