Does diet make my breakouts worse?

Most of us have copped the occasional piece of unwarranted advice, some of the most prevalent being “change your diet” and our personal favourite “stop eating dairy!”.

These unwarranted statements are not only unwelcome but also dumbfounded and completely unrealistic.

But (and it does almost pain me to say it) there is undeniably some logic in the link between food and breakout prevention.

Almost all breakouts are hormonal and specifically related to the androgen levels in our bodies - androgen hormones promote the production of sebum, so when there’s too many of them the sebum production goes into overdrive which causes breakouts.

The foods we eat can impact how our body works with and manages our hormones - eating particular foods in large enough quantities can mean we ingest enough active ingredients to have dramatic effects on how well our body can manage our hormones, which in turn will help to stop our breakouts.

But let’s be real, because that’s not the logic behind those unwarranted pieces of advice…if you were to ask the person giving it “can you explain to me why changing my diet will stop me getting spots?” we’re pretty damn confident that they’re not going to reply with “because if you were to introduce a particular few foods into your diet your body would be able to balance your androgen hormones which would, in turn, cause the production of spot-causing sebum to stop

We all already know that a healthy diet is important, and what we eat does certainly have an impact on the hormone levels in our system. But a broad “eat more healthily” statement isn’t exactly useful advice. To change our diets enough to bring about a significant enough change in hormones so as to stop future breakouts is possible, but it does require a significant change.

We’ve developed a solution for tackling the root cause of acne and the ingredients are all naturally derived. To get the same amount of active ingredients every day from your diet you would need to eat:

  • 7 heads of broccoli (I3C)
  • 5 tbsp of black pepper (Black pepper extract)
  • 4 carrots (Vitamin A)
  • 1 orange (Vitamin C)
  • 35g of sunflower seeds (Vitamin E)
  • 30 cups of mushrooms (Vitamin B5)
  • A handful of brazil nuts (selenium)
  • 8 tins of baked beans (Zinc)
  • 5 cups of brown rice (Selenium)
  • 2 coconuts (coconut powder oil).

So, whilst it is technically possible, it’s not exactly an easy thing to do, and probably not going to be an especially enjoyable culinary experience.

So the next time somebody recommends that you “improve your diet” to stop your spots, why not respond with “would you also like to eat 7 heads of broccoli a day?”

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