7 Foods to Ditch for Clear Skin

There are a lot of foods that are very healing for our bodies, but there are also a lot of foods that are really bad for us. Some foods even feed and flourish the bad bacteria inside of the body, like the bacteria strains that cause acne, rosacea, eczema and other skin conditions.

Do you experience any of the following symptoms?

  • a skin condition (acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, etc)
  • hormonal imbalances
  • digestive issues
  • headaches
  • brain fog
  • fatigue
  • …the list can go on

If so, then it is imperative that you avoid the following foods as much as possible. The following foods all feed the bacteria and pathogens that cause the above symptoms and/or have a negative impact on your liver, affecting your skin and your overall health.

Dairy

If you experience skin conditions or any of the other of the above symptoms, then avoiding dairy (cow’s milk, cheese, goat’s milk, butter, yogurt, kefir, etc) will be important. Dairy feeds pathogens and bacteria inside of the body.

You might have been told to avoid dairy when you were younger when you were sick, especially with a cold. That’s because dairy is highly mucus-forming, weakening the livers immune system and clogging up the lymphatic system.

It also contains hormones that are not natural for our bodies. Dairy (cheese in particular) can also lead to and cause a stagnant, fatty, sluggish liver.

Dairy Alternatives:

  • Almond Milk
  • Coconut Milk
  • Cashew Milk
  • Other Nut Milks
  • Nut Cheeses
  • Coconut Yogurt

I recommend staying away from Soy products and choosing the above alternatives instead.

If this seems daunting because you love cheese, head over to to Picky Diet and take her FREE 5 Day Ditch Dairy Challenge.

Eggs

We’ve always been taught that eggs are a vital source of protein, but have you ever considered them for their use in laboratories? Laboratories use eggs in their studies on pathogens to help bacteria and viruses grow in order to study them.  If you or your children have ever been vaccinated, especially with the flu shot, you’ll likely know that if you have an allergy to eggs, you can’t get the shot. That’s because the virus has been incubated in eggs to help it grow and reproduce it, and then once it’s ready, the immunization shots are prepared. Immunizations have been created this way for several years. Every single time you consume eggs, you’re literally feeding the bad bacteria that’s inside your body, helping it to grow and multiply. If you experience any skin condition, it is vital that you avoid eating eggs until the bacteria or virus is cleared out of your body.

Eggs also cause your lymphatic system to fill with mucous, causing your lymphatic system to work extra hard to remove this congestion. If you experience any skin condition, this goes for all eggs, not just store bought eggs.

Egg Alternatives for Baking:

  • Apple Sauce
  • Mashed Bananas
  • Nut Butter

Other Egg Alternatives:

  • Choose fruit-based smoothies instead of eggs for breakfast – if you’re concerned about protein, I promise you that fruits and veggies contain plenty of protein – remember that cows are vegetarians and maintain completely healthy levels of protein from their plant-based diet. The protein found in most meat came from plants in the first place.

Gluten

Gluten has had a lot of attention over the last several years, with a lot of gluten-free options now available in grocery stores, bakeries and restaurants.

Gluten feeds the bacteria that causes acne, as well as the viruses that cause other skin conditions. Gluten is known to cause skin conditions, digestive issues and a whole lot of other symptoms, too. Completely avoiding gluten is challenging at first, but there are several tasty alternatives, and it’s definitely worth the transition is you experience any skin conditions or digestive issues.  

Gluten Alternatives:

  • Brown rice pasta
  • Rice
  • Quinoa
  • Gluten-free bread
  • Gluten-free oats
  • Flours – Almond, Coconut, Hemp, Chickpea, Quinoa, Amaranth

Alcohol

Your liver has a really important, very intricate job to perform every minute of every day – detoxification and ridding your body of bacteria, pathogens and viruses.

Think of how incompetent a person can be who is drunk. Would you want them being in charge of really important tasks while intoxicated? Probably not! Well, your liver is the same way when you drink alcohol. Your liver gets “drunk” before you even do, and does not function optimally anytime that alcohol is consumed.

Alcohol also severely dehydrates the liver and starves it of vital nutrients.

Most people with rosacea notice an almost immediate flareup in rosacea when alcohol is consumed and those who experience acne often experience breakouts within a couple of days of consuming alcohol.

Caffeine

This was probably the hardest one for me to cut out. Caffeine causes the cell wall in the liver to thin out, making them more permeable and susceptible to pathogen invasion and cause cell damage.  

For those who experience rosacea, caffeine increases the heart rate, causing capillaries to expand, which can worsen rosacea flareups.

Lastly, caffeine is a diuretic, which dehydrates the body and the liver.

Caffeine Alternatives:

If caffeine is too difficult for you to cut out, you can try switching to a Mushroom Coffee that is a mixture of coffee and Chaga mushroom (it still tastes like coffee). These coffees have a lot less caffeine, but still give you the same amount of energy thanks to the Chaga mushrooms. I love the one from Annanda Chaga.

Creating Habits for Success

When trying to heal your body, sometimes the worst thing you can do is go full force and make too many changes at once.

Success comes through our daily habits. If you suddenly change all of your habits at once, those new changes haven’t become habitual yet, so you might be setting yourself up for failure instead. The subconscious mind always reverts back to our old patterns and beliefs, until we are able to change those patterns and beliefs.

Besides me telling you that dairy is bad for your body, if I’m not explaining WHY it’s bad like I did above and you love cheese, the moment it’s in front of you, you likely won’t be able to resist. But if I tell you in detail why cheese is bad for you and what is does once it’s inside of your body to promote skin conditions and other health ailments, chances are, you’ll WANT to avoid it and not feel deprived when you choose to skip out on it.

The problem is, if you start cutting out all of the above foods at once without planning your alternatives and finding recipes first, your new lifestyle likely won’t be a success, and within a week (or even less), you’ll be reaching for the bad foods again. It’s human nature.

So, for your highest chance of success in healing your body, cut one food group out at a time. Start with dairy and work your way down the list. Once living dairy free becomes a habit, cut out the next food group. Find alternatives and recipes and keep going until avoiding all of the above foods, and adding in a lot more healing foods (lots of fruits and veggies) in their place, becomes a standard part of your daily habits.

About Rachel Devine

Rachel Devine is a multi award-winning holistic aesthetician and the founder and skin care formulator of R Devine Organic Skin Care.