on 9th November 2018 | Healthy lifestyle

Adult acne? Spot the problems in your diet

Adult acne and diet

Adult acne? Spot the problems in your diet

As a teenager, acne is not just accepted, it’s expected. We attribute it to the crazy hormonal changes that we go through during puberty, as our bodies try to get to grips with adulthood. Once they do, we expect acne to be a thing of the past. But, for many unlucky ones, adult acne is a huge problem. In fact, dermatology clinics felt a 200% rise in the number of adults seeking specialist treatment for adult acne with 54% of women over 25 suffering from the condition.

This problem isn’t a small one. If you’ve ever had adult acne, you’ll know it can sometimes lead to anxiety, embarrassment, low self-esteem, a reluctance to go out or meet new people, and it can impact our mental health. We need to stop it, but to do so, we need to know what is causing it. Many doctors suggest looking into our modern diets.

Diet and acne

Pinpointing a single cause of acne is hard. Myths about acne are as common as the problem itself. Explanations range from hormones, genetics, stress, cleanliness, and air pollution, to combinations of all the above. But, more and more emphasis is now being put on the relationship between acne and our diet.

High-glycemic index foods could lead to adult acne some studies suggests. There have also been weak links between dairy products and acne in various studies. It has been suggested that dairy, high-glycaemic carbohydrates, saturated fats, and trans fats can lead to excess oil secretion and cause acne. You can read the various findings for many of these studies here.

But, despite the evidence from this research, it’s hard to find reliable enough proof for experts to be able to isolate exact causes of acne in everyone. Suggesting that there is a link between diet and acne is not far-fetched, but we need more reliable evidence to show us what that link actually is. Until then, we may need to rely on trial and error.

What works for you

You’ve probably heard a friend or some random person on the internet cooing about how they cut dairy from their diet and their adult acne cleared right up. This might be true, but what works for them might not work for you. Everyone’s skin is different. If you want to get rid of your acne, you need to eat a balanced, nutritious diet, and work from there.

The adverse health impacts of a poor diet are well documented, and our bodies are complicated. When you put chemicals and processed foods into your body, they can react in ways we don’t even understand yet. When you know what is going in, you know what your body likes and dislikes.

For great skin, try these famous acne-clearing ingredients and see what works for your skin:

  • Low-glycemic index foods like whole grains, legumes, and fruits and vegetables.
  • Foods high in zinc like shellfish, nuts, seeds, and legumes.
  • Foods high in vitamin A and E like sunflower seeds, almonds, carrots, spinach, and kale.
  • Antioxidants like blueberries, strawberries, pumpkin, and artichokes.

There are thousands of meals you can create to get the best out of your skin. We recommend our brilliant Brazilian beef tomato and black bean with cashews and quinoa. Or perhaps our zesty lemon and parsley turkey with strawberry and buckwheat tabbouleh.

At Soulmate Food we prepare our meals especially for you so you can get all the benefits for your skin without the annoying preparation taking up your day. Have a look at our range of meal plans and decide which is the best for you and get it delivered straight to your door.