By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC
I wish I had heard about the relationship between acne and food growing up. It would have saved me a lot of embarrassment and heartache as a teen and young adult. I was like every other young girl growing up. I started my day out with a sugary cereal like Fruity Pepples or Frosted Flakes, used regular milk (from a cow), drank a glass of milk and ran out the door to school. Lunch was a sandwich on white or whole wheat bread and varied from peanut butter and jelly to turkey and cheese with mayo. Snack after school was either a ring ding, Susie Q, twinkie, pop-tart etc., etc. You get the idea. And dinner was anything from pot roast and egg noodles (wheat based), hot dog casserole with egg noodles (wheat based) or fast food with usually consisted of a milkshake for dessert.
As I entered the puberty “change”, I started to get these red things on my face, and they hurt. Mom said they were acne and she bought me some over the counter medication which worked to a point. As I got older (my 20s) I still battled acne but as I started to learn more about food and how it affects the body, I began to wonder. Do I really need that expensive acne crème OR could it be that foods really cause acne in some people?
The more I read, the more I was fascinated in how the body responds to food. For me, dairy, peanut butter and sugar were just 3 of my acne causing foods. Even today I have friends that come over that stay away from dairy or gluten saying the food causes acne for them.
I giggle and ask my mom, now 40 years later, what would you have done if you knew in the 70s and 80s I had all these food reactions? She said I would have starved! Today it is so easy to find substitutes for food that causes acne. For example, if I am in a dairy mood or an ice cream mood, I eat a little of the ice cream made from coconut milk. And if I have a week where I only want a pizza for dinner I buy a PALEO pizza crust, use DAIYA cheese and add spinach, onions and a protein to it.
I am sorry to answer the question, “Do Foods Really Cause Acne?” YES is the answer but leaning a healthy food elimination diet and / or doing food intolerance testing can give YOU ALL the answers you need for clear and beautiful skin!
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