You’re long past the problems that caused teenage angst. Or are you? Those random breakouts might say otherwise. But hormones aren’t the only thing to blame for those pesky pimples. Thought you left breakouts and blemishes behind with that first crush? Think again. More than half of women over 25 still have acne, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

“And you can get, as an adult, even if you didn’t have it as a teenager,” says Francesca Fusco, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Though the pimples look the same, grown-up breakouts are different from the kind you had in high school. “Adult acne is usually on the lower half of the face; teen acne is typically on the upper half,” Fusco says. “Adult acne is also deeper and appears as cysts, or ‘under the skin’ pimples, which can’t be drained.”

So other than puberty, let me share with you what are some of the food that can trigger acne – at any age.

Fried Food

The types of fats we consume on a daily basis have a big impact on the health of our skin. Most commercial fried foods are fried in industrially processed liquid fats and oils such as soy, corn, safflower, cottonseed and canola. These fats are unnatural, act like plastic in your body, and are very damaging to skin health.

Other unhealthy fats include all hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils and fats and oils (especially vegetable oils) heated to very high temperatures in processing and frying. If you are consuming these unhealthy fats on a regular basis, your body will be forced to use these fats to construct new skin cells. These skin cells will not function properly and acne, including other skin diseases, can manifest!

Healthy skin cells that function properly are built upon with healthy, life-promoting fats and oils. These include butter, fats from animal sources such as tallow or lard, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil and cod liver oil. Many healthy fats have a high saturated fat content. You should not blindly follow the many misconceptions there are concerning saturated fats! Saturated fatty acids constitute at least 50 percent of your cell membranes.

Common Fried Foods That Cause Acne:

  • French Fries
  • Doughnuts
  • Chinese Fast Food
  • Fried Chicken
  • Onion Rings
  • Mozzarella Sticks

Food High In Sugar Content

The average person living in the Western world consumes about 125 pounds of refined table sugar every year. Did you know that sugar is poisonous to the body and that it leads to, or directly causes, several different health problems and diseases, acne included?

Below are just a few of the things sugar does to your body.

  • Sugar can suppress the immune system and it contributes to the reduction in the body’s defence against bacterial infection, which is one cause of acne. Scientists have proven that too much sugar is the death of the immune system.
  • Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in the body. It also interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium. All minerals are essential for optimal skin.
  • Sugar produces a low oxygen environment = cancer and candida (fungal) growth environment. Fungal overgrowth leads to acne.
  • Sugar causes a loss of tissue elasticity and function. This leads to dry, unhealthy skin.
  • Sugar can cause and/or lead to all skin diseases, including acne, eczema, varicose veins, psoriasis, rosacea, etc.
  • Sugar is the #1 enemy of the bowel movement. Bowel movements are necessary to excrete toxins and wastes which can lead to acne.
  • Sugar can cause depression, making a case for acne even more mentally debilitating.
  • Sugar causes indigestion and constipation. Constipation can cause acne.
  • Sugar is an addictive substance, and it can be intoxicating, similar to alcohol.

Common Sugar Foods That Cause Acne:

  • Candy
  • Soda
  • Ice Cream
  • Fruits and Fruit Juice*
  • Chocolate
  • Cookies
  • Cereals

*Fruits and even natural fruit juices are high in fructose, a sugar that is unhealthy in large quantities. 

Foods High in Carbohydrates

The most important carbohydrate is glucose, a simple sugar (monosaccharide) that is metabolized by nearly all known organisms. All carbohydrates are eventually converted into glucose, which is then converted to glycogen for storage in the body.

The important thing to realize is that the human body needs only certain amounts of glucose to function properly. When you eat more carbohydrates than your body needs for its glucose requirements, health issues such as diabetes and acne can manifest.

In fact, carbohydrates are not even necessary in order to obtain the required amount of glucose needed for the human body to function properly. 58% of protein and 10% of fat can be converted by the body to glycogen and ultimately to glucose.

Common High Carbohydrate Foods That Cause Acne:

  • Rice (White or Brown)
  • Pasta
  • Bread

*You do not have to totally avoid, just have it in moderation.