Do you suffer from adult acne? Did you go right from your teenage years into adulthood hoping your skin problems would miraculously go away? Yup. I was there too! I suffered from the occasional breakout in my teenage years and it continued all the way to my mid-30s. Why was this happening? Isn’t it hormonal? Shouldn’t this have gone away after puberty? I tried every skin care product on the market and nothing seemed to work. It wasn’t until I switched my diet to high fat, low-carb or the “keto” diet. Yes, it can be hormonal but studies (1, 2, 3) have shown that a high-glycemic diet can be the cause of acne and I was proof!
Although my previous diet was filled with lots of fruits and veggies, I was still suffering from breakouts. I ate healthy, drank a ton of water, so why was this happening? The culprit: SUGAR. And I am referring to all forms of sugar, even from fruit. While I consumed little to no processed sugar, I was still having about 75-100g a day! Yikes. Now, I aim for less than 25g a day.
Dairy is also known to cause acne. However, for me, when I cut out dairy I still did not notice a difference in my skin. I have since added back in a bit of grass-fed, organic dairy and it did not seem to cause more breakouts.Eat more fat, get clear skin. Find out how! Click To Tweet
So where do you begin?
Coconut oil is also a fabulous healthy fat that does wonders for your skin. Cook your veggies in it, add it to your bulletproof coffee, or just eat a tablespoon a day.
Eat your veggies – the greener, the better! Dark leafy greens like kale, swiss chard, spinach, lettuce; and asparagus, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cucumber, celery, cauliflower, zucchini, mushrooms and green beans. Green veggies fight the free radicals that break down collagen over time. And you already know they’re jam packed with nutrients and vitamins.
Limit your fruit intake to low-glycemic fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, lemons, limes, and occasionally grapefruit.
Add more organic eggs, fish, flaxseed, nuts and drink more water!
Lastly, avoid processed foods such as white bread, sugary cereals, pop, fruit juice, junk food and limit high-glycemic fruits and veggies such as: raisins, dates, figs, grapes, bananas, pineapple, watermelon, beets, carrots, yellow corn, parsnip and white potatoes.
Another positive side effect to this way of eating is stronger, thicker hair and nails 🙂
Do you suffer from adult acne? What tips do you have for clearer skin?