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7 Everyday Foods That Can Cause Acne Breakouts

Updated on April 18, 2013
7 Everyday Foods Which Can Cause Acne Breakouts
7 Everyday Foods Which Can Cause Acne Breakouts

Learn The Causes Of Acne Breakouts and Pimples

Acne is a condition of the skin that causes zits or pimples. This occurs when skin pores become clogged with oil and dirt. This sometimes manifests as blackheads, whiteheads, and patches of red, inflamed skin. Acne can be hereditary, but it can also be triggered by hormonal changes, certain medications, cosmetic or hair products that are too greasy or oily, by high humidity or sweating, and various foods.

Some people are not aware that there are certain foods which can cause acne breakouts. A person might show reactions to a particular food or drink because of allergies. Food allergies may take the form of acne breakout. When allergy occurs, the body releases antibody that result to inflammation of the skin or clogged pores. However, it is very difficult to identify definite list of foods that may cause acne because it varies from one person to another. Below are the common everyday foods that can possibly cause acne breakouts and pimples.

Here is the list of 7 everyday foods that commonly cause acne breakouts:

1. Red Meat

Red meat contains more myoglobin, an oxygen-binding protein found in muscle tissues. It also comprises large sum of creatine, iron, zinc, phosphorus, vitamin B and alpha lipoic acid. These nutrients can be the allergens and trigger the allergic reaction. Additionally, there are hormones in red meats that could lead to an increase in hormone levels that can lead to acne breakouts and pimples.

2. Eggs

Egg is one of the most common allergen. Egg yolk contains large amount of protein that is usually the primary irritant to the body. High levels of a certain protein found in eggs produces more sebum, more androgen and too much keratin in the body which are among the major factors that cause acne breakouts.

3. Milk

The fat content of the milk can contribute to the acne formation. In addition, the hormones that cows are fed can also increase the body’s hormones level, causing acne. Milk also contains metabolites of testosterone and iodine that triggers acne.

4. Caffeine

The caffeine can cause inflammation of the skin, resulting to worsening of acne condition. Additionally, caffeine has drying effect on the skin. The drier the skin, the more oil or sebum is released by the sebaceous gland. The oil released by this gland can contribute to the acne formation on the skin.

5. Seafood

Seafood is rich in iodine which can aggravate your acne condition. Iodine is a dietary element that is scientifically proven to cause acne breakouts to people who are sensitive to it. Additionally, seafood is known as an allergen, allergic reactions can be triggered by eating this kind of food. Inflammation is also one of the possible allergic reactions, therefore, acne can worsen and cause pimple breakout when seafood is eaten.

6. Processed foods

Additives, preservatives and synthetic colors in preserved foods may contain toxins that can trigger acne breakouts. Eating this food excessively can stress the liver and the superfluous toxins unfiltered by the liver can add to the aggravation of the acne.

7. Chocolate

Chocolate contains caffeine, which can be the reason for the exacerbation of the acne because of its drying effect. Also, chocolate contains Theobromine and sugar which have pore-clogging properties. When pores are clogged, oils are trapped in the skin which can accumulate dirt that will eventually lead to acne breakout and pimples on the face.

Foods Which Can Cause Acne Breakouts and Pimples
Foods Which Can Cause Acne Breakouts and Pimples

If you are prone to acne breakouts and it seems hard to clear your face of pimples, it can help to observe the causes of these breakouts. If you regularly consume any of the above food, it won’t hurt if you monitor your skin’s reactions after consuming them. Have a journal where you can log what you eat or drink and the results. Is your skin more oily? Is it drier? Does acne breakout follows? If you found out that one or more of the foods or drinks irritate your skin more, then it’s time to limit yourself. Chances are, if you keep yourself from eating those irritant foods, your face will be clearer and pimple-free in time.


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      2 years ago

      Worst article acne is caused due to high GI foods such as refined sugars candies potato white rice white bread etc. Not due to these

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      Christine B B 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      Most of them are my fave foods too, but I consume them much lesser now. And it does help.

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      Derrick Bennett 

      7 years ago

      Oh no I eat numbers 1,2,3,4,5,and 7 just about everyday.

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      Michelle Dee 

      7 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      1,2,3,4 and 7 = all my favorites! :-)

      But all in moderation! Thanks for sharing.


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