With so many threads and posts about the diet-acne correlation, I thought that by now most acne sufferers that come to this forum would understand the knowledge and apply it properly.
However, that is isn’t the case.
As an acne war veteran, I still keep reading and reading numerous posts and threads of people claiming to be eating “healthy”, and other threads and posts with people giving advice to others to eat “healthy” and to eat “lots of fruits and vegetables.” Eating lots of fruits and vegetables can be one of the best and TERRIBLY WORST things you could do to your face.
Tell me first, what is healthy? Please define what is healthy.
Tell me, Is the Atkins diet suppose to be healthy? It is heavily controversial, with the Atkins Diet leading to many long term health consequences.
Next, is Milk suppose to be “healthy?” Sure, got milk? = Got height?
But this is the same case for Got Milk? = Got Zits? Got Milk? = Got Mucus? Got Milk ? = Got Fat? Got Milk? = Got Prostate cancer?
Now, when you are defining “healthy,” most of you think of “healthy” in terms of general well-being of the body and fighting long term fatal diseases like cancer and heart attack. However, “healthy” for skin and “healthy” for the entire body is not the same thing. When most of you think of “healthy”, you simply eliminate the oils and fatty foods and whatever society condemns as “unhealthy.” That’s a good starting point. Instead, you are eating what you regard as “healthy”. Make no mistake about it, these foods may be indeed “healthy” in providing essential nutrients for the body, but at the same time, they may be triggering acne. Simply put, there are HEALTHY FOOD THAT CAUSE ACNE.
Eating carrots provides a certain type of vitamin A good for vision and is also a source of vitamin c, but carrots are high in sugar, that can cause acne.
Eating bananas provides potassium, but also causes acne.
Eating milk can make you grow taller and develop stronger bones, but can also cause acne.
Eating fish can be a source of protein and can lower cholesterol, but it is rich in iodine, which can possibly trigger acne.
Eating breads and pastas provide are carbohydrates that provide energy, but are converted into sugars that not only cause fat but acne as well.
Fortunately, many of you have begun to stop eating foods such as breads and pastas can contribute to acne. That’s a good start. Next, many of you have already been avoiding junk foods, greasy foods, and sweets. That’s another good thing. But again, many of you still fall into the misconception of what is “healthy” and what is not.
Another example, some people eliminate eating bagels, greasy fried eggs, and fatty sausages for breakfast. Instead, they start eating the so called healthy breakfast cereal and milk, which is no better. Corn is a possible cause of acne. Cereal is a type of a corn. What makes things worst: cereal + milk = acne tag team power combo. I suggest eating oatmeal instead.
Therefore, stop advising other people in this forum to eat “healthy”. It is such a vague term and often misleads them into eating the wrong foods. First, you have to define what healthy really is. Think in terms of what is “healthy” for your skin. Next, stop advising other people to “eat lots of fruits and vegetables.” This is a terrible, and I do mean TERRIBLE, generalization to make. Again, you might lead them into signing their death warrant for their face. (this is what happened to me before).
Another thing, this is not just the issue with food, but this includes vitamins as well. I used to take Centrum, with the assumption that it was healthy for my face and it broke me out terribly.
Trust me. Really. Seriously. I have read many many horrific tales of people taking the so called "healthy" appoach by eating "lots of fruits & vegetables" and their face getting worst. People are so misled. So for your sake and your skin's sake, please open your mind and really look at ALL the food you are eating. Stop assuming that what is traditionally regarded as "healthy" won't hurt your face.
Instead of unhealthy vs healthy, think in terms of inflammatory vs anti-inflammatory.
There are many threads and posts with diets with foods, and if you research well you will notice how many healthy foods some people lists as possible precipitator of acne. From there, it is up to you customize what foods would apply to you.
I hope this helps.