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When following a good skin care regimen, it can be especially frustrating when breakouts occur. Pinpointing the cause of acne is a tedious process due to the amount of factors that play a role in clear skin. The main goal should be maintaining balance within your body, which can be achieved through a healthy diet.

Although everyone's skin is different, there are some foods that are known to trigger acne and are best to be avoided during a breakout.


Cow’s milk contains androgen hormones along with the proteins whey and casein.

When we digest these proteins, they release a hormone called IGF-1 which is known to trigger breakouts. Sometimes the hormones released in milk can also confuse our endocrine system when interacting with our own hormones, which can cause imbalance.

The good news is that there are plenty of milk alternatives out there that can replace cow’s milk and keep acne at bay.

Refined Sugars

Second, foods that spike insulin levels like sugar and refined grains should be limited. White bread, pasta, and sugary desserts are known culprits to trigger acne.

The inflammatory effects caused by spiked insulin in the body can be stopped by reducing your intake of these foods.


Lastly, and most tragically for some, a common acne trigger food is chocolate. Many chocolate bars are packed with dairy and high amounts of sugar, which can lead to severe breakouts.

Fortunately for all of you chocolate lovers out there cacao itself is not the problem.

Raw cacao is actually packed with Vitamins A, C, and E. So, when that inevitable chocolate craving rolls around, try reaching for a high percentage dark chocolate bar instead of the acne triggering alternative.

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