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5 Foods That Might Be Causing Your Adult Acne

Author: Massage Heights
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While there can be a lot of different causes behind adult acne, one contributing factor may be your diet. Learn more about five common foods that may be causing your skin to have negative, acne-producing reactions.

● Alcohol: While drinking alcohol doesn’t directly cause acne, it can negatively affect your hormones, which can trigger acne development. Alcohol is also a diuretic, which forces water out of your body and leaves your skin dehydrated and flaky.

● Sugar: Sugar and alcohol tend to go hand in hand since many popular or “fun” cocktails are packed with sugar. Overindulging in both, especially sugary drinks, raises your insulin levels and leads to inflamed skin.

● Dairy: Various hormones such as progesterone and bovine in milk and dairy products can activate the sebum glands on your face. These hormones cause your glands to produce excess oil, which can clog your pores and create reactions such as pimples on your face.

● Coffee: Often paired with sugar and dairy, coffee is also a known diuretic that can have acne-causing effects by removing your skin’s natural hydration. Additionally, while the caffeine from your morning coffee might help you feel alert in the moment, over-caffeinating leads to a heightened stress response in your body, which increases stress hormones, like cortisol.

● Fast Food: If your diet consists of mostly refined and processed foods, you may increase the risk of developing acne-causing bacteria. Fast food items such as: hamburgers, chicken nuggets, french fries and white flour pasta all have a high glycemic index, and quickly absorb into the bloodstream, which increases your blood sugar and insulin levels.

Talk with your Therapist during your next visit to your Massage Heights Retreat to learn how we can help address all of your skin care concerns and give your complexion an elevated, energetic glow.