15 Ingredients That Cause Acne
If you still have acne, you definitely know how frustrating it is to wake up one morning and realize that your face lost the war with those awful zits. You also know that almost EVERYTHING can cause acne: hormonal fluctuations, bad make up, lack of fresh air… you name it. However, there are some thing that directly influence acne breakouts. We decided to call them ingredients because you can find them in your food, make up, sunscreen etc. We know that it is almost impossible to isolate yourself from all these ingredients, but maybe if you see the top 15, you can drastically minimize the chances of getting in touch with them.
1. You must have heard of mineral oil before. Mineral oil is odorless oil derived from petroleum that is often used in cosmetic products. The reason for this is because it rarely causes allergic reactions and it can’t become solid. However, mineral oil also clogs the pores. According to some studies, mineral oil can help with wound healing, but if you have acne prone skin, you should avoid cosmetic products with this ingredient.
2. We are so sorry but yes, chocolate is not good for your acne situation :weeps uncontrollably:. The truth is, chocolate won’t literally cause a break out. However, if your diet is consisted of 90% chocolate, large amounts of sugars and fats will make your skin go crazy. Finally, if there is a way for you not to eat the whole chocolate, you will probably be just fine (people who eat more fresh foods have less acne according to some studies).
3. Lanolin is a fatty substance and it is usually used as a moisturizer to treat dry, rough and scaly skin. The name derives from the words “lana” for wool and “oleum” for oil. In other words, lanolin is obtained from the sheep’s wool. While it has strong moisturizing properties, lanolin also clogs pores. That being said, if you don’t want to cause the awful cycle of breakouts, maybe you should avoid lanolin.
4. Even tough many people say that spicy food is great for burning fat, there are some studies that show that spicy food worsens acne and breakouts. According to the official evidences, spicy food is not crucial for breakouts but if you are battling those pimples for some time, maybe it would be better to eat hot and spicy food moderately until the experts make the final conclusion on the link between hot food and acne.
5. When it comes to citrus fruit, these types of food can either help you improve your skin or they can make the situation worse. Citrus fruit include lemons, oranges, clementines, kumquats and grapefruit. As you already know, citrus fruit contain essential nutrients such as vitamin C. However, if your skin reacts with hives or itching after eating citrus fruits, you might be allergic to citrus fruits and you should visit your doctor.
6. Everybody loves cheese. Unfortunately, according to a research, there is a link between dairy products and acne breakouts. Dairy products trigger body to make more hormone insulin, which help our cells absorb sugar. Researchers also discovered that men who consumed more cheese and other dairy products over a 3-month period experienced more acne breakouts than those who didn’t.
7. Algae is not a bad ingredient in cosmetic products (have in mind that algae come in many forms). However, it can be very bad for you if you have acne prone skin. Algae helps your skin fight dehydration and it is very rich in minerals but it can be irritating to skin that already combats acne. You should avoid algae extracts, red algae, blue algae, kelp, algin, sodium alginate, alginic acid and generally everything that starts in Laminaria.
8. Oh nuts! Are nuts really causing acne? According to some studies, the link between nuts and acne is still unknown. The American Academy of Dermatology published a collection of studies in the Journal of the American Medical Association, and they found that nuts are not directly contributing to breakouts but consuming a lot of high-glycemic foods can contribute to acne breakouts. Low-glycemic diet consisted of fresh fruits and veggies promotes fewer breakouts.
9. Ispropyl Myristate consists of synthetic oils that are absorbed by the skin. Now, the tricky part is- even though Ispropyl Myristate is a group of oils, they actually lessen the greasy feel of cosmetics and give cosmetic products a sheer and slick feel. Even though this sounds pretty cool, these oils are too aggressive and they are the main ingredient in most rust removers. Yep, you read that right- rust removers!
10. According to a group of researchers from Melbourne University, there is a link between the peanut butter intake and acne breakouts. Have in mind that all these studies are still very inconsistent and they do not suggest you should eliminate peanut butter from your life after reading this. As we already mentioned, foods that are rich in fats and sugar are often triggers for breakouts.
11. Many women use foundation because they have acne, but they rarely think about whether foundation actually causes acne. This circle of acne breakouts can be avoided if you read the list of ingredients on your foundation. Be sure to avoid: Butylene Glycol, Laureth-4, Sodium Chloride, Potasium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Isodecyl Oleate, Isocetyl Alcohol, Isocetyl Stearate, Hexadecyl Alcohol.
12. We also already mentioned that high glycemic foods contribute to the severity of acne breakouts. This happens because higher insulin levels actually promote inflammatory response from your body, and in turn, your body releases acne-promoting hormones. Eating a lot of rice (including sushi rice) can increase insulin release which may lead to acne breakouts. The reason for this is because the glycemic index of sushi rice is very high.
13. There are many different opinions when it comes to drinking milk. The majority of us was taught that milk is essential for our general health, but lately there have been a lot of controversies about whether adult humans should ever drink milk. But when it comes to acne, milk is one of the foods with higher glycemic levels, which means that you should not overdo with drinking milk and eating dairy products if you have acne.
14. Why are always the most delicious ingredients bad for us? There is absolutely nothing wrong with how pizza looks or tastes, but there is everything wrong with pizza ingredients. Pizza has tons of oils, fats and dairy products. As you already know, oils block the sebaceous glands and clog healthy pores, which then causes inflammation and the horrible acne breakouts. If you suffer from acne, you should really minimize the intake of junk food.
15. Just the though of seeing that golden, crispy French fries makes your mouth water, right? Unfortunately, French fries are horrible for your skin. All those fats and grease are making your face look terrible the very next day. French fries are very low in nutrients and very high in fats, and this can trigger a hormonal response in your body. If you already battle acne, you should really stay away from grease-packed foods like French fries.