12 Acne Trigger Foods to Avoid (Plus, 10 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Your Pimples)

by DailyHealthPost

acne trigger foods

Acne is an uncomfortable embarrassment most of us seek to avoid. From birth into our 50’s, we can all suffer acne breakouts that may lead to painful sores, cystic infections, and scaring. There are many factors that lead to acne breakouts, including but not limited to stress, certain foods, lackadaisical hygiene, contact with certain chemicals, hormone surges, pollution, illness, and more. [1]

Blemishes can be treated at home with natural remedies or with lab-made medications that can be found over the counter or by a doctor’s prescription. While there are many ways to fight acne, preventing new breakouts is the key to having healthy, beautiful skin.

Along with reducing stress, washing regularly, and moisturizing skin properly, the best way to prevent breakouts is to do so with a healthy diet and exercise. A healthy lifestyle will heal bodies from the inside out, leading to an unmistakable, irreplaceable healthy glow. Avoid the following blemish-inducing foods to help put a stop to new breakouts.

Foods that May Lead to Breakouts

Everyone has different chemical make-ups, so what causes blemishes in one person won’t cause breakouts in another. The following foods are suspected to cause breakouts in many people. To discover which acne trigger foods could be causing your skin problems, eliminate these foods from your diet one by one.

  • Greasy foods like pizza, French fries, and chips
  • Sugary foods like, candy and soda
  • Dairy foods like cheese, milk, and ice cream
  • Hot or overly spicy foods like hot peppers
  • Foods containing nuts like cashews, peanut butter, or Nutella

By narrowing down which foods trigger your acne, you are taking big strides towards having healthier, more radiant skin. However, diet alone will not cure acne.

Proper hydration and regular exercise goes a long way towards your clear skin goals. When breakouts do occur, use the following natural remedies to get clearer skin fast.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

acne natural remedy apple cider vinegar

This odorous liquid is actually quite useful for killing fungus and bacteria. Mix two parts plain apple cider vinegar with one part water in a spray bottle. Mist the affected area and allow it to dry before rinsing. Do this up to three times daily to see quick results. [6]

2. Tea Tree Oil

This natural oil is potent, and medical professionals have used it for decades as a natural antibiotic and antiseptic. It is used for many purposes, including healing cuts, abrasions, dandruff, psoriasis, and acne. Put a few drops of water and an equal amount of tea tree oil on a cotton ball and apply to the skin. The immediate soothing, cooling effect is amazing! [2]

3. Papaya

This delicious tropic fruit is teaming with the enzyme papain, which keeps puss from forming and eases inflammation. When mashed and applied topically, papaya  removes dead skin and supplies underlying layers of smooth skin with lipids, which helps skin cells retain moisture. Those who experience dryness after using a papaya mask should mix a little coconut oil in with the mashed fruit before it is applied to the skin. [11]

4. Garlic

acne natural remedy garlic


This ancient spice not only makes food tasty, it is a natural antibiotic. Slice one clove of garlic into very thin strips and apply directly to acne. Allow the garlic to rest on the skin for up to 20 minutes. Rinse and enjoy the fast-acting relief from breakouts. [7]

5. Baking Soda

Sodium bicarbonate is popular world wide for a number of uses, including exfoliating the skin and cleansing pores. It is a highly effective antiseptic agent that helps quickly reduce inflammation and put a stop to bacteria that cause breakouts.

Some like to mix baking soda and water in a two to one ratio and apply the paste as a mask, while others use it as a body and face wash. Other natural ingredients can be mixed with baking soda to make effective masks and washes. [3]

6. Lemon Juice

acne natural remedy lemon juice

People have been using lemon juice as an anti-bacterial cleansing agent and astringent. When applied directly to a pimple and allowed to dry for 15 minutes, lemon juice’s acids will harden puss and bring it to a head. After rinsing away the lemon juice with an exfoliator, pimples should expel naturally and will begin to heal quickly. [8] Just remember not to go out in the sun with lemon juice on your skin!

7. Coconut Oil

This oil has ultra moisturizing properties, but it is also a powerful antibacterial and antifungal agent. It is helpful to reduce redness and soreness from acne breakouts, especially when the skin is dry from winter cold spells. Apply it two to three times per day for immediate relief. [4]

8. Aloe Vera

Aloe has been used since ancient times to help heal minor cuts, sooth sunburns, and reduce redness, irritation, and inflammation. The appearance of scars fades after using Aloe Vera gel regularly. To help alleviate breakouts, spread a thin layer of aloe over the affected area.

It’s also perfectly fine to use it all over the body, as it softens the skin beautifully. Natural Aloe Vera plants that constantly produce more tines packed with 100% aloe very gel are easy to find at superstores. Buy one, grow your own, and save money! [5]

9. Egg Whites

acne natural remedy egg whites

Skin reacts well to egg protein, especially when used as a cleansing mask. Egg whites draw out oil, dirt, and other impurities that lead to acne breakouts in addition to tightening pores. Simply separate an egg into a bowl and apply the whites to clean skin using a cotton ball or clean makeup brush. After the whites have dried, rinse off the mask with clean, warm water. [9]

10. Cornstarch

This powder has been used for more than a century to sooth irritated skin and reduce hyperpigmentation. After washing, drying and moisturizing in the evening, apply a thin layer of cornstarch to the affected areas. Allow it to work its magic overnight. [10]

[1] http://www.aad.org/media-resources/stats-and-facts/conditions/acne
[2] http://nccam.nih.gov/health/tea/treeoil.htm
[3] http://www.newhealthguide.org/Baking-Soda-For-Acne.html
[4] http://www.acnease.com/acne-treatment-blog/coconut-oil-does-it-really-help-acne.htm
[5] http://www.med-health.net/Aloe-Vera-For-Skin.html
[6] http://skincare.lovetoknow.com/Does_Vinegar_Help_Get_Rid_of_Pimples_Fast
[7] http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/id/ART00364
[8] http://www.facingacne.com/lemon-juice-cure-reduce-acne/
[9] http://healthmunsta.hubpages.com/hub/DIY-Egg-White-Face-Mask-Recipes
[10] https://www.healthtap.com/topics/the-benefits-of-using-corn-starch
[11] http://www.wisegeek.com/how-effective-is-papaya-for-acne.htm

Share This Story on Facebook