Foods to Avoid for Acne
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Foods to Avoid for Acne

Acne is the chronic appearance of pimples, blackheads, whiteheads or other plugged or infected oil glands, most often occurring on the face. Although food has long been named a culprit of acne, the Mayo Clinic maintains that it is not likely the main cause. Plugged hair follicles are the cause. However, depending on the individual, some foods may irritate acne conditions already present on your face or body.


Since oil glands are the location of acne pimples and blackheads, the connection between acne and oil is easily made. However, acne is caused by plugs near the surface of the skin or in the pores, not from the digestive system. While eating fried foods may not be a problem for many, cooking them may be. Columbia University Medical Center instructs acne sufferers to avoid greasy kitchens. If you enjoying cooking fried chicken, french fries, onion rings or other snacks, try baking them instead. Notice whether there is a difference in your skin.


According to the University of California San Diego Student Health Service, sweat and high temperatures can aggravate your acne. Avoid spicy foods that make you sweaty or feel extraordinarily warm. Leave fresh peppers, canned peppers and pepper flakes out of your dishes while you determine whether your sweatiness may be a cause. Usage of cumin, curry, chili powder and paprika should also be monitored.


The University of Illinois McKinley Health Center advises those with acne to drink plenty of water and get plenty of liquids throughout the day. Although dried foods may not aggravate it specifically, choosing juicy foods can help you get plenty of water each day. Eat plums and grapes, instead prunes and raisins. Try fresh fruits and vegetables instead of dried or cooked ones. Munch on juicy foods, such as melons and citrus fruits.


The University of California San Diego Student Health Service explains that iodine can sometimes exacerbate an existing acne condition. While problems with iodine normally develop into a rash, they can worsen acne. If you suspect that this might be a problem, avoid fish, crustaceans, salt with iodine and vitamins with iodine.


While the warnings of soda and chocolate in your grade school textbooks may have been overblown, the University of Hawaii conducted a study in 2002 that found a connection between high sugar levels in the blood and acne. Try to remove excessive amounts of sugar from your diet to quell your acne.

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