Breaking Out...Again? These Foods Might Be the Culprits

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Diet Soda

Artificial food additives like aspartame are highly inflammatory to the body, and the aspartame in diet sodas has been linked to increased acne breakouts. Diet soda ... more 
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Diet Soda

Artificial food additives like aspartame are highly inflammatory to the body, and the aspartame in diet sodas has been linked to increased acne breakouts. Diet soda lowers your pH levels, which can also cause acne. We need an alkaline environment for our bodies to be healthy, and for that health to be expressed through our complexion.
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Wed, Mar 13, 2013 2:52 PM EDT
By Dr. Frank Lipman, Refinery29



Dr. Frank Lipman is an integrative and functional medicine physician and the founder of Eleven Eleven Wellness in NYC. In his monthly column for R29, he talks about the latest health and wellness news; his favorite stay-healthy tips and tricks; plus answer your questions on how to be your healthiest, best self, every day.



The skin is a mirror of the internal state of your body. If you're having breakouts, it can be a sign that something on the inside isn't quite right. Acne can be caused by things like blood sugar imbalances, inflammation, poor digestion, hormones, and stress - all of which can be linked to the food you eat.



Fight Acne With These Surprising Skin Savers



In order to look clean and clear on the outside, you need to be clean on the inside first! If you abuse yourself through food, your skin tells you. Acne is internal inflammation being expressed through the skin, so in order to eliminate acne you have to first decrease or eliminate the pro-inflammatory foods that lead to spikes in hormone and insulin levels in the body.



Click through to find out which foods are some of the biggest breakout triggers, and for the foods that can help you fight acne.



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