I remember when I first became interested in nutrition and how to use food as internal medicine. I was experiencing what I now realized was cystic acne. Googling “diet for hormonal acne” and trying to create a whole new meal plan for myself. I’ve always wanted to know the beauty benefits of foods. What should I eat to make my hair grow faster and stronger? How can I experience less bloating? How can I clear up any inflammation on my skin?
Now to this day I still rely on foods for these beauty purposes. I know products obviously help when it comes to our beauty ailments, but more importantly the foods that we consume can have a direct impact on our largest organ: our skin.
I know many of us experience hormonal acne at some point or another in our lives, so this will not be the last you read from me on the subject. In the meantime, I’ve created a quick video discussing a diet for hormonal acne . Time to say bye bye to hormonal cystic acne! I also included the quick tips below in text.
Clear It Up! A Beginners Diet For Hormonal Acne
What not to eat:
#1 hormonal acne contributor, Sugar: Sugar feeds on the bacteria in your system, only making matters worse! You will most likely be OK if you enjoy sugar in moderation, but if you’re eating quite a bit of sugar every day (think soda + chocolate + wine) then you may be causing your skin to flare up.
#2: Dairy such as cheese and milk: Consuming cow’s milk in the form of cream or cheese or yogurt can cause shifts in hormone levels which causes shifts in breakouts. Some studies have linked cow’s milk to spiking sugar levels which can increase your chances of experiencing some pimps. A lot of brands also source their milk from cows who are pumped with growth hormones to feed their calves, but instead the growth hormones are feeding us. Can you imaging what it could do to our system?
#3 processed carbs: Eating processed carbs like crackers, chips etc break down quickly and easily in our system causing again a spike in insulin levels spike. Once we crash from our insulin high, we crave more carbs and sugar, which will lead to even more blemishes. If you’re eating processed carbs that contain gluten, this could also trigger forms of cystic acne.
What TO eat – A Simple Diet For Hormonal Acne:
- Omega 3 – I’m crazy about getting enough omega 3! Always make sure you have good levels, because it decreases inflammation in your body which then decreases your chance of experiencing pimples as an inflammatory response. If you’re vegan you can find omega 3 sources from nuts like chia seeds, walnuts, and almonds. If you’re not vegan you can always take a high quality Omega 3 supplement.
- Beta Carotene – This antioxidant is hands down one of my favorite beauty ingredients. When consumed it converts to Vitamin A (which ladies we know vitamin A is what is used in many retinol products). You can find beta carotene in veggies and fruits like carrots n sweet potatoes. The benefits of beta carotene include reduced acne *yay*, reduction in wrinkles, and UV damage.
- Also On The Blog: Protect Your Skin From Sun Damage With Beta Carotene
- Selenium – This is another powerhouse antioxidant that protects cellular health from mutation. Selenium helps skin regulate functions for a smooth and blemish free appearance. I used to take an antioxidant complex that includes vitamin A, C, E & Selenium. It did wonders for me and really improved my health on a cellular level. You can also find selenium in mushrooms, oatmeal, and almonds.
- Zinc – Zinc is one of my favorite minerals for fighting acne! It contains properties that directly fight off acne bacteria and it reduces the inflammatory response and the effect that hormones have on our skin. You can find zinc in food sources such as poultry, oysters, and also beans.
- Also On The Blog: Beauty Benefits of Zinc (And A Recipe)
I’m hoping to dig deeper and find dermatologists and other health experts to create an entire in-depth guide for our readers on how to kick cystic acne to the curb!! Would this be something you would be interested in? Share your thoughts in the comments below, or email me directly at: Sarah@BalancedBabe.com