The holidays are upon us! Family gatherings, gifts, cozy fires, and sweet treats immediately come to mind. Naturally, I am fond of chocolate and tend to use this time of year for a reason to indulge a bit more than normal. You may ask yourself, are breakouts just an inevitable byproduct of this divine bean. You’ll be comforted to know that chocolate is not the cause of your acne. The real culprit that is guilty of contributing to many breakouts is iodides. This pesky compound is hidden within many of our favorite foods and supplements in the form of iodized salt, biotin, potassium iodide or kelp.
Once in your bloodstream, excess iodides are excreted through the sweat glands. These iodides naturally irritate your pores and can cause or worsen flare-ups, especially for acne-prone individuals. Below we’ve provided you with a handy list of foods high in Iodides. Also, remember that health foods and supplements most often contain this compound as well. You’ll want to be aware of the contents of your protein bars, whey and soy protein powders, and lastly miso soup (which is boiled down kelp).
With most health and wellness issues, it’s really all about balance. Most experts agree that chocolate and greasy foods do not cause acne, but research does support that sugar, peanuts and most important, Iodides can worsen acne.
So, as we reach for our mugs of hot chocolate and other chocolate goodies let us take more of a holistic approach to combating our acne. Monitoring your intake of the foods below and continuing a balanced diet of fruit, vegetables, healthy protein, and proper hydration is a wonderful start. Lastly, remember that not all chocolate is created equal. Try opting for a dark chocolate that leaves dairy and added sugars out.
Indulge in measure while loving yourself and skin, beauties.
Iodide Contents in Food (parts per million of iodide)