ACNE BREAKOUTS AND DIET
Updated: Sep 22
Acne occurs when the sebaceous glands that produce sebum (oil) become blocked. Sebum hardens, oxidises and leads to blackheads. The more pustular pimples occur when debris collects in the sebaceous glands and a small infection occurs which creates a pus-filled pimple. Acne occurs more commonly amongst males (up to 75%) and can impact self-esteem, which can lead to secondary psychological problems such as anxiety, depression and social phobia.
When it comes to treating acne as a practitioner, I always start with dietary changes. Adjusting the diet for some people can resolve acne almost completely, where other individuals require a few more interventions (remember, everyone is individual!). Below are some dietary tips you can try implement in order to address your acne if you are someone who gets breakouts.
Sugar – avoid processed foods, cakes, biscuits and sugary drinks (alcohol included)! Bacteria are involved in pimple formation and love sugar. Avoid sugar in your diet and your pimples should more or less disappear.
Dairy – the most common food culprit apart from sugar is dairy! Sensitivity is most likely due to the protein component of dairy known as casein, rather than the sugar component, which is lactose. If you’re unsure whether you’re sensitive to dairy, cut it out for 1 month and monitor skin. Foods include dairy milks (full cream and skim), yoghurts, cheese, cream, butter, processed foods with milk protein and also chocolate.
Fibre – if you’re someone who tends to be more constipated, getting enough fibre in your diet is crucial. Fibre assists with toxin removal from the body, which means less time for all those nasty’s to re-absorb. Try incorporating more nuts, seeds, legumes, fruit and vegetables into your diet. Aim for one bowel movement each day, which is easy to pass.
Water and herbal teas – both are great at helping to rid the body of toxins and for supporting regular bowel movements.
If you’re someone who has implemented these changes, however still needs a little more help with acne breakouts, feel free to contact me via my website here.
Written by Jacqueline Lovett (BHSc Naturopathy)
**This post is for educational purposes only. Always check in with your health practitioner before making any changes to your diet, or introduce any new supplements or herbal remedies. This is especially important if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have any other health conditions**