Oily skin is a beauty downer as it is more prone to spots, which lead to the one common bane of a woman’s existence – acne! Oily skin may cause acne and make you feel self-conscious. Many of us don’t realize that what we put ‘on our plate plays an important role in the way we look and feel.
There are so many foods out there that you’re advised to avoid if you suffer from oily skin. So, we’ve put together a list of foods that can lead to oily skin, plus some healthier alternatives to help you.
Let’s first go through the reasons why some of us may be experiencing oily skin.
Reasons for Oily Skin
1. Genetics: It is possible that due to hereditary reasons you could be having an oily skin. So that means if someone in your family had oily skin you have got it too.
2. Puberty: Hormonal changes during puberty can lead to oily and greasy skin giving you regular bouts of acne and pimples.
3. Menstruation: It is very often seen that women during their periods get oily and problematic skins, this could be due to hormonal changes too.
4. Perspiration: If you sweat a lot your skin starts to feel greasy and unclean leading to oily patches on your skin.
5. Birth Control: Many women on the pill can experience oiliness on the skin
6. Bad Lifestyle: A sluggish lifestyle without regular exercise and a balanced diet can cause the skin to become oily and lifeless.
7. Lack of water Intake: If you don’t drink enough of water yourskin could become greasy and oily and your body a store-house of toxins.
Foods That Make Your Skin Worse And Super Oily!
Eating too much sugar spikes your blood sugar levels. The body responds by producing more insulin, which in turn encourages the glands to produce more oil and heightens your risk of oily skin and developing acne.
You can swap sugary foods for: Berries, mangos, frozen bananas, good quality dark chocolate, water with fresh lemon and/or lime.
Consuming too many omega-6 fatty acids in your diet can cause inflammation and result in acne. Foods that are cooked in heavy oils such as french fries and chips have a large ratio of omega-6 fatty acids and can wreak havoc on your skin.
You can swap inflammatory fats for: Lean poultry like chicken and turkey, oily fish like salmon and mackerel, unseasoned nuts like walnuts, and avocado. Try cooking with healthy fats like olive oil.
Dairy products contain high levels of hormones that clog pores and trigger breakouts. If your skin is sensitive to the hormones in dairy, Lambda suggests turning to alternative products like almond milk.
Consuming excess salt (also referred to as sodium) can cause water retention, swelling, and eye bags. It can also lead to an increase in oil levels as the skin tries to combat the dehydration caused by salt.
Salty foods include table sauces, shop-bought soups, salad dressings, cured meats and bacon, pickles, salted nuts, crisps, chips, and crackers.
Alcohol saps fluid out of the skin, causing dehydration, which means the skin produces more oil to compensate and this often leads to breakouts. “When you consume alcohol your heat index rises, which means you actually do get warmer and sweat more. “This increased sweating leads to clogged pores, which can then lead to breakouts.”
Foods such as white bread, white rice, white pasta, and cereals all contain refined grains. They cause a sharp rise and drop in your blood sugar and have more of an impact on your blood sugar leading to an increase in your oil production levels.
You can swap refined carbohydrates for: Wholemeal bread, brown rice, wholemeal pasta, quinoa, and oats.
We hope you liked this article! Want to share your views about this article? Post your comments in the discussion board below, we would love to hear your thoughts and stay connected with Awaaznation for all updates!
Note: Always consult a health practitioner before beginning any natural health routine.