Research linking diet and acne are ongoing, but many attest that their breakout symptoms worsen after eating particular foods. With that in mind, it’s worth diving into nutrition and eliminating certain foods that cause any kind of negative reaction or inflammation.
Acne is a skin condition that occurs when hair follicles plug with oil and dead skin cells. While it can manifest anywhere, acne is most common among teenagers and typically appears on the face or back.
Characterized by blackheads, pimples or large, red, and tender bumps, acne can lead to anxiety, reduced self-esteem, and depression.
Recent studies have determined that diet might be more closely related to the prevalence of acne and overall skin health than previously thought. Vitamins C, E, A, K and B have all be proven to have an impact on skin health in some way. With that in mind, it’s important to note the role that food intolerances play when absorbing key nutrients.
Remember, when your body lacks a certain enzyme required to digest a particular food, the proteins will not be converted into the nutrients you need. Basically, your body can only process foods that it can properly digest and absorb. So, even if you’re eating vitamin-rich foods that promote skin health, if your body is intolerant towards them, then you’re missing out on the nutritional impact it would normally have on your skin.
“Your skin is the fingerprint of what is going on inside your body, and all skin conditions, from psoriasis to acne to aging, are the manifestations of your body’s internal needs, including its nutritional needs,” — Georgiana Donadio, PhD, DC, MSC.
Eliminating and replacing problem foods from your diet may help fight against acne. The quickest way to identify your exact food intolerances is by taking a blood test that measures IgG antibody levels against a variety of different food proteins.
This kind of testing helps to quickly identify which foods are responding negatively to your system and are much more efficient than food journaling or guess-and-check diets.
All that’s left to do after you get your results is to eliminate the foods you’re intolerant to. That’s it. No follow ups. No exercise regiments. Zero hassles.