Pimples, everyone has had them at some point in their life and many of us have them right now. But what really causes them to occur? We’ve all heard its sugar, chocolate, candy, sweets, or French fires and greasy foods. Do they specifically cause pimples? No. Can they contribute to the occurrence of pimples and breakouts? Yes.

Pimples are the result of clogged pores or hair follicles. The pores or hair follicles become clogged due to excess sebum or body oils building up on the skin and trapping dirt, germs, bacteria or flakes of dead skin on the surface of the skin. The excess sebum is almost like an icing on a cake, it covers and seals the surface.

So where do the sugary foods, beverages and greasy foods come into play? All of these foods and beverages are acidic in nature. For the skin and body to function at its optimum levels, the pH needs to be neutral or around 7.0 to 7.3. Anything less is an acidic pH level.
If the body becomes stressed or dehydrated the pH balance of the body is also affected creating an acidic environment. Hormonal factors also affect the pH of the body. All of these factors combined explain why what seems to cause your skin to breakout one week, doesn’t seem to affect it or doesn’t affect it as much the next week.

Finding ways to keep your body’s pH level in balance are the key to controlling your pimples. It my sometimes be difficult if not impossible to control hormonal factors or stress but you can manage it with an alkaline or pH neutral balance through diet modifications. If you consume something that is very acidic in nature counter it with something equally alkaline in nature. You don’t have to avoid all sweets just consume them with an equally alkaline food or beverage.

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