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5 Foods to Avoid for Your Skin Health

As much as you might not like to hear it…

Some of the foods you love are causing some of your skin problems.

Most commonly, we have all heard that chocolate causes pimples.

Chocolate itself in the form of cacao is not likely to be the true cause, but both the intake of dairy and sugar can trigger increased acne, both of which are contained in chocolate products.

You can expect improvements in skin health by avoiding the following foods:

Foods high in sugar

Sugar can destroy collagen, thereby increasing the early signs of aging.

High-GI foods are linked to acne, and often worsen other skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis & rosacea by promoting inflammation. Sugar may also feed ‘bad bacteria’ in our body, therefore increasing the chances of skin infections and lowering our immunity.

Avoiding sugar includes natural sugars as well, such as fruit juice & agave! Don’t forget about all the hidden sources of sugar in things like tomato sauce, jams and biscuits.


Dairy has been shown in studies to increase the incidence of breakouts.

Look out also, low-fat dairy products like yoghurt are often higher in sugar than their full-fat counterparts.


A double whammy of sugar and dairy creates the perfect environment that pimples LOVE. Chocolate can also increase rosacea symptoms. Try raw dairy-free low sugar chocolate instead.

White bread & pasta

Yet again more high-GI foods have been linked to acne, eczema and dermatitis. If foods like white bread & pasta make you feel bloated or lethargic, it may be worth considering avoiding all gluten. If you have gluten intolerance you may have underlying digestive problems which affect all aspects of skin health. So look for low GI, gluten-free products next time you are in the grocery store - there are so many healthier alternatives to choose from nowadays.


(Sorry!). Not technically a food, but alcohol can dehydrate the skin which will increase the early signs of aging. It also depletes nutrients and upsets hormonal balance which will worsen acne, eczema, dermatitis and rosacea.

Alcohol can affect nutrient absorption in the digestive system and can also damage the functioning of the liver. Long-term consumption is particularly linked to deficiencies in certain B vitamins which can result in skin problems such as acne & dermatitis. The preservatives in wine often flair up skin conditions as well, and pre-mixed drinks are usually very high in sugar.

Removing these refined foods from your diet, as well as correcting any nutrient deficiencies and using a proper skincare regime, can dramatically increase the health of our skin!

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About the Author: Haley Yates

Haley is a passionate Naturopath & nutrition expert, writer, and mum of 2 young children, with years of experience in the industry. She is a known as a real 'nutrition nerd' and follows the latest natural health research. As a Paleo and raw food enthusiast, she coaches people in healthy living, beauty and positive mindset. Haley has personally experienced the benefits of the SkinB5 natural acne treatment system and is happy to offer her guidance to help others regain clear skin. Follow her blog at & link with her on facebook at

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