I also want to mention individual food allergies. After people hear the advice given above they may say that they are vegan, they eat tons of veggies, they have lots of water and yet they still see acne pop up.
Genetics and Acne
Firstly, your genetics play a huge role and if your genetics predispose you to having acne, the best thing you can do is follow the advice above so that you'll have less severe acne but you will still have the acne you're genetics give you.
Secondly, we are all provably tolerant and less tolerant of foods we eat and EVERY PERSON IS DIFFERENT. This is what makes giving advice the hardest for me because it's not objective, instead some people will break out from coffee and others won't.
Some very common allergies are gluten, coffee, caffeine, soy, chocolate, nuts, red sauce and there are lots more. You personally have to do an elimination diet to see what foods do or do no exacerbate your acne.
An elimination diet is simple yet difficult to perform. Basically, you must remove or add something to your diet for a week or two and see if it worsens or lessens your acne severity.
This isn't a perfect test as our diets are not the same every day but it gives you a general idea of what foods to avoid or not, then in the future you can test them again to see if your original testing was correct (or if your body is more tolerant to those foods now).
For example, when I was having tons of dairy and my acne was already very severe, having artificial sweeteners and colors would break me out heavily. Now, I very much so try to avoid them at all costs but if I do have some art. colors or sweeteners I will not break out as easily.
Acne is a dynamic thing
There is so much you can do to improve acne once you start looking inside at what is causing it. The last thing I do want to mention is that even if you can't get rid of your acne completely, it does not change your inner worth or value as a person.
So many times I've met people who watch my channel and they say something like, "I just can't wait to be clear, life's going to be so much better then" and I cringe when I hear that because you should never bank your inner self-esteem off of an external factor like how you look or what shape your skin is in.
What will happen is you will eventually clear up and realize you should have been working on your self esteem all along!
You should always look at yourself inside and see what you love and respect and find what you need to work and improve on.
Find your passion and dive into that, it will keep the negative things that people say at bay, or at the very least, much less loud and important to you.
Top tips to improve your symptoms of acne:
- Eat a whole foods, plant based diet with at least 10 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. For an easy fix, try THRIVE, Vivo Life's multinutrient which is a 100% plant based blend of vitamins, minerals, probiotics and superfoods.
- Limit your intake of sugar, oils and processed foods.
- Limit your intake of cacao products. There is growing evidence to suggest that consuming cacao is linked to increased symptoms in those prone to acne.
- Drink a minimum 2 - 3 litres of water per day.
- Prioritise getting 8 hours of sleep every night.
- Avoid harsh face washes and cleansers. Instead opt for a natural soap, oil cleansing, or just plain water.
- Try to avoid excessively touching or scratching your face.
If and when you do break out, don't let it get you down!
You are so much more than your acne, and you deserve an amazing life with or without pimples.
You are beautiful and you are not alone,
Team acne 🙌