I’ve suffered from acne at various times in my life and found over the years that most of my triggers come from stress or a food sensitivity. For years I had no idea foods I was allergic and addicted to were affecting my acne. I found out by clogging my digestive system, I was also clogging my face. Read on to find major culprits of acne you may not know about, and tips for getting rid of acne.

Avoid too much Vitamin C

One of my best tips on getting rid of acne is not to overdose on Vitamin C. Many of us pop a supplement to prevent a cold or eat too many citrus foods or foods like tomatoes and strawberries, which are very high in Vitamin C. All vegetables and fruits with Vitamin C are extremely healthy, but they can lead to acne. Orange juice is also a major culprit. Get your daily dose of Vitamin C in small amounts and notice, when you eat certain foods, if you react the next morning.

Ditch the dairy

Yes, dairy is a health food in its natural form, but even if you don’t have an allergy, you should know it is one of your skin’s worst enemies. Even organic dairy is full of natural estrogen from cows. This estrogen causes breakouts in your skin and greatly affects your hormone levels. Fluctuations in hormone levels will lead to breakouts in no time. Dairy is also mucus-forming and acidic. foods that are mucus-forming not only clog the internal organs, but also your skin. Waste gets stored inside your cells and your skin tries to eliminate the toxins through your pores. Acidic foods such as dairy are also hard for your body to process. This stress creates an internal nightmare which can lead to acne. A clear face is a sign of good digestion and that things are flowing smoothly along inside. A clean diet will help your body naturally cleanse itself out, but dairy gets in the way of that process. Yoga can help with these issues to stimulate flow and lower stress, but for best results dairy needs to be completely avoided and out of your system if acne or inflammation is an issue. Try delicious dairy-free alternatives from almond and coconut based milks. They are so creamy, much like real dairy, and won’t clog your pores.

Clean your makeup brushes

I like to wash my makeup brushes once a week in baby shampoo. I just place the bristles of each brush into a jar with a small amount of shampoo and fill the jar with warm water to soak overnight. This is an excellent gentle way to clean your brushes and clarify them again. If you do not wash your brushes, bacteria builds up on them from constant contact with your skin and cosmetic products. This leads to fungus on the brushes, which wind up on your face in the form of breakouts, so clean your brushes regularly. After you wash them, blot them with a paper towel and let them air dry for at least 2-3 hours. I like to do this on the weekends when I have some spare time.

Ditch the sugar

Most of us have a seriously hard time giving up our favourite sweets. I had terrible acne when I ate sugary foods. When I began to clean up my diet, I noticed my face never looked better. I realised that sugar was toxic to my skin, wreaked havoc on my blood sugar levels and my hormones, and also created an acidic state in my body. Acidity is the direct cause of inflammation, so when skin is inflamed it is smart to clean up your diet with fresh, leafy green vegetables, smoothies and juices. Emphasise low-sugar fruits like berries, kiwis, apples and pears as well, to avoid a rise in blood sugar.

Say no to energy drinks

Energy drinks are all the rage, but with caffeine, sugar and tons of artificial chemicals and flavourings, you’re basically drinking a chemical experiment, not a beverage. When you drink or eat chemically processed foods and beverages, your body has to try to make some sense of them. When it determines they are pretty much garbage, your hormones go out of whack, your digestive system can become clogged, and inflammation goes up. These are all triggers of acne. Remember, a clear face is a clear body. Drink one cup of regular coffee or green tea instead, if you really need an energy boost from caffeine, or better yet, try a cup of herbal tea instead. These will give you an energy boost without the crash that energy drinks tend to give.

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