Food plays a large role in acne, yet it’s hardly talked about. In recent years, people have started making a connection with certain types of foods, like dairy, that aggravate acne; however, they don’t truly understand the underlining cause of acne and why such foods worsen the condition.
The reason food has a large influence on acne is because the condition is caused by a chronic streptococcus infection and certain foods fuel the bacteria. If you’ve ever had strep throat, then you have strep in your body. Even if it was treated with antibiotics, this just made the bacteria mutate into a more virulent strain. This aggressive bacteria eventually finds a home in the lymphatic system, which sits directly beneath the derma, and can easily make it’s way up to the skin. Your body tries to stave off the infection by producing more sebum, resulting in oily skin, and cystic acne, which is simply your body trying to combat the strep bubbling up through your skin.
The streptococcus bacteria that causes acne feeds off of these five foods:
- Grains – including corn and corn products (canola oil, citric acid, etc.)
- MSG – including nutritional yeast
To overcome acne and help your body fight the strep infection, you have to remove these foods from your diet. Additionally, the reason strep gets so out of hand in the body is because of a zinc deficiency. Not only is it important to remove the four foods that feed strep so the condition doesn’t worsen, but you have to bring in a high-quality zinc supplement to help kill it off.
Furthermore, you also need lots of vitamin C to support your immune system in it’s continued fight against the bacteria as well as bringing fruits, vegetables and spices into your diet that destroy strep. I discuss these foods and supplements further here.