7 Foods That Can Cause Acne

To avoid those unwanted zits, you just need to tweak your diet a bit. Heres a list of foods that you must avoid to get an acne-free skin.

Shivika Paliwal  |  Updated: November 11, 2020 16:33 IST

7 Foods That Can Cause Acne

Avoid these acne-causing foods for a clear skin.

  • Unhealthy foods can cause acne to a great extent
  • It is better to keep a check on your consumption
  • Greasy foods should be avoided

Acne breakouts can be quite annoying, especially when they start popping right on the face. You might not even notice but your favourite foods could be the reason for those zits all over your face. Yes, you read that right. There are times when consumption of some foods can do more harm than good to your body. A diet that consists of unhealthy foods can cause acne to a great extent. Acne is caused by secretion of too much oil (sebum) in the body. It can also be caused by genetics, irregular menstrual cycle, stress, hot and humid weather and even by oil- based makeup. Acne can also lead to scars on the face if not taken care of properly. To avoid those unwanted zits, you just need to tweak your diet a bit.

Here Are 7 Foods You Must Avoid For An Acne-Free Skin:

1. Milk and Milk products

Let's start with the basics. We drink milk everyday assuming it to be extremely healthy for our body and digestive system. However, this might not be true in its entirety. Excess of milk can cause the body to produce a lot of insulin and hence it is considered insulinogenic. Milk can also cause hormone dense delivery system and hormones are directly linked with acne. So, if you want to stay clear of acne, then milk and milk products must not be consumed in excess.


Milk products and milk may have a link to skin problems.

2. Bread


Gluten present in the bread does not only damage the small intestines, but also increases inflammation in the body. Its consumption may also deplete antioxidants in your body. Eliminating bread from you're your daily diet can prove to be quite beneficial for your body.


Bread must be avoided at all costs. 

3. Spinach

Spinach is usually recommended to people for healthy and clearer skin. However, consuming spinach in excess may lead to breakouts on your face. This is primarily because spinach contains hefty dose of iodine in it.

spinachSpinach is one food which may lead to breakouts if consumed in excess. 

4. Fried food

Greasy fast foods can aggravate acne to a great extent. Grease and fat present in the processed fried foods can make your skin look unhealthy and can even lead to accumulation of excess oil.

Fried food is a strict no-no when it comes to preventing breakouts. 

5. Alcohol

Alcohol can not only trigger inflammation but can also cause an imbalance in testosterone or estrogen levels in the body. Excessive intake of alcohol can put you at risk of zinc deficiency and zinc is considered as a fighter against acne. Alcohol is anyhow is not good for the body which serves as another reason to avoid it.

alchoholExcessive intake can cause damage to your skin.

6. Caffeine

Apart from causing acne, caffeine has the tendency to spread it all over the skin as well. If you wish to have a clearer skin, then you must limit or avoid drinking coffee or anything else that contains caffeine in it.

ri4hhe0oLimit coffee intake for clearer skin. 

7. Spicy food

Excess of spicy food can harm the digestive system to a great extent by causing inflammation in the digestive tracts. Indulging in foods that are high on spice quotient can result in acne breakouts on the skin.

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hqo0xm23rzSpicy food can result in breakouts by causing inflammation. 

So bring on these changes in your daily diet and avoid having those annoying breakouts that tend to occur every now and then.

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