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Foods that Cause Acne

Foods that Cause Acne
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Acne – it’s the dreaded inflammatory skin disorder. Experienced by millions of teenagers and young adults, acne is something you can probably relate to.

I dealt with acne a lot in my younger years, junior high being the worst. Not only is acne embarrassing, but it takes work to try to maintain. Face washing, trying different products and prescriptions, it can become quite a hassle. The best way to be free from acne is to prevent it. Let’s investigate what you should and shouldn’t put into your body if you want to be acne-free.

Acne Research
Research shows that the primary cause of acne is increased hormone levels. Young people, as they start to mature and go through puberty, experience increased hormone levels in their body. These increased hormone levels stimulate glands in the skin and cause excess oil to be produced. The oil along with dead skin cells can plug the pore of a hair follicle. Behind the pore, bacteria can grow, inflammation can be triggered and then the swelling comes. An acne blemish has appeared.
Which Foods Can Cause Acne?
It is interesting to note that for decades, much research has shown that there is not a direct link between the food that you eat and your acne condition. In other words, if you eat a basket of fried chicken tonight, the grease is not going to seep through your pores and cause pimples to take over your face by morning.
There is an indirect link from food to face (acne) though. Just as the increased hormone levels in a young person bring about acne, foods that affect hormone levels can bring about acne.
Milk is Not Your Friend
Milk increases insulin and insulin-like growth hormone levels. These polypeptide hormones open hormone receptors that turn on acne. Also, milk contains many male steroidal hormones that go to these hormone receptors. In other words, milk and acne are best friends. Therefore, milk is not your friend, if you want to get rid of acne. I got this info from

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It is very possible that you have heard that chocolate can cause acne. That is not proven fact, but whether it holds legitimacy or not, cutting back on sugar is always a wise thing to add to your fitness training plan.
Water is Your Friend
Staying hydrated will help flush out internal toxins and keep your skin hydrated. It is not proven that toxins lead to breakouts, but staying hydrated can benefit your complexion. Some believe acne is caused by an imbalance in your body’s PH. Your skin is the largest organ of the body. Water makes up about 70% of your body. When we are dehydrated, our skin is affected. Making sure you are hydrated will not only help your skin, but so many other parts of your body. It is recommended by some to drink half of your body weight in ounces per day of water. Therefore, if you weigh 200lbs, you can drink 100oz of water per day. That’s a lot of water! It can be worth it though!
While many would say that foods and acne do not have a connection, it is still very clear that what you put in your body can and does affect your skin and acne condition.
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This guest post was written by Tony College. He manages, a health website that will educate, encourage, and equip you to live a healthy lifestyle.