6 foods that could cause acne

6 foods that could cause acne

Beauty spots look pretty and elegant, but not acne marks, and dark spots! It is time to get rid of those unwanted marks.

You might be following a proper skincare routine according to your skin type which is pimple and acne prone. But only skin care is not enough because there are quite a few foods out there that cause pimples. 

A substance called sebum is secreted from your skin and that depends on how oily, dry, or acne-prone your skin is. But a good diet also plays a major role in your skin’s health. Let’s check out a few foods that cause pimples.  

Food you should avoid to prevent acne


A diet that is low on sugar is the best one for reducing inflammation and hormonal fluctuations. It is time to say goodbye to chocolates and desserts for a while! Ouch! But if your skin is out on an acne breakout, then this shall be a good start. The reason why sugar causes acne and pimple breakouts is because when your sugar level spikes it causes a major inflammation in your body. This inflammation causes higher production of sebum and that ultimately leads to making your skin oilier. When your skin is both inflamed and excess sebum is produced, it leads to a major pimple and acne break out. Hence, make sure your sugar intake is moderate and occasional. 

You can always choose healthier sweet options like jaggery and palm candy sugar for your cravings. Apart from this, you can also switch to sweet fruits which are not just healthy but also they are a great source for natural sugar that will maintain your glucose levels. 

Spicy and Oily Food

Does oily food cause pimples? Well, have you ever wondered why your friends from the hills have such awesome glowing skin? Or maybe Alia Bhatt? That flawless glow is nothing but a good healthy diet devoid of junk food and spices. 

Indulging in junk food sometimes is okay, but make sure you don't make it a habit. For example, you must avoid foods like burgers, pizza, spicy and oily Street food, and also food that is deep fried. These types of food have processed fats and oils which are difficult to digest, and it will show up on your face very soon. One biggest con about eating junk food, fried food, and street food is that you don’t know what ingredients are being used or how old the oil is in which your food was cooked in. Oily and fried street foods to avoid are mainly chole bhature, chole kulche, deep fried fritters, and even chaats with high quantities of masalas and spices. 

Instead, you can try having fresh fruits, simple home-cooked food with less oil and no spices, you’ll see a better version of yourself in a week’s time. And if you are fond of spicy and yummy street food then you can always test your culinary skills and try different recipes at home. There are a variety of foods to avoid pimples, and cooking at home is the biggest prevention ever.


We’re sorry but yes coffee too! Come on a little sacrifice and go a long way, especially if your best friend or sister is getting married in a few months. Coffee has high percentages of caffeine which is a great ingredient when it comes to making you feel fresh and awake, but at the same time it also makes your skin look tired and dull. Instead of coffee, you can opt for some herbal tea or green tea which is a much better option over coffee.But if you are someone who cannot imagine giving up on coffee, then you can always opt for decaffeinated coffee. Decaffeinated coffee does not contain caffeine but it will give you the same taste as coffee but without the kick. 


And like always...we urge you to follow a healthy lifestyle that’s pure and vegan. Just saying that a pure lifestyle is good for your skin too. For instance, the cow’s milk that you drink comes from pregnant cows or cows in their post-partum stage and that milk contains high levels of a female hormone called progesterone. This can cause an off-balance in your hormone levels and cause an acne breakout if you are already suffering from one. But if you like to have milk then you can choose healthier options like almond milk or soy milk which are great alternatives.Apart from cow’s milk, there is also buffalo’s milk that needs to be avoided if you have oily or combination skin type. This is because buffalo milk has the highest amount of fat that also aids in excess sebum production which ultimately leads to a major acne and pimple breakout.


Nope, we’re not talking about your veggies in vinegar...but in India pickles are more of a legendary item in lavish dining. Indian pickles are known for the spices and oils in which the pickles are made. Ladies, we know how much you love those spicy tangy pickles with your dal-chawal but avoid. You can try and experiment by avoiding these pickles for at least two weeks and you will see a major difference in your skin. Yet occasional consumption is absolutely okay but make sure you don't go over the board. 


Apart from all the foods to avoid pimples, you should also take good care of your skin. Make sure you always keep your skin clean and well hydrated. While cleansing your skin make sure you use a green tea face wash which is an ideal face wash for acne and pimples. The green tea face wash from Iba has been infused with green tea extracts, salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is a great ingredient when it comes to taking care of pimple prone and acne prone skin. And apart from cleansing your skin you also need to moisturise and keep your skin well hydrated. It is a myth that says you don’t need to moisturise oily and pimple prone skin, but you definitely need to moisturise your skin well or else your skin will get more irritated. Always finish off with a strawberry lip balm to keep your lips hydrated and happy. Last but not the least, drink lots and lots of water to wash out all the toxins out of your body. 

We’ve given you all the ‘go away acne’ gyan...now it’s your turn to follow and glow!


1.Is ghee bad for my skin?

Ghee is actually great for your skin if it is pure and made at home. Commercial ghee is not recommended much as they have more oil concentrate in them. Hence, you can opt for home made ghee over commercial ghee.

2.Are mangoes bad for my oily skin?

If you have a naturally warm body, then you must chill your mangoes before consuming. If you consume normal temperature mangoes, you will end up with pimples and acne breakouts. Make sure you consume mangoes in moderation and they must be chilled every time you consume them.

3.Does applying garlic heal pimples overnight?

Garlics are tricky. It suits a few people, and for a few people it causes a reaction. Hence, you need to patch-test first. If it suits you, then yes garlic has anti-inflammatory properties that heal and dry out pimples overnight.