Food can affect hormones – sounds like a no-brainer, right?
Foods that increase testosterone (like peanuts) lead to an increase in inflammation, which leads to breakouts. Foods that increase estrogen (like soy) lead to hormonal breakouts around and under the chin and jawline.
The other important hormone category is IGF-1, (insulin-like growth factor 1). This hormone is thought to be one of the triggers of acne during puberty, but can remain a factor for even adult acne. It increases sebum production and inflammatory markers – this leads to aggravated acne.
Hormonal foods to avoid:
- organ meats
- high glycemic foods
Keep in mind I’m not telling you to overhaul your entire diet! Just know that diet plays a role in acne, and minimizing consumption of these foods can help your skin heal and glow. If you’ve been on a professional, targeted skin care routine for 3-4 months with little progress in your acne, you should consider your diet a little more seriously than someone who is just dabbling in skin care.
Check out other dietary factors that effect acne: iodides and glycemic index.