Foods to Avoid to Prevent an Acne Breakout

What Not to Eat to Keep your Skin from Breaking Out

To keep your skin clean and clear from acne, there are some foods that you should avoid at all costs. Some of the guilty pleasures we all indulge in now and then are actually our skin’s worst enemies. Soda, greasy food, even coffee all wreak havoc on your skin. If you want to maintain an acne free complexion, take the following things out of your diet:

Soda and Sweets

The refined sugar found in non-diet soft drinks, candies and cakes is a simple carbohydrate. When you drink a can of soda, the these carbohydrates cause the insulin levels in your body to spike and increases the production of sebum, which leads to breakouts. Those sugars also cling on to your body’s proteins and emit a harmful byproduct called “advanced glycation end product,” which also contributes to acne. Try to cut back on the refined sugars in your diet, and satisfy your sweet tooth with fresh fruit. If you’ve just got to have that soft drink, opt for a diet, sugar-free variety.

Greasy Food

Sometimes, nothing tastes better than a hot pizza or a greasy hamburger with a side of fries. But that can do some serious harm to your complexion. The fatty protein in those dishes lead to inflammations and dull skin. Not only that, but the oil-particles from these foods can get on your skin and clog up your pores, leading to breakouts. If you do have to indulge in a greasy meal, avoid touching your face and wash your hands and face thoroughly after eating with an alcohol-free cleanser. Try to eat more lean proteins, such as chicken and fish. Salmon will actually fights acne inflammation, so it’s a much more skin-friendly option than that greasy burger.


A cup of joe may be what you need to get out of bed in the morning, but it is not what your skin needs to clear up from a breakout. The acids in coffee beans raise cortisol levels. Cortisal triggers the sebaceous glands and causes inflammation, which means more acne. When your skin needs clearing up, switch from the coffee to tea.


The satisfying crunch of a potato chip hides a dangerous secret for your skin: the salt that makes it taste so good can also aggravate breakouts. The sodium levels in many snack foods like chips, pretzels and popcorn are often sky-high. If you need a crunchy treat, choose unsalted nuts instead. The vitamins and minerals in nuts, like vitamin E, potassium, calcium and iron are all very beneficial to skin.


As sad as it is, your favorite sweet indulgence may be making your skin break out. Not only is most chocolate full of refined sugars, it also usually contains dairy, which is not a friend to clear skin. The hormones in dairy products cause a spike in zit-causing hormones in humans, especially in those prone to breakouts. The good news? You can still eat dark chocolate! Although it still has some sugar, it also contains zinc, which is good for your skin, and has healthy antioxidants.

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