When I first started breaking out from acne when I was 10 years old, my parents bought me all sorts of cosmetic products that promised to clear them away.
Of course, nothing I used worked and by the time I became a teenager, I felt hopeless. I was made to believe that this was a natural part of growing up and that they would go away once my hormones balanced out.
Only one part of that was actually true — once I stabilized my hormones, my skin would stop breaking out. However, it wasn’t going to do it on its own.
I have family members who are in their late 20s and 30s who are still suffering from horrible acne breakouts, which disproves the idea that they will go away on their own. There are more people today suffering from pre-teen and adult acne than ever before and I can tell you right now that it isn’t natural.
What causes acne-prone skin?
People who have oily skin tend to have the most acne breakouts. Naturally, you start to think that you need to stop wearing lotions and slow down on greasy fast foods.
That will definitely help, but it isn’t the root cause of acne. What’s really causing your acne is the diet we are being grown on. It’s much different than what our great grandparents were eating.
We are consuming mainly fast food, GMOs and hormonal-injected meat and dairy. Acne wasn’t a problem that people had in history — all of the skincare regimens of our ancestors were for dry skin, aging and skin rashes, not acne.
Acne is your body’s way of pushing out toxins, since your liver and kidneys are being overworked (especially so if you aren’t flushing them out with lots of water).
So the culprit for acne is the unnatural foods you’re eating and lack of hydration.
Foods to NOT Eat to Heal your Acne:
I can speak on this personally, since I saw results within 1-2 months when I eliminated certain things from my diet. I was big on sodas, chocolate, cow and chicken meat, sugary snacks and dairy.
I later learned that soy too was in majority of the foods we eat today, which boosts estrogen levels and can lead to an imbalance that causes breakouts.
Then a lot of these foods are filled with toxins, which further can clog your kidneys, making it harder for them to flush them out through your urinary tract or colon.
What I listed is can be pretty normal for what some of us eat today:
- Sodas and caffeinated teas: Caffeine is an acid and when you put acid into your body, it causes all sorts of problems, including acne.
- Chocolate: The same goes for chocolate, which is known to have caffeine and lots of sugar.
- Sugar: This includes high fructose corn syrup, sugar cane and dextrose, among others. This is known to cause inflammation in the body and on your skin. Check labels because this is added to a lot of prepackaged foods.
- Starch: This breaks down in your body and becomes sugar, which causes the same effects. This includes potatoes, yams, corn and peas.
- Gluten: Wheat too is an inflammatory food.
- Dairy: Any animal dairy, including eggs, should be avoided, especially since they are injected with hormones, which can cause an imbalance. A lot of African Americans are also lactose intolerant because it doesn’t belong in our systems!
- Vegetable oils: Including cottonseed, rapeseed, corn, canola, soy, etc.
- Animal lard: Clogs you up, so your pores can’t breathe.
- Soy: Most soy sold in America is unfermented and genetically modified (plus it is a hybrid). It’s unnatural and unhealthy in every sense. Boosts estrogen levels (why female puberty is being hit at younger and younger ages) Check labels because soy is in just about everything!
- Table salt: Can cause water retention and lead to excessive drying of the skin or oily patches. Instead replace it with a natural himalayan salt.
Foods you should eat to Heal Acne:
I know it sounds hard to stop eating all of these foods, which is why it’s important to know alternative options that you can consume instead.
But first, as you are cutting out the acne-causing ingredients from your diet, you need to be consuming lots and lots of water (about a gallon a day). Your body needs to be flushed, so that it can cleanse itself in other ways than through your face.
Here are great substitutes for acne sufferers:
- Nut milk/cheese instead of dairy (hemp, hazelnut, coconut, walnut, Brazil nut)
- Garbanzo bean flour instead of eggs (add water and ingredients and fry)
- Oils made from hemp, sesame/tahini, walnut, avocado, olive and coconut
- Nutritional smoothies instead of caffeine for energy made with fruits, seaweeds and/or herbs
- Lots of fruits and veggies to help keep your body cleansed (make sure fruits are seeded)
- Spelt, kamut, teff, rye or quinoa flour instead of wheat
- Himalayan salt or Celtic sea salt instead of regular table salt
- Green bananas instead of potatoes (can make fry, mash or boil)
- Quinoa or wild rice instead of white or brown rice
- Moringa, ginkgo biloba or chaga teas instead of green tea and lemon tea
Eating alkaline-based foods is also key to keeping away pimples, since this will help to keep you pH level high. When you go back to an acidic state, it will resort to you breaking out again. Anytime I eat something I shouldn’t, I break out every time. So it’s a long-term commitment if you truly want to say goodbye to acne forever!
Let’s be honest, changing your diet is hard and the results can take a couple months to see the benefits. In the meantime, use some of these natural methods to also help with topical treatments. Some of my favorites are DIY natural face masks and activated charcoal face masks.
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