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Foods that could be responsible for your constant breakouts: What to avoid, what to eat instead, and why

Foods that could be responsible for your constant breakouts: What to avoid, what to eat instead, and why

Breakout food

Text: Jeway Tan

Editor: Emily Heng


If you're suffering from acne, it is likely that you've tried just about every remedy out there to ease its debilitating effects. And while one's genetics and environment can play a pretty prominent role in the frequency of breakouts, there remains a point hardly touched upon. That is: your diet. It stands to reason that the foods you consume can have an impact on your complexion — the theory stands when it comes to your body, after all, and there's no doubt that certain ingredients serve as a trigger to a full-on acne invasion. With this in mind, we scoured the Internet for the culprits typically responsible for 'em crater zits — and have suggested (healthier) alternatives to indulge in, instead. See them all, below.

Skim milk

Certain studies have shown that those who regularly consume skim milk are more prone to getting acne than those who don't. This is because skim milk contains bovine growth hormones that are fat-dissolvable. But since skim milk contains no fat, the growth hormones are not dissolved, which may result in acne.

What to eat instead

That's where other dairy variants come in. We're talking oat milk, almond milk, and the like. This way, you can still drink your beloved coffees without pause. Or, suppose you are drinking skim milk to enjoy its health benefits — in that case, probiotics like Greek yoghurt do the trick, too. Heck, probiotics even go the extra mile by helping boost your immunity; decrease inflammation; and improve gut health.

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Pasta and grain-based food

Any refined, sugar, white, or grain-based food such as pasta, white bread and rice are high on the glycemic index. This means they release sugar into the bloodstream, causing it to wreak havoc within our bodies. This, in turn, leads to damage to our body and skin, where it is known cause inflammation, rosacea, and other skin disorders.

What to eat instead

Meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, and unprocessed food are a safer choice. Whole and unprocessed food are great sources of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants that help promote health and protect our skin. In fact, most whole food contains fats that keep our skin moist along with fibre and protein that help to remove toxins from the body. This, in turn, repairs the skin.

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Dried fruit and fruit juice

While fruits are a great source of vitamins and nutrients, not all of 'em are made equal. Dried fruit loses a majority of its health benefits when you dry them. Unlike fresh whole fruits that contain natural sugar, both dried fruits and fruit juices are sources of highly concentrated sugar content. This sugar is known to promote oil production, which has been linked to acne.

What to eat instead

While you can still eat fruits, stick to fresh whole fruits instead. A great substitute for dried fruit is trail mix that contains nuts. These trail mixes are packed with protein, heart-healthy fats, and fibre that keep your body and skin healthy.

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Cocktails

Sigh. Yup, cocktails such as mojitos, margaritas and other mixtures are pack-filled with sugar. Hello, blood sugar spikes and inflammation. To make things worse, alcohol is a diuretic that dehydrates the skin. And when the skin is dry, it is unable to exfoliate properly. This then leads to pores get clogged, which then triggers an acne breakout.

What to eat instead

Everything in moderation, baby. Failing that, a glass of red or white wine is your best bet. They both contain antioxidants which are very beneficial to acne-prone skin.

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