If you have visited acne forums where people discuss about diet I’m sure you know that the ‘eternal question’ is does food X cause acne.
That is actually a very dangerous question.
It’s dangerous, because it frames the issue in a way that actually makes it harder to get rid of acne. The frame (or mindset) it implies is that certain foods cause acne. So the only thing I have to do is to stop eating those foods.
As you know from the what causes acne section, acne is linked to your overall health. It’s a sing that your body is not in balance.
Yes, diet influences the body a lot, and wrong diet over a long period creates imbalance in the body. But diet is only one part of the puzzle.
So to frame the diet issue correctly, you should ask yourself: “Is this food going to improve or degrade my health?”
What is good for the body is bad for acne.
Here’s a small (not comprehensive) list of foods that are bad for the body and will aggravate your adult acne. So try to stay away from these.
Animal proteins come bundled with quite a few reasons to avoid them.
First of all, they are highly acidifying. Acid environment actually encourages the growth of harmful, acne-causing bacteria and parasites. The body is designed to run slightly alkaline and excessive acidity will throw it off balance.
Secondly packed meat contains sodium nitrite. Sodium nitrite is used in cancer research. When researches want to inflict mouse with a cancer they inject sodium nitrite into the mouse. That same thing is in practically all the packed meats in the supermarkets.
Meat also contains large amounts of sulphur. The sulphate reducing bacteria (SRB) in the gut turn sulphur into hydrogen sulphide, ammonia, phenols and other chemicals that damage the gut lining and make it more ‘leaky’.
Eat organic meat if you want to eat meat. That way you can at least avoid the hormones and antibiotics that come loaded with ‘normal’ meat.
Sugars and sweeteners
The harmful bacteria in your stomach thrive on sugar, which they convert into toxic waste. It’s not only the refined sugar that’s bad for you – it’s practically all sweeteners (including naturals like honey). Fruit juices are full of easily accessible sugar. Fruits are fine when eaten whole. The fiber in fruits prevents sugar to be released quickly. In fact fruits are one of the most detoxifying foods you can eat.
Replacing sugar with artificial sweeteners is even worse than sugar itself. Artificial sweeteners contain many chemicals that are toxic and convert to even more toxic chemicals (e.g. formaldehyde) in the gut. Click here for more info on aspartame and artificial sweeteners (http://curezone.com/foods/aspartame.asp )
The only healthy sweetener I know is the herb called stevia. It’s much sweeter than sugar and doesn’t degrade your health like all the other sweeteners do. It’s so sweet that you only have to use few drops of it – so it works out to be dirt cheap also.
Cow’s (or any other animal’s) milk is not meant for humans. Dairy products slow down digestion of other food and give bacteria more time to putrefy them.
Pasteurized and homogenized milk is also highly mucous forming and coats your small intestine linings. This mucous inhibits absorption of nutrients through the walls of the small intestine.
Dairy cows are also constantly fed with hormones and antibiotics to maximize their milk production. Those hormones and antibiotics enter your body along with the milk you drink.
The only remotely acne-friendly dairy food is yoghurt made of raw and non-pasteurized milk. Yoghurt, since it’s already partly fermented, is also much easier to digest than milk.
For more detailed explanation, please see milk and acne page
Wheat and other grains
Grains and products made of them (bread, pasta, biscuits, cakes, etc.) have been shown to slow your transit times (i.e. the time it takes for a food to move through your digestive system). It means that food stays longer in the gut and putrefies there. Grains are also quickly turned into simple sugar that feed Candida and other harmful bacteria and parasites.
To add to the insult most of the bread and pasta are made of refined wheat flour. During refining wheat is stripped off any micronutrients and enzymes. Wheat is by far the biggest offender, but try to avoid other grains also – including rice (white and brown).
Safer alternative to rice and grains are starchy vegetables like potatoes.
Here’s a more detailed explanation of why grains are bad for acne.