Can certain foods really cause pimples?
So you’ve heard the rumours that chocolate and all your favourite greasy eats cause pimples, but are these claims actually true? And should you really have to choose between having amazing skin and tucking into a Tim Tam? Seriously, what’s a girl to do?!
We spoke to the experts to set the record straight, and I’m afraid you’re not going to like with what they said…
So, can chocolate and hot chips really cause pimples?
Sorry to break it to you, but yes, chocolate and hot chips can cause pimples. “Foods with a high glycemic index such as white bread and potatoes can cause a flare of acne by affecting the levels of growth and sex hormones,” says Dr Li-Chuen Wong, Consultant Dermatologist, Sydney Skin Newtown who works with Aveeno.
“Acne-prone people should avoid chocolate as it can be a trigger. Some of the ingredients in pure chocolate that might exacerbate acne are caffeine and theobromine, which are known to clog pores,” adds Emma Hobson, Education Manager International Dermal Institute, Australia, Asia and New Zealand.
What other foods cause pimples?
Basically, those carb-filled delights like pasta, pizza, biscuits and cakes are loaded with ingredients that can trigger breakouts. “Each of these foods has a high glycemic index that will quickly increase your blood sugar level. This leads to a quick release of insulin, which then causes a cascade of hormones to release (including testosterone), leading to a flare-up of acne,” explains Dr Wong.
Do I have to give up these indulgences if I want clear skin?
No, the key to keeping your breakouts in check is by eating these foods in moderation. Avoid a carb- and sugar-laden blowout by making sure you eat five small meals every couple of hours, and try to think of pimple-causing foods as ‘sometimes’ foods.
Should I change my skin care routine to prevent pimples?
To ward off breakouts, arm yourself with the best pimple-fighting products. Get your mitts on a deep cleaning cleanser such as the Ella Baché Gel Pureté Démaquillant, apply a spot treatment like the Dermalogica MediBac Concealing Spot Treatment to breakouts, and finish with an oil-free moisturiser like the Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturiser SPF15.
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