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Can your diet make acne worse?

It is a controversy of sorts, but studies show that food can play a role in your break outs.


Often people focus on using only topical products to deal with facial acne. Home care products like Salicylic Acid, Retina A, and Glycolic Acid can help to prevent black heads and white heads, but they are not the only thing one must do to achieve clear skin.

Here at Pure Light Laser we know first hand that if the source of the issue is not dealt with, having clear skin in the long term is difficult to achieve. Eliminating everything that may be the cause of your acne is not easy to do, but it is wise to try to. If you cannot avoid these foods, eat them in moderation.

The foods these studies say we should avoid when dealing with acne include:

  • Dairy
  • Sugar
  • Oily food
  • Salt
  • Alcohol

Lack of antioxidants can play a big part in acne, and low enzymes in the system can also increase inflammation, causing more break outs.

What increase the enzymes in the skin, you may ask?

The easiest things to start eating are vegetables. Vegetables increase the enzymes in your system. Also, introduce a high dose of antioxidants to your diet, and keep in mind that multivitamins at times have a lower dose of antioxidants than needed.

Some of the foods that will help increase enzymes in your body and reduce inflammation are:

  • Kefir
  • Sour kraut
  • Kombucha
  • Fresh tomatoes
  • Fresh wheat grass
  • Sprouted seeds
  • Beets
  • Fresh coconut water

If needed, you can also take in enzymes in vitamin form, such as Bromelain or papaya pills.

Focussing on the systemic reason behind your acne, and keeping your pores clean through a diligent skin routine, will help you keep your skin clear.

This article was written by Pure Light Laser