Okay, don’t judge me, but I think greasy foods are absolutely delicious! French fries, pizza, cheeseburgers, nachos, butter popcorn, potato chips — life couldn’t get better. As much as I love food cooked in butter and oil, I’ve heard from many people (fambam included) that greasy food can often lead to acne. For the longest time, I thought this was true. I blamed every zit on my weakness for fries. Whether it was a myth or a fact, I just knew that I had to get to the bottom of this. That’s when I looped in dermatologist Dr. Vivek Mehta to help me solve this puzzle.
But first, let's get to the facts — I want you to know a few things about greasy foods and why it’s not healthy for you. With or without acne.
1. Gas & Bloating For The Win! (Or, Maybe Not)
Gas many a time brings discomfort and embarrassment, however, it’s a natural process of the digestive system. Consuming greasy food daily can mess around with your digestive system in the long run. This gives rise to bloating and gas over time. If that isn’t convincing enough, it also tempts you into consuming more calories than you shouldn’t. The bloating, the gas, the belching and pain aren’t worth the gluttony.
2. It Causes Several Health Issues
Whether you know this or not, but fried foods are loaded with saturated fats. Indulging in these can up your cholesterol, cause high blood pressure or even worse, a heart attack! Consuming too much of unsaturated and trans fats, could lead to atherosclerosis and block your arteries which may lead to cardiac arrest. So it’s important to ditch the carbs and move to a healthier platter of food. We think fresh fruits and leafy veggies are a good choice.
3. You Miss Out On The Good Stuff
Unless you want to develop a mineral or vitamin deficiency, continue stuffing your face with food without counting the calories. Breathing can become difficult if you continue and you’ll also be depriving your body of getting nutrients and vitamins which are essential for keeping your organs and tissues healthy. So the rule of thumb is to switch to a healthier diet before it’s too late.
Now for the part, you’ve ALL been waiting for...
Does greasy food really cause acne?
“It’s a myth that greasy foods cause acne. Instead, a diet high in sugar and simple carbohydrates may make an acne flare-up more likely. Foods such as chips, crackers, cookies, pasta, potatoes, bread, and sugary drinks like soda and other aerated drinks can cause acne too!" Dairy products can also increase the risk of acne for some people. "It can trigger hormonal changes in our body, which promotes inflammation and increases our skin’s production of oil and sebum," he explained.
When creating a diet plan, swap bad carb foods for good carbs. Check the glycemic load of the foods you eat regularly. "In addition to an anti-acne diet plan, a good skincare routine will help to get your acne under control —especially if you use products that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid," he advised.