Foods to Avoid While Having Acne

Getting ready for the birthday bash, you see that culprit mocking at you in the mirror. You think of all the ways in which you can get rid of that heap of blocked pores (acne). Acne is the worst enemy of your skin, which scars your charismatic looks. The last thing that you want on your skin is acne. Usually, acne is often linked with hormonal fluctuations. According to research, diet can indeed affect acne breakouts. The food we eat impacts our hormonal levels and this is how our diets can be linked to breakouts. While there are no common foods which affect every person having acne, there are certain foods that trigger acne. Following is the list of foods which you can try eliminating to keep your skin acne-free.

Sugar: Sugary foods rate high on glycemic index scale. Consumption of sugar or sugary foods enhances hormones that stimulate sebum production as well as skin cell growth. The excess sebum produced causes acne. Cookies, cakes, pastries, and candies are a big no-no, for those suffering from acne, as they have sugar in high content. Sugary foods also spike up your blood sugar levels, which can lead to breakouts.

Tip: To satisfy your cravings for sweet foods, go for fruits which are naturally sweet. You can go for apples, berries, mangoes, etc. However, these should be consumed in limited quantities.

Refined grains: These are another category of foods which can cause acne on your skin. They are high in glycemic index as they lose fiber and important nutrients when they are processed. Consuming refined grains can lead to hormonal fluctuations and inflammation. Strictly avoid breakfast cereals, pretzels and instant rice, white pasta, crackers, de-germed cornmeal, white rice, and foods containing all-purpose flour.

Tip: To make more fulfilling meals go for vegetables, whole grains, quinoa, brown rice and popcorn.

Spicy Foods: Red hot spices are often linked to acne breakouts. A number of studies have shown that eating lot of spice and chili can cause acne on skin. When people consume spicy foods, they might experience these zits. The reason why spicy foods can cause acne is due to sweat. Sweating while consuming spicy foods, results in clogging of pores and thus acne. Another reason is, spicy foods, mostly contain more oil and this can result in those undesired breakouts.

Tip: To relish spice in your food, go for natural spices including ginger, oregano, basil, cinnamon, fennel, etc.


Cheese lovers will be disappointed to read this; but yes, cheese is the food item in this list of foods causing acne. Eating cheese products can lead to increased insulin levels. Insulin is a hormone that absorbs sugars. When you eat cheese, your body absorbs more sugar. This overwork encourages sebum production and makes your skin oily, which is a breeding ground for acne. Avoid those cheese-laden pizzas.

Tip: Go for healthy cheese alternatives, including smoked tofu, or silken tofu, cashew chipotle raw vegan Cheese, dairy-free buffalo mozzarella, etc.


You might raise your eyebrows after knowing that nuts cause acne on the skin. Though regarded as a healthy snack, nuts might play with your skin. According to scientific research, nuts possess high glycemic index and this can lead to acne. However, owing to studies suggesting the opposite, nuts might or might not affect this condition. Limit your intake of nuts and see if it works for you.

Tip: Go for olives, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, avocados, etc to replace nuts. The icing on the cake is that these are great sources of nutrients.

What might cause acne for, you might not cause acne for your friend. You might be perfectly fine with eating nuts while your friend’s face might get flared up eating one or two almonds. Diet is a relative aspect which impacts each one of us differently. Try reducing one or two of these foods from your diet and see if you notice any difference. Simply put, eat non-greasy and non-spicy foods to control sebum production and to keep hormones in check. Adopt a skin-friendly diet to keep your skin happy and acne-free.

Have you noticed a considerable reduction in acne on your skin by inculcating diet changes? Share your experience here!

Anna Daniels

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