The 3 Worst Foods for Acne

There are three foods that I see causing problems with acne the most frequently:

  1. Dairy products – dairy is one of the most frequent food sensitivities there is.  These are mild immune system reactions to foods that create inflammation. Acne is a very inflammatory condition, anything that provokes or increases inflammation in the body would be best to avoid.  There is IgG Food Sensitivity testing that can be done to see if dairy is a food sensitivity for you, or you can try strictly avoiding dairy for at least 3 weeks to see what happens to your skin.
  2. Eggs – eggs fall under exactly the same category as dairy, they are a frequent food sensitivity and they create inflammation that seems to be centred in the skin.  Eczema, psoriasis and acne can all be skin manifestations of an egg sensitivity.
  3. Sugar and processed carbs – high glycemic index starches and sugar provoke a high insulin response.  Insulin in turn can increase the activity and/or the level of certain hormones, including testosterone.  Higher testosterone activity or level can cause deep, painful cystic type acne.

What is a Normal Testosterone Level for a Woman?

Testosterone helps build muscle mass, helps maintain healthy vaginal tissue, provides energy, drive and motivation and influences libido in women. Too much testosterone can contribute to hair loss, acne, irregular periods and excess facial hair. So you want some testosterone, just not too much.

According to our lab, less than 2.0 nmol/L is normal for an adult female. Many of the patients that we test for testosterone come back either too high or too low. Being close to either end of the normal range can cause problems. Ideally, a woman’s testosterone level should be around 1.0 – 1.6 nmol/L, neither to close to the low or the high end.