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.
Foods you should be eating instead
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 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!