5 foods to remove from your diet to achieve clear skin

Posted: 13th Jun 2019

Acne is one of those annoying things that can affect you at any age - and it always seems to strike at a time where you want to be looking your best

However, there’s some good news - there could be some simple tweaks you can make to your diet that could help you avoid future breakouts.

Terri-Ann Nunns, the founder of Terri-Ann's Diet Plans, explains: "Far too often I hear people discussing the latest products that are meant to banish your breakouts and a miracle cream that stops spots in their tracks, but the reality is that all too often, some simple tweaks to your diet could make all the difference."

"Some foods can be really bad for your skin and can lead to acne developing or worsening. By making some simple changes by removing and adding certain foods into your diet, you can help banish breakouts and give your skin that healthy glow!"

1. Dairy products - ie, milk, cheese, yoghurt, butter, cream

Numerous studies have revealed that consuming dairy products past infancy can lead to an increase in acne. It could be caused by the hormones that are produced by cows that are present in milk - these can overstimulate the oil glands, leading to an overproduction of oil in the skin, and with it, breakouts.

If you regularly suffer from breakouts, you could always try plant-based products that are made from almonds, cashews and coconuts to see if it makes a difference.

Foods that are rich in refined carbs are known to contribute to acne, thanks to the effect they have on insulin levels. As foods get absorbed into the bloodstream quickly, it can cause a rise in insulin levels, with the high level of insulin leading to a boost in the production of acne.

2. Refined carbohydrates - bread, pasta, rice, cereal

Opting for wholegrains, like whole wheat pasta and brown rice, is always a good option when you want to keep breakouts at bay. They are also better for your diet too, as the more refined carbs are not always as nutritious.

3. Refined sugar - milk chocolate, sweet, cakes

The problem with this type of food is it contains a high amount of artificial sugar. This is different to the natural sugars that can be found in other foods, like fruit. While enjoying an instant sugar fix may seem appealing, avoid it if you can - eating too much refined sugar doesn't do your skin any good.

If you find yourself needing a sugar fix, try having some dark chocolate instead - it’s lower in sugar and has the additional benefit of containing antioxidants too.

4. Fast food - burgers, pizza, chips

It's not surprising to hear that fast food isn't overly good for your skin. Its normally full of oils and fats, and they're also full of sugar, salt and cheese.

Instead, try picking a healthier option if you need a takeaway - this means avoiding snacks that are heavy with cheese or have been deep fried with a lot of oil.

5. Fizzy drinks - coke, lemonade

Fizzy drinks are also bad for your skin, thanks to their high sugar content - in fact, this can be just as damaging for you as alcohol. The sugar causes a rise in insulin, which, like refined carbs, can lead to acne. Instead, try to regularly drink water, to keep your skin hydrated and keep it fresh, which in the process, helps to ward off any spots.